By Julia Urquizo
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Stonewall Democratic Club endorsed Eric Strong, a 29-year-old law enforcement veteran, for Los Angeles County Sheriff in the June 2022 election.
Los Angeles Democrats who identify as part of the LGBTQ + community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc.) or who are allies, fill the ranks of the Stonewall Democratic Club, which has since established a presence. 1975 as a for-profit political non-organization that advocates for inclusion and equity.
According to Stonewall Democrats, Strong was approved because “he has overseen several high-profile investigations into the internal affairs of the sheriff’s department and is the only candidate to have investigated deputy gangs.”
The club cited the “Quiet Cannon Case,” where Strong investigated a deputy gang within LASD known as 3000 boys. The 3000 boys were a group of sheriff’s deputies employed at the Central Men’s Prison. who have committed some of the most heinous acts of violence documented by internal LASD investigations against incarcerated individuals.
Strong, the club adds, is a founding member of Police Against Racism, an association that aims to eradicate racism in the police force.
Supporters said much of Strong’s efforts stem from his personal experience with law enforcement while growing up. Strong, they say, has been profiled by police, the victim of a crime, and has family members who have previously been jailed and even killed by police.
Strong identifies himself as a longtime Los Angeles resident who attended UCLA and served in the US Marine Corps.
Strong’s resume notes that he began as a patroller for the Compton Police Department in 1993, was awarded for several internal affairs investigations, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico.
“The sheriff’s department is down, and across the country we are seeing calls for a reimagining of our policing models. (Strong) has officially offered Stonewall and other community stakeholders a seat at the table – and we intend to keep him there, ”said Alex Mohajer, president of the Stonewall Democratic Club in a statement. Press.
“Our organization has a unique responsibility for police reform, and Eric Strong is the only candidate to speak out about compassion and empathy in policing and come up with concrete ideas for disbanding deputy gangs and evaluating police performance. “, he added.