Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva testified Friday guiding closed doors about gang-like groups inside of his office, a dialogue the sheriff has experimented with to dodge for many years. 

“It’s a issue of notion, but not actuality,” the sheriff stated seven months ago. 

LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Venice boardwalk
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva talks with media, homeless advocates and nearby residents as he walks the Venice Boardwalk on June 7, 2021.

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Those people remarks from Villanueva adopted a report from the Rand Company that concluded there have been gang-like cliques within the sheriff’s Department.

Very last year, CBSLA spoke to deputies who did not want their identities disclosed who claimed users determined them selves with tattoos. 

“They operate as gangs. They commit crime. They assault people today,” one deputy advised CBSLA. 

Villanueva was interviewed about online video convention on Friday by the Inspector General’s Business office, soon after a failed challenge to a subpoena. 

“It is an acknowledgement that there is something to appear at, that they will need extra information, and they want to get that details below oath,” Jessica Levinson, a political analyst and Loyola Legislation University Professor, reported. 

In a cell phone dialogue, the Villanueva’s legal professional mentioned the sheriff answered 99% of the inquiries he was requested, and extra that he was keen to cooperate with any investigation regarding his tenure, but experienced troubles with staying compelled to testify under oath. 

Publicly, Villanueva has clashed with the Workplace of Inspector Basic and the Board of Supervisors. 

“They have in no way excepted the final results of the election of 2018,” the sheriff has explained. 

On Wednesday, the sheriff took portion in CBSLA’s Satisfy the Candidates Forum where two challengers attacked him on the subgroups within just the office with names like the Executioners and Banditos.

“We do not have to have deputy gangs, jail abuses and coverups as our headlines,” Lt. Eric Robust, a prospect for LA County Sheriff said, “but we do and that is simply because of the leadership, since of the unsuccessful leadership.” 

A further prospect for sheriff, Eli Vera, also took jabs at Villanueva on the concern. 

“At the time he received into place of work, just after a several weeks, we begun butting heads, you know, likely back again to the Banditos difficulties when he deliberately lied to the community.” 

Friday’s job interview with the Inspector General’s Workplace was scheduled for 90 minutes, but Villanueva’s law firm explained it went for nearly two hours. 

“Unquestionably, if the office of Inspector Typical finds there is prison wrongdoing, then, sure, we can convey prison fees. We are not there still. We are however in the investigation phase,” Levinson stated. 

The IG claimed that non-private portions of Friday’s interview will ultimately be released, but it is unclear as to when that will happen.