Local Top Cop Allegedly Fixed a Traffic Ticket For Politician's Aide
Lt. Jeff Eley, the acting Chief of Police for the city of San Fernando, has gotten into some hot water and is now under investigation for allegedly making a traffic ticket issued to a politician's aide disappear.
"A YouTube video in the middle of the controversy shows a San Fernando police officer writing a ticket to Fred Anthony Flores, who is a high-ranking aide to Rep. Howard Berman," explains ABC7. (Video below)
The video claims that Flores told the ticket-writing "good cop" that he would ensure that the ticket was taken care of by Eley. Judging by the placement of the camera in proximity to the action being recorded, it seems that the camera was on the dashboard of the police vehicle, meaning it was likely recorded and posted by someone within the San Fernando Police Department.
When the video surfaced earlier this month, L.A. Observed noted the video and the story, and Berman's reaction:
Berman says through a rep: "I'm told that there has been a request that the sheriff's department open an investigation into this matter, which i support wholeheartedly, and if it that investigation shows wrongdoing on the part of a member of my staff, we will deal with it immediately." For what it's worth, Sheriff Lee Baca has endorsed Rep. Brad Sherman, Berman's opponent this year.
Eley was placed on paid leave January 19.
San Fernando has been touched heavily by scandal in just a few short weeks; in December 2011 during a council meeting, the mayor admitted he was involved in a romantic affair with a female councilmember. The admission came while the mayor's wife "was sitting in the front row" of the council chambers.