Account of Sheriff Villanueva lying in a cover-up revealed – Los Angeles Times

The filing by former Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon, once one of Villanueva’s closest advisors, alleges that she personally brought a DVD containing a video of a deputy kneeling on a handcuffed inmate’s neck to Villanueva — and watched it with him and two others five days after the incident happened.

Her account calls into question Villanueva’s claim that he learned of the March 2021 incident eight months after it happened and took swift action.

After The Times last month reported on the cover-up, Limon’s claim said, Villanueva demanded that she retire or she would be demoted four ranks — from assistant sheriff to lieutenant.

“The reasons for the Sheriff’s misconduct were twofold, to retaliate against the Complainant for being a whistleblower on several instances of illegal and other wrongful conduct and to further his cover up of an excessive use of force incident,” her claim said.

Source: Account of Sheriff Villanueva lying in a cover-up revealed – Los Angeles Times