Courts have ruled that a secret list of about 300 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who have lied, stolen, tampered with evidence, and committed other misconduct must remain confidential. So an advocacy group on Monday launched an online gallery of deputies named in public reports of officer-involved shootings and other incidents, reports the Los Angeles Times. Theproblematic.org was created by the advocacy group Dignity and Power Now as a way to gather information and solicit tips about deputies who have been “involved in serious misconduct.” The site featured 23 deputies on Tuesday, with information drawn primarily from news reports and public documents. It does not purport to necessarily reflect those officers on the department’s secret list.
“This website is designed to give the public insight into who are the deputies harming their communities,” said Patrisse Cullors of Dignity and Power Now. The group advocates for inmates and their families and is a frequent critic of the county Sheriff’s Department, which runs the largest jail system in the nation. Leaders from two deputies’ unions criticized the site. Lt. Brian Moriguchi, president of the Professional Peace Officers Association, said the group is “simply trying to embarrass or ‘out’ officers.” The organization said it was inspired by other websites that collect media reports on officer conduct and provides a resource for the public to share information about deputies.