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Running Head: El Monte, CA Cop: Gang Enforcer or Promoter? El Monte, CA Cop: Gang Enforcer or Promoter? Bryan Fletcher Utah Valley University Prof. Max Bertola English 1010 June 27, 2009 Abstract El Monte Police Officer, George Fierro, fights crime and the war against gangs. Recently, Officer Fierro received some national attention when at the end of a high-speed chase in Southern California; he was taped kicking a prone, heavily tattooed gang member in the head. This incident is currently under investigation. However, it is Officer Fierros side job that has a lot of people talking and wondering. You see, after work he sells clothing. Usually this wouldn’t be such a big deal. So what’s the problem you ask?
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The clothing he sells is adorned with gang symbols that some say promote what he has sworn to fight. Officer George Fierro is a 15-year veteran of the police force who Chief Tom Armstrong of the El Monte police department says is a good cop. “He is very adept at gang enforcement and narcotics enforcement. He knows his stuff” . Recently during the an end to a televised high-speed chase in Southern California, when an NBC 4 news helicopter caught Officer Fierro of the El Monte California Police Department running up to, and then kicking in the head, a gang member involved in the chase. The gang member, Richard Rodriguez, was already in a prone position on his stomach when the kick happened. An attorney representing the Officers involved defended the kick as proper police procedure. Officer Fierro has been reassigned to non-patrol duties while the El Monte Police Department and the Los Angel a s County Sherriff’s Department conducts separate and concurrent investigations. Although the Internal Affairs department is looking into the matter they have no official com men mi t. This, in and of itself, should be enough to stir up a controversy like no other, but it is Officer Fierro’s side job that most people are talking about. Officer Fierro owns a clothing company that goes by the name “Torcido Clothing”. According to its website the clothing line “features
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some of the hardest authentic jail house threads for the streets. Straight from East L.A., Califas…” In case you’re not familiar with the market for jail - house threads for the streets, “Torcido” is Spanish for “Busted.” It is an interesting web site that even gives a full out glossary to help translate the words and symbols on its clothing. Some will say this is a huge conflict of interest on the Officers part.
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