We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
I don’t have much to say about Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Teresa Evans that I haven’t already said. However, with the recent news that she’s now suing the city for discrimination because she’s white and for harassment, I thought it might be worth posting a little reminder of Evans and her role in the Christopher Dorner situation. Because while Evans may feel like the Department is working against her, it could just be that they know she lied and is the main reason why Dorner did what he did. This is after all, the same Department who helped to cover it all up in the first place.
Anyway, below is all you need to know about LAPD Sgt. Teresa Evans, her role in the Dorner situation and how the same Department she’s now suing helped to cover up her sins of the past to save face after Dorner’s rampage and killing spree.
For those of you who simply cannot put your hatred of Dorner aside–this isn’t for you. Because no matter the proof that Dorner did not lie about Evans and that it was her actions that moved Dorner into taking the action that he did, nothing short of Evans admitting publicly she lied will move you–and I seriously doubt even then that would do the trick. The same goes for reporters and producers who just read the scripts given to them by the LAPD and are unable, unwilling or too lazy to do any research on their own as to the what the facts mights really be. The story isn’t as simple as cop goes crazy and kills innocent people before being killed. There’s more, lots more to the Dorner story.
For everyone else who is open to exploring the remote possibility that Christopher Dorner wasn’t lying while learning about what the Department worked so hard to hide, this is for you. Nothing can be done to change what Dorner did, but I think that Angelenos would want to know if the LAPD set the stage for what eventually happened. And by set the stage I mean the favoritism, nepotism, cover ups and straight up lying that took place. Because if they did it with Dorner who is to say there aren’t several other “Dorners” in hibernation ready to be set off when the Department targets them. Exactly.
I am not trying to defend Dorner’s actions or vindicate him. You can’t be vindicated when you take the lives of innocent people. But the Department’s own reports and findings show that he was not lying about Sgt. Teresa Evans even though they painted a completely different picture for the news media.
So let’s get to it!
Sergeant Teresa Evans
To begin, Evans was Christopher Dorner’s training officer. She was the one he accused of kicking a suspect in the head and she is the one whom he was eventually fired over after it was determined that he provided false and misleading statements during his Board of Rights hearing.
But Evans was no angel and Dorner knew it and he told us all about it.
“What they failed to mention in the BOR was Teresa Evans own use of force history during her career on the LAPD. She has admitted that she has a lengthy use of force record and has been flagged several times by risk management. She has a very well known nickname, Chupacabra, which she was very proud to flaunt around the division. She found it very funny and entertaining to draw blood from suspects and arrestees. At one point she even intentionally ripped the flesh off the arm of a woman we had arrested for battery (sprayed her neighbor with a garden water hose). Knowing the woman had thin elastic skin, she performed and Indian burn to the woman’s arm after cuffing her. That woman was in her mid-70’s, a mother and grandmother, and was angry at her tenants who failed to pay rent on time. Something I can completely understand and I am sure many have wanted to do toward tenants who do not pay their rent. Teresa Evans was also demoted from a senior lead officer rank/position for performance issues. During my two months of working patrol with Teresa Evans, I found her as a woman who was very angry that she had been pulled from patrol for a short time because of a domestic violence report made by Long Beach Police Department because of an incident involving her active LAPD officer boyfriend, Dominick Fuentes, and herself. Dominick Fuentes is the same officer investigated for witness tampering. She also was visibly angry on a daily basis that she was going to have to file for bankruptcy because her ex-husband, a former LAPD officer and not Dominick Fuentes, who had left the department, state, and was nowhere to be found had left her with a tax bill and debt that she was unable to pay because of a lack of financial means. Evans, you are a POS and you lied right to the BOR panel when Randy Quan asked you if you kicked Christopher Gettler. You destroyed my life and name because of your actions. Time is up. The time is now to confess to Chief Beck.”
According to a Long Beach Police Department report (07-47091), Evans refused to cooperate with the officers dispatched to her home after her co-workers at Harbor division, Officer Margaret Henry and then Sergeant Donald Deming, called for assistance.
On June 19, 2007 Long Beach police officer Keith Mortensen and Sergeant Colbert responded to then Officer Evans’ Long Beach home to respond to a case of possible domestic violence between Evans and her LAPD boyfriend Officer Dominick Fuentes.
When the officers arrived both Evans and Fuentes said everything was fine, lies number one and two.
When the officer asked about the scratches on Evans’ face and her black eye, she told him that her Pomeranian had scratched her, lie number three.
Officer Fuentes went so far as to blame “tweekers across the street” for the police being called to Evans’ home, lie number 4.
Evans continued to tell Officer Mortensen that there was no problem and no need to do any type of investigation, lie number 5.
When she was told that someone from her job called the police to come there she told the officer “she thinks she knows who called and that she thinks she might be thinking she is helping her out.” Evans also went on to say “this person has something against Fuentes.” When asked why, she responded “she did not know that she just does.”
Evans said that she had been dating Fuentes on and off for four years and had been living together for six months.
The officer then went on to speak with Fuentes who corroborated Evans story of the Pomeranian scratching her face and repeated that there was no domestic violence to talk about, more lies.
