More than 440 LA County deputies have left this year, as sheriff calls violence, homelessness ‘existential threats’

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LOS ANGELES, CA– Since politicians began defunding and restricting police departments across the country to placate the liberal left and Black Lives Matter movement, retirement rates have skyrocketed. 

In Los Angeles for example, more than 440 employees have left the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department as of April 30th new statistics show. This is already more than half of the total number of personnel who have retired each year in recent history, according to reports

To address this critical issue, and combat the increase in crime and homelessness taking place, the LASD’s highest-ranking official, Sheriff Alex Villanueva is asking county executives to allow his department to hire hundreds more deputies. 

Fox News reported that as of April 30, 444 LASD employees resigned or retired from the department, with 308 of them being sworn deputies, according to statistics recently provided to Fox News in response to a public records request.

That’s 59 employees more than half of the 770 total personnel who left LASD in all of 2020, the department said Tuesday. 

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is responsible for overseeing all of L.A. County, which houses more than ten million people in a 4,000 square mile radius.

In February, the department issued a press release that stated that the LASD had approximately 18,000 total employees, 9,800 of whom were sworn personnel.  

On Wednesday, June 2nd Sheriff Alex Villanueva went live on social media where he said LASD needs at least 500 more sworn members to address what he called the three “existential threats” – the rise in violent crime, the homeless crisis and the lack of control within the cannabis industry. 

 

Villanueva said the 500 additional deputies he’s hoping to be able to hire would go in part toward the Homeless Outreach Service Team, which is currently being temporarily staffed by deputies from other units within LASD.

Villanueva also said during the post that murders in the county have spiked by 95.24% so far this year compared to the same time in 2020, while the department also saw increases of 40.11% in grand theft auto, 22.40% in arson, 12.94% in aggravated assault and 7.82% in forcible rape.

Adding that crime was already up 36% at the end of 2020.

He went on to say:

“All huge numbers, all very, very troublesome,” 

As he started his next thought, he noted:

“We have less cops on the street, more crooks, less consequences – you know, what could go wrong with that combination, right?”

Fox News reported that Villanueva railed against local lawmakers who first voted last year to defund law enforcement and he said are poised to do so again. LASD’s budget was cut by $145 million, with Villanueva estimating the department lost 1,130 positions. He added that the Board of Supervisor plans to defund the department by an additional $143 million and 77 police positions.

Villanueva said: 

“We have been defunded, degraded. Our capacity to fight crime, investigate crime and hold people accountable when they commit a crime – all that is going downhill. And not to the benefit of the residents of L.A. County,”

He went on to say:

“As you can judge by the numbers, they are going in the wrong direction.”

Instead, Villanueva said, he’s pushing for 10% of the county’s overall budget, or approximately $3.6 billion, to go toward public safety and the LASD, he said. 

Villanueva said:

“This is an investment that saves people’s lives,”

He added:

“Yes, people’s lives are at stake, your budget priorities should reflect that.”

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California gun control: Violent gun crime and mass shootings surge in Los Angeles county despite tough gun laws

June 5, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA – Gun control advocates may be in for a surprise after learning that Los Angeles County, with some of the most stringent gun controls in the nation, is experiencing a violent crime surge.

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released a video on social media announcing numbers showing a 95 percent increase in murders, a 40 percent increase in grand theft auto, a 7.8 percent increase in rape, a 12.9 percent increase in aggravated assault, and a 22 percent increase in arson.

The Sheriff said the LA County crime statistics were “not good news”:

“All (increases are) huge numbers. Very troublesome and I am going to identify this as existential threat number one, particularly for people who live in communities that have a large percentage of African American and Latino residents. They are the ones in the impact zone.”

The Sheriff then blasted council members for not taking action to address the rapid crime increase, and suggested they were partially to blame:

“I have yet to hear a single motion from the Board of Supervisors addressing this, not one. On another note, related because we have less cops on the street (and) more crooks, less consequences, what could go wrong with that combination, right?”

In the same video, the Sheriff announced that his department would increase the processing and number of concealed weapons permits issued to the public so that they could protect themselves from the criminals running rampant.

L.A. County, and all of California, has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Gun control monitoring site maintained by Giffords Law Center gave California an “A” for gun control saying:

“California has the strongest gun laws in the United States and often leads the way in enacting new approaches to gun safety. The state has the seventh-lowest gun death rate in the country.

“To further strengthen its gun laws, California should increase funding for community violence prevention programs and strengthen firearm removal processes for people subject to court protective orders.”

California gun laws include red flag law, universal background checks, a 10-day waiting period on firearm purchases, firearm registration requirements, an “assault weapons” ban, a limit on the number of guns a law-abiding citizen can purchase in a month, a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry permit issuance, a ban on K-12 teachers being armed for classroom defense, a ban on campus carry for self-defense, and numerous other controls.

As of 2020, California had more gun laws on the books than any other state. As of that year, there were 107 gun laws restricting the possession and carrying of firearms.

Despite these laws restricting the Second Amendment, crime in the streets of cities like Los Angeles and Oakland rages.

May 26, the mass shooting at the VTA rail yard in San Jose became the 18th mass shooting in California this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Nine people died in the San Jose attack.

Mass shootings in California, with the gun control laws, are not a rare occurrence. Before the May 26 attack, two mass shootings occurred on May 18. There were seven in the Month of May alone.

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From January through May 26, Oakland had four mass shootings.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) claims that the violence his own L.A. County Sheriff tells him is running out of control is not a sign that gun control is not working. Three days after the tragic attack in San Jose, he tweeted:

“Some people (…meaning the GOP and NRA) like to point to horrific shootings like yesterday’s and say CA’s strict gun laws don’t work. The reality is that is simply not true.”

He tried to support his argument by using statistics from 1993 and spoke about the “rate” of gun deaths rather than discuss the number of deaths from gun violence:

“In 1993, CA had the 3rd highest rate of gun homicides in the country and the 16th highest rate of gun deaths overall.”

“Since then, CA has become a national leader on gun safety.”

In another blow to gun control in California, a federal judge has overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons this week.

In a 94-page decision, federal Judge Roger T. Benitez described California’s assault weapons ban – in place in 1989 – as unconstitutional and defended the right of Americans to own semi-automatic rifles.

The judge wrote:

“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment.

“Guns and ammunition in the hands of criminals, tyrants and terrorists are dangerous; guns in the hands of law-abiding responsible citizens are better.”


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