ANGELES OFFICE OF INDEPENDENT REVIEW -
The Office of Independent Review ("OIR") is a
civilian oversight group that was created by the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors and began its work in 2001.
The mission of OIR is to monitor the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department ("LASD") and provide legal advice to ensure that
allegations of officer misconduct involving LASD are investigated
in thorough, fair, and effective ways.
OIR consists of six attorneys with backgrounds
in criminal law and civil rights issues. Chief Attorney
Michael Gennaco spent several years with the United States
Department of Justice, and more recently was in charge of
the civil rights section of the United States Attorney's
Office in Los Angeles. Mr. Gennaco and the other attorneys
of OIR work with LASD on a daily basis, but not for LASD.
Instead, OIR is specifically designed to be an independent
entity. OIR has the freedom to arrive at its own conclusions
and, if necessary, to challenge the department with regard
to specific practices or incidents.
LASD and the Board of Supervisors have taken steps to make
sure that OIR is able to make a meaningful contribution
to the integrity and efficiency of misconduct investigations.
OIR has full access to relevant documents, meetings, and
personnel within LASD. It has a close working relationship
with LASD's Internal Affairs Bureau and Internal
Criminal Investigations Bureau and is able to participate in ongoing
investigations as needed in order to promote their effectiveness.
OIR also looks at broader LASD policies and practices and
makes recommendations where appropriate to enhance both
officer performance and the safeguarding of individual rights.
As it carries out its responsibilities, OIR maintains contacts
with state and federal prosecutors, as well as civil rights
groups and community organizations. OIR also welcomes the
information, insight, or concerns that any individual would
like to share.
Members of the Office of Independent Review:
Michael Gennaco, Chief Attorney (323) 890-5360
Julie Ruhlin, Deputy Chief Attorney (323) 890-5406
Angelica Arias, Attorney (323) 890-5464
Bita Shasty, Attorney (323) 890-5362
Cynthia Hernandez, Attorney (562) 940-2593
Diana Teran, Attorney (323) 890-5405
Walter Katz, Attorney (323) 890-5335