And I quote, “She just sustained an injury from the dog, we did not have domestic violence at all. And that’s all I have to say to you sir.” All of which was recorded on a digital voice recorder and burned to CD and filed with the original police report by the way.
Moving along, according to the police report, both Sergeant Deming and Sergeant Levy responded for the LAPD and both Evans and Fuentes again denied any domestic violence.
Evans refused to allow the Long Beach Police Department to take any photos of her injuries.
After this, Officer Mortensen was dispatched to LAPD Officer Margaret Henry’s home since she was the reporting party on the domestic violence.
Officer Henry tells Officer Mortensen that Officer Evans started dating Officer Fuentes in May 2003 and that by December 2004 she was getting phone calls from Evans saying that Fuentes was yelling and screaming at her. Evans told Henry that Fuentes was “throwing things around the house.” Officer Evans confided in Officer Henry that Officer Fuentes was “crazy” and that he was taking out his anger on her.
Apparently Officer Fuentes was mad because Officer James Talmage, Officer Evan’s ex, had been assigned to 77th Division where he works and “it drives him crazy seeing him everyday because of their prior dating relationship.”
On June 18, 2007, Officer Evans drove over to Officer Henry’s home and told her that Officer Fuentes was “going crazy every time he sees Talmage.” She said he’s also mad because his ex-wife is threatening to get a restraining order against him and that “she is going to promote to sergeant before him.”
Officer Evans said that Officer Fuentes calls her “cunt, stupid, and nuts.” Evans said that the argument was so bad this time that the only way she could get rid of him was if she was dead to which a sworn member of the LAPD said (Officer Fuentes) “why don’t you just shoot Sean, then shoot yourself?” Sean being Evan’s young son.
Officer Henry recommended that Officer Evans speak with a women’s coordinator to which Evans said that Officer Fuentes threatened to scratch himself up and say that she did it. Officer Evans said that Officer Fuentes told Officer Joyce at 77th Division that Evans had hit him before. She also said that Officer Fuentes was accusing her of “fucking around” with Lieutenant Heron. But Officer Evans was worried that if she sought out help that Officer Fuentes would no longer to be able to carry a gun which would lead to him getting fired.
Later that same day, Officer Evans called Officer Henry crying stating “I’m sending you this picture because if I am killed I want you to know who did this.”
She told Officer Henry that Officer Fuentes had gone “bizerk” and was waving his gun around. Fuentes also picked up a lawn chair and threw it at her hitting her in the face.
When Officer Evans became unresponsive to texts from Officer Henry, she got worried and that’s what lead her to call the police.
Officer Henry also said that Harbor Division Officers Dawna Killingsworth and Janine Bedford would know about the fighting between Officers Evans and Fuentes.
Which brings me to Harbor and 77th Divisions.
None of what I am telling you is news to the folks over at Harbor and 77th Divisions. From what I’m told and according to the police report everyone from the watch commander down knew about the fighting between Officers Evans and Fuentes. That it was a running joke. They fight, they break up, and they get back together all of the time.
But to me what is the saddest commentary about Harbor and 77th Divisions is that everyone knew about the issues then Officer Evans was having with Officer Fuentes and not one person stepped forward to say that Christopher Dorner was right when he ascertained that Evans home life troubles might be a reason for her more aggressive behavior in the field.
The police department is always telling us that if we see something say something, but as I have proven time and time again, they often do the exact opposite.
I will tell you that if I was fighting the way these two were fighting, I’d be having problems not only at work, but driving to and from the job, and anywhere else I went. That’s just part of being human. When your home life is screwed up everything else tends to be as well.
Why Officer Fuentes is still a cop, I do not know. Why Sergeant Evans is still a cop I do know and that I will get into in my next piece.
As LAPD officers neither Evans or Fuentes are not allowed to mislead, give inaccurate information, deny giving information, or refuse to cooperate with any law enforcement agency.
Based on the Long Beach Police Department’s report, both Evans and Fuentes should have been found guilty of misleading the LBPD and LAPD Internal Affairs at the very least. Victim or no victim, a lie is a lie and they are both cops. They are held to a different standard.
Remember the LAPD motto on their bumper stickers is “No excuse for domestic violence.”
Add to that, it is said that one of our favorite subjects Detective Shelly Villanueva asked then Internal Affairs Commander Jeri Weinstein how they should handle the Long Beach Police Department’s domestic violence report involving Evans. It’s believed by many with intimate knowledge of the situation Weinstein advised Villanueva that it was not relevant and not bring it up in the investigation into Dorner’s allegations against Evans.
But I’m not done.
Did the LAPD know about Sergeant Teresa Evans domestic violence issues and did they purposefully omit that information from the record?
Yes. In a never before publicly released intradepartmental correspondence memo dated October 25, 2007 to the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigation Division (Captain Jeri Weinstein) from Detective Shelley Gallegos (CF No. 07-004281) on page 5 in the fifth paragraph it says the following:
Dorner stated that he had not had any problems during his probation. He stated that he asked for reintegration training because he believed he was a little behind on some things, but he never had a negative rating.5 Dorner believed that Evans had a lot of things going on in her personal life, and that he believed that Evans was arrested by the Long Beach Police Department for a domestic violence incident.6 Dorner believed that Evans provided false and misleading statements during the UOF investigation, which cause him concern about her character.
