This week’s guest on “Ask Your Sheriff” is Ken Holtz. Holtz is a regular commentator on popular inland county blogs iePolitics.com and inlandpolitics.com where he is known as AntiCorruptionUnit or ACU. He also shared his expertise about police corruption on the now dormant fullertonsfuture.org after the police beating and death of Kelly Thomas in the city of Fullerton.
Holtz believes we must tackle the corruption within San Bernardino County head on by starting with the Sheriff's Department. The department has an annual budget of over $500,000,000, employs over 1600 deputies and has over 2,000 volunteers. Many feel the department is corrupt and mismanaged and the taxpayer bears the brunt of it. The real victims are the law abiding, taxpaying citizens of the county. Ken is a strong supporter of Paul D. Schrader for SBCO Sheriff.
Holtz is a retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputy who ran afoul of the department after arresting Bob Dutton for driving under the influence. Dutton is a local prominent businessman who represented the area in the California Legislature as an assemblyman and senator. Dutton is a member of the Sheriff’s Executive Council, a group of wealthy campaign donors who work to assure their choice of sheriff is elected. Over the years Sheriff’s Executive Council members have received special privileges such as “get out of jail free” special deputy badges and concealed weapons permits.
Holtz has helped to expose corruption within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, including the POST scandal, and more recently, the Travis Bauer matter where the county agreed to pay out $885,000 after then Deputy Chief John McMahon and others targeted Bauer when he needed time off to care for his ill mother.
Holtz will also discuss the recent decision by the Legal Defense Fund to remove the law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir (LDME) from the panel of approved providers for cops who get into trouble. LDME has been one of the most successful firms of its type and is the firm that obtained the $885,000 judgment in the Bauer matter. But LDME is known for taking on sheriff’s officials to show a pattern of misconduct among sheriff’s executive staff, human resources officers and county attorneys. Many think it is this aggressive style that got them removed from this list.
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