The news is out: [Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s chief of staff is leaving his position after facing criticism for recent social media posts in which he said Andres Guardado, the 18-year-old who was fatally shot in the back by a deputy in Gardena last month, “chose his fate.”
Capt. John Burcher, one of Villanueva’s closest advisors, will be removed as chief of staff and transferred to the agency’s East Patrol Division, effective Sunday, according to an internal Sheriff’s Department announcement.
When reached by phone Wednesday, Burcher declined to comment on the social media posts or the new assignment.
Screenshots of the posts show that Burcher also hurled insults at other Facebook users. In one post, he called someone an idiot and a moron. In a second he called someone a “racist” and used an expletive.
“Sorry, your life does not matter more than mine does, you racist…” the post said.
A Sheriff’s Department spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that the agency has initiated an administrative investigation and that Burcher had been reassigned. He declined further comment.
Attorneys representing Guardado’s family said Burcher’s comments show that the Sheriff’s Department is incapable of conducting an independent investigation into the shooting, which has generated large protests and widespread calls for an outside inquiry.
“It is deeply troubling that on the same day Sheriff Villanueva issues a statement that the Sheriff’s Department would not be providing any commentary on the Andres Guardado case until the investigation has completed, the sheriff’s own chief of staff took to social media and did exactly just that,” attorney Nicholas Yoka said in a statement. “Not only did Capt. Burcher personally vilify a young man who was shot and killed by one of his own deputies, he did so in a public forum and in the middle of a homicide investigation conducted by his own department.”
Burcher’s statements indicate the results of the department’s investigation are predetermined, Yoka contended.]
All cops are terrorists and it doesn’t take much for them to expose their stupidity.