Partisan Policing: Calling Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco a ‘Danger,’ a New PAC Hopes to Unseat Him in the Next Election

Partisan Policing: Calling Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco a ‘Danger,’ a New PAC Hopes to Unseat Him in the Next Election

Sheriff Chad Bianco. Chad Bianco defeated incumbent Stan Sniff in 2018 to become Riverside County’s sheriff. In the nearly three years since, Bianco has become a darling of the far right, thanks to his confrontational positions—including his downplaying of the threat posed by COVID-19 “I think why (Sheriff Bianco) was able to win against Stan Sniff—who I actually think was more moderate—is that a lot of people didn’t really know who Chad was,” said Joy Silver, a local progressive activist, entrepreneur and founding member of the Riverside Alliance for Safety and Accountability (RASA). “But I think they are disappointed that Chad wasn’t more progressive than Stan. So, that crowd of voters, shall we say, will be in opposition to keeping Chad as sheriff.” The Riverside Alliance for Safety and Accountability was formed earlier this year as a California political action committee. An Aug. 9 statement announcing the group’s arrival on the local political landscape stated: “The Riverside Alliance for Safety and Accountability is a coalition of community leaders and concerned residents across the county, working together to hold our law enforcement accountable, and to help all of us feel safer by electing forward-thinking leaders who believe in transparency, public safety and equal protection under the law.” The organization’s leadership council numbers about 20 people, and includes political and social activists from the Coachella Valley and eastern Riverside County, such as co-chair Phil Drucker, as well as David Vignolo and Carol Pollard. From western Riverside County, military veterans Jonathan Chang […]

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