Friday, June 9, 2017

Pasadena Independent: Chief Sanchez Suspends Issuing ‘Firearm Waiver Letters’ To Officers In Wake Of AFT Raid On Pasadena PD Officer’s Home

Junta Hat and Gourdikian

Mod: Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez suddenly found himself thrust to the center of the Vasken Gourdikian gun running affair last week, and apparently is not enjoying the kinds of publicity he is receiving because of that. In a breaking news story that the Pasadena Independent's Terry Miller released late yesterday afternoon, here is a classic example of an under duress senior police officer trying to close a swinging barn door well after the semi-automatic horse already lit out for places unknown.

Chief Sanchez Suspends Issuing ‘Firearm Waiver Letters’ To Officers In Wake Of AFT Raid On Pasadena PD Officer’s Home (Pasadena Independent link): In the wake of the ongoing story on a February 16, 2017 ATF raid of Pasadena police lieutenant’s home in Sierra Madre, Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez made a public statement via William Boyer, the Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena, regarding the so-called “waiver letters” that he signs for officers to buy weapons not available to the general public.

These ‘waiver letters’ have garnered a huge amount of local media interest as well as the ongoing investigation into why ATF raided the Pasadena police officer’s home in the first place.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents served a search warrant of Pasadena police officer Vasken Gourdikian’s home in Sierra Madre, February 16 and confiscated numerous weapons in an ongoing investigation. The weapons confiscated included high power rifles as well as handguns.

In May, The United States Dept. of Justice listed details about the weapons the ATF seized from a high ranking Pasadena police officer’s home in February. Many more questions came about than answers.

Why the Pasadena police officer’s home was raided remains sealed and is under investigation. The ATF and FBI will not comment on any ongoing investigation.

Eric D. Harden, Special Agent in Charge for the ATF Los Angeles Field Division issued a letter dated March 31, 2017 advising law enforcement that officers are required by law to obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL) before engaging in the selling/buying of firearms.

Harden went on to say that “ATF discovered some law enforcement officers (who do not have an FFL) are purchasing ‘off roster’ firearms. California law restricts FFLs sales of theses firearms to law enforcement only and reselling those firearms to non-law enforcement entities for a profit.” This is a violation of federal law.

Last week, reporter Andre Coleman from Pasadena Weekly published an extensively researched article on the gun waiver letters citing Calguns website where Gourdikian allegedly bought and sold weapons.

Pasadena Independent as well as other news agencies have officially requested public records from the regarding the issuance of these waiver letters in connection with Gourdikian. We expect to have copies on Monday.

Pasadena Police Dept. says the ATF investigation is not connected to Gourdikian’s work at the PPD. However, there is an internal ongoing investigation in the local dept. The former Pasadena Police Dept. spokesperson and adjutant to Chief Sanchez remains on indefinite leave.

On Thursday, Sanchez announced he is temporarily suspending his Police Department’s issuance of waiver or authorization letters to officers for their use in firearm purchases.

“I am suspending the practice of issuing these letters until I have a chance to more thoroughly review our process,” Chief Sanchez said. “The Pasadena Police Department is among the finest law enforcement agencies in the country precisely because we continually assess our practices and make operational improvements to better serve our community.”

Up until now, Pasadena police officers—similar to other sworn law enforcement officials throughout California—have been able to request such letters from their employer as allowed by California law. The letters can be used by officers to seek a waiver of the 10-day waiting period for personal firearm purchases or other authorization to purchase rifles not available to the public.

More than 40 law enforcement agencies throughout the Southern California area recently contacted by the Department indicated those departments also issue similar waiver letters. Of the same agencies surveyed, 15 also issue authorization letters for rifle purchases, Sanchez said.

Out of an abundance of caution, however, Sanchez said he has ordered the Department to proactively re-evaluate its program on issuing these letters.

The Chief’s action today does not limit officers’ access to firearms or any related equipment to protect and serve the community. The department continues to issue all necessary on-duty equipment to its officers although officers still have the option of using personal firearms approved by the Department.

Officers also can purchase, or sell, handguns just like any eligible member of the public as allowed by applicable state and federal laws.

Chief Sanchez said there is no timeline for the review process by his Command Staff.

We asked PIO Boyer how many letters were issued have been issued by Chief Sanchez. While he couldn’t be specific pending the PRR, he did acknowledge that there were “a lot” issued.

We also asked William Boyer which guns were not available to the public but were to law enforcement. To which Boyer replied that the weapons essentially are “assault rifles like AR 15’s.

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27 comments:

  1. I've known several police over the years and met at various social events, one striking memory is how some talk and act like the thugs they arrest. Seems like them being around the thugs tends to mold their own thug-based personality traits. Not all follow that path, but many do.

