On November 1st the Los Angeles County Supervisors officially announced the nine people who will be serving on the Civilian Oversight Commission.
Appointed individually by Solis, Ridley-Thomas, Kuehl, Knabe, and Antonovich, in that order:
Former President and CEO of Public Counsel
President of Baptist Ministers’ Conference
Senior Pastor of the Southern Saint Paul Church
Executive Director of Peace Over Violence
Former LA Sheriff’s Lieutenant
Board Member and Former President of ALADS
Robert C. Bonner
Former DEA Administrator
Appointed by the Board of Supervisors from the community applications:
Executive Director of Center for Juvenile Law & Policy at Loyola Law School
Former Federal Public Defender
Rabbi at Beth Chayim Chadashim
Loyola Law School Associate Professor
Former Deputy District Attorney
Patrisse Cullors, DPN’s founder and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, was instrumental in making the commission. She brought the idea to the table and organized local communities to demand it. And although she was nominated by us and made it to the final round of the interview process, the supervisors said her affiliation to BLM was a conflict of interest. However, they did not think that Robert C. Bonner being former administrator of the DEA and commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection was a conflict of interest. And even more shockingly, they didn’t think that JP Harris being a former sheriff’s department lieutenant for the very department this commission is overseeing was a conflict of interest.
Moving forward there is much to be done to ensure that this commission is effective and we are confident in the presence and fortitude of our C2ESV nominees who have been appointed. Stay tuned for more in depth profiles on all of the commissioners. In the meantime we will continue to be vigilant in pushing for subpoena power and to ensure that each commissioner is holding the LASD accountable and serving the people most affected by sheriff violence.