News release - 11/8/2012

Published 11/8/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Oxnard Police Department seeking independent review of incidents
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, November 8, 2012 1545 hours
PREPARED BY:  Assistant Chief Jason Benites, (805) 385-7624,
 Chief Jeri Williams, (805) 385-7624,

Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams is seeking the services of an independent reviewing agency to examine two recent fatal incidents that involved the Oxnard Police Department.
The first incident involves the June 23, 2012 death of 26 year-old Oxnard resident Robert Ramirez, who was reported to have been overdosing on methamphetamine.  The second incident concerns the October 13, 2012 shooting death of 21 year-old Oxnard resident Alfonso Limon. 
On October 25, 2012, Chief Williams contacted the Office of Independent Review (OIR) to begin discussions concerning comprehensive reviews of both incidents.  On November 6, 2012, Chief Williams and her executive staff met with representatives from OIR. 
OIR is a civilian oversight group that was created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2001 for the review of police incidents.  OIR makes recommendations where appropriate.  OIR currently monitors the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and provides legal advice to ensure that allegations of deputy misconduct are thoroughly, effectively, and fairly investigated. As it carries out its responsibilities, OIR maintains contacts with state and federal prosecutors, as well as civil rights groups and community organizations.
Prior to seeking an independent reviewing agency, Chief Williams had previously sent letters to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, extending an assurance of the Oxnard Police Department’s cooperation and access to information related to the cases.  A similar letter was also sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in late July.
The independent review process is designed to be a systemic evaluation, looking
at how critical incidents are handled, investigated and reviewed.    An independent review of these incidents can also potentially serve as a learning opportunity, providing the Department and its officers with additional tools to address future critical incidents.

DATE / TIME PREPARED:  November 8, 2012 1545 hours


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