The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) searched several locations on Wednesday as part of an “ongoing public corruption investigation,” including the home of an official from a commission that launched an investigation into alleged “gangs” within the department earlier this year.
The LASD said in a release that in addition to the home of Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commissioner Patricia “Patti” Giggans, it also searched the home of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, as well as offices at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, Peace Over Violence Headquarters and LA Metro Headquarters.
“The investigation has been shared with a federal agency and they continue to monitor,” the release said, adding that it remains an active investigation and no further comment could be provided at this time.
On March 24, the Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission (COC) announced that it was launching a probe into “the deputy gangs that have plagued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for decades.” According to a release, the investigation would look into the existence and impact of these alleged gangs, as well as what is needed to get rid of them.
“Numerous reports demonstrate that deputy gangs still exist, but their scope and impact is unknown,” the release said. “The investigation will determine which stations deputy gangs currently operate out of, as well as the gangs’ adverse effect on the community and the Department itself.”
When the COC was formed, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed the commissioners who serve on it. According to the COC’s website, Giggans was appointed to the commission by Kuehl.
While she is a commissioner at the COC, Giggans also is the executive director of Peace Over Violence, one of the other locations searched by the LASD, which also has been investigating Peace Over Violence, KTTV reported.
In an interview with KTTV, Kuehl called the corruption probe a “bogus non-investigation” and said that the warrant to search her home “has no information on it.” She also said that the investigation might be based “on an old obsession by a Metro employee” who worked with the department “years ago,” though that has not been confirmed by the LASD.
The former employee became invested in a contract over the LA Metro hotline after she was let go and accused Kuehl of being involved, the supervisor told KTTV. Kuehl added that it was “based on a slim thread” and said she has never committed a felony.
Newsweek reached out to the COC and LASD for comment.