Threats Lies and Video (and Audio) Tapes: An Inside Look at Sheriff Villanueva’s Failed Attempts to Silence the Opposition

On April 6th, Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced his plans to file criminal charges against the whistleblower who leaked the Deputy Use of Force video from an incident that occurred on March 10th, 2021. The video leaked to the L.A. Times at the end of March resulted in a shake-up of monumental proportions at the executive level.

On May Sheriff Villanueva held a press conference further pushing the criminal action against whistleblowers connected in the Use of Force video leak. This time targeting journalist Alene Tchekmedyian as one of the subjects of a criminal investigation for receiving “stolen property’.

The video leak happened at a most inopportune time for Villanueva, less than 90 days away from the June primary for the 2022 Sheriff’s election.

The fallout on the 8th floor at the Hall of Justice was a significant reminder of the high stakes in this election and what lengths the Sheriff, his loyalists and his campaign staff will be willing to go to win.

But how far is too far?

If You Can’t Stand the Heat

In early 2021, a whistleblower in the L.A. Metro case was communicating his discontent with the way the case against

Apparently there is no barometer so be prepared to get out the kitchen if it gets too hot – and trust me, it will get scorching. Someone is going to get burned.



Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over 1 million hits across her social media platforms. Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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