The lawsuit filed against the City of Pasadena accusing two officers of inappropriate conduct during a traffic stop two years ago is baseless and, in fact, the claims on which the lawsuit rests are easily proven false.
On Monday May 2, 2016, Pasadena Police Department patrol officers initiated a traffic stop based upon a detective investigation and traffic violation witnessed by police. As per Department policies and procedures, the officers remained professional the entire time, assessed the situation, speaking with the individuals and conducting appropriate and necessary searches of the individuals (a waist-band check for weapons) and of the vehicle. After the vehicle and individuals were searched and questioned, they were free to leave the scene.
When the Police Department received a personnel complaint, a thorough review of the incident was undertaken per Department policy. The in-car camera footage from the patrol car clearly shows that the officers acted appropriately. The City of Pasadena will release the video in the morning, which shows that the lawsuit is unsubstantiated.”
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Lisa Derderian, Acting Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office
(626) 744-4755, firstname.lastname@example.org