2022 LAUSD Elections
Maria Brenes’ Ties To Rogue LA Sheriff’s Campaign
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- Javier Gonzalez on LASD’s Deputy Gangs
Javier Gonzalez, the campaign manager for Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva, does not seem to have gotten his boss’ memo. The Sheriff is on record questioning the existence of deputy gangs within his department, challenging Los Angeles County Supervisors to name deputies “who they can prove are ‘gang members’” under the law. He even sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Board of Supervisors “demanding they and others stop using the phrase ‘deputy gangs’ to refer to secretive groups that operate within department stations”. Villanueva has ignored six different subpoenas demanding his appearance before the civilian oversight commission investigating the presence of these gangs and is now facing contempt charges.
When asked about these deputy gangs, Gonzalez appears to have no question about their existence. Instead, he tries to argue that they are not that bad. “What did they do? Whose life did they take that they shouldn’t have?”, he asks. The fact that the county has paid out at least $55 million in settlements over the misdeeds of these groups suggests that Gonzalez is minimizing their actions. Also ignored are allegations by families of those killed by deputies “that the deputies were ‘chasing ink’ — trying to earn a tattoo” signifying their membership in one of these gangs. Anonymous whistle-blowers at the East L.A. Sheriff Station have stated, “If you get in a shooting, that’s a definite brownie point” with the Banditos, the gang that controls that station.
Gonzalez has also stated that he is “fine” with sheriff’s deputies “stopping Black and Latino cyclists at an inordinate rate”. After all, this happens in high-crime areas, he says.