“Each Deputies’ peace officer powers have been suspended, pending the result of an investigation which stemmed from a site visitors collision occurring on April thirteenth, 2020,” the division mentioned.
The FBI, the Los Angeles County District Lawyer and the Workplace of Inspector Common have been notified of the choice, the division added.
CNN contacted the LA County Sheriff’s Division to acquire particulars concerning the April incident.
“We can not remark additional on particulars being it’s a energetic investigation,” mentioned Shawn DuBusky, division spokesperson.
CNN contacted the California Freeway Patrol, primarily based on Los Angeles Instances reporting that the CHP responded to the April incident. The CHP mentioned nobody could be obtainable for remark till Monday.
CNN additionally reached out to the LA County District Lawyer and to the LA workplace of the FBI however acquired no response.
Within the Guardado case, Deputy Miguel Vega didn’t seem to testify on the November 30 inquest — ordered by the county coroner — and is in another country till the center of December. He indicated he deliberate to invoke his Fifth Modification safety towards self-incrimination, in line with his lawyer, Adam Marangell.
Deputy Christopher Hernandez, Vega’s associate throughout the incident, additionally didn’t seem on the inquest, however he filed a declaration saying, “if known as, I’d assert my Fifth Modification rights and refuse to reply any questions.”
Sheriff Alex Villanueva “didn’t instruct anybody to invoke or plead the Fifth Modification,” the division mentioned in a press release to CNN.
On Saturday, Marangell informed CNN, “Thanks or reaching out concerning a remark. Presently, I can not add something along with what has already been introduced by the Sheriff’s Division.”
CNN has tried to contact attorneys for Hernandez, as properly, however has acquired no response.
Guardado was shot 5 instances within the again
The deputies pursued Guardado and caught as much as him on the rear of the enterprise, the place one deputy fired six rounds.
Coroner calls first LA County inquest in three a long time
Transparency considerations surrounding the capturing have plagued the sheriff’s division, which positioned a “safety maintain” on the post-mortem report in an effort to forestall its launch. In a extremely uncommon transfer, Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Dr. Jonathan Lucas launched the report anyway.
Two detectives from LA County Sheriff’s murder bureau took the stand, however invoked their constitutional proper to not testify. Not one of the sheriff’s officers are accused of any crime.
US Reps. Maxine Waters and Nanette Diaz Barragan known as for California’s lawyer basic to launch an investigation within the dying as a civil rights violation.
“It’s outrageous that the officers concerned within the killing of Andres Guardado at the moment are refusing to testify within the coroner’s inquest into Guardado’s dying,” Waters mentioned in a press release launched on December 1.