Villanueva Wants Preview of Exhibits Before Testifying Before COC


Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is declining to testify before the Civilian Oversight Commission on Monday unless the commission meets certain conditions, namely the presence of a neutral hearing officer, the ability to cross-examine witnesses and deliver an opening statement, and a preview of all exhibits.

In a letter sent to the commission’s executive director Brian Williams on Sunday, Villanueva said he was prepared to testify before the commission Monday, but “was deeply disappointed to learn the Commission is unwilling to allow very basic and reasonable elements of a legitimate oversight meeting designed to understand the truth. It makes neutral observers question whether the Commission’s real agenda is to learn the facts, or to put on a show.”

The sheriff, who has repeatedly accused the county Board of Supervisors and Inspector General Max Huntsman of pursuing personal political biases in clashes over the alleged deputy gangs and other issues, expressed concern about “demonstrably false statements having already been accepted by the Commission” in his letter to Williams.



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