After multiple audio recordings were leaked recently exposing racism and potential corruption by LA City Council members and Labor Union official Ron Herrera, Sheriff Alex Villanueva added fuel to the fire by highlighting his disappointment in city officials Martinez, Cedillo and DeLeon during his press conference on Facebook LIVE last week.
The commentary by the Sheriff, including his statement released on Twitter, enraged high-profile missing persons and mental health advocate Dr. Ronda Hampton.
Hampton was an integral in developing Villanueva’s strategy and worked closely with him on his 2018 campaign continuing to advise the Sheriff on community relations after he took office in January 2019.
Dr. Hampton released a taped video statement highlighting multiple incidents of racism and bigotry within his own department the Sheriff refused to acknowledge and/or discipline.
In her video, Dr. Hampton refers to deputy Juanita Navarro of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau who posted threatening, racist tweets after the ambush of two Compton deputies.
Additionally, Dr. Hampton also referred to the multiple lawsuits UnderSheriff Tim Murakami is embroiled in including one where the second in command referred to Lt. Tracey Stewart as a “kuronbo”, the Japanese equivalent of the “N” word.
According to Spectrum News who released the Stewart story Monday, the County Equity Oversight Panel investigated in 2019. The contents are under seal, pending litigation. It found Murakami used a racial slur and recommended discipline, but it was overturned by Sheriff Alex Villanueva.