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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore giving the Office of the Inspector General greater authority to investigate secret deputy societies as well as subpoena power to review other matters involving the Sheriff’s Department.

“These reported secret deputy cliques are dangerous and I think they have no place in our Sheriff’s Department. They not only erode public trust and undermine the chain of command, we have seen them promote racism and violence,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who authored the motion.

“Giving our Inspector General the authority to investigate these secret societies could shed light on these deputy subgroups and help us ensure transparency and accountability within the Sheriff’s Department,” Hahn said.

“The existence of secret societies — or deputy gangs, as they’re sometimes called — not only diminishes public trust in our Sheriff’s Department but also undermines the very nature of constitutional policing,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the motion’s co-author.

“This problem has been longstanding and intractable,” he said. “The Board must consider measures to bring these secret societies out of the shadows and into the light, including potentially subpoena power for the Inspector General.”

LA County’s Inspector General, Max Huntsman, requested expanded authority in order to better understand the full extent of these secret societies, as well as the ability to issue subpoenas should the Sheriff’s Department continue to deny access to information and refuse efforts by the public to hold them accountable.

The motion passed Tuesday by the Board directs County Counsel, in consultation with the Inspector General, to develop recommendations to expand the authority of the Inspector General to investigate deputy secret societies within the Sheriff’s Department, as well as grant the Inspector General the ability to issue subpoenas in their ongoing review of matters involving the Sheriff’s Department, and report back in 90 days.

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  1. Dennis valentino says:

    Constitutional policing there is no constitution in policing or the court system period.Its a Milatary court system you have no rights its only about taxing the people for what ever they can steal from citezens.They to my truck because of registration.And took my life away and told me its nothing personal its business.They dont care about we the people they only care about there agendas.The trust of the people wont come back until they stop using there powers for revenue.its not about justice its about money.They are revenew collectors not law enforcement.Tax collectors not police here to serve and protect.Thats the truth!!!

  2. Dennis valentino says:

    Here is some insight for you palmdale has a gang called the 187 boys these sheriffs have this tattoo on there hand.meaning to be part of this gang behind the badge you have to murder someone.La county jail is the 3000 boys.Then there is the Vikings,They rule the female jail in la county then there is the bandito’s.There’s to many to list but i will tell you that these gangs behind the badge are organized crime with a license to kill.Thats what makes them the most evil and terrifying gang.You can only imagine what they are capable of with that kind of power.This is a big problem i dont think you can stop it but i pray every day you do.

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