A Los Angeles city manager used a famous quote by Malcolm X to describe the unprovoked shooting of two Compton cops.
City manager Jose Ometeotl posted a meme on Instagram on Sunday. The post showed a B&W photo of Malcolm X along with the words “chickens come home to roost.”
The two LASD deputies – a 24-year-old male and a 31-year-old mom of a 6-year-old boy – were sitting in a police cruiser outside a bus station in Compton when they were shot on Saturday.
The unidentified female deputy was shot in the jaw, while her partner was shot in the head. Both deputies are out of surgery and listed in stable condition.
The shooter is described as a Black female, 28-30 years old, wearing dark clothing. After the shooting, she fled in a dark color sedan that could be a black Mercedes Benz.
In his Instagram post, Ometeotl described police as “deputy gangs” and seemed to suggest they deserved to be shot.
He captioned the post, “The shooting of anyone is a wholly unacceptable occurrence in society. I do not condone the type of violence seen in the shooting of the deputies yesterday in Compton. I will say that communities like Compton have been plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community. These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community host because they could…”
Ometeotl made his Instagram private after a journalist questioned him about the post. Ometeotl’s post sparked outrage among law enforcement communities.
“Apparently, hatred and irresponsible rhetoric is also to be expected from leftist politicians and those in positions of power,” wrote one journalist, who added, “Awww, what’s the matter, Ometeotl? Can’t stand a little heat? You can dish it out but can’t take it? Too bad.”
Police believe the shooting was a gang initiation. The shooter is still at large.
At a campaign rally in Nevada on Sunday night, President Trump said, “I just saw a video of that animal who went up to the car. They were unsuspecting, fine people – very fine people.”
“If you murder a police officer, you should receive the death penalty,” he said.
Joe Biden said: “This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished. Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery.”
A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the capture of the shooter.