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L.A. County Sheriff’s Department switches from silver to gold belt buckles at a cost of $300,000
By Maya Lau

Sheriff’s officials are spending $300,000 on items they say would make deputies look more professional in their jobs and could help make them safer.

But the taxpayer dollars won’t go toward tools such as higher-quality ballistic vests, backup guns or body cameras, all of which are optional items that deputies have to pay for on their own.

Instead, Sheriff Jim McDonnell is spending the money on a minor cosmetic makeover of deputies’ uniforms: changing the color of their belt buckles and other metal pieces of gear from silver to gold. 

The agency is facing a chronic staff shortage and a recurring budget deficit.


25 years ago, parts of L.A. were embroiled in riots. How much has L.A. really changed since then? California Editor Shelby Grad looks at the issue through polls over the years.

Burned out car on Florence Avenue west of Normandie on April 30, 1992.

Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times The Sorbornne Market at 4600 S. Vermont Ave. on the night of April 29, 1992, the day the riots erupted.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies keep tabs on a group of people arrested after a store on Martin Luther King Boulevard was looted.

Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles TimesRioters at the corner of Florence and Normandie on the first day of civil unrest.

A resident of South Los Angeles vainly attempts to fight a raging fire at 79th Street and Normandie Avenue using a garden hose April 29, 1992.

Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times A man with a shopping cart full of diapers passes a market on the second day of the riots on 3rd Street.

Plumes of smoke rise from burning buildings in mid-town Los Angeles on April 30, 1992.

CHP officer Hugh Gnecco checks for looters in a Chief Auto Parts store at Washington Boulevard and Western Avenue on May 1, 1992.

Bobby Wade holds a sign asking for peace at the corner of Pico Blvd. and Fairfax on may 1, 1992.

According to several different police departments, people are so damn addicted to Facebook that they go completely off the rails without it. During one Facebook outage in 2014, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sent out an APT (All Points Tweet) reminding residents not to call them just because they couldn’t check in on their ex’s timeline.

Twitterers must have assumed Sergeant Brink was kidding, because just 20 minutes later he assured the Twitterverse that, yes, people really are that desperate when their social media goes down.

Just a year later, residents in the San Francisco Bay area were at it. Five different people rang up 911 to find out when Facebook would be back online, prompting dispatchers to beg everyone to please leave their lines open for actual emergencies.

This isn’t just a California thing, either; folks across the pond have had similar reactions. When Facebook went down a second time in 2015, the Kingston Police Department got the drop on their ansty citizens, telling them to go spend some time with their families instead of calling them over a problem they literally couldn’t solve if they tried.

6 Totally WTF Calls 911 Receives With Shocking Regularity

Flash mob of 200 spells out 'RESIST!' at Trump golf club
A flash mob of about 200 demonstrators descended upon the Trump National Golf Club near Los Angeles Saturday morning to express their disdain for Donald Trump and convey a message to Americans: Resist his presidency and his policies.
By ABC News

The protesters, part of the group “Indivisible San Pedro,” spelled out the word “RESIST!” in 30-foot-tall letters in a public park on the grounds of the golf club, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, reported ABC affiliate KABC.
The group has also been vocal about urging the president to release his tax returns.
It took the flash mob – which consisted of children – about 15 minutes to form the word, after which they sang “God Bless America,” according to The Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were reportedly called to the scene and watched from clubhouse balcony, but they did not intervene or arrest anyone.

Murder Or Suicide
The Death Of Mitrice Richardson

On the 16th of September 2009 in California, openly gay nightclub dancer 24 year old Mitrice Richardson, was dining at a restaurant. Police were called when she didn’t pay the bill, the woman was acting irrationally and making bizarre remarks (she was neither drunk or on drugs). Richardson was taking into police custody and her worried mother was informed by officers she would be released the following morning. During this time, all her belongings were in her car which was impounded.

Against what the officers said, Richardson was released at midnight. Due to her not being intoxicated and with no mental evaluation they said she was adult enough to leave. Mitrice had none of her items and was miles away from her home. No one had seen her since…

Mitrice’s father openly said he saw her working as a prostitute in January 2010 in Las Vegas.

Nearly a year after Mitrice’s disappearance, her body was found on the 9th of August 2010. Richardson’s mummified remains were found in the Malibu County creek bed, an area known to shoot pornography. Around the area was graphic paintings of an african/american woman. The police quickly ruled out murder and claimed she may had fallen whilst hiking as one theory.

Both Richardson’s parents sued the Los Angeles Sheriff Office separately, her mother claimed she was suffering from bipolar and should have been assessed. They both received $450,000 each.

This case remains unsolved

Whitney Jade Washuta, 25, shot to death by ex-boyfriend

“A woman shot to death Tuesday night in a West Hollywood residential area was killed by her ex-boyfriend, who later took his own life, according to authorities.

The Los Angeles County coroner Wednesday identified the woman as Whitney Jade Washuta, 25, of West Hollywood.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting was reported at 8:43 p.m. in the 8700 block of Rosewood Avenue, near Robertson and Beverly boulevards.

Washuta was found with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, authorities said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

About 10 p.m that evening, the Los Angeles Police Department found the body of a 27-year old Pacific Palisades man, Kyle Patrick Ramsey, holding a handgun in a vehicle parked about a mile away.”



Los Angeles sheriff caught sending horrifyingly racist emails

Sheriff Tom Angel was hired in 2014 as part of a team meant to “clean up” a sheriff’s office plagued by a reputation for violence and misconduct. So much for that. A 15-page email record shows Angel sent numerous racist and sexist jokes. It gets worse: His “apology” is even more infuriating.