LAFD Under Scrutiny For Allegedly Trying To Cover-Up Complaints That A Top Official Was Drunk At Work

A senior administrative commander with the Los Angeles Fire Department is accused of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on duty.

LAFD Under Scrutiny For Allegedly Trying To Cover-Up Complaints That A Top Official Was Drunk At Work

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A senior administrative commander with the Los Angeles Fire Department is accused of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on duty.

Assistant Fire Chief and LAFD’s Latino firefighters association president Patrick Butler has called for a federal investigation into an alleged coverup of the accusations against the official.

Butler sent a letter on Wednesday asking for an investigation into Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and “all city leaders that were involved in the coverup regarding the on-duty alcohol and drug intoxication a high-ranking member of the Fire Chief’s staff.”

“We all want and demand accountability and transparency from our civic leaders and government services. The men and women of the LAFD deserve nothing less, nothing is more essential to our department,” Butler said in the letter. “Issues of race, inequality and other societal problems cannot be addressed until we have confidence in our leaders and the processes that protect us and the public we serve.”

LAFD said in a statement on Thursday that the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is investigating the matter.

“The LAFD strives to create an equal, balanced and fair environment for all. At any time, a member may file a complaint and has several options and resources including the Professional Standards Division, any chief officer, the department’s EEO Coordinator, or the city’s Personnel Department. All complaints are taken seriously, internally investigated and referred to other appropriate agencies, as needed,” it continued.

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(This is a developing story. Please check back for further updates.)

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Family Of David Ordaz Jr., Shot And Killed By LASD Deputies, Files Suit

The family of 34-year-old David Ordaz Jr., who was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in East Los Angeles, announced a lawsuit against the county Thursday morning.

Family Of David Ordaz Jr., Shot And Killed By LASD Deputies, Files Suit

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The family of 34-year-old David Ordaz Jr., who was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies in East Los Angeles, announced a lawsuit against the county Thursday morning.

Ordaz was shot and killed in East Los Angeles on March 14 after family members called for help during a mental health crisis, according to the complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court.

Cellphone video, released by Ordaz’s family appeared to show Ordaz, after being hit with non-lethal rounds, turning to flee down the sidewalk.

He was shot outside of his family home and in front of his relatives.

The lawsuit alleges deputies used unjustifiable lethal force against Ordaz who was reportedly suicidal and holding a knife.

His family spoke Thursday about their loss.

“I stand here today with a broken heart. Lost and completely confused about what happened to my brother David,” said his sister Gabriela Hernandez. “We trusted the L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies to treat David with compassion and dignity, but instead, they showed up, drew their guns, and murdered my brother outside his home.”

An LASD spokeswoman said the department does not comment on pending litigation.

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