An Apology from Police Chief Ortiz | Explanation of a Mistake

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Press Release from SPPD Chief Ortiz:

On Monday September 21, I was contacted by a South Pasadena resident, asking if she and her friends could visit the front of the station on Saturday, September 26th, to pray for the Police Department.

The resident also asked if she needed permission or a permit to do so. Without properly looking into who the prayer group was representing, and thoroughly understanding its current values, beliefs, and traditions, in my haste I provided permission to the resident and her group to meet in front of the station and pray for our first responders.

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In addition to the first responders, I invited all employees of the Police Department, City Council, and Public Safety Commission to the event, while failing to research and understand that the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property holds positions in direct conflict with pervasive South Pasadena principles of inclusivity, tolerance for all, and environmental stewardship. My error in judgment was the result of good intentions, albeit with poor execution.

I deeply regret that my lack of due diligence in this matter has caused confusion and doubt about the many great qualities of our community that make it so special. I will do everything in my power to regain the trust and confidence of the residents of South Pasadena that I am honored to serve.

Joe Ortiz
South Pasadena Police Chief