Commentary: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission and the Sanctuary State Bill


By Michael Greer

Last month I went to downtown LA for the Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission meeting to support Sheriff McDonnell and his opposition to SB54 (Sanctuary State Bill). 

The month before the committee had not said the Pledge of Allegiance because Rabbi Beth Chadashim objected to it as a violation of the separation of church and state.  Mentioning God is in no way a violation.  Our founders not only didn’t intend God to be banned from the public square, they began every public meeting with prayer. Today Congress begins their sessions with prayer. God is on our money and on many building and monuments all over Washington, D.C. The founders simply wanted to protect us from having government dictate that we practice a specific religion. Freedom of religion gives every citizen the right to practice the religion of THEIR choice or no religion at all.

Raul Rodriguez, Jr. from We the People Rising, objected to this ban and stood to lead the Pledge along with other attendees. The result is that the Commission now recites the Pledge at the beginning of their meetings.

Last month’s meeting they discussed police use of drones and sanctuary cities. For several hours we listened to dozens of people speak against the country and the Rule of Law.  Most of the speakers talked about how selfish people who are against sanctuary cities were, how they had a right to be here because America illegally took the land from Mexico. Have they ever been told we won a war with Mexico, signed a treaty and paid Mexico for the land? OR that after winning the war, we could have taken over ALL of Mexico, but didn’t?  One speaker said he was a teacher and he only spoke the truth but his truth didn’t match the actual evidence.

Megan Dowling spoke to the commission and read the statistics on illegal alien crime. The number of illegal aliens in prison, the number of murders, assaults, sexual abuse, robbery, etc. crimes committed by illegal aliens.  Commission member Hernan Vera reprimanded Megan saying she could have her own opinion but not her own facts and that none of the statistics she read were true.  Her statistics came from the FBI but she was not allowed to rebut his comments.

I spoke next and said that we have always been a country of laws, not men. I said if we don’t enforce laws or our border we have no country.  I said Sanctuary Cities enabled crime. The tragedy in Texas where 18 illegal aliens died packed into a truck was caused by sanctuary cities.  With the promise that Coyotes will get them to a Sanctuary City where they’ll be home free, they pay thousands of dollars to be brought to one.

I said I was sick of hearing what a terrible, selfish country America is. America is the most generous country in the world. We are the first to respond to natural disasters around the world, we give foreign aid to other countries and we bring in twice as many LEGAL immigrants per year as ALL the other countries in the world combined.  I asked if we were such a selfish, evil country, why are millions of people willing to risk their lives to get to America?  We must return to the rule of law or we shall parish.

This month the Sheriff’s Oversight Commission moved the meeting to a Federal building in Pasadena where we weren’t allowed to have signs or take pictures or record any of the meeting which is in violation of the Brown Act. The Brown Act  extends to the public the right to participate in meetings. Individuals, lobbyists, and members of the news media possess the right to attend, record, broadcast, and participate in public meetings.

Members of the public weren’t allowed to bring cameras into the meeting and if anyone used their cell phone camera, they were escorted out and not allowed back in unless they surrendered their phone or took it to their car.

The first thing the Commission did was to pass a resolution condemning Trump for telling the police to “not be too nice”. This was a very contentious meeting.  At one point one of the Committee members shouted at a speaker, said he didn’t have to listen to this and left the room.

When I was able to speak I said the number one job of government was to protect us.  When we see masked people in combat gear beating peaceful protesters with bicycle locks as police stand by, we are not being protected. I said I object to their characterization of Trump telling the police to “not be too nice” as encouraging inappropriate use of force. When masked people are beating others, breaking windows, destroying property, “not being too nice” IS the appropriate use of force. While they make broad assumptions about the President’s intentions, no such assumptions are made about the black geared, masked attackers. We need to return to the Rule of Law.  How ironic it is that needs to be pointed out to a law enforcement commission.

I attend many public meetings. Townhalls, School Board meetings, SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments), City Councils, Sheriff’s Oversight Commission, as well as many others. What I’m struck by and still can’t accept is that, in general, our public officials are working against the Rule of Law, the Constitution and the Will of the People.  Those of us who object are talked down to, smirked at, treated as if we are disobedient children.

The supreme goal of all of the meetings I’ve attended was to protect illegal aliens at all costs. I have to ask this, have you ever seen your representatives work as hard or as passionately to protect anything as they are to protect ALL illegal aliens? They make no distinction between your sweet nanny or gardener and criminals, gang members, sex traffickers, etc? They want ALL to have amnesty. ALL.

LA Commissioners REFUSE To Say Pledge of Allegiance: CITIZENS SAY IT!

Video by: We The People Rising

Michael GreerMichael Greer retired from the film/television industry and is the co-organizer of the Santa Monica Tea Party and the Los Angeles Tea Party, on the board of directors of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights and was a member of the Republican Central Committee for the 41st Assembly District.  She is also president of American Freedom Alliance.  Her website is:

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