Inglewood residents are concerned that members of its police department continue to entangle themselves in lawsuits regarding allegations of disobeying the law. In a strange pattern, another member of the City’s personnel, is accused of violating the California Vehicle Code for failure to follow posted laws.
Lt. Neal Cochran, one of the department’s watch commanders, is accused of hitting Brenda Swarts, an Inglewood resident, as she attempted to cross the street at Beach and La Brea Ave.’s.
On or around November 27, 2019, Swartz alleges she was in the crosswalk headed North on LaBrea when she was hit by a car driven by a member of the city’s police department, and it’s unclear if he was in a city vehicle.
Lt. Cochran was headed Eastbound on Beach Ave., towards La Brea Ave., which is in close proximity to the city yard.
Cochran was allegedly attempting to make a right hand turn where a “No Turn on Red” sign was posted.
Cochran is accused of “failing to operate the [presumed city owned] vehicle in a safe manner, failure to come to a complete stop, and failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian”.
Swartz is seeking damages related to medical costs, loss of wages, and court costs.
Cochran’s accident occurred seven months after Inglewood Mayor James Butts slammed into a parked LAPD motor officer, in front of USC, for failure to obey a red light.
What a disturbing pattern that our most trusted staff, continue to show patterns of disobeying the law.
How much of our newfound “riches” from the stadium will be spent on avoidable legal costs, for staff who fail to properly operate a TAXPAYER funded vehicle?