Senator Bradford Issues Statement on Incident Involving LA County Sheriff’s Department
SACRAMENTO – Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) released the following statement on the incident involving the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Feezy Lebron on New Year’s Eve:
“I’m deeply disturbed by the actions of these Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies. Threatening to put a bullet in a person who was just sitting in their car in a parking lot of a friend’s business is flat out wrong and another example of abuse of authority. This man was not doing anything wrong.
“The incident again demonstrates the importance of having a law like SB 2 on the books, which I authored in 2021, and will begin this year to revoke the certification of officers who violate the public trust.
“I appreciate the responsiveness of Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna in taking this matter seriously and sharing this video with the public so quickly. I encourage the Sheriff to fully investigate this disturbing incident and take strong action to prevent this from happening again. Californians should not live in fear of police officers.
“This incident also shows the importance of protecting motorists from unnecessary traffic stops. It's unnecessary interactions like these that add to fear and anxiety in Black and Brown communities when encountering police that far too often lead to tragic outcomes. I have introduced legislation this year that would prevent police from making traffic stops for minor offenses that do not endanger public safety.”
Senator Bradford is Vice Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications and represents the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, San Pedro, Torrance, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington.