The Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department is investigating one of its deputies who preferred ignoring an emergency gunshot call while recording a flirtatious message for an ex-girlfriend he allegedly abused several times during their relationship.
The disturbing video showed Deputy Jeremy Fennell sitting in police vehicle in his uniform, recording a video of himself in a bid to win his ex, Priscilla Anderson, back. When he received an emergency call about someone in Lakewood with a gun, he decided to turn a deaf ear to the situation and went on flirting with the woman.
He even had the audacity to mention how inconsiderate he was being as he found out someone had been shot.
"She can go f*** herself, OK,” he said, ignoring the dispatch call. “Someone's getting shot right now. ... I know I gotta go, but I'm not gonna go. Because you're mad. Someone got shot. Oh well. Because I want to make things right with you.”
YouTube user, Compassionate Cop, was the first to upload the footage on the internet. He also uploaded another video of the atrocious cop allegedly threatening Anderson.
Later, Anderson, who reportedly broke up with Fennell because of being subjected to domestic abuse, also posted the video online.
She had informed the L.A. County Sheriff’s officials about the sad incident through emails and phone calls, but they apparently ignored her. This is when she decided to make the video public to let everyone know about her ex-boyfriend’s monstrosity.
“I posted them for myself,” explained Anderson. “No one was doing anything; all the emails, phone calls — nothing. I just wanted to put it out there and let people know what was going on.”
She explained she wanted to end her relationship with Fennell because of his abusive behavior.
“I was scared. I felt very terrified. Everything was all over the place; my nerves, I was crying, I didn’t what to do and how to react to it,” the woman lamented. “After I was able to leave and go home, I knew he wasn’t going to stop. He continued to call me after I had left and I needed to go ahead and do something more.”
According to Witness LA, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s department issued a restraining order against the deputy for what appears to be a domestic abuse incident with his pregnant girlfriend.
The 26-year-old cop has been placed on administrative leave as his conduct is investigated.
He is facing internal and criminal investigations.
“We are very concerned about what is depicted in the video. The department is currently investigating the matter,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a statement.
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