The California Attorney General's office announced it is opening a civil rights investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and its practices Friday.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra made the announcement from Sacramento. According to Becerra in a press release, "The California Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation comes on the heels of allegations of excessive force, retaliation, and other misconduct, as well as a number of recent reported incidents involving LASD management and personnel."
In a statement, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he looks forward to the non-criminal ‘pattern and practice’ investigation adding that they’re eager to get the process started, in the interest of transparency and accountability.
"We are launching a civil rights investigation into the LA County Sheriff's Dept to determine if they've violated the law or the rights of Angelenos.
There are serious concerns and reports that accountability and adherence to legitimate policing practices have lapsed at LASD," he wrote on Twitter.
"Those of us in positions of public trust know that the job comes with the solemn obligation to be accountable to the people we serve. Because of the nature of the work involved in law enforcement, that duty of care is heightened," Beccera said Attorney General Becerra. “There are serious concerns and reports that accountability and adherence to legitimate policing practices have lapsed at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. We are undertaking this investigation to determine if LASD has violated the law or the rights of the people of Los Angeles County.”