Demand Accountability of the L.A. Sheriff’s Department
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**UPDATE: On Tuesday, July 12, the Board of Supervisors voted (4-1) to begin the process required to get a measure on the November ballot that would finally hold the sheriff accountable. The board will need to vote once more — during its meeting on Tuesday, August 2 — to approve the measure for the November election. Take action below.**
No matter what office, function or role, our public officials take an oath to support and respect our rights and represent the common good and the public — not inflict harm. But in Los Angeles County, when a sheriff breaches this oath and abuses their power, our tools for real and meaningful accountability are tragically far and few.
For decades, Angelenos have witnessed a culture of corruption and impunity in the sheriff's department, leaving people who are stopped or incarcerated at risk of abuse or worse. For more than half a century, deputy gangs have emerged among the ranks and management of the sheriff’s department and terrorized community members.
This culture of violence comes from the very top and is left unchecked by our dated county charter — our county's constitution.
We need a county charter that works for the people of Los Angeles today and tomorrow, and that gives us the tools necessary for when a sheriff violates the law and the public trust. We need checks and balances, which are pillars of a functioning democracy, aimed at not allowing one person or agency to become too powerful. Creating checks and balances on the sheriff has been long overdue, and changes to our county charter can ensure essential oversight of the sheriff.
Join the Check the Sheriff coalition, ACLU SoCal, and more than 100 community and labor organizations in urging the L.A. County Board of Supervisor to refer to the voters for the November 8, 2022 Election a county charter amendment for common sense checks and balances, public trust, and sheriff accountability.