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.