Saturday, June 30, 2007

Tonight: Sheriff Baca, Jail Policies & Monitoring Police on Cable TV Channel 36.. Watch Internet Previews Here


Los Angeles, CA, In a two-part cable and Internet television series covering L.A County Sheriff Lee Baca’s policies involving the jail crisis and police monitoring are to be revealed by the Full Disclosure Network® on the L.A. Cable Channel 36, on Sunday July 1st 8-9 p.m. and again on Monday , July 2nd, 4-5 p.m.

Sheriff Baca describes the cause of the current jail overcrowding and the police monitoring organizations describe what they do and how they do it to keep the L. A. County Sheriff’s Department on the straight and narrow path in law enforcement.

Featured in this Part 1 and 2 are:

  • Sheriff Leroy Baca
  • Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU’s Legal Director
  • Mary Tiedeman , ACLU Jail Project Director
  • Captain Tim Cornell, LASD Inmate Reception Center
  • Mike Gennaco, Chief Attorney LASD Office of Independent Review
  • Merrick Bobb, Pres. Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC)

Highlights of the two program airing back to back are:

  • Explicit details of the numerous problems encountered by both the ACLU monitors and the L.A. County Sheriffs Department are provided in depth.

  • Inmate Riots, jail disturbances on video are featured in the FDN preview and series, to demonstrate the circumstances that exist from time to time and explanations for the cause are provided.

  • Three Civilian Monitors for the Sheriff: The Board of Supervisors already was contracting with Merrick Bobb of PARC, who describes his goal to make law enforcement “effective”. Mike Gennaco explains how and why the Sheriff formed the Office of Independent Review with funding from the County Supervisors. Roy Burns, former head of ALADS comments on the impact of policies developed by the monitors.
Short previews can be watched here:


Billed as "the news behind the news" the Full Disclosure Network® is an independent, educational, public affairs cable program. In 2002 host Leslie Dutton was presented with a local public affairs Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism". Channels and airtimes. For the past fifteen years FDN has covered critical public policy issues, in-depth, that are often ignored by the mainstream media.



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Monday, June 25, 2007

WHO'S MONITORING THE POLICE MONITORS? Internet Video Preview (3:30 min)

Los Angeles, CA: Full Disclosure Network® explores the role and purpose of three civilian police monitoring organizations who have been appointed by the Courts and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to investigate operations of the L. A. County Sheriff’s Department and county jails. An Internet video preview (3 min) of this part-four of the TV series is available FREE, 24/7, on demand, as a public service. The full length episodes are featured on 43 cable systems and will eventually be available 24/7, on demand, to Full Disclosure® subscribers from the website.

The Full Disclosure® series on civilian police monitors consists of interviews with Mike Gennaco, Chief Attorney, LASD Office of Independent Review (OIR), Merrick Bobb, president of the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC) and Mark Rosenbaum ACLU Legal Director and Mary Tiedeman Director of the “ACLU Jail Project”. Also included are statements from Roy Burns, former president of ALADS the Sheriff Deputies union.

Highlights from this part-four of the series are:

  • SHERIFF & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CREATE “OIR” (Segment #1)
    Prompted by the LAPD Rampart scandal and officer involved shootings, another civilian monitoring operation is created called the LASD Office of Independent Review (OIR) Chief Attorney Mike Gennaco describes his background in the Civil Rights Division of U. S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. focusing on police misconduct and hate crimes. He describes the activities of the OIR's six staff attorneys who are located within the LASD Internal Affairs Department. He compares the function of the OIR to that of other civilian oversight commissions that are comprised of volunteers.
  • THREE CIVILIAN MONITORS FOR THE SHERIFF (Segment #2)
    In addition to the OIR (Mike Gennaco), the Board of Supervisors also contracts with Merrick Bobb (PARC) who describes his goal to make law enforcement “effective”. Mike Gennaco explains that the Board of Supervisors wanted to make certain the Sheriff was doing as good a job as possible and acknowledges there is tension between competing interests regarding the policy. Roy Burns, former head of ALADS describes the impact of the solo foot pursuit ban on the Deputy’s ability to perform their job.
  • LAWSUITS vs POLICE TACTICS: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? Segment #3
    Gennaco is asked if there is a duplication of efforts by civilian monitoring of the Sheriff’s Department. He points out the ACLU has an “intake” function in their jail monitoring that garners them 16,000 inmate complaints per year. When asked if the Sheriffs and Police Departments have been politicized by public pressure, he says the result is for the better. Mark Rosenbaum points his finger at the County Board of Supervisors, as being responsible for the problems, he says the ultimate responsibility is theirs.

