David Crane / The Orange County Register via APNajee Ali of Project Islamic Hope presents Sgt. Larry Villareal of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department flowers for deputies recovering at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, on Sept. 14, 2020. The two deputies were shot Sept. 12 while in their patrol vehicle in an ambush attack. (David Crane / The Orange County Register via AP)
The Los Angeles County sheriff on Monday criticized elected officials, sports figures and civic leaders for “fanning the flames of hatred” as America faces nationwide unrest, saying they instead should emphasize trust in the criminal justice system.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s comments to The Associated Press came after the weekend ambush of two deputies who were in their parked police vehicle when a man walked up to the passenger’s side and fired multiple rounds.
The deputies were struck in the head and critically wounded but both are expected to recover, Villanueva said.