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LBPD Releases New Docs And Photos Re Pearce-Cotter Incident

  • As previously reported by, PD didn't arrest and D.A. declined to prosecute Councilwoman Pearce re alleged domestic violence and PD didn't arrest Councilwoman Pearce on suspicion of DUI

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    (Dec. 1, 2017, 9:37 a.m.) -- Last night (Nov. 30), LBPD released a number of materials sought under the CA Public Records by (and others) related to a June 3, 2017 incident involving Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce and her former Chief of Staff Devin Cotter. The released materials include seven photos of Mr. Cotter taken at the time of his after-dawn arrest for alleged public intoxication.

    Mr. Cotter's public intoxication arrest followed an incident in the 2 a.m. hour involving Councilwoman Pearce and Mr. Cotter that included allegations of domestic violence for which Councilwoman Pearce wasn't arrested or subsequently charged.

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    The after-dawn photos of Mr. Cotter are visible on this LBPD webpage.

    Mr. Cotter's booking photo is at this LBPD link

    LBPD also released a photo of Mr. Cotter received by LBPD from his attorney visible at this LBPD link.



    LBPD also released redacted copies of its officer reports on the alleged domestic violence and public intoxication incidents.

  • Redacted copy of LBPD report DR#17-32687 (re Domestic Violence PC 273.5) visible here

  • Redacted copy of LBPD report DR#17-32692 (re Public Intoxication PC 647(f)) visible here
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    News of the Pearce-Cotter incident was first reported by Steve Downing in

    In October, the L.A. County District Attorney's office declined to prosecute allegations of domestic battery and driving under the influence against Councilwoman Pearce. requested, obtained from the DA's office and published salient portions of the DA's office Charge Evaluation Worksheet providing the reasons for its conclusions. [ coverage here.]

    The LB City Prosecutorís Office filed one misdemeanor count of public intoxication and a probation violation related to the $50,000 DUI warrant the case. It ended with a plea agreement in Superior Court in which Mr. Cotter admitted a probation violation, ending the June 3 public intoxication charge with his agreement to complete 10 days of community service and remain on probation. [ coverage here.]

    The L.A. County DA's office Public Integrity Division remains in the process of conducting a separate review of alleged inappropriate activity and conflicts of interest.




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