Watchdog Votes to Sue LA Sheriff for Defying Subpoena Over Jail Conditions

A civilian commission tasked with oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department voted unanimously Thursday to pursue legal action against Sheriff Alex Villanueva, a day after he defied a subpoena to testify on measures to protect incarcerated people against Covid-19 infection in county jails.

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Florida Mass Shootings

Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel cannot pursue his due process claims against Governor Ron DeSantis or Florida’s Senate President Bill Galvano, a federal court in the state ruled. Israel was suspended on grounds of “neglect of duty and incompetence” in connection with two mass shootings: the 2017 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting and the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  

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Equal Protection

A federal court in Wisconsin ruled that two black pastors may pursue their equal protection claims against two sheriff’s deputies who asked them if they had guns or drugs in their car while they were legally parked on the side of a highway while waiting for a tow truck after their boat trailer got a flat tire. The pastors have adequately alleged that they were intentionally discriminated against and treated differently than a similarly situated white woman. 

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Facebook Page Ban

A federal court in California granted a preliminary injunction to two members of Black Lives Matter, ordering the Sacramento County Sheriff to “unban” them from his Facebook page, finding that the plaintiffs have demonstrated that the page is a public forum and the sheriff “engaged in viewpoint discrimination” when he banned them. 

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