Pasadena PD may have an embarassing scandal on its hands in the wake of an article that appeared in Thursday’s Pasadena Weekly.
Andre Coleman reexamines the investigation into the death of former police Lt. David Richter and turns up some interesting tidbits.
Here’s the lede:
Homicide investigators with the LA County Sheriff’s Department are taking a second look into the death of retired Pasadena police Officer David Richter — a case that, although initially thought to be suicide, has already been at the center of an internal affairs investigation in Pasadena and caused at least one person to lash out anonymously against Pasadena police leadership.
As authorities were searching for the 30-year veteran Pasadena officer, Richter’s girlfriend — Noah Beltran, who works as an assistant to acting Pasadena Police Chief Chris Vicino — was placed on paid administrative leave from the department in January for allegedly giving false information to police in Arcadia, where Richter lived.
Vicino, who would not comment on the case this week, has said Beltran was not considered a suspect in Richter’s disappearance. Beltran, who remains on leave, could not be reached for comment.
More recently, Beltran’s name resurfaced in an anonymous letter mailed to several newspapers on July 2 in which Vicino is accused of eliminating minorities from the department — and being “out to get” Beltran and manufacturing the internal investigation against her.
BTW, The Star-News didnt’ receive that letter… But I did receive another one that I’ll post after 10 a.m.