I got this letter from someone who identified himself as a relative of the man who was shot Sunday near Royal Oaks and Shamrock in Monrovia. The relative makes some interesting points about policing in Monrovia and the overall investigation. I’ve removed any identifying information. Letter on the jump:
…I am a life long Monrovia resident. I would just like to shed some light on my community and set some things straight. I’ve been reading the articles online the last couple of days. The one about the corruption in the MPD and also about the shooting that happened on Saturday. First of all, My 23 year old cousin was the man who was shot on royal oaks on Saturday, 1st cousin, our moms are sisters. I was the 1st family member on the scene because i live about a block away from where it happened. I even heard the shots. My cousin has NEVER been in a gang, and is DEFINITELY not a DUROC CRIP! Does he know people from that gang? of course. we all do, they’ve been around forever it seems. My little cousin is a hard working kid who’s had 3 promotions this year at his full time job. I am pissed off that he is being portrayed as a gang member when he is NOT. what that does is create the feeling that he got what he deserved because hes a gang member. My cousin was in fact the victim of a HATE CRIME. He was shot because he is black. The Mexican gangs do not care if you bang or not. My cousin did not deserve to have SIX bullets pumped into him. He did not deserve to almost die because of the internal injuries he sustained.
That brings me to my next point. The MONROVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT. My cousin almost died because of THEM. From the time I heard the gunshots to the time i got to the scene was about 15 minutes. When I approached my cousin he wasn’t even in the ambulance yet. I was approached by an EMT 1st, who told me my cousin was going to be fine, that he was shot once in the leg, once in the butt, and a graze to his side. Well he wasn’t fine. not only was he NOT shot 3 times, He was shot 6 TIMES. 1 bullet split his kidney in half, 1 tore through his rectum, 1 through his leg, 1 through his scrotum, 1 through his intestines, and 1 next to his liver which is still in him. Now when i talked to the woman who’s house he was shot in front of, she told me that they were treating my cousin like a dog that got shot in the street. They didn’t check his vitals, they did not call the EMT right away, They just looked him over and said ” oh, he’ll be OK, his only shot in the leg”. As i recall the redskins Sean Taylor died from a single gunshot to the leg. My cousin lost alot of blood. he had to be given 6-7 units of blood during surgery. Why is it that it took over 15 minutes to get my cousin inside of the bus? Partially because it took the MPD so long to call for help. According to them my cousins injuries were not life threatening. they told me that to my face. In fact he was VERY critical.
The MPD has always been racist. ALWAYS. I have countless stories about abuse from them. too many to say. Its about time that their dirt is starting to come to light. They are almost worse then the sheriffs…Almost…. The truth needs to be written, not speculation or police propaganda. The fact is my cousin was the victim of a hate crime, plain and simple. The MPD did not care if he lived or died. Monrovia has long ignored this gang issue and swept it under the rug. They didn’t care until i started interfering with its movie money. When the studios stopped coming, it was time to crack down! I’m almost 30 years old and this violence between these 3 gangs has been happening for as long as i can remember. …