The family of Autumn Johnson appeared at the Compton city council meeting, held March 1, 2016, to file a formal complaint against the city. Their complaint centered around the city’s failure to properly issue an alarm permit, which could have aided in the apprehension of Autumn’s killer (s).
Toddler Autumn Johnson was murdered in her crib on February 9, 2016.
Autumn Johnson’s family purchased an alarm, from AT&T, on February 1, 2016. Compton requires homeowners to register their alarm system with the Finance department.
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In most cities, homeowners are asked to register with the city that they do in fact have an alarm system on their property. In the event the unit is installed, without first obtaining the permit, the city has no way of knowing, until they are notified your alarm went off. This triggers the Finance department to contact the homeowner, and have them register. Most cities charge less than $100 to register.
February 3, 2016, the permit was paid for, yet was not issued the same day. Johnson’s family had to reschedule their alarm installation, four times, due to the city’s failure to issue the permit within the 2-3 day time frame quoted.
February 18, 2016, the family reached an employee in the permit department, who then emailed to her within 20 minutes of her call. The issue date printed on the certificate stated February 3, 2016.
LA County Sheriff deputies arrested a man, thought to be involved in the murder, but the District Attorney’s office declined to file charges, and he was released.
With all of the money council has authorized, to be spent increasing surveillance in the city, especially at key intersections, residents are shocked that the baby killer is still free. Residents also wonder if the cameras are installed and working.
Autumn Johnson’s killer still remains at large, despite a $75,000 reward for information.
Mayor Pro-tem Janna Zurita instructed city manager, Roger Haley, to meet with the family to discuss. Perhaps the city manager can also instruct the finance department to issue permits in a more timely manner, rather than in bulk at months end.