Full Disclosure® program is billed as “the news behind the news”. Hosted by Leslie Dutton who was presented with a local public affairs Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the 2001 series "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism".

Sunday, June 17, 2007

LAPD's Special Order 40 on Illegal Immigrants: L.A. Cable Channel 36 Tonight, Sunday & Monday (Video Preview 9 min)


Los Angeles, CA — The Full Disclosure Network® presents the history of non-enforcement of immigration laws and the struggle between the LAPD, L. A. County Sheriffs and Federal government over the last two decades in a 2004 cable television series featuring top law enforcement officials. The two-part series will be featured on L. A. Cable Channel 36 tonight, Sunday, June 17th 8-9 p.m. and again on Monday, June 18th from 4-5 p.m. A nine minute Internet video preview is available here 24/7, on demand, as a public service.


LAPD Assistant Chief David Gascon (ret) is a guest commentator who provides his insight on the need for homeland security, following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Gascon discusses the Los Angeles law enforcement policies and the current predicament facing many U. S. cities.

Appearing in the Full Disclosure® series are:

  • Former LAPD Chiefs Daryl Gates, Bayan Lewis, Bernard Parks
  • Police Commission Presidents Rick Caruso, David Cunningham, Edith Perez
  • L. A. County Sheriffs Sherman Block and Leroy Baca
  • L. A County Supervisor Michael Antonovich
  • LAPD Deputy Chief Art Lopez
  • Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi
  • INS District Director Richard K Rogers
Gascon offered his comments on the need to review the LAPD Special order 40 which has prohibited police officers from identifying illegal aliens in Los Angeles for the past 25 years. Gascon said that local law enforcement is frustrated because deported criminal aliens are returning time and again due to the U.S. Mexican Border being so porous.

Highlights from the two-part series are:


  • Both Daryl Gates and L. A . County Supervisor Mike Antonovich recount the tragic circumstances where police officers died at the hands of criminals who were also illegal aliens. (Click here for transcript of quotes.)

  • When LAPD Deputy Chief Art Lopez was asked why the LAPD does not enforce immigration laws he told Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton “the City Fathers, the City Council and the Police Commission has spoken that we want to provide services to everybody, regardless of their undocumented status. Unless they break the law, then we’re not going to report things to the INS.”

  • LAPD's David Gascon, retired Assistant Chief , commented on the 25 year old "don't ask, don't tell" LAPD policy known as Special Order 40 which prohibits local police from enforcing U. S . Immigration Laws.


Full Disclosure® interviews conducted by Host Leslie Dutton over the past fifteen years have documented the frustration and confusion of local law enforcement and District INS officials who often complained of lack of cooperation and lack of funding as the reasons why U.S. immigration laws were not effective.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

SHERIFF BACA & THE ACLU….PARTNERS IN JAIL REFORM? (Video Preview 4 min)

Los Angeles, CA: The unique court ordered partnership between the ACLU and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is revealed in a four minute Internet video preview from a special Full Disclosure Network® series of interviews addressing the Los Angeles County jail crisis. Sheriff Leroy Baca describes the cause of the current jail overcrowding, citing the 1975 ACLU lawsuit (Rutherford vs Block). Also featured are ACLU’s Legal Director Mark Rosenbaum, Jail Project Director Mary Tiedeman and LASD Captain Tim Cornell, of the Inmate Reception Center.

