A Supreme Court judge this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, ruling that he did not confirm his claim that he faced retaliation for reporting an assault by another deputy.
MP Ostreberto Gonzalez sued in Los Angeles County last year, alleging that after he anonymously reported an alleged attack by a so-called “deputy gang” member on another MP, the alleged gang members retaliated against him in several ways, including forced him to respond to an excessive number of support calls. Gonzalez also claimed that he was kicked out of his position as a field training officer.
Gonzalez “has no direct evidence of a causal relationship between any theoretical protected activity and his alleged loss of an intern,” Judge William Feye wrote in his 11-page ruling, in which the judge concluded that Gonzalez was not subjected to “adverse employment … action. ”He also said that Gonzalez had made conflicting statements about the reassignment.
The decision to close the case came after Feuilly cut it down in April, allowing the MP to claim only that he reported a fight between the two MPs and was then repressed. The ruling barred Gonzalez from submitting any evidence of other MPs’ alleged involvement with the Executioners, a group of MPs in the Compton sheriff’s office, his lawyer Alan Romero said.
Romero said Faye’s refusal to “authorize disclosure of the Executioners’ gang”, coupled with the dismissal of the suit, was “a cover-up.”
“We are very confident that the Court of Appeal will overturn and allow the disclosure of the gang of deputies that Gonzalez whistled,” Romero said in a statement.
After he filed a lawsuit last year, Gonzalez testified in an unrelated federal civil rights lawsuit about the Executioners’ alleged activities. In his testimony, he testified that the tattooed deputies of the group have a stronghold at Compton station and have committed many abuses, including fabricating stories about how the suspects in the crime carried weapons.
Gonzalez said in testimony that 15 to 20 MPs are members of the Executioners, while others are potential members who are “chasing ink” – a reference to matching skull tattoos that members are allowed to do. Most of the members and potential clients were involved in high-profile gunfights or beatings, he said. Gonzalez said that after the shooting, the participants will party in a bar and call it the “998 report,” after MPs use a radio code to report they were in a shootout.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who said allegations inside and outside the agency about the prevalence and danger of gang-like groups of MPs were exaggerated, released a statement on Friday saying Gonzalez was not a reliable source.
“The unproven allegations in this case of Mr Gonzalez’s ‘deputy gangs’ have been used as the primary basis for attacks on the Department by some members of the Supervisory Board, a former member of the Supervisory Board (who was indicted for public corruption), Office of the Inspector General , The Civil Oversight Commission, other elected officials and the media, ”Villanueva said.
The sheriff added that Gonzalez is on paid leave and hinted that he was suspended for dishonesty.
Saying that he is “deeply concerned” that Gonzalez “may have provided incomplete or misleading information to the legal system,” Villanueva added that “appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that we continue to reassure deputies of sheriffs in our communities. trust. “
However, Romero said Gonzalez is on unpaid disability leave due to work-related stress.
Not all of Gonzalez’s allegations against the executioners in the federal lawsuit were included in his retaliation claim and therefore were not taken into account by the judge when he dropped the case.
The Sheriff’s Department has not responded to repeated requests from The Times about the results of its internal investigation into the executioners, except that it denies that MPs are having tattoo parties after the shooting. The shootings, the agency spokesman said in a statement, “are very traumatic incidents for all parties involved.”