Baca said Tuesday that reforms include new policies on what parts of the body deputies can pressure while restraining someone and give supervising officers more discretion during difficult restraint procedures. He also said his agency is trying to decrease the number of mentally ill people in jails and noted that that is a broader societal problem.
The Evans case was not the only issue that brought supervisors into conflict with the Sheriff's Department on Tuesday.
Molina stripped $15 million from a $77-million sheriff's contract for maintenance of department vehicles. And the board moved toward requiring its approval for purchases of large vehicles or equipment, in response to last month's discovery that the sheriff had bought a $2.4-million passenger plane while his department was pleading for more money to improve inmate health care.
After the meeting, Baca said he hoped supervisors did not hold his budget hostage on the Evans matter. "I don't think this is something that should hold up a department's budget," he said.
But Molina said in an interview that she was willing to do that to force reform. "It's the only thing I have jurisdiction over," she said.