2 OFF-DUTY LAPD OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY PISTOL-WHIPPING MAN IN WHITTIER [UPDATED]
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2010, 8:37 am
[Excerpt] Two off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers have been arrested for allegedly pistol-whipping a man during a fight in Whittier, authorities said this morning. One of the officers apparently got into an argument with his girlfriend about 8 p.m. Tuesday outside a Panera Bread restaurant in the 15600 block of Whittwood Lane, the Whittier Police Department said in a statement. Witnesses told police the officer took issue with a bystander, who was watching the altercation while talking on his cellphone, and struck the man in the face. A fight ensued, during which one of the officers allegedly pulled out a handgun and began hitting the victim in the head, the statement said. The victim was able to break free, but both off-duty officers chased after him and tackled him to the ground, where the assault continued... [Full article here]
2 LAPD METRO DIVISION OFFICERS ARRESTED IN OFF-DUTY ASSAULT
Argument with girlfriend escalated to attack on bystander, who was beaten by officers, officials say. Two men are charged in a brawl that began with a fight between female deputy and another woman.
Los Angeles Times
By Richard Winton and Hector Becerra
January 27, 2010, 7:16 p.m.
[Excerpts] Two off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers were arrested for allegedly attacking and pistol-whipping a man in Whittier on Tuesday night. In a separate incident, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy on medical leave got into a fight near a Highland Park bar and was stabbed... LAPD Officer Brandon Valdez, 29, and LAPD Officer Patrick Fitzgerald, 38, were arrested Tuesday night by Whittier police on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after the victim was hospitalized with head trauma. The elite LAPD Metro Division officers, who have been with the department since 2002, were immediately placed on administrative leave. "The victim suffered serious injuries to his head as a result of assault," Whittier Officer Mike Dekowski said... The incident began when Valdez got into an argument with his girlfriend about 8 p.m. Tuesday outside a Panera Bread restaurant... The victim eventually escaped by running into a nearby Target store, just as Whittier police took the LAPD officers into custody... Valdez was featured prominently in a November 2007 Times front page story on the work of gang beat officers in South Los Angeles. Valdez displayed a mild manner and polite personality... In the second off-duty incident, which occurred about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday at Figueroa Street and Avenue 59, an unidentified female sheriff's deputy and another woman got into a fight in a parking lot near the Little Cave bar. The fight grew to involve other people and the deputy was allegedly stabbed by a male companion of the woman she had been fighting. A male friend of the deputy then allegedly shot the man, LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy said. Both men were arrested, Murphy said. The deputy, who was not arrested, is in stable condition. [Full article here]
2 OFF-DUTY LAPD OFFICERS HELD IN PISTOL-WHIPPING
The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 - 12:36 pm
[Excerpts] ...Whittier police say 29-year-old Brandon Valdez and 38-year-old Patrick Fitzgerald were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday night after the off-duty incident. They were released Wednesday on $30,000 bail each. The LAPD says they are on administrative leave pending an investigation. Whittier Lt. Carlos Solorza says the officers had been drinking and were outside a cafe when one began arguing with his girlfriend... Solorza says the unnamed officer thought a 31-year-old bystander was paying too much attention to the squabble and pistol-whipped him. The man was treated for head injuries. [Full article here]
[police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence (IPV) abuse law enforcement public safety lethal alcohol california state birds of a feather psychological evaluation drug and alcohol testing]