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).
This is part one of two. It’s kind of a long read, but well worth it. Lots of names and lots of facts.
It is a rule of the Los Angeles Police Department that as an employee thou shall not lie or interfere in the course of an official investigation.
Doing so will get you terminated. Even the brass just thinking you did will get you fired.
But that’s exactly what LAPD Sergeant Teresa Evans did—and to this day she’s still a bonafide sworn employee of the police department.
Oh that name is familiar to you you say.
Well it should be, 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.
More on that later. Let’s dig into Sergeant Evans for a bit.
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.
Ya think? Well, maybe not. She’s still working. But I digressed.
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 Detective Shelly Villanueva asked Internal Affairs now retired Commander Jeri Weinstein about how they should handle the Long Beach Police Department’s domestic violence report involving Evans. Weinstein advised Villanueva that it was not relevant and not bring it up in the investigation into Dorner’s allegations against Evans.
I know that the subject of Dorner is not a popular one.
It’s not popular with cops who feel that no matter what he was subjected to he did not have to go the route he chose. It’s also not popular with the media in Los Angeles who have basically just accepted Chief Beck and the Inspector General’s final report justifying Dorner’s firing as the Holy Grail and moved on. This even though Dorner challenged journalists to investigate his claims.
And while there are a lot of cops who will tell you that Dorner deserved what he got, there are just as many, if not more cops who will also tell you privately that Christopher Dorner did not lie in his “Last resort” letter to America. Hence the reason I got my hands on this police report.
And while domestic violence is nothing to joke about, this is more about exposing lies and corruption.
Part two will be just as great. For now, grab a latte and sit back and read for yourself the Long Beach Police Department’s report I referenced regarding Evans and Fuentes.
Oh, and a shout out to the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department who in their own way are taking a stand by fighting and exposing the corruption within the department. I thank you and the public thanks you.
Stay tuned because LAPDgate is wide open.