It’s going to take a while for city officials to figure out how to get these killer cops off the hook.
That’s why South Pasadena officials are asking the public to be patient as authorities complete their investigation into the fatal police shooting of “ER” actress Vanessa Marquez at her home Thursday.
City officials said they welcome two separate investigations that have been launched by county investigators but “caution against preliminary judgments about the incident.”
“We believe our officers acted appropriately under a tragic set of circumstances,” said South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “We are asking the public to respect the investigative process and allow the Sheriff’s Department and D.A.’s office to gather and release the facts.”
Code-speak for “we’re going to keep these killers on the streets no matter what.”
As the story goes, police were performing a wellness check on Marquez, 49, at the request of her landlord. When they arrived at her apartment Thursday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said, she was having a seizure.
According to the Sheriff’s Department (a source no credible journalist would take seriously) officers and a county mental health clinician spoke to Marquez for more than 90 minutes but she was “uncooperative” when they tried to persuade her to accept medical attention.
So they shot her?
Marquez, who was best known for her turn as nurse Wendy Goldman on the medical drama “ER,” also starred in the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver” about East Los Angeles math teacher Jaime Escalante.
DeWolfe, the city manager, offered condolences to Marquez’s family but said city officials believe the investigations will show that the officers and mental health professional “made every attempt to resolve the situation peacefully” before using deadly force.
Hardly. The story offered up by the police is preposterous.