I am not sure what has happened to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, but his law and order backbone seems to have gotten a steroid injection.
Look back at 2020. Villanueva was blindsided by a staff exodus, complaints of his handling of the pandemic response, including his shuttering gun stores as nonessential, and the heavy-handed enforcement of COVID-19 lockdown policies, and his battles with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors over officer-involved civilian shootings and other tensions surrounding the Board of Supervisors wanting to micromanage and reimagine policing, that did not sit well with the newly-elected Sheriff. Two L.A. Supervisors, Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas, mounted a campaign to change the County Charter to make the Sheriff an appointed position rather than elected and even called for Villanueva to resign.
The pandemic revealed the hypocrisy and fraudulent motives and actions of both of these Supervisors, and their efforts to unseat him and change the County Charter were tabled. Since May of 2020, Los Angeles County has seen a rise in violent crime, including an ambush attack on two Sheriff’s deputies, which Villanueva handled with swiftness and strength, standing by his deputies, and condemning the attacks on law enforcement.
These events, among others, have given space for Villanueva to go through a renaissance of sorts—and he’s taking full advantage of it, by not only becoming more badass, but more community-oriented.
The Sheriff is kicking ass and taking names. Something unprecedented in Los Angeles County, particularly in this highly political position.
Villanueva has been making the rounds with media outlets as a prominent face and voice for the Victims of Violent Crime for the Recall of District Attorney George Gascón. Villanueva recently spoke with the Epoch Times: California Insider, to make clear why he opposed this D.A.:
“In normal times you’re supposed to have a district attorney that represents the people. You have a public defender, an alternative public defender, their supposed to represent the defendant in any court proceeding. And between the two sides, that’s how justice is carried out on behalf of the people, and protecting the constitutional rights
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