L.A. County Sheriff candidates exposed for racism, homophobia plaguing Long Beach Police Department

Quincy Belafonte was an upstanding officer in Long Beach Police Department until he voiced his concerns about an incident where his colleagues handcuffed Black children in a racialized incident.

After he expressed his concerns at a debriefing, he was targeted by Long Beach brass then fired by “Blackout” a higher-ranking officer who carries the reputation of terminating Black officers. While there, Quincy also worked with two candidates running for sheriff: Alex Villanueva and Robert Luna. His recollection shows a sordid, biased and hostile environment for officers of color and members of the LGBTQ who spoke out against racism and homophobia.

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