6 Gallegos discussed the complaint that arose from the Long Beach incident (CF No. 07-003277) with Captain II Jeri Weinstein, Serial 2433, Commanding Officer, Criminal Investigation Division, who advised that it had no bearing on this complaint.
So then why did the Department bury Evan’s domestic violence report?
Did then Officer Teresa Evans provide false and misleading statements during the Use of Force (UOF) investigation?
Yes. In the Los Angeles Police Commission’s own Review of Christopher Dorner’s Termination conducted by the Office of the Inspector General Alex Bustamante and dated June 21, 2013 on page 5 section C reads as follows:
C. Unresolved Issues Regarding the Training Officer’s Credibility
Dorner accused the training officer of writing the portion of the arrest report that discussed the use of force and specifically omitted any reference to kicking the suspect. During the complaint investigation, the training officer denied writing any portion of the arrest report. At the Board of Rights hearing, however, the training officer testified that she did sit at a computer and edit portions of the report because Dorner failed to understand how important it was to be very “specific and detailed” when recounting each and every action during the reported use of force.
The training officer was never questioned during the Board of Rights about the potential disparity between her initial statement during the complaint investigation and her later testimony during the hearing.
In the Use of Force portion of the arrest report, the training officer reported that she approached the arrestee in the planter during the struggle and took control of the arrestee’s “head and neck.”
However, in her subsequent statements during the misconduct investigation and at the Board of Rights, the training officer said that she approached the arrestee to gain control of his arm, with no mention at all of the head and neck.
The training officer was never asked during the Board of Rights to address which account of her actions was accurate, and why the accounts differed.
And even with this admission, the OIG and the Los Angeles Police Commission both signed off on Dorner’s firing as being justified.
No one, the media or otherwise, has ever questioned why the Board of Rights never questioned Evans about her conflicting statements. Statements that would usually get an officer fired.
This is important because Dorner was being accused of providing false and misleading statements regarding Evans’ use of force during an arrest that occurred on July 28, 2007.
Evans, as documented, made numerous false and misleading statements regarding the misconduct investigation and at the Board of Rights hearing.
Add to that, LAPD policy dictates, “for this or any other police department to maintain the confidence of the public, it must be clear to officers that they are expected, above all, to be consistently honest in their personal and public life.”
Their words, not mine.
Sergeant Teresa Evans (and Officer Dominick Fuentes for that matter) at the very least should have been disciplined for providing false and misleading statements to the Long Beach Police Department and the LAPD about their domestic violence incident but they were not.
The question I’m still waiting on the news media to ask is why was Evans spared from termination for lying on multiple occasions when it is documented that she provided false and misleading statements?
Did the Department withhold exculpatory evidence from Dorner and his attorney?
Yes. The Department intentionally withheld Sergeant Evan’s Long Beach Police Department report that corroborated Dorner’s statement about Evan’s state of mind and her problems at home. Then the Office of the Inspector General and the Los Angeles Police Commission perpetuated that lie to the public in their Review of Christopher Dorner’s Termination dated June 21, 2013 on page 6 section III:
III. Analysis of the Process
As previously discussed, the OIG reviewed all the documents, records, and transcripts related to Dorner’s Board of Rights hearing. In examining the record, the OIG noted that there were no significant issues with the process. The OIG found no evidence to suggest that the Department did not provide all relevant and potentially exculpatory evidence to Dorner and his attorney.
They found no evidence because as documented above in the intradepartmental correspondence memo dated October 25, 2007, between Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigation Division Captain Jeri Weinstein and Detective Shelley Gallegos, Gallegos was told not to include it because “it had no bearing.”
In laymen’s terms, the evidence, which was the Long Beach Police Department’s report was not admitted because it appears that Captain Weinstein told Detective Gallegos not to admit it and those directives were documented in a LAPD memo.
So why did Captain Jeri Weinstein instruct Detective Shelley Gallegos to withhold Evan’s police report and why did she feel it had no bearing?
Did members of Dorner’s Board of Rights hearing have a conflict of interest?
Dorner’s Board of Rights panel consisted of Captain Phillip Tingirides, Captain Justin Eisenberg, and City Attorney Martella.
Captain Phillip Tingirides was and is known throughout the Department to be a very close friend of Sergeant Teresa Evans from when they were both working out of Harbor Division. The fact that they were and are close friends is no secret within the LAPD and that too should have been just cause for his not serving on Dorner’s Board of Rights hearing panel.
Why wasn’t Captain Phillip Tingirides excused from serving on Dorner’s Board of Rights hearing?
Does any of this absolve Dorner of his own crimes? No, but it does shine a glaring light onto the Department’s role into his madness and how unfair and rigged the disciplinary process is. It is also proof that Dorner may have been a lot of things to many, but a liar about Evans he was not.