District Attorney-Sheriff Politics Kill Gang Conference

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Organizers of the September 5-7th law enforcement training conference on "Gangs, Drugs, & Immigration" scheduled to be held at the Westin Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel, have announced the event has been canceled due to political infighting attributed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. This law enforcement training conference was to be the first ever to bring together prosecutors and law enforcement officers to train together using the latest strategies and technology to deal with the problems of gangs, drugs and immigration.

Organizers of the September 5-7th law enforcement training conference on "Gangs, Drugs, & Immigration" scheduled to be held at the Westin Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel, have announced the event has been canceled due to political infighting attributed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. This law enforcement training conference was to be the first ever to bring together prosecutors and law enforcement officers to train together using the latest strategies and technology to deal with the problems of gangs, drugs and immigration.

  • THE INSTRUCTORS: who were scheduled to conduct the classes are top experts in their field and recognized by the California Commission on Police Standards & Training (POST). Among them are gang experts retired from Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, an agent from the U. S Border Patrol, two Gang injunction specialists from the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and Orange County District Attorney's office and an Asian Gang Investigator from the Orange County D.A.'s. office.
  • L.A. D.A. OFFICE INTERFERES: "We were unable to muster support and cooperation from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department (LASD) who had pledged to participate in the event," claims organizer T. J. Johnston, Executive Director of the Citizens Protection Alliance. He said the problems started when the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office raised objections to the event.
  • CONFLICT WITH L.A. COUNTY D.A.? Johnston said the first indication of dissention came on June 21st when the CPA received an E-mail from Sheriff Leroy Baca's staff raising the issue of a possible "conflict" with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and the ADDA, another co-sponsoring organization. "The L. A. County Sheriff's Department (LASD) had pledged to promote the conference via their internal communication system known as JDIC, but once the L. A. County District Attorney's conflict surfaced, Sheriff Baca's support quickly evaporated." Johnston said.
  • D.A.'s INTERFERENCE CITED: "the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office contacted the California Commission on Police Officer & Training (POST) and in a series of email messages, falsely stated that the conference did not have the support of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and raised concerns about the 'legitimacy' of the seminar," Johnston said.
  • TWO D.A. ATTORNEY (automobile fraud) investigators from the DA's Commerce Office appeared at the CPA office on Friday, July 5th flashing badges to find out who provided the e-mail list of L A. District Attorneys regarding the sending out of announcements of the law enforcement training conference. They claimed the taxpayer funded e-mail list was "private".
  • THE SECOND WEEK OF JULY: Baca's Chief of Staff verbally notified the CPA that Sheriff Baca was withdrawing all support and participation from the event.
  • CO--SPONSORS LETTERS LINKED HERE: In addition to the CPA--a non-profit community organization--the four other organizations letters of support and co-sponsorship are listed here: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the California District Attorney's Association and the Association of Deputy District Attorney's.

"Even though the Orange County Sheriff and the two District Attorney's Associations continued their co-sponsorship, LASD's withdrawal effectively killed the conference by cancelling their support to obtain the POST credentials. Therefore the conference has been canceled due to the D.A.'s interference and the LASD's unexplained withdrawal of their sponsorship and support," Johnston said.

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