FBI Joins Kicking-Cop Probe
According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining
Rodriguez eventually abandoned the car, fled to a back yard and lay prone as officers approached him. The officer seen kicking Rodriguez in the head has been identified as George Fierro and the FBI, which began requesting documents from the El Monte P.D. last week, is looking into the possibility that Fierro violated Rodriguez's civil rights.
The L.A. District Attorney's office and L.A. Sheriff's Department had earlier announced they were conducting their own probes into the incident. Fierro has drawn additional attention because he sells a line of gang-themed T-shirts and other casual attire. Called Torcido Clothing, Fierro's company boasts "some of the hardest authentic jailhouse threads for the streets. Straight from East L.A., Califas . . ." The veteran officer has been assigned to desk duty since the incident. The Trib article concludes by noting that an El Monte city council member has called on the FBI in the past to investigate that city's police department.