DA clears El Monte cop in kick case

From staff writer Brian Charles: 

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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will not file charges against an El Monte police officer who kicked a suspect in the face at the end of a pursuit.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors said Officer George Fierro was justified in kicking Richard Rodriguez because the officer feared Rodriguez might try to get up off the ground. 

Prosecutors described the kick as a “distraction blow to get (Rodriguez) top submit to the arrest.”

Prosecutors also said they would not charge Officer James Singleterry, who hit Rodriguez four times on the arm with a flashlight. The kick followed a high speed car chase on May 13. At the end of the chase, Rodriguez crashed his car and ran.

El Monte City Councilwoman Emily Ishigaki called the decision “wonderful news.”
“I have always felt George was a good officer. He does a good job in the field. He is very experienced,” she said. 
Ishigaki, who has known Fierro for 12 years, said she was confident officials conducted a thorough investigation before making their decision. 

7 thoughts on “DA clears El Monte cop in kick case

  1. Now that’s funny. I’m all for the police and I’m glad the cop got off, but, that kick to the piece of sh*t wasn’t really necessary.

  2. This low life cholo needs a few more kicks for being a pendejo. How many crimes has the low life committed and not been caught for?

  3. I SEEN THIS CHASE LIVE FROM BEGINING TO END AND IT WAS EXCESSIVE FORCE. JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW POLICE COVER FOR THEMSELVES.. YES THE COP GETS OFF BUT THE CITY OF EL MONTE AND IT’S TAXPAYERS LOOSE BECAUSE MR. RODRIGUEZ WILL GET AWARDED A CASH SETTLEMENT IN CIVIL COURT .. IM NOT IN FAVOR OR CONDONE HIS ACTIONS AND YES HE DID BREAK THE LAW AND DESERVED GETTING ARRESTED BUT KICKED IN THE FACE THEN HIT WITH A FLASH LIGHT REPEATED AFTER BEEING FACE DOWN ON THE GROUND COME ON..

  4. I watched the entire video and compared it to the DA’s report. The claim that the suspect “turned toward police” is ludicrous. The officer in this case just took a free kick. I understand that the suspect is a “bad guy” but there is no reason for cops to act like they are above the law.

  5. iTS NO SECRET TO THE RESIDANCE OF eL MONTE THAT THE POLICE DEPT . IS CURRUPTED!!!! MY HUSBAND WAS ALSO BEATEN BY THE POLICE ABOUT 1 YR. AGO!! ONCE MY HUSBAND WAS ON OUR LIVING ROOM FLOOR HAND CUFFED THE OFFICER USED THE EXCUSE OF BEATING HIM BCUZ HE FEARED FOR HIS LIFE! NOW TELL ME HOW COULD MY HUSBAND HAVE HURT HIM IN ANY WAY WHEN HE WAS CUFFED N ON THE FLOOR IN A LIVING ROOM FULL OF OFFICER N SOME WITH THEIR GUNS OUT POINTED AT HIM???ALL MY HUSBAND SAID TO THEM WAS TO HURRY UP N GET HIM OUT OF THEIR CUZ MY YOUNG CHILDERN WERE WATCHING N CRYING!!! N THIS ALL FOR A WARRENT FOR A NO SHOW AT COURT!SO THIS DOESNT ONLY HAPPEN TO GANG MEMBERS CUZ MY HUSBAND DOESNT BELONG TO ANY GANG!!!!

  6. iTS NO SECRET TO THE RESIDANCE OF eL MONTE THAT THE POLICE DEPT . IS CURRUPTED!!!! MY HUSBAND WAS ALSO BEATEN BY THE POLICE ABOUT 1 YR. AGO!! ONCE MY HUSBAND WAS ON OUR LIVING ROOM FLOOR HAND CUFFED THE OFFICER USED THE EXCUSE OF BEATING HIM BCUZ HE FEARED FOR HIS LIFE! NOW TELL ME HOW COULD MY HUSBAND HAVE HURT HIM IN ANY WAY WHEN HE WAS CUFFED N ON THE FLOOR IN A LIVING ROOM FULL OF OFFICER N SOME WITH THEIR GUNS OUT POINTED AT HIM???ALL MY HUSBAND SAID TO THEM WAS TO HURRY UP N GET HIM OUT OF THEIR CUZ MY YOUNG CHILDERN WERE WATCHING N CRYING!!! N THIS ALL FOR A WARRENT FOR A NO SHOW AT COURT!SO THIS DOESNT ONLY HAPPEN TO GANG MEMBERS CUZ MY HUSBAND DOESNT BELONG TO ANY GANG!!!!

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