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'Imminent threat to public safety': LA County sheriff warns vaccine mandate is causing 'mass exodus' in his department

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Democratic Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has long decried the L.A. County Board of Supervisors' order requiring all county employees to be vaccinated — without exception. Earlier this month, Villanueva explained why he would not be enforcing the order among his own deputies: He can't afford to lose any additional deputies.

The sheriff noted that his department was already short-staffed by nearly 1,000 employees following what he said was a "politically motivated" hiring freeze following the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

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