In the preview Baca tells FDN host Leslie Dutton that “The jail overcrowded problem, as you may know, stems from court decrees…. we were capped at about 18,000 prisoners, based on this Rutherford decision.” The preview is available FREE to Internet viewers and the entire series is soon to be featured on 43 cable TV systems. Eventually the full length interviews will be available 24/7, on demand, to those who subscribe to the Full Disclosure Network® website program service.

Some of the highlights featuring the ACLU and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are:

  • Captain Tim Cornell describes the LASD partnership with the ACLU, including some of the difficulties encountered when the ACLU monitors distribute complaint forms to inmates who in turn provide false information. He describes the ACLU’s temporary restraining order on jail overcrowding and how it impacted operations and the daily task of moving inmates from jails to courthouses for their hearings.
  • Mary Tiedeman, jail project director is asked to describe how the inmates react to the monitoring and relates some of the most common problems associated with the complaints forms they file on behalf of the inmates. She also defines the “partnership” with Sheriff’s Department and her good working relationship with the Sheriffs Deputies who respond quickly to her requests to assist inmates in distress.
  • Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU legal director describes the “partnership” with the Sheriffs Department and discusses how he wants to avoid any contempt proceedings against the LASD and that any back-up of operations that may have occurred, due to the ACLU temporary restraining order, should and could have been avoided and why.
  • Inmate Riots, jail disturbances on video are featured in the FDN preview and series, to demonstrate the circumstances that exist from time to time and explanations for the cause are provided.
  • Explicit details of the numerous problems encountered by both the ACLU monitors and the L.A. County Sheriffs Department are provided in depth.

Billed as "the news behind the news" the Full Disclosure Network® is an independent, educational, public affairs cable program. In 2002 host Leslie Dutton was presented with a local public affairs Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism". Channels and airtimes. For the past fifteen years FDN has covered critical public policy issues, in-depth, that are often ignored by the mainstream media.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sheriff Baca vs Sheriff Arpaio on Jails, Early Releases & More: Video (7 min)


June 7, 2007 --The Full Disclosure Network(R) is re-releasing a seven minute video news blog featuring L. A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca and Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Maricopa County AZ) debating who has the toughest jail system. The video is available FREE, 24/7, on demand as a public service and viewers are encouraged to leave their comments below the video streaming screen for debate and discussion.

STRIKING CONTRAST IN JAILS
This short video demonstrates the striking contrast in policies and attitude in Arizona and California. The Sheriffs offer their own rationalization for circumstances in their jails. At the close of the video news blog viewers are asked to participate in a survey of jail policies.

SHERIFF BACA POINTS OUT:
That criminals in Los Angeles county jails are tougher and more violent and make Sheriff Joe’s jails look like a “summer camp”. Baca points out that in L.A. County jails there are 1,200 murderers waiting for trial and 4,000 gang members who commit 500 murders a year. Baca also says that Sheriff Joe’s criminals are mild and they have committed lesser offenses and are not the hard core criminals such as in Los Angeles County jails

SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO
Is often referred to as "the Toughest Sheriff in America” because he houses jail inmates in Korean war tents on the desert in temperatures that reach up to 140 degrees in the summertime. In this video he boasts about spending only 30 cents a day, per inmate, for meals saying he hopes they will never come back to jail once released.
Sheriff Joe challenges Sheriff Baca’s early release program by inviting him to send the overflow of inmates from L. A. to Maricopa County where he proudly displays a vacancy sign and promotes the austere accommodations for the 10,000 plus inmates in his jails.

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

CIVILIAN POLICE MONITOR: MERRICK BOBB ON THE RECORD Internet Video Preview (4 min)

Los Angeles, CA: What qualifications does it take to become the civilian police monitor for the largest county in the nation? In a newly released two-part interview, on the Full Disclosure Network® (FDN), UC Berkeley educated attorney Merrick Bobb, reveals his background on how he got the job as the civilian monitor of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He describes how he develops recommendations on strategic police tactics and jail operations while under contract to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and responds to a critical report prepared by the Sheriffs Deputy’s union.

Viewers are invited to watch a FREE four-minute preview of this two-part interview with Bobb, conducted by host Leslie Dutton and now available online, 24/7, on demand, as a public service. Also featured in the interview and preview is Roy Burns, former President of ALADS, the Association of L.A. Deputy Sheriffs. The full interview is featured on 43 cable TV systems and eventually available online to FDN subscribers.

