Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the operations manager of a security firm had contracted a sworn representative from West Hollywood, California, to take over law enforcement duties, who had been charged with murder and possession in Georgia. Armed robbery.
West Hollywood may only be 1.9 square miles, but it has the highest crime rate in the nation, as 1 in 174 people are victims of crime. It has an index of 8, according to Neighborhood Scout, which means it’s safer than just 8 percent of U.S. cities.
Still, the West Hollywood City Council voted last month to replace four sheriff representatives with a team of civilian blue-shirt ambassadors who will walk the city with the concept of neighborhood policing.
“We took action to reallocate our public safety funding in a way that aligns with the needs of our community, in fact, adding more than 26 new positions to our reimagined public safety team and funding the full replenishment reserve for LASD,” Congresswoman Sepi Shyne told Fox News.
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Villanueva, an outspoken opponent of Los Angeles politicians who favor a “sober” agenda over safety, is angry at the layoffs, especially considering the company hired a man convicted of manslaughter.
Contractor Block By Block says it provides “highly visible…ambassadors” [who] Not only will it provide a sense of security, but it will also serve as a welcome presence that differentiates your public space. “
local west hollywood news site weehoville Watched the ambassadors for a day and took pictures of them sitting behind the kiosk looking at their phones.
Meanwhile, the operations manager since 2013 was convicted in Georgia in 1995 of murder and armed robbery, along with accompanying drug charges. The charge was downgraded to manslaughter and the man was allowed to complete his sentence in California, court records show.
“The city council says they’re stepping up public safety because they’re replacing four delegates with 30 unarmed ambassadors,” Villanueva told Reuters Washington Examiner. “The city knew about his criminal history because they got an email about it. He committed murder, pleaded guilty to bargaining manslaughter, and did it for eight years.”
Villanueva said most on the city council were very anti-law enforcement, “they don’t bother to review who they use in place of the police, so they settled on a convicted murderer.”
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The West Hollywood City Council could not be reached on Friday, and Block By Block did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment.
“There will be a reckoning,” Villanueva said.
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