LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva sits down with Marc Brown, defends actions against aid gangs, homelessness

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Who Should Be The Next Los Angeles Sheriff? Current sheriff Alex Villanueva says he deserves to keep his job, despite a chorus of critics saying he should not only not be re-elected, but he should resign immediately.

Marc Brown sat down with him to talk about why he thinks he deserves to stay on. They spoke about the increase in crime, his approach to homelessness and the serious concerns about cops involved in gangs.

“I fired four deputies from East LA station who were involved in the Kennedy Hall incident. I suspended 22 without pay. I transferred 36. On my first day in office, I relieved the commander of East LA station because I had no confidence in his ability to run the station. You can’t do more than that,” Villanueva said.

When asked about the tattoos deputies have in connection with their gang membership, Villanueva emphasized that the tattoos don’t necessarily signify gang involvement.

“They must be involved in the crime,” he said. “If they are guilty of misconduct, we take action. And we have never stopped taking action against anyone involved in misconduct.”

Watch more from Marc Brown’s interview in the video player above.

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