Manager of neighboring city condones deputy shootings in Compton: “Chickens come home to roost.”

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LYNWOOD, CA – In a growing trend of politicians condoning anti-police demonstrations and outright violence, the City Manager of Lynwood gave a controversial statement about the ambushed deputies in Compton.   

Jose Ometeotl posted a meme on Instagram displaying Malcolm X in his most famous portrait.  The text of the meme, in commonly used white block text with black outline, stated:

“Chickens Come Home to Roost.”

Jose Ometeotl, City Manager of Lynwood. Photo from the Lynwood City Manager's Office
Jose Ometeotl, City Manager of Lynwood. Photo from the Lynwood City Manager’s Office.

The meme accompanied Ometeotl’s commentary of the Saturday evening shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Compton. 

In his commentary, Ometeotl laid responsibility for the shooting on Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his “deputy gangs.” 

Ometeotl seemed to indicate that he views the shooting as a reprisal.  The post was visible on his Instagram page before he made it private. 

Bill Melugin of FOX News Los Angeles, was able to take a screen shot of the post, and share it via twitter. Melugin later shared that Ometeotl made the account private after the tweet.

The full text of Ometeotl’s commentary states:

“The shooting of anyone is a wholly unacceptable occurrence in society.  I do not condone the type of violence seen in the shooting of the deputies yesterday in Compton. 

I will say that communities like Compton have been plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community.  These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community just because they could. 

Good deputies never turned on bad deputies for fear of retaliation and when caught most of these bad deputies kept their jobs and continued on their criminal career.  The fact that someone randomly opened fire on deputies is to be expected in the society we live in today. 

The political climate and leadership of Sheriff Villanueva has only sowed the seeds of anger and frustration in the community.  I pray for the deputies and their families while still demanding justice for Andres Guardado, Breona Taylor, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery…”

The City of Lynwood released this statement, disavowing Ometeotl’s remarks:

“On behalf of the hard-working families of Lynwood as well as the City’s employees and elected officials, we wish to send our heartfelt prayers to the families of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies recently injured in the line of duty. 

We also support every effort by the Sheriff’s Dept. to track down their attackers.

There have been comments made today (Sunday) by our City Manager on his personal social media that are his personal opinions and don’t reflect the position of the Lynwood City Council.

Today we are only thinking of the two deputies and are praying for their recovery.”

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore also commented on the shooting, saying:

“Tonight we pray for these two guardians to survive. I recognize and acknowledge we live in troubled times. But we must as a community work thru our differences while loudly and resoundly condemn violence. Blessed are the Peacemakers.”

The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, issued a statement on the shooting as well:

“Sending prayers of healing to the LA County Sherrif’s deputies shot in a horrific attack near the Blue Line in the City of Compton. Deputies across the county bravely work to keep our communities and Metro riders safe. We strongly condemn this cowardly ambush & stand prepared to offer aid.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that the two deputies survived the shooting, which occurred at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, as they sat in their vehicles outside of a Compton metro rail station. 

As of midnight on Monday morning, there were reported to be recovering post surgery.

Some protestors showed up at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where the deputies were admitted. 

They recorded themselves shouting obscenities and ill-will toward the deputies, as well as all police officers.  They also attempted to block the emergency room entrance and exit, while expressing their desire that the deputies die.

Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, gave a press conference at 10 p.m. on the evening of the shooting, discussing the circumstances relating to the incident (WARNING: Language).

A petition was set up on popular petition hosting site, change.org, calling for Ometeotl’s resignation.  Established with a goal of garnering 500 signatures to present to Lynwood City Council, the petition has currently received 428 signatures.  The petition was started under an account called, “Concerned Citizens,” which responds to the Council’s statement disavowing Ometeotl:

“LET THEM KNOW WITH OUR SIGNATURES THAT NOTHING LESS THAN A RESIGNATION WILL BE ACCEPTED. Especially, when this “apology” further excuses the hate comments by City Manager Jose Ometeotl.”

"Concerned Citizens" started of the change.org petition calling for City Manager Jose Ometeotl, responds to the City Council statement.
“Concerned Citizens” starter of the change.org petition calling for City Manager Jose Ometeotl, responds to the City Council statement disavowing statements made on his instagram post.

 

Please read our own K. Winters’ article detailing Saturday’s incident:

Two Los Angeles County deputies are fighting for their lives after they were ambushed and shot in the head

LOS ANGELES, CA – Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies are in critical condition after being ambushed and shot multiple times on Saturday night, September 12th. 

The deputies, whose names have not been released, but are said to be a 24-year-old male, and a 31-year-old female, who is the mother of a 6-year-old boy, were reportedly shot in the head multiple times, but were able to radio for help.

The officers were parked outside of the PAX metro station in Compton, when the unidentified suspect walked up to the car and began firing. 

In a late night press conference Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County Sheriff, said the deputies were taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. Both deputies have been members of the department for 14 months. 

 

The department posted a video to its Twitter feed showing the gunman approaching the passenger side of the car, firing and then running away.

Sheriff Villanueva, was not mincing words in his statement saying:

“Seeing somebody just walk up and just start shooting them, it pisses me off,

“It dismays me at the same time. There’s no prettier way to say it.”

He also said:

“This is just a sober reminder that this is a dangerous job and you know actions, words have consequences, and our job does not get any easier because people don’t like law enforcement,”

President Trump, who has been an outspoken supporter of police, and continually denounces violence against them, retweeted the video early Sunday morning saying:
 
“Animals that must be hit hard!”
 

In a particularly heinous act, when protesters got wind that the officers were being taken to the hospital, they blocked both the entrances and exists shouting “we hope they die!”.

The LA County Sherriffs Office tweeted:

“To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die” referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL, People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”

Deputies issued a dispersal order to the group of protesters blocking the hospital emergency entrance and exits, when an adult male protester refused to comply and cooperate, which resulted in police attempting to take him into custody as he resisted. 

While police were struggling to make the arrest, an unidentified woman ran towards the deputies, ignoring repeated commands to stay back, and interfered with the arrest. 

The woman, later identified as Josie Huang, a member of the press, admitted she was not wearing the proper press credentials to identify herself. 

According to the LA County Sherriffs Office, Both individuals have been arrested for 148 P.C.

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