Highlights of the full interview are:

Part I: Background & Foot Pursuits

Segment #1
Merrick Bobb describes in detail how he became interested in law enforcement policy and tactics following the Rodney King incident when he served as a Deputy Legal Counsel on the Christopher Commission to reform the LAPD.

Segment #2
Bobb describes how he developed the LASD policy to ban solo foot pursuits by Deputies chasing fleeing suspects and expresses the concerns that motivated him alone to initiate this policy recommendation.

Segment #3
He fields criticism leveled at him by the ALADS (Sheriffs Deputy’s Union). He details his recommendations on when, how and why Sheriffs Deputies should call for back up. This segment features Roy Burns, former LASD Detective who was instrumental in organizing a scathing rebuttal to Merrick Bobb’s Report to the Board of Supervisors on the solo foot pursuit ban.

Part II: Methodology & Jail Operations

Segment #1
As the civilian monitor Bobb describes his goals and methods used to develop recommendations while not having a law enforcement background or training. He points out his experience on the COLTS Commission as having been important. And he describes the values and traits found in most law enforcement officers as being important considerations for the motivation behind their actions.

Segment #2 In this segment Bobb explains the purpose of JAIL and the difference between county jails and state prisons and the role of jailers. He comments on the strikingly different jail operations in Maricopa County and condemns conditions that would make inmates uncomfortable, citing rehabilitation as a goal and the Constitution prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment.

Segment #3 Finally, Bobb points out that there is one major reason why there are problems in jail operations. He carefully states that he does not fault the County Board of Supervisors for the problem. He addresses the early release of inmates versus the need to build more jails. And, defers to a “smarter and safer” approach to law enforcement over a “softer and gentler” one.

The Full Disclosure® program is billed as “the news behind the news”. Host Leslie Dutton has been conducting interviews with law enforcement officials regarding police politics and public policy since 1992, interviewing all the Chief's of Police from Ed Davis to William Bratton and most of the Police Commission Presidents and Los Angeles County Sheriffs Block and Baca. In 2002 Dutton was presented with a local public affairs Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the series "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism".

Notorious Civil Rights Lawyer Yagman On Supreme Court Judges & More: Watch Video Preview Here (8 min)




Los Angeles, CAFull Disclosure Network® is re-releasing a short Internet video presentation (8 min) from a 2001 interview with the notororius Civil Rights Attorney Stephen Yagman. In the hour-long interview he describes the California Supreme Court as "basically a cesspool” consisting of “six hacks and one wonderful justice”.
Available FREE , this Internet preview consists of video clips taken from the two-part interview conducted by Emmy award winning host Leslie Dutton. The controversial Yagman takes on the entire justice system saying that there are "unfair" Federal Judges who hear Civil Rights cases who are generally unfair to anyone who appears before them.
Here are few highlights from the interview:
  • When asked how many lawsuits he had filed against the Los Angeles Police Department, Yagman said perhaps 1,500 to 1,600 of which 25 percent get thrown out before trial another 10 or 15 percent settle and 65 percent of them go to trial.
  • He describes the LAPD as incompetent and that "it should be done away with"
  • WARNING: when describing fellow Civil Rights Attorney Johnny Cochran, Yagman's choice of words had to be bleeped out for cable television consumption. However, the unedited version can be viewed via streaming media on the Full Disclosure® website and from the preview link above.
  • He describes his fellow practicing attorneys as "mostly wimp asses who are in business to make money".
Full Disclosure® interviews over the past fifteen years have documented the problems encountered in the criminal justice system from the broad perspectives of law enforcement, judiciary, public defenders, criminal defense and civil Rights attorneys. The Full Disclosure Network® is billed as "the news behind the news" and featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet.
In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Host Leslie Dutton with a local public affairs Emmy Award for the information series "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" featuring LAPD offcials Chief Bernard Parks, Lt. Ken Hillman ,L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca and L. A. Councilman Mark Ridely-Thomas.