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Pasadena Police Chief Sanchez Resigns Under Fire (Pasadena Black Pages link): The City of Pasadena was caught a little off guard this week when a letter of resignation suddenly showed up from Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez. The chief has been under scrutiny during the past couple of months since two of his officers badly beat Chris Ballew (link).
This incident took place while plenty of the residents still had a bad taste in their mouths after prior incidents like when the PPD beat and killed Reginald Thomas in late 2016 (link). Shortly after that incident, a high ranking officer's home was raided by the ATF and over 100 guns and other armaments were confiscated (link).
In February 2018, that same officer was indicted by the United States Government for the illegal selling of firearms. Just last week the news came out that another Pasadena officer is being investigated by the Feds for the same crime. Shortly after that, a video came out of one of the PPD officers involved in the Reginald Thomas incident refusing to answer any questions about the night they murdered Thomas (link).
Last week after a District 3 meeting where Pasadena Vice-Mayor John Kennedy and citizens expressed outrage at how things have been going with the police force, Chief Sanchez suspended the officers involved in the Chris Ballew incident, but he didn't fire them, leading to a lot of additional scrutiny (link).
Perhaps he couldn't take the heat anymore and now he wants to turn his badge in. Who knows? But in the bigger picture don't be surprised if Sanchez indicted in the next few months. So much shady business has been going on in the Pasadena Police Department for so long, people are going to cooperate with the Feds to save themselves.
Perhaps Sanchez didn't just step down because he's tired of hearing what the people are having to say, maybe the Feds are in his rearview mirror now.
After about twenty minutes I drove around the corner to the sight of police lights and caution tape. When I got there an independent videographer was on the scene and explained that someone had been shot. My interest was sparked because I knew the owner of the apartment, and my concern was for him. I made a few calls and found out that he was okay and the residences of the complex only heard the shots. By the time they came out the 39-year-old, ex-Pasadena resident (who now lives in Las Vegas), who had been shot was on lying the ground alone. Seeing the crime scene make me wonder if indicted Pasadena Police Lt. Gourdikian had anything to do with the gun used in this incident.
In 2016 over 270 guns were confiscated in the City of Pasadena, and that doesn't include the over 100 guns now indicted Pasadena Police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian had stashed away in his Sierra Madre home. Around 250 of the guns were found in Northwest Pasadena. That is way too many guns to be in one community, especially when you think about how many of the guns that haven't been confiscated.
We do know for a fact that he is under fire for selling guns illegally, according to his federal indictment. While Gourdikian was being investigated by the Feds, 8 men from Pasadena were coincidentally targeted and caught by the Pasadena Police heading to Duarte with over a dozen guns, allegedly to retaliate for the three killings.
There is a possibility that the PPD has directly had their hand in a lot of violence in the city by playing both sides of the fence. If you make sure guns are on the streets, and you know where they are, you can make it seem like work is being done. But is this really just camouflage to keep the numbers right?
The fact that Lt. Gourdikian was on paid leave after Pasadena Police Cheif Sanchez said he would deal with this differently, speaks volumes. They will always protect their own no matter what the circumstances.
Mod: For the Transparent California numbers on former Chief Sanchez click here.