LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA – In a major reversal, the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) filed a lawsuit on Friday seeking declaratory relief requesting that a Judge decide on who has final authority to discipline the deputies as it relates to the County’s vaccine mandate.
Law Enforcement Today has reported extensively on ALADS’ failure to protect members from threats of discipline for non-compliance with the mandate. LET has been contacted by several members who left the union in response to its failure to protect them.
It appears that the union, representing more than 8,000 deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators working in Los Angeles County, has apparently decided to change course.
In a complaint filed Friday, ALADS filed the complaint for declarative relief in California Superior Court. In a statement released in coordination with the filing, ALADS wrote:
“It is ALADS’ position that Los Angeles County and its Board of Supervisors do not ‘have the lawful authority to suspend or discharge employees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Rather, only the Sheriff of the County of Los Angeles … has the lawful authority to suspend or discharge employees of the Department.’”
In August, the County Board of Supervisors ordered a mandatory vaccination policy for COVID-19. The mandate requires all County employees to be fully vaccinated or face disciplinary action, up to and including discharge from employment.
Following an exclusive article by LET raising security concerns of personal identifiable information collected in a mandatory survey submission to Fulgent Genetics, a China-linked genetics company, and a subsequent warning issued by the FBI stating the same concerns, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced the Sheriff’s Department would not participate in the mandated program.
In a letter sent to the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Villanueva wrote that the decision came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation requested a briefing with Los Angeles County leaders to share “very concerning information” about Fulgent Genetics.
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In the complaint, ALADS pointed out that despite the Sheriff’s concerns, the Board of Supervisors continues their intent to discipline staff that fail to comply with the mandate:
“As of the filing of this complaint, the County’s Board of Supervisors has maintained its position that it will ensure enforcement of the County’s policy by imposing discipline, up to and including discharge from employment, on non-compliant Department employees.”
ALADS sent out an email blast to members explaining that their new position:
“Los Angeles County and its Board of Supervisors do not have the lawful authority to suspend or discharge employees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Rather, only the Sheriff of the County of Los Angeles … has the lawful authority to suspend or discharge employees of the Department.”
ALADS President James Wheeler added:
“The lack of clear messaging and the continued battle between the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors is only creating confusion among our members.
“As the Union representing the rank-and-file deputies, we need to ensure that the guidance we provide is based on facts and today’s legal complaint will get us on that path.”
ALADS’s argument is supported by California law, which places the elected Sheriff in charge of all law enforcement activities and jail management. The state’s Attorney General is assigned by law to oversee the Sheriff, not a County’s Board of Supervisors.
The complaint reads:
“The Attorney General of the State of California has direct supervisory authority over the Sheriff ‘in all matters pertaining to’ the Sheriff’s duties.
“The Attorney General shall have direct supervision over every… sheriff and over such other law enforcement officers as may be designated by law, in all matters pertaining to the duties of their respective officers.”
California Gov. Code 12560 states, “The Attorney General has direct supervision over the sheriffs of the several countries of the State…”
“The County’s Board of Supervisors is prohibited from obstruction the investigative functions of the Sheriff.”
With the filing, ALADS is asking for the court to order that the County Board of Supervisors overstepped it’s authority when the mandate ordered that the Sheriff’s Department discipline personnel who fail to comply with the mandatory vaccination order.
The filing asks for the judge to issue a declaration stating:
“Only the Sheriff may suspend or discharge employees of the Department for any reason, including non-compliance with the County’s mandatory vaccination policy, and…
“The County’s Board of Supervisors does not have the lawful authority to suspend or discharge employees of the Department for any reason, including non-compliance with the County’s mandatory vaccination policy.”
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LA County Sheriff pulls out from county’s mandated testing program after FBI warns cops DNA will be shared with China
November 30, 2021
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA – Following a shocking warning from the FBI confirming an exclusive report by Law Enforcement Today, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department advised county supervisors that the department will no longer participate in COVID-19 registering or testing with Fulgent Genetics, due to the fact that DNA data “will likely be shared with the Republic of China.”
In a letter sent to the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Alex Villanueva wrote that the decision came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation requested a briefing with Los Angeles County leaders to share “very concerning information” about Fulgent Genetics.
Law Enforcement Today (LET) reported on October 18, 2021, about L.A. County mandating that first responders register their vaccination status through Fulgent Genetics, an international technology company with ties to China, with the required consent to release their personal and genetic information to foreign nations.
Sheriff Villanueva wrote in the letter exclusively obtained by LET:
“On November 24, 2021, I was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, who shared with me the FBI’s need to brief Los Angeles County leaders as to the ‘very concerning information’ they learned regarding the COVID-19 testing of County employees by Fulgent.”
Sheriff Villanueva said he attended the briefing on November 26, at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, where he met with Los Angeles County Council Rodrigo A. Castro-Silva and Chief Executive Officer Fesia Davenport.
He said each county supervisor had been invited to the briefing, as was the head of the Department of Public Health.
The purpose of the meeting was for the FBI to inform County leaders of the “serious risk” associated with permitting Fulgent Genetics to conduct the Covid-19 testing of County employees, something county officials have mandated of all first responders.
The Sheriff wrote:
“I was shocked to learn Fulgent had strong ties with BGI, WuXi, and Huawei Technology, all of which are linked to the Chinese Academy of Medical Science, The Peoples Republic of China (PRC) State Council and are under the control of the PRC.
“I was even more shocked to learn Fulgent made no attempt to disguise the fact they will use genetic information obtained in future studies.
On the Fulgent public website, the following statement can easily be found, ‘I also give permission for my specimen and clinical information to be used in de-identified studies at Fulgent and for publication, if appropriate.’”
The letter also raised concerns over the 2017 China Cyber-Security Law, which makes it legal for PRC to seize any data stored in China or stored outside China by any organization with a location inside China.
Sheriff Villanueva mentioned a New York Times article published in October reporting on Chinese companies collecting genetic data from around the world so the PRC could develop the world’s largest bio-database.
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In the letter, Sheriff Villanueva told the supervisors he was “deeply concerned” by the vetting failure on the part of the county:
“I am deeply concerned as to the vetting process which either failed to discover this, or discovered it, but chose to ignore it. A simple internet search would have uncovered all of the above facts.
On or about October 19, 2021, our department reached out to the County’s Department of Human Resources liaison of Fulgent, Mr. Ben Kempner, to ask him to respond to the questions in the (LET) news article, ‘L.A. first responders ordered to turn over personal and genetic data to China-linked company or face firing,’ but we were provided no response.
“I am equally concerned by the inclusion of an ‘equity survey’ to the mandatory Fulgent database registration process. How can one provide informed consent when participation is mandatory, under penalty of discipline?”
The article referred to in the letter was published by Law Enforcement Today on October 18 in an exclusive interview, reporting that L.A. County was mandating that employees register their vaccination status through Fulgent Genetics, with a required consent to release their personal and genetic information to foreign nations.
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