LB School Board Votes To Terminate Employment Of School Safety Officer Involved In Sept. 27 Spring/Palo Verde (Now Fatal) Shooting, Alleges Violation Of District's Use of Force Policy
(Oct. 6, 2021) -- LB's elected School Board has voted in a closed session today (Oct. 6) to terminate the employment of the LBUSD School Safety Officer whose shooting at a fleeing vehicle at Spring St./Palo Verde Ave. gravely wounded (and led to the death of) passenger Manuela Rodriguez.
In a statement on its termination, LBUSD cited alleged violation of the District's Use of Force policy (full policy text below.)
LBUSD also issued a written statement on the termination of employment (below.)
[LBUSD text] Oct. 6, 2021
To view LBUSD's Use of Force policy, click here.
On Sept. 28, LBPD issued the statement below on the matter:
On 09/27/21, at approximately 3:12 p.m., Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the area of Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue regarding a hit shooting. Upon arrival, officers determined a Long Beach Unified School District school safety officer had discharged their firearm, striking a female adult in the upper body.
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, the School Safety Officer was hired less than a year earlier.
On Oct. 5, Ms. Rodriguez was taken off life support and her organs were donated to five individuals. The family's lawyer has said (days ago) that the (now former) School Safety Officer should be arrested and prosecuted by the L.A. County District Attorney and state Attorney General's offices.
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