In a speech meant to lay out his law enforcement vision, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Wednesday issued a blistering attack on the reforms embraced by the department in the wake of a major corruption scandal, arguing they may have done more harm than good.
Villanueva, whose 2-month-old administration has already become entangled in controversy, dismissed some efforts by the department to reduce force against inmates — the core problem that led to a culture of jail abuse — as a “social experiment” that backfired and put lives at risk.
Villanueva’s comments in his first address on the state of the department repeated familiar themes from his election campaign but offered few new ideas or specifics about how he planned to change policies and move the department forward.
“There is a need for transparency and accountability in order to regain the public’s trust in this organization,” Villanueva said during a news conference. “Today is our first step towards this effort.”
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