A Los Angeles county city manager who used Malcolm X's controversial 'chickens come home to roost' quote to describe the shooting of two officers in Compton may face discipline - including his possible dismissal.
Lynwood Councilman Salvador Alatorre said he will introduce a motion to either discipline or fire Lynwood city manager Jose Ometeotl at a special meeting on Tuesday.
Lynwood, California's city manager Jose Ometeotl (pictured), used Malcolm X's 'chickens come home to roost' quote to describe the shooting of two Compton cops
Lynwood City Councilman Salvador Alatorre will introduce a motion to discipline or dismiss Ometeotl from his post
'For some reason, he decided to go beyond his authority,' Alatorre said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies - one the 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy, the other a 24-year-old man - were ambushed by an unknown man at 7pm on Saturday night while they sat in their patrol car at the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street.
Both officers were shot in the head and underwent surgery. Both are currently in stable condition.
Police are still hunting the gunman and have offered $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
In response to the shootings, Ometeotl, posted an image with the words 'chickens come home to roost' accompanied by a photo of Malcolm X.
In 1963, Malcolm X used the phrase to describe John F Kennedy's assassination in response to what he said was the president's lack of action against violence.
Ometeotl then used the phrase to describe the Compton cops, saying that the neighborhood had been 'plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community'.
'These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community just because they could,' he said.
'Good deputies never turned on bad deputies for fear of retaliation and when caught most of these bad deputies kept their jobs and continued on their criminal career.'
Ometeotl shared a meme of Malcolm X in his post, reading 'chickens come home to roost'
Video released by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department shows the moment that male suspect opened fire on two deputies at a Compton bus station
After shooting multiple rounds at the deputies, the male ran away
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been plagued by a gang of deputies who sport tattoos with Nazi imagery and have infiltrated a station to enact civil rights abuses against the public, according to a claim made by a whistleblower.
In a claim filed in June against Los Angeles County, Deputy Sheriff Austreberto Gonzalez details that roughly a fifth of the 100 deputies at the Compton Station (CPT) are a part of the gang - called the Executioners.
Another 20 deputies are considered to be 'prospects' or close associates of the gang, the filing states.
Nearly all the members have a matching tattoo to symbolize their status in the gang - comprised of a skull with Nazi imagery and an AK-47. The firearm is heavily associated with gang activity and not with law enforcement, the claim states.
'Members become inked as 'Executioners' after executing members of the public, or otherwise committing acts of violence in furtherance of the gang,' the claim alleges. Those involved in fatal shootings are 'immediately' tatted during one of the many 'inking parties.'
African-American deputies and women are not allowed to join the Executioners.
The reference to 'deputy gangs' refers to a group of 100 deputies at the Compton Station who are part of a gang called 'The Executioners'.
A whistleblower complaint filed with LA County claims that nearly all members have a matching tattoo to symbolize their status in the gang - comprised of a skull with Nazi imagery and an AK-47. African American deputies and women are not allowed to join the 'gang', according to the complaint filed in June.
After he posted the comment on Instagram, Ometeotl appeared to apologize, saying: '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.'
He finished the post with a demand for justice for people who were killed by police.
'The fact that someone randomly opened fire on deputies is to be expected in the society we live in today,' Ometeotl added.
'The political climate and leadership of Sheriff 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, Breona Taylor, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery…'
Ometeotl's social media post made his personal Instagram page private shortly after the image was shared online.
Alatorre said Ometeotl has put the city of Lynwood in an untenable position.
"He's not an elected official. He represents the city of Lynwood 24/7. He cannot make statements while he's employed by our city, especially when he jeopardizes public safety.
'Now what's going to happen? We have the top administrator against public safety, then what do they expect from the rest of us,' Alatorre said.
The City of Lynwood - which is near Compton - had issued a statement clarifying that Ometeotl's post didn't reflect the city council's thoughts.
'There have been comments made today (Sunday) by our City Manager on his personal social media that are his personal opinions and don’t reflect the position of the Lynwood City Council,' according to the City of Lynwood statement posted on https://twitter.com/MyLynwoodca/status/1305295171165323264?s=20 Sunday.
The city then said that the 'hard-working families,' city employees and elected officials were sending 'heartfelt prayers' to the families of the deputies and praying for their recovery.
A petition has been started urging him to resign.
The city of Lynwood issued a statement saying Ometeotl's views were personal and didn't reflect those of the city council
The shooting was caught on CCTV. The gunman is seen walking up to the police car and firing straight into the vehicle.
A still from the video showed the female deputy with what looked like blood on her shirt.
According to Fox 8https://twitter.com/BillFOXLA/status/1305331051112181760?s=20, authorities said the female deputy was 'shot through jaw, still radioed for help & applied tourniquet to male