Trump calls hero cop, promises arrest of Compton shooter
President Trump called the cop in the hospital who was pictured in Compton saving the life of her partner, despite the fact that she had been shot in the face, and promised the injured deputy that authorities would arrest the shooter.
Claudia Apolinar, 31, was shot in the torso and in the head when an unknown Black man attacked the two deputies in their car without warning.
“In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department shared photos of her in her hospital bed as one of her co-workers held up the phone to her so that President Trump could wish her well,” says the Daily Mail.
Apolinar can’t talk because of her injuries, but she wrote out her answers for the president on a yellow legal pad for a colleague to read.
“A week ago today, a callous and heartless criminal attempted to murder two of the heroes that work hard everyday to keep you safe when ride @metrolosangeles,” the Facebook post read.
“The outpouring of love and support from our Department, @lacosheriff, the community, and indeed from around the world, has been overwhelming, but also very much appreciated!
“This week #potus45 @realdonaldtrump called both of our deputies to check on their spirits, wish them a speedy recovery and remind them that the #american people are behind them and that the coward that harmed them will be brought to #justice!!”
Video from the scene shows the deputy applying a tourniquet to her 24-year-old unnamed partner despite her injuries. Her partner has subsequently been discharged from the hospital, while Apolinar still remains under doctors’ care at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted pictures showing the 31-year-old mother of one with her husband at her bedside,” says local ABC 7.
“President Donald Trump spoke to her by telephone promising that the shooter will be arrested.”
One man is in custody, but it’s not clear if he’s responsible for the crime. Thus far, the sheriff has refused to comment on the arrest, even as the reward for the shooter has grown to $640,000.
The Sheriff wasn’t reticent about asking one prominent Black Lives Matter spokesman to ante up for the reward.
“I want to make a challenge. This challenge is to LeBron James,” Villanueva told LA radio station 790 KABC, said USA Today. “I want you to match that and double that reward, because I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement on race relations and officer-involved shootings and the impact it has on the African-American community. And I appreciate that.”
A separate GoFundMe page has raised $700,000 for the deputies.
PHOTO: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept
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