Law firm calls for DOJ Investgation on officer-involved shooting
9:00 AM, Aug 26, 2015
9:51 AM, Aug 26, 2015
The Geragos & Geragos law firm released this following statement on the officer-involved shooting.
The Bakersfield Police Department has been caught lying about the existence of video surveillance at Subway. What lies will BPD tell the public and the media today?
After the unarmed 29 year old Jason Alderman was shot and killed by BPD officers near a Subway restaurant, employees at the Subway saw BPD confiscating all surveillance footage. Yet, BPD told the public and press, through Sgt. Joe Grubbs: “To our knowledge there is no video . . . Has never been video, and we certainly don’t have any video in evidence.”
The Alderman family was compelled to retain the Geragos firm based on the numerous lies being told by BPD to the press such as being told by police that Jason was killed for reaching into his waistband and then telling the press a different story.
Immediately, the Geragos firm identified the existence of surveillance at the location and learned from employees that BPD took the footage immediately after the shooting.
After being called out for its lie, BPD now admits it lied, claiming however it was “mistaken.” BPD purports to have the video under lock and key.
The Alderman family has completely lost trust in BPD investigating itself.
Meanwhile, the Kern County District Attorney which previously purported to be conducting independent OIS investigations – although it was exposed as being completely collusive with BPD with its own track record for tampering with evidence -- has shown its true colors again by letting BPD engage in the same lies and cover-up tactics.
It was previously reported that one of the officers involved in the death of Jason was Officer Chad Garret who was also involved in the death and attempted cover up of BPDs unarmed informant Jorge Ramirez in September 2013.
We now learn that the other officer involved in Jason’s death was Officer Rick Wimbish who was also involved in the death of Jorge Ramirez and the BPD shooting death of the unarmed 22-year old James Villegas Delarosa in November 2014.
Delarosa’s body was then desecrated before an autopsy by Officer Aaron Stringer who stated he “loved playing with dead bodies.”
This is Officer Wimbish’s third OIS death of an unarmed young male in as many years.
BPD has lost all credibility, lacks transparency, and has already tainted this investigation.
The Alderman family is formally demanding the U.S. Department of Justice intervene.