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Authorities are seeking clues to apprehending the killer(s) of Richard Allen Jefferson, struck down by gunfire in 2018 in Compton. An Inglewood resident, Jefferson was the father of former NBA star Richard Jefferson.
Reward offered for help solving murder of ex-NBA player's father
COMPTON(CNS)—Authorities are hoping that a $20,000 reward will generate clues to help solve the 2018 shooting death in Compton of the father of former NBA player Richard Jefferson.
Richard Allen Jefferson, 65, of Inglewood was shot on Sept. 19, 2018 at about 6:35 p.m. while standing on a sidewalk in the 600 block of West Peach Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
"Upon arrival, deputies found the victim lying on the ground, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds," the sheriff's department said in astatement. "The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The victim was well liked in the community and
investigators believe he was targeted solely because of his race."
At a news conference on March 21 at the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, detectives and Jefferson's family appealed for the public's help in solving the crime, which investigators said may have been gang-related.
"He was a brother, a son, a father, a grandfather," Jefferson's brother Kenneth said at the news conference. "He was very much loved."
Richard Jefferson played for several teams over a 17-year NBA career and won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
Special Counsel: County Sheriff's Dept. must eliminate deputy gangs
LOS ANGELES (CNS)—At least a half dozen deputy gangs or cliques are currently active throughout the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and misbehavior by members has already cost taxpayers more than $55 million,according to a scathing report by the Civilian Oversight Commission.
According to the special counsel's 70-page report, which was released Friday, members of such deputy gangs as the Executioners, the Banditos, the Regulators, the Spartans, the Gladiators, the Cowboys, and the Reapers "run" many of the county's patrol stations, as opposed to the sergeants, lieutenants and captains ostensibly in charge.
The report also determined that new deputy cliques form as members of existing groups retire or otherwise leave the Sheriff's Department. There is evidence to suggest that gangs are now re-emerging in Men's Central Jail after efforts over the years to eradicate the problem of excessive force behind bars, the special counsel found.
"Merely transferring members of deputy gangs or deputy cliques has not proved particularly effective," the report states.
Most troubling, the report says, the gangs create rituals that "valorize violence, such as rec- ording all deputy involved shootings in an official book, celebrating with 'shooting parties,' and authorizing deputies who have shot a community member to add embellishments to their com- mon gang tattoos."
Deputies sued in civil lawsuits arising from the alleged use of excessive force cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in judgments and settlements, the report said, estimating that the additional cost to the county in such cases is upwards of $55 million.
Meanwhile, past administrations such as that of disgraced former Sheriff Lee Baca have pro- moted tattooed deputy gang members to the highest levels of leadership in the LASD, the report contends.
"Promoting deputy gang members into leadership positions reinforces the power of deputy gangs and deputy cliques and undermines the ability of officials to implement reforms aimed at eliminating them within the department," the special counsel team wrote this week.
While not addressing the report directly, Sheriff Robert Luna said Friday he was elected to "bring new leadership and accountability" to the department, and has created an office for "constitutional policing," led by former US Attorney Eileen Decker.
That office, Luna said in a statement, "will be staffed with attorneys, investigators, and auditors, and it will be tasked with helping to eradicate deputy gangs from this department. The vast majority of the department personnel are hardworking and dedicated professionals who are
committed to humbly serving the community."
"We look forward to working with the Civilian Oversight Commission and Inspector General on this in the future."
In a hearing Friday where Special Counsel Bert Diexler presented the report, the Civilian Over- sight Commission approved the document and adopted its guidance. The report's recommenda- tions will be sent to Luna, with the commission's urging that he adopt, implement and start enforcing them immediately. The document will also be sent to the Board of Supervisors to
fulfill their September 2021 directive to develop a plan to address the problem.
"We have faith that Sheriff Luna's administration understands the damage that deputy gangs cause," Danielle Butler Vappie, interim executive director for the commission, said in a state- ment. The gangs "put a stain on all the positive work that is being done by honorable deputies each day," she added.
The investigation involved eight hearings that included witness testimony and public comments. The special counsel's team also interviewed nearly 80 anonymous witnesses.
Supervisors voted to implement the commission in January 2016 with the mission to oversee and improve public transparency and accountability with respect to the Sheriff's Department. The long history of documentation on deputy gangs includes the 2012 Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence Report, the Inspector General's analysis of the Banditos, Loyola Law School's study of the deputy gang issue, Knock LA's investigative series, and most recently a 2021
Homicide down in Compton; overall crimes up in 2022
COMPTON (MNS)—Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department year-end crime statistics for the Compton community reveal a 14.2 increase in overall crimes at 4,038, but a 42.8 decrease in homicides from 2021—down from 42 to 25. http://shq.lasdnews.net/CrimeStats/CAASS/Patrol-CurrentMonth-YTD.PDF
In the most recent violence, a man who was stabbed to death here on Christmas was positively identified Dec. 27, and a family member was in custody for the crime. The victim was 20-year-old Compton resident Edgar Morales, according to the coroner's office.
Sheriff's deputies summoned to the 100 block of North Culver Avenue minutes after 10 p.m. Sunday found the victim, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau. Morales suffered stab wounds to his upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
The suspect was a family member of the victim and was arrested, officials said. A motive was not released. Anyone with information was asked to call Homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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