The Sacramento County Sheriff is a public position elected by the people of the county. Scott Jones was elected to Sacramento County Sheriff in 2010, and re-elected in 2014, putting him in one of the most powerful positions in county government. In this time, under his “leadership,” his department has arrested black people at 3.5 times the rate of white people. He has cost the county millions of dollars in law suits for excessive force, rape, in-custody deaths and torture, and military weapons used in his jail. He has promoted deputies after they have used violence and excessive force. So instead of holding deputies accountable, Sheriff Scott Jones is rewarding violent behavior. In 2010, four Sheriff’s Department employees filed a lawsuit based on racial and sexual discrimination and harassment. There were also other lawsuits that reached settlement involving disability discrimination and sexual harassment complaints from employees.
Sheriff Scott Jones has ties to a white supremacist hate group known as Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR has one mission: To limit immigration into the U.S. The founder of FAIR, John Tanton, has expressed that the U.S. remain majority white, a goal to be achieved by limiting the number of non-whites to enter the country. In a letter that was written to a large FAIR donor, Tanton wrote: “one of my prime concerns is about the decline of folks who look like you and me.” FAIR paid for flight and hotel for Scott Jones to attend their event, "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" in DC from April 14-17th, 2015. During this trip to the FAIR event, food and “incidentals” were paid by taxpayer dollars. Jones has also been highlighted in FAIR’s newsletter, making him well known and adored among one of the nation's largest and more powerful white supremacist groups.
The Sacramento County Sheriff Department receives millions of dollars annually in funding from the federal government through a contract to reserve jail beds for immigrants processed by ICE. The Sheriff Department is literally profiting off of deportation.
Jones has spent his years as Sheriff “repaying” many of his large campaign donors through big county contracts. For instance, Aramark donated $2,200 in to Scott Jones for Sheriff Campaign 2011 and 2013, and then received a county contract for $1.9 million between 2012-2013. Longyear O’Dear & Lavra donated $5,700 to Jones’ campaign between 2010-2014, and have received nearly $4.5 million in contracts from the county. It is clear that Scott Jones is cutting deals for his friends through big contracts on the backs of the people in Sacramento County.
On Friday, October 28th, the Sacramento County District Attorney announced that they will not be seeking charges against any of the three deputies who shot and killed Adriene Ludd. It has been over one year since Sacramento County Sheriff Department killed Adriene Ludd, yet the family has yet to receive any details of the case – no autopsy report, no incident report, no dash-cam footage. There is no accountability and no transparency. Scott Jones and his department continue to get away with heinous crimes.
And now, he is running for U.S. Congress, District 7. Through his campaign, he has endorsed Donald Trump, and has focused on “securing our borders” as his No. 1 campaign issue. This man must be STOPPED from being elected into the U.S. Congress. Join Black Lives Matter Sacramento this Thursday, November 3rd to occupy the Sheriff Headquarters to STOP Scott Jones from being elected to U.S. Congress and to demand Justice for Adriene Ludd.
This is critical!
When: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Where: Sacramento Sheriff's Headquarters, 711 G St., Sacramento CA 95814
Time: Arriving at 8am
PRESS CONFERENCE STARTS AT 9AM
We Need You With Us!