Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Has the Pasadena Police Department Disgraced Itself ... Again?

Video can be found here.
Mod: Considering the actions of this crime wave of a Police Department over the last several years (gun running, murder, unprovoked beatings, Police Chief Sanchez's surprise resignation) I am going to withhold judgement on this one. Given the record of the PPD however, I think these women deserve to be heard out in a court of law and not be tried on-line. Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian is hardly an unbiased source. A link to the video is below the picture. While it shows little, does it cover the entire incident? And who edited it?

Pasadena Police Officers Sexually Assaulted Mom, Daughter: Lawsuit (NBC Los Angeles link): The suit alleges that one of the officers forced the mother to lift her shirt and "expose her breasts" in public view. A mother and her adult daughter are suing the city of Pasadena and two police officers for allegedly sexually assaulting them during a traffic stop, an attorney announced today.

Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian called the lawsuit "baseless" and "unsubstantiated."

"The claims on which the lawsuit rests are easily proven false," Derderian said.

"Pasadena Police Department patrol officers initiated a traffic stop based upon a detective investigation and traffic violation witnessed by police. As per department policies and procedures, the officers remained professional the entire time, assessed the situation, speaking with the individuals and conducting appropriate and necessary searches of the individuals --a waist-band check for weapons -- and of the vehicle. After the vehicle and individuals were searched and questioned, they were free to leave the scene.

"When the Police Department received a personnel complaint, a thorough review of the incident was undertaken per department policy. The in-car camera footage from the patrol car clearly shows that the officers acted appropriately."

The video will be released Tuesday morning, Derderian said.

According to the complaint, which seeks at least $25 million in damages, the officers allegedly violated the civil rights of the women, who were 41 and 20 years old at the time of the alleged May 2, 2016, assault.

The lawsuit contends the women were stopped by police around 3:25 p.m. that day near the intersection of Altadena Drive and Foothill Boulevard. The women contend the officers physically searched them without probable cause or justification, with one of the male officers "using his bare hands to rub between (the) legs," in the areas of the "crotch" and "buttocks" and inside the pants of the daughter, according to the lawsuit.

The suit alleges that one of the officers forced the mother to lift her shirt and "expose her breasts" in public view.

Even though the mother immediately drove to the Pasadena Police Department after the stop to lodge a complaint, the police department failed to seriously investigate their claims and refused to take any disciplinary action against the officers, the lawsuit alleges.

"We're living in the age of the `Me Too' movement and people have to be held accountable for their actions, including police officers," said Dakar Diourbel, an attorney representing the plaintiffs. "It's time for the sexual assaults and violence committed against women to stop, once and for all." 

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27 comments:

  1. You have to ask yourself why the PD is attempting to try this on-line. This is a very aggressive PR effort.

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    1. If the film is as clear as the PD claims, this will be over quickly.

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    2. The City of Pasadena is trying to get out in front of this. Probably because again the complainant is black.

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  2. This is where their reputation hurts them.

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  3. Let the 'cover ups' begin, this seems to be a never ending story of corruption piled on top of more corruption, maybe the justice department in Washington D.C. needs to take the P.P.D. over for a few years?

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  4. Doubt it happened. But then again, most departments have unskilled personnel, including Sierra Madre, when it comes down to procedures and how to follow them.
    Female Officers are called in for a "pat down" when searches are conducted on detained females, a simple field check in a community setting, sounds like procedures were followed.

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    1. A woman is out with her young daughter. Why was this person chosen for a weapons check?

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  5. Don’t believe it. Why wait two years to complain instead of that night?

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    1. According to the article she went to a police station right after the incident to complain. This looks like the end result of a long process.

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  6. House vote on ICE today, Republicans force Democrats to go on record with their support of this Department.

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    1. ICE needs to be abolished. Along with the Tea Party and other Putin front organizations.

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    2. Do we need borders?

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    3. Cheap political stunt by GOP desperate to divert attention from their complicity with Trump.

      Accessories.

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    4. ICE just needs to be controlled correctly. Like the police and military.

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  7. While we live in the “Me Too” era we also live in the era that we can get money if we sue. This happened in the middle of the afternoon. No one saw this happening? Let the investigation take place then make judgements.

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    1. Yeah same for Trump investigation

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  8. The actual video is out there and totally debunks this narrative, I’ve seen it which means you could As well. Try a little journalism instead of inciting anger over nothing. You really are a piece of work. You either get paid by the comment, or you really are that pathetic.

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    1. This will go to court. Online lynching such as you are attempting here won't work there.

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    2. Who pays you?

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    3. Joke of the day. A lot of people believe they are owed something, but never seem to want to cough anything up.

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  9. Dont care to watch the video. If the woman was asked to raise her shirt, she did not have to comply, or she could have raised only o stomach area.
    Either way,this is a stupid policy that needs to be corrected for safety for noth parties.
    If the NSA can do a search over clothing that is videotaped, so can PD.
    If in doubt,or female does not feel comfortable in complying, call for female law enforcement backup in this #metoo society for a field search.

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    1. Normally when black people reach for their clothes in front of cops they get shot!

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  10. I dont get the joke of the day. Why would you pay your self (caugh any thing up) if you are the person suing and believe you are owed something?

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  11. As always, police are quick to release video only if it helps their narrative. When video is harmful to police’s agenda, they will fight tooth and nail to keep it confidential. Why the double standard? All body cam footage should be made public record. “Mute” button should be removed from body cam. Body cam should be required to run during the entire shift of the officers. As it is, CA keeps disciplinary records of police completely secret; it’s the most protective in all of the country. California isn’t “liberal” in this regard. We’ve become a police state. Not a black vs. white issue as media and many make it out to be. Police abuse, as well as their overpaid salaries and pensions, hurts everyone. Sick of BlueISIS’ antics.

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  12. I saw the video on Liveleak. Doesn't show the entire encounter, but it's clear the mother was irrational. Even the daughter tried to calm her down. The cops were patient and tried to calmly talk to her.

    But I was harrassed by cops in SGV once- falsely being accused of the same traffic violation... running stop sign. the cop called backup and made me put my hands on the hood of the squad car. totally bogus. It took under two minutes for the judge to dismiss the case.

    Can't trust the system.

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    1. I had an incident about eight months ago that pissed me off regarding cops. I was waiting to get a haircut when suddenly this cop — dark hair, average weight, and looked like a white-washed Hispanic with a “chip on his shoulder walk” — walks in. So I’m reading a magazine and waiting for the chair to open up. When the chair is open, the cop weasels his way into the chair. I turn my phone on and ask him if he “had an appointment” and why he cut. Cop played stupid, “apologized,” then got up to let me have a haircut. The whole time, this bully/coward cop was eying me from the chair in the waiting area and I could literally feel his pissed off energy.

      About a month later, same exact cop gave me a ticket for failing to stop behind a limit line. Admittedly I was past the limit line; but it was a three way cross. I thought it was kind of petty. No excuses nonetheless; but the ticket set me back almost $1,000 after fine, court fees, and traffic school. I guess this is why they call cops “road pirates” now. Second ticket in 20 years of driving... and I wonder if he singled me out for the hair salon incident.

      Funny thing is on my next visit, the very attractive hair stylist told me that I was “brave” for confronting the cop. She told me how the cop always hits on her, touched her waist and shoulder, and had asked for her phone number once. She told me how this “cop” made her feel uncomfortable. Now, the hair stylist and I have been dating for six months.

      Thanks Deputy Hernandez of LASD! You can still go **** yourself though with the badge you hide behind. Too many coward cops nowadays.

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