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Police Department Awaiting FBI Response on Incident Caught on Tape

November 8, 2018

     Months after an incident between Calexico police officers and an allegedly intoxicated man was caught on video, city police are still awaiting an assessment from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

     Police Chief Gonzalo Gerardo reported he had reached out to the FBI on Oct. 24 about the investigation into the matter but did not get a response.

 

     “They did not advise whether it was still open or if it had been closed. I am too waiting for a response,” Gerardo stated in an e-mail response to an inquiry from this newspaper.

In an e-mail in late July Gerardo stated, “The FBI is also looking at this incident as part of their protocol to investigate these types of incidents.”

 

     He declined further comment then but did note the incident was also under internal review. He provided no information about the internal review in his most recent e-mail response.

 

     The matter first came to the public attention when the video of a June 23 incident in the 100 block of Heber Avenue was posted on the Imperial County Neighborhood Watch Facebook group that has 16,000 members. Questions were raised about whether officers who encountered the suspect improperly punched him.

 

     On June 25, Calexico police issued a press release stating the department was responding to “the video footage recorded Saturday, June 23, 2018 by a concerned citizen from approximately 110 feet away…”

 

     The release states officers approached an “unresponsive” man about 10:30 p.m. on a Heber Ave. sidewalk. Once awakened, the “intoxicated” subject got up and “made an aggressive move towards one of the officers….the officer pushed the subject up against the wall and brought him down to the ground to restrain him.”

 

     The press release added that while the post with the video on Facebook stated the officer appeared to have punched the subject, “During the arrest, no punches were thrown and the subject did not sustain any injuries.”

 

     The man was booked into the Imperial County jail and reportedly apologized to officers for resisting, the release stated.

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