Morning Briefing: LA County Sheriff’s Disinformation Tactics
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Over the weekend, KPCC/LAist reporter Josie Huang was detained by L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies while she was documenting an arrest. News of the incident spread rapidly on social and mainstream media, and along with it, a flood of disinformation about what actually happened that night.
Chief among the disinformation purveyors, it turns out, was Sheriff Alex Villanueva himself. KPCC Investigative Reporter Aaron Mendelson dug into what Villanueva has said about the arrest, and juxtaposed it with video evidence. In a disturbing number of cases, Villanueva is plainly inaccurate.
We’ll continue to report on this story as it unfolds, in addition to the investigation into the shooting of two Sheriff’s deputies. In the meantime, keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
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