After about a 30 minute delay, the @LASDHQ 2021 Hate Crime Summit is now underway. I’ll be live tweeting here.
Not a lot of masks in attendance. I’m watching virtually so it’s difficult to give an estimate. I’ve seen at least 10 bare faces, including several panelists.
The national anthem has concluded. Now a video showing the history of the department is being shown. Lots of archival photos of LASD personnel throughout the years.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva opens the event. He says that he is working to “diminish the specter of hatred that rears its ugly head,” and says that the Board of Supervisors is “harming the community when [they] defund the Sheriff’s Department.”
Deputy Justin Cham, the hate crime task force coordinator, says that in 2020 there were 72 total hate crimes in LA County. There were 90 total hate incidents.
FBI Agent Salvador Tamburrino is introduced as a “friend” of the department presenter. He shares an anecdote about how the LA Times does “a great job of capturing what the Sheriff’s Department does.”
The Q&A portion has been completely skipped because the presenter says there are no questions from the live or virtual audience. My hand was raised in Webex. Sheriff Alex Villanueva is asked to return to the podium for closing remarks.

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The @LACountyCOC is meeting now. The agenda includes body worn cameras, deputy “cliques”, and COVID-19 in jails. Sheriff Alex Villanueva is expected to join at 12pm. I’ll be live tweeting here.
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