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Open Letter to Community From City Officials Regarding Death Of Leroy Barnes

March 22nd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

We received this open letter via the Office of Public Affairs
From: Mayor Bill Bogaard, City Councilman Chris Holden, City Councilwoman Jacque Robinson

We have heard and understand community concerns arising from the Feb. 19 officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Leroy Barnes, and we take seriously any questions regarding the conduct of Pasadena police officers.

A series of internal and independent investigations is underway to review what occurred and to fully evaluate all evidence, witness statements and reports. These well-established processes, which are standard for any officer-involved shooting in our city, are moving forward with a sense of urgency.

It is important for our Police Department, and for all of those touched by this incident, that we let these investigations be completed before passing judgment or drawing conclusions about the department and its dedicated officers.

The internal investigation by Pasadena police will determine whether the actions of the two officers involved in the shooting of an armed suspect complied with all department policies, procedures and training.

Some residents have requested a separate, independent investigation into the shooting. An independent investigation has already been initiated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether the officers’ actions were within state laws.

In addition, Police Chief Bernard Melekian recently requested an independent review by the U.S. Department of Justice through the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine whether the officers acted in compliance with federal civil rights laws. The call for additional independent review should wait until the above investigations are completed and the findings are made public.

We have been briefed on the investigation and have confidence in the ability of these agencies to seek and examine all available evidence and provide a comprehensive accounting of the tragic event.

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