Chief Sanchez has placed a high ranking officer on leave as is dept. policy following an ATF investigation - Terry Miller/ Beacon Media News
Last week, representatives of the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) contacted Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez to inform him of an ongoing ATF investigation involving alleged actions of an officer with the Pasadena Police Department. The ATF told Chief Sanchez its investigation was unrelated to the officer’s duties with the department. Early Thursday morning ATF agents executed a search warrant at the officer’s home in Sierra Madre.
The officer cooperated with ATF agents during their search of the home. Per Pasadena Police Department Police Dept. policy, Chief Sanchez placed the officer on paid administrative leave and initiated an Internal Affairs review. The officer’s status is paid administrative leave subject to the outcome and review of the Internal Affairs findings and the results of the ATF investigation. At this time, the officer has not been arrested, nor are there any charges that have been filed to initiate an arrest.
The officer, like all people subject to an investigation, is presumed innocent until otherwise proven guilty. The ATF continues to investigate. The City, the Police Chief and the City Manager wish to emphasize that they take the matter with the utmost seriousness. The City and its representatives will continue to cooperate fully with the ATF investigators on this case.
Mod: Here is a perplexing contrast. The cop who is suspected of having possessed an arsenal of possibly illegal weapons, and then had the temerity to stash them in his Sierra Madre garage, had another side. As the Public Information Officer for the Pasadena Police Department, he was the good vibes publicity guy for his employer. Here are a few examples of the kinds of cheerful things he had been posting on-line before being placed on that paid administrative leave mentioned in Terry's article.
Mod: What we had been seeing, and what apparently was going down elsewhere, couldn't be more different.