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Report: District Attorney Policy May Result in Paying for Cop Killer’s Funeral

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:06 am

As always on this blog, I am passing along the news as a private citizen commenting on a matter of public interest, and not as a representative of my office. Here’s the background:

Two police officers — one a 22-year veteran and the other a rookie — were shot and killed in the Los Angeles County city of El Monte late Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The suspect is also dead. The mayor said the officers were “essentially ambushed.”

The El Monte officers were identified Wednesday as Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana. Paredes, the longtime veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, daughter and son, police said. Santana, who previously worked as a public works employee and with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department before joining the police department in his hometown, is survived by his wife, daughter and twin sons.

“Corporal Paredes and Officer Santana paid the ultimate sacrifice, while in performance of a noble profession, serving the community they loved,” police said in a statement Wednesday.

The shooting occurred at about 4:45 p.m. local time when El Monte officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a motel. When they arrived, they “immediately took gunfire,” police said.

The two officers were rushed to a hospital where they later died, police said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the suspect was shot and died at the scene.

Here’s the difference in how you perceive this based upon your news sources.

Bill Melugin of Fox News reports:

People killed by police have generally used deadly force against police and/or others. This policy commits to paying for the funerals of a group of people who, in most cases, have tried to kill cops — and in this case succeeded. Take note, voters.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Times article on the cop killer’s background and treatment by the system mentions none of this.

UPDATE: Since I first published this post, Gascón has stated that the cop killer’s family does not qualify for the reimbursement of burial expenses. He does not explain how this conclusion is driven by the written policy. Meanwhile, the Times has now addressed the issue of the offer. My new post is here.

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