Law enforcement task forces are hardly unusual. But the sheriff’s proposal puzzled Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor in L.A.
“These task forces usually come more organically, where law enforcement talks to the prosecutors and then the prosecutors help coordinate an appropriate task force,” she said.
Public corruption investigations are particularly sensitive since the targets often are elected or government officials. That’s why they often are led by the DA, the U.S. Attorney or state attorney general — not local police, Levenson said.