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Who Is Monitoring the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department? (Video 3 min)


Los Angeles, CA Full Disclosure Network® explores the role and purpose of three civilian police monitoring organizations who have been appointed by the Courts and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to investigate operations of the L. A. County Sheriff’s Department and county jails. An Internet video preview (3:37 min) of this part-four of the TV series is available FREE, 24/7, on demand, as a public service. The full length episodes are featured on 43 cable systems and will eventually be available 24/7, on demand, to Full Disclosure® subscribers from the website.

The Full Disclosure® series consists of interviews with Mike Gennaco, Chief Attorney, LASD Office of Independent Review (OIR), Merrick Bobb, president of the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC) and Mark Rosenbaum ACLU Legal Director and Mary Tiedeman Director of the “ACLU Jail Project”. Also included are statements from Roy Burns, former president of ALADS the Sheriff’s Deputies union.

Highlights from this part-four of the series are:


Prompted by the LAPD Rampart scandal and officer involved shootings, another civilian monitoring operation is created called the LASD Office of Independent Review (OIR) Chief Attorney Mike Gennaco describes his background in the Civil Rights Division of U. S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. focusing on police misconduct and hate crimes and how he and the six staff attorneys conduct LASD oversight.


The Board of Supervisors was already contracting with Merrick Bobb, who describes his goal to make law enforcement “effective”. Roy Burns, former head of ALADS describes the impact of Bobb’s solo foot pursuit ban on the Deputy’s ability to perform their job.


Full Disclosure® asks Mike Gennaco if there is a duplication of efforts by the monitors. He notes the ACLU jail “intake” function that garners 16,000 inmate complaints per year. ACLU’s Mark Rosenbaum points his finger at the County Board of Supervisors, as being responsible for the problems.

The Full Disclosure® program is billed as “the news behind the news” and is hosted by Leslie Dutton who was presented with a local public affairs Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the 2001 series “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”.


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