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Mod: There is also the following brief article accompanying this CBS2/KCAL video.
Pasadena Police Officer Under Investigation By ATF (link): A search warrant was executed Thursday at a home owned by a Pasadena police officer, who has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs review.
The officer is under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to William Boyer, spokesman for Pasadena.
“The ATF told [Pasadena Police] Chief [Phillip] Sanchez its investigation was unrelated to the officer’s duties with the department,” Boyer wrote in a news release.
CBS2 cameras were there Thursday morning when federal agents loaded dozens of gun cases from the Sierra Madre home into an SUV and a van.
“The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs review per department policy,” Boyer added. “The officer has not been arrested nor have there been any charges filed against the officer at this point.”
Mod: The Pasadena Star News also has coverage of this frightening event. I think their caution is unfortunate (they were somehow afraid to even mention Sierra Madre), but the article is still useful for its unintentional exposure of Pasadena's self-serving spokesperson and his desire to distance the Pasadena Police Department and his city from any connection to the ATF raid or their officer's involvement.
Pasadena police officer put on leave after ATF searches home (Pasadena Star News link): A high-ranking Pasadena police officer was put on paid administrative leave Thursday after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched his home.
City officials would not disclose details about the investigation or the officer’s identity. However, the individual is not represented by the Pasadena Police Officers’ Association, according to the union’s president.
The union covers rank-and-file officers and sergeants, but not upper management. Pasadena police commanders, lieutenants and the police chief are all unrepresented.
No arrests or charges were filed as of Friday afternoon.
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez was notified of the ATF’s investigation Wednesday night. The officer’s home was raided the following morning.
Video obtained by KCBS2 showed agents moving several large cases from the officer’s garage into SUVs parked in front of his home.
Kimberly Usher, a spokeswoman for ATF, declined to comment on the search because of the ongoing investigation.
Pasadena spokesman William Boyer said the ATF’s probe did not appear to center on “anything involving the officer’s work with the department.”
“The individual officer cooperated fully with ATF agents as they executed a search warrant of the officer’s home (Thursday) morning,” Boyer said. “Per the Department’s policy, Police Chief Sanchez placed the officer on paid administrative leave and initiated an internal affairs review of the matter.”
The search did not happen in Pasadena and the department is not working on the case, Boyer noted.
Mod: Isn't Boyer a wonder? The department is not working on this case because the Feds don't want them anywhere near their investigation. Any guesses why? For the rest of the PSN article click on the link provided above.