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    1. Live by the gun, profit by the gun.

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    2. The PPD is paid a small fortune to enforce ALL laws. They have betrayed the people they claim to serve.

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    3. The entire PD or just this guy? Making a general statement like that is irresponsible and ignorant. But sadly, not surprising.

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  2. The city of Pasadena California could always hire back A former Commander Lisa Rosales she can be found in Glendora, California as their Police Chief I am sure she would like to get back into the real world of operating with a high end police department for a a change? Just a thought.

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  3. You have crooked Doctors who write painkiller prescriptions for drug dealers, so it makes sense that you'd find Police Chiefs who would write illegal gun permission slips for gun dealers in blue. All about the money, the laws be damned.

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  4. In my opinion, the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms division in the United States, will have their Britain Teresa May moment!

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  5. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is a test of personality traits that has been used/is used as part of job applications over the years. There are three catagories of people who score similarly on aspects of this test: police officers, criminals, ministers. What do you think are the common characteristcs of people who fall into these broad catagories?

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  6. When the quiet majority of citizens are given so many reasons to be cynical about LEOs, the seeds of real anarchy are sown.We the quiet majority do not go to protest meetings or join radical groups. We go to work. We go home ,not much else. Yet these "Protectors" in whom we invested so much trust and tax, betray us and exploit their position for even more gain. Inevitably we read Posts like these in Tattler and silently sneer at Police Officers next time we see them.
    So unnecessary and so un-American.

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    1. Turning a blind eye to police corruption is American? What else is American in your go home and do nothing mind? Lighting your hair on fire and trying to put it out with a hammer?

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    2. America was born through revolution. The people who went home and did nothing were Tories.

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  7. Too much...too little...too late..

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  8. Phillip Sanchez is the highest paid employee in Pasadena.
    http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2016/pasadena/

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  9. 8:12am. Thanks for a Laugh out loud moment this morning.

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  10. The President is giving a nod to the America's Infrastructure at the Transportation Department in Washington this morning. He is keeping campaign promises.MAGA.

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    1. The President is whining up a storm on Twitter this morning because he was called a liar by former FBI Director Comey under oath and in session and no Republican Senators questioned it.

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    2. MAGA = Might Actually Get Axed

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    3. Trump is keeping Obama's infrastructure promises which he pushed but were blocked by the republican senate.

      Troll got trumped again!

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  11. An investigation into Clinton, Obama, Rice, Lynch and whoever else is involved is highly overdue. Clinton committed too many felonies and so far is getting away with it. If we did what she did, we'd be in jail for emailing back and forth of Classified Government material. Hillary Clinton is not above the law and neither is Obama, Rice and Lynch. They all need to be investigated and especially their collusion in unmasking American citizens of the United States. Haven't heard anything on the news about it nor any news flashes about why they did it. INVESTIGATE AND REPORT - the American people want to know and we're entitled to this information

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    1. Reminds me of an old Jethro Tull song. "Let's go living in the past." Unfortunately America is afflicted now with treason at the highest levels and has no time for your wornout old fantasies.

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    2. They already have been moron.

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    3. By "unmasking American citizens of the United States." you mean Americans that are colluding with Russia. Are there any non American citizens of the United States? Well anyplace other than in your confused little brain?

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    4. Sure. The Russians. The ones that got all those Trump officials to assume the position.

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  12. Apparently in Pasadena cops only enforce the laws they don't personally profit by.

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  13. Trolls get double trumped!

    The New York Attorney General’s office announced on Friday that it is “looking into” the Eric Trump Foundation — a children’s cancer fund — for what appears to be an “indirect act of self-dealing.”

    Forbes.com reported that after months of investigating the Donald Trump Foundation, AG Eric Schneidermann’s office will now focus on President Trump’s son Eric after report’s surfaced this week that the cancer fund had diverted donations to Trump family businesses.

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  14. The right in America sold out to our enemies.

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  15. 1:21,,, Having worked with many attorneys over the years I have learned that in the Halls of Justice most cases are decided in the Halls of Justice. With that said, when you get in front of the judge your attorney will be using fact and fiction to win her/his case and yes it helps to know the likes and dislikes of the judge and their integrity. The law is not inforced by the truth of the facts but on how good the attorney presents the case.

    The hatred for a female is incredible, Clintons emails are trivial compared to the treason of Trump. When hatred over rules the facts then freedom in America will be lost forever. This is exactly what our enemies are working for and they are succeeding. Remember, united we stand divided we fall, if you care wake up and get with the facts while you still can. Stop the division and save our country.

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