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Why LA County's Sheriff opposes California's 'sanctuary state' bill LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has come out against a bill that would make California a sanctuary state. The California Values Act would bar state and local police from helping federal immigration officials detain undocumented immigrants. He says the bill would hinder the work of his agency, and force ICE agents into communities. Jim McDonnell is sheriff of LA County (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
A Year of Prop 47 It’s been a year since Proposition 47 passed. That’s the measure that reduced some drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Some critics are blaming it for an increase in crime. They also say it reduces the incentive for drug users to enter court-ordered rehab.
LA County Sheriff Seeks Recruits with Moral Compass Jim McDonnell served with the LAPD and as Chief of Police in Long Beach. When he was elected Sheriff of LA County last November he was new to a department that suffered through four years of reports of brutality and other forms of misconduct. Now he says it's time to "change the culture."
Los Angeles County Reaches Deal with Feds on Jail Oversight Sheriff Jim McDonnell has agreed to federal court oversight of Los Angeles County jails. He’s promised sweeping reforms to reduce the use of excessive force by jailers and to protect prisoners with mental illness from being abused. The ACLU of Southern California has long been involved in efforts to reform the jails in LA County. Staff Attorney Peter Eliasberg also joins us.
LA Sheriff Responds to Alleged Jail Abuse by Officers Less than a month ago, three LA Sheriff's deputies were convicted of beating a handcuffed visitor in County Jail and then lying to cover the story. Other officers face charges in two upcoming trails. Over the past weekend, Sheriff Jim McConnell relieved ten jail employees of duty -- including three supervisors -- in yet another case of jailhouse abuse.
LA's New Sheriff and Civilian Oversight Corruption within the ranks and abuse of inmates in County jails led Lee Baca to resign as Sheriff, and the Board of Supervisors to create an Inspector General. With two new Supervisors, there now may be enough votes for a commission to provide civilian oversight. But a lot will depend on the newly elected Sheriff, Jim McDonnell.
Sheriff-Elect Jim McDonnell Los Angeles County voted in a new sheriff this week and Sheriff-Elect Jim McDonnell has his work cut out for him: He’s inheriting a department in the middle of a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses, and six onetime deputies were recently convicted of obstructing the probe. We talk to McDonnell about the changes he’s planning to make.
Candidate for LA County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell LA County has the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United states, with 18,000 sworn and professional staff and a budget of $2.5 billion. In recent years, it’s been plagued with scandal, including jailhouse brutality. Six deputies have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy and misconduct, and the federal Justice Department is imposing a consent decree. In January, Lee Baca retired in disgrace. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell got 49.4% of the vote in the June primary—almost winning outright. Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka made the runoff with 15%, and he has stopped campaigning. We’re joined in the studio by Chief McDonnell.
Jim McDonnell Eyes LA Sheriff's Post Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell has shaken up this year's race for Los Angeles County Sheriff by announcing that he's a candidate to replace incumbent Lee Baca, who's retiring this month. McDonnell is a former Deputy Chief of the LAPD who served on the commission that excoriated Baca last year for violence in county jails and failures of leadership.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.