According to a new report from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies frequently harass the families of people they have killed, including taunting them at vigils, parking outside their homes and following them and pulling them over for no reason, reports The Guardian. After collecting detailed accounts of alleged harassment from the families of Paul Rea, an 18-year-old killed during a traffic stop in 2019, and Anthony Vargas, a 21-year-old shot 13 times in 2018, the report claims that the LA sheriff’s department (LASD) has routinely retaliated against victims’ relatives who speak out, that LASD deputies regularly drive by or park in front of the Rea and Vargas families’ homes and workplaces and at times have taken photos or recorded them for no reason. In response to family members’ formal complaints of harassment, LASD has frequently concluded that “employee conduct appears reasonable.”
The NLG report alleges that stations with officer gangs have been responsible for some of the harassment. Hilda Solis, an LA county supervisor, also introduced a motion on Tuesday, which unanimously passed, calling for an investigation into incidents of harassment and for written policies to bar this behavior. The report also said some families are too afraid to speak out given these reports of harassment.