Lynwood City Manager On Leave After Post About Injured Deputies
Lynwood’s city manager has been placed on administrative leave over a social media posting about the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies.
The deputies were the target of an ambush on September 12. Both are expected to survive, but their injuries are grave. The suspect has not been caught.
After the deputies were shot, Lynwood City Manager Jose Ometeotl posted a Malcom X meme to his personal Instagram account. The meme read, “Chickens come home to roost.”
The caption read:
The shooting of anyone is a wholly unacceptable occurrence in society. I do not condone the type of violence seen in the shooting of the deputies yesterday in Compton. I will say that communities like Compton have been plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community.
... The fact that someone randomly opened fire on deputies is to be expected in the society we live in today. The political climate and leadership of [L.A. County] Sheriff [Alex] Villanueva has only sowed the seeds of anger and frustration in the community. I pray for the deputies and their families while still demanding justice for Andres Guardado, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery.
Ometeotl’s post was called insensitive and anti-police.
The City Council distanced itself from Ometeotl’s comments, saying they did not reflect the views of the city. On Tuesday, the Council announced he would be placed on leave “pending an internal investigation.” Community Development Director Michelle Ramirez is serving as acting city manager in the interim.
Ometeotl has deleted the Instagram post.