November 10, 2020
"When Democrats elected Sheriff Villanueva in 2018, we elected a progressive to help change the course of law enforcement in our county, keep Angelenos safe, and ensure that the office of the Sheriff held each other accountable. The LA County Democratic Party has always worked to support qualified Democrats up and down the ballot who upheld our party values and worked towards the progress of our state and our country. In 2019, our body passed a resolution calling on Sheriff Villanueva to, among other things, restore trust in his department and to where to the recommendations on hiring practices by the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, to end inmate transfers to federal immigration agents and their contractors and more. Tonight, our body took up a formal resolution calling on Sheriff Villanueva to resign. While a majority of members voted for the resolution, it did not meet the required 60% threshold to pass a resolution.
Make no mistake, while this resolution may have failed, our call for reform and accountability has never been more necessary and required. I stand with LA Democrats in continuing to urge Sheriff Villanueva to refocus his efforts on reforming his department, holding accountable those who fail to uphold their duty to protect and serve, and to work with Democrats across the county to restore trust in him as a leader in our county."