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California city manager on administrative leave after posting ‘chickens come home to roost’ about LA cop shooting

The city of Lynwood, CA sent city manager Jose Ometeotl home on administrative leave after he posted on Instagram an image of Malcolm X with the words “Chickens come home to roost” in reference to the attempted assassination of two L.A. deputies over the weekend.

While saying that the shooting of anyone is “unacceptable,” Ometeotl said that for years the gang-plagued neighborhood of Compton, where the attempted cop murders took place, has been plagued by police.

“I will say that communities like Compton have been plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence. These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community just because they could,” he said on a post that is no longer available.

The city of Lynwood put out a statement on the post saying that the city manager’s opinion are personal and don’t reflect the position of the city.

But Lynwood City Councilman Salvador Alatorre said that the statement isn’t enough.

“I’m shocked and I believe that by that action the city manager is putting our community – put the safety of our community at high risk,” Alatorre told local Fox News 11.  

“[W]hen you pay somebody close to a quarter-million-dollars they’re responsible 24 hours a day,” for what they say on social media, he added.

And he’s not the only one outraged.

“A former mayor and councilmember in Lynwood, Maria Santillan, told FOX 11 of the post, ‘When I read it my blood was boiled. I have a few family members who are law enforcement officers in the Sheriff’s Department who are risking their lives to protect and serve our community. I was very upset over it.’”

The U.K.’s Daily Mail reports that a petition has been created calling for the dismissal of Ometeotl. So far the petition has 1,371 signatures out of the 1500 signature goal.

The shooting has created apologists for cop killers, with video circulating of one local resident celebrating the attempted murder by laughing and joking.

“It’s going up. Somebody bust on their a**. Somebody bust on the police. Two sheriffs shot in the face. Two sheriffs shot in the face – they tripping. Somebody just ran up on the corner and bust on their a**, right through the window,” the man says.

Anti-cop activists also protested at the hospital while the two deputies were in surgery, blocking ambulances and access to the emergency rooms while chanting, “We hope they die” about the two stricken officers.  

President Trump called for tougher measures against cop killers.

Ometeotl’s employment with the city is now under review.

PHOTO: Jason Armond /Getty Images

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  1. A. D Roberts September 17, 2020

    They are giving themselves up by their own words. Anyone who speaks out against the police in general is our enemy. No other way to look at it. When you have gangs and if you have corrupt police, you are in a world of hurt. Better ask Trump for help.

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