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October 29, 2019

Families and Community Groups to Deliver Lawsuit to His Office

LOS ANGELES — On Wednesday, a coalition of community activists, faith leaders, and families who lost loved ones to sheriff deputy shootings will gather at the Hall of Justice for a press conference and rally.

Participants will deliver to L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's office a lawsuit, filed yesterday by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, for unlawfully refusing to produce records on use-of-force incidents and deputy misconduct.

The rally will also focus on numerous other ways in which Villanueva has abused his power since taking office in December, including:

  • Rehiring deputies fired for cause
  • Investigating deputy misconduct at half the rate of the previous three sheriffs
  • Continuing to tear families apart by cooperating with private contractors working with ICE

WHAT: Rally and press conference to demand an end to Sheriff Villanueva's abuses of power.

WHO: Speakers include:
Demetra Johnson, mother of A.J. Weber
Leah Gonzalez, mother of Paul Rea
Stephanie Luna, aunt of Anthony Vargas
Family member of Ryan Twyman
Andres Kwon, ACLU SoCal
Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter-L.A.
Pastor Carlos Rincon, LA Voice

WHEN: October 30, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hall of Justice
211 W. Temple St
Los Angeles