White Cops Called Latino Officer 'Dirty Sanchez,' But Deny Racism In Federal Trial

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Three Latino cops say white officers won gravy-train rides to promotions
A lawyer for three Orange County cops who claim an anti-Latino bias inside the Westminster Police Department (WPD) blocked their promotions said in today's opening trial statement that a "good old boy's club" preferred to advance inferior, often tainted white cops.

"This is a case about a lack of opportunity," said plaintiff's attorney Bernard Alexander. "There were two paths [of employment] inside the Westminster Police Department. One led to opportunity. One led to nowhere. These three [Latino cops Jose Flores, Ryan Reyes and Brian Perez] were placed on a path to nowhere."

Alexander told a jury of four women and four men inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana that statistics prove WPD routinely gave white cops important detective tasks necessary to win advancement to a sergeant's position, but stuck Latinos with serving essentially as "mall cops."

"This is unequal treatment for people that are Latino," said Alexander, who also has undisputed evidence that senior, white WPD officials routinely called officer Flores "Dirty Sanchez," an obscene reference to anal sexual activity and oral fecal matter.

But Melanie M. Poturica, the lawyer representing WPD, told the jury the plaintiffs didn't win promotions for several reasons, including that more qualified white officers had applied at the same time and that the complaining Latino cops were either lazy or dishonest or both.

Poturica read a list of names of Latino officers hired and promoted since 2002, claimed all the police chiefs were unaware of any discrimination concerns, and noted that management's overarching goal has been to place officers in slots that best serve city residents.

Alexander claimed that WPD also retaliated against the complaining officers by opening unwarranted internal-affairs investigations to soil their reputations prior to this trial inside U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter's courtroom.

Poturica said the evidence will show no retaliation.

Her credibility might have been enhanced had she not made a lame, hamfisted move.

She placed WPD's most senior Latino officer--who is not a defendant--beside all the white defendants in the courtroom.

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donuts
donuts

Oh well, I'll make my comment whether or not it makes any sense, kinda like how the criminal justice system often makes no sense.

Remember when OC cops only preferred white powdered donuts?  Oh, that all boys' club walking around with those donuts was quite a white mess.  Now they have a full selection of donuts to choose from.  Think OC LE can manage to put down the donuts and just come out with qualified personnel in general.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

That's OK, the Latino Cops call the Gabacho Cerdos "Rusty Trombone"


hth.

Chris Ramirez
Chris Ramirez

Old MEXICO lives . If ill were white ill probably hate too to see half my country BROWN jejejeejeje bitchs aint shit haters hate the fact that they cant do shit about it . All they can do is talk shit .in the case about the cops have them fright each other the one that loses gets to spend a night in a prison.jejeje

Danny Farmer
Danny Farmer

All my life I've had that problem because of my last name, I am a latino, I'd get hired on with out the employer not knowing me first just to turn around and fire me for some dumb ass reason....I've had it hard all my life...

Jim Alvarez
Jim Alvarez

Most of the Police and Sheriff Department in Orange County are members of the KKK with Badges. Pinche's Putos

fc2479
fc2479

Dam for the salary, benefits to include a pension...I would work at the westminster mall as a mall cop any day....think the latino Officers were getting the best job and just didn't realize it...just sayin...in this day and age of cell phone cameras, I would bring my Ipad to work, get an ice cream cone and park it at the westminster mall.....

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Poor, poor latinos. Always getting the shit-end of the stick. So sad. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"Her credibility might have been enhanced had she not made a lame, hamfisted move.

She placed WPD's most senior Latino officer--who is not a defendant--beside all the white defendants in the courtroom."


White racist police leaders in Orange County, CA always try to hide behind the skirts of male Latinos. Reminds me of the army of male Latino trash sent to harass me - like I could ever forget about Stan Knee, Brad Gates , Randall Gaston and other assorted dummies. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"Alexander claimed that WPD also retaliated against the complaining officers by opening unwarranted internal-affairs investigations to soil their reputations"


Hence the use of my phrase "Mafia trash criminals". Deliberately destroying reputations is a finely honed skill in Orange County, CA law enforcement. The demonstrated expertise suggests that it is a skill that has been practiced and perfected across decades. Practice makes perfect and with so any male Latinos to practice on ... well you know.

Barry McPhee
Barry McPhee

Mall Cop was a great movie with a white guy

Iszzy Sapien
Iszzy Sapien

You would think by now things would be different, but there not. That means work harder, better, faster, we make our own Destiny.

Ron Aglio
Ron Aglio

send them all to Fullerton where no trial is needed

PaulyWalnuts
PaulyWalnuts

Racism comes in all colors. Not just whites.

theodore.reyes
theodore.reyes

for those that are truly blind or insensitive racism is alive and well.  In my experience racism is mush more overt in the south than on the west coast.  Many, many southerners maintain their racist views just below the surface.  On the west coast and other northern states people are not as overt as they are in the south.  But there is a larger percentage of racist than one would imaging, even here in California.  I happen to be Mexican with light blue eyes and naturally blonde hair....which has given me a birds eye view of racist males and females in Southern California.  Let us not be naïve...when among their own many whites are severely and unexpectedly racist!

Scottie Eisele
Scottie Eisele

They're cops! Who fucking gives a shit?! Don't like it, guess what, you picked the wrong job

Matthew A Meador
Matthew A Meador

OC Weekly That's not nice, justified, or in harmony with higher religious teachings. Every police force should have a balanced number of different ethnics, and tribes. Ummm . I wish you can make it more balanced, this story does help educate the masses about this situation.Thank you.

donuts
donuts

.....and speaking of those hiding behind skirts...how about those OC Catholic Clerics eating all kinds of donuts after mass as they hide behind their robes/skirts and cops' donuts.

BackInOC
BackInOC

@18usc241 I don't find myself typically hiding behind any male in a skirt, Latino or not.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Thanks for stating the obvious. Water is wet, the sky is blue, burritos give you gas.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@theodore.reyes  And you hear no derogatory statements or beliefs from your mexican friends and family towards whites?  My anglo  friend was fluent in spanish.  He used to hear derogatory/racist co-workers towards whites all the time.  Face it, all races say stuff about other races.  I find it usually is not true racism, just an easy way to say something bad about someone,  like you might say something about fat people, skinny people, hippies, jocks, etc.  I had a friend in the military name Sanchez.  His nickname was "dirty".  He didn't care..he thought it was funny.

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