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City Manager Says Shootings Of Deputies ‘Chickens Come Home To Roost’

Lynwood, CA – The Lynwood city manager is facing discipline after he posted offensive anti-police rhetoric to Instagram that called the shooting of two Los Angeles County deputies at a Compton Metro station “chickens come home to roost” and said the attack was “to be expected.”

Lynwood City Manager Jose Ometeotl, who is a city employee, posted the “chickens” meme that featured a picture of Malcolm X to social media shortly after the shooting, FOX News reported.

Lynwood is located right next to Compton where the deputies were gunned down.

“The shooting of anyone is a wholly unacceptable occurrence in society,” Ometeotl captioned the post. “I do not condone the type of violence seen in the shooting of the deputies in Compton.”

“I will say that communities like Compton have been plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community,” the city manager continued. “These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community just because they could. Good deputies never turned on bad deputies for fear of retaliation and when caught most of these bad deputies kept their jobs and continued on their criminal career.”

“The fact that someone randomly opened fire on deputies is to be expected in the society we live in today,” Ometeotl posted. “The political climate and leadership of Sheriff Villanueva has only sowed the seeds of anger and frustration in the community. I pray for the deputies and their families while still demanding justice for Andres Guardato, Breona Taylor, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery …”

The two deputies were gunned down on Saturday evening as they sat on-duty in their patrol vehicle at the Metro Blue Line train station in Compton, KABC reported.

The deputies, a 31-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, both graduated from the training academy 14 months before they were shot, CBS News reported.

Both deputies suffered serious gunshot wounds at about 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 when an unidentified male approached the patrol vehicle they were sitting in near the intersection of Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street and opened fire on them from just a few feet away.

KTTV reported that the female deputy was shot twice in the jaw and the male deputy was shot in the head and the arm.

Surveillance video showed the female deputy applied a life-saving tourniquet to her partner’s arm and radioed for help despite the wounds to her face.

Both deputies were transported to the hospital where they underwent surgery and remained in critical condition, KTTV reported.

Lawmakers told FOX News that it wasn’t the first time Ometeotl has overstepped his role of city manager.

Lynwood City Councilman Salvador Alatorre said that Ometeotl had also sent a letter on city letterhead to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that called for defunding the police.

Alatorre said he would make a motion for the discipline or dismissal of the city manager at Tuesday’s special meeting of the council, FOX News reported.

“For some reason, he decided to go beyond his authority,” Alatorre said about the Instagram post. “He’s not an elected official. He represents the city of Lynwood 24/7. He cannot make statements while he’s employed by our city, especially when he jeopardizes public safety.”

“Now what’s going to happen?” the city councilman asked. “We have the top administrator against public safety, then what do they expect from the rest of us.”

The city of Lynwood issued an official statement on Sunday, FOX News reported.

“There have been comments made today (Sunday) by our City Manager on his personal social media that are his personal opinions and don’t reflect the position of the Lynwood City Council,” the statement read.

Ometeotl has changed his social media accounts to private, FOX News reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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