Today a multi car accident occurred near the entrance to USC. ABC7 reported an LAPD motorcycle officer was transported to an area hospital and so was a mother and child. They failed to report on the driver of a Black SUV registered to Inglewood Police Department.
Inglewood residents regularly see Mayor James Butts driving around in a brand new SUV where it was alleged it was registered to the Inglewood Police Department (IPD). ABC 7 confirmed residents fears that the vehicle in today’s crash was registered to IPD.
Multiple Inglewood residents have contacted this blog to share the Mayor was scheduled to speak at USC today but it was announced he was in the accident. Regular viewers of the weekly city council meetings found that it didn’t air today either.
Mayor Butts is by all accounts a CIVILIAN and NOT an employee of IPD. He has apparently bestowed city owned vehicles on Office of Emergency Services Manager Brian Walker, IPD Community Services Officer Cinder Eller-Kimbell and whomever else he wants the city to be held liable for if they are involved in an accident.
This should cause grave concern to Inglewood residents, especially those in the Mayor’s crosshairs as he is for all intents and purposes impersonating a police officer if he was in fact the driver of this vehicle during this crash.
A review of the city’s annual budget, details Mayor Butts is alloted an auto allowance and according to a public records request asking for copies of payments to him,under that allowance, revealed he does not take it. For many years his Black BMW sat idle under City Hall in a section for Inglewood elected officials marked “Mayor Butts” and was neither moved nor washed.
Questions this author has is why is our $500,000 a year Police Chief Mark Fronterrota allowing a civilian to drive a registered police car, does IPD provide the Mayor a personal driver, does this vehicle come equipped with emergency lights, and most importantly, who is gonna pay for this accident?