LANCASTER – At Monday’s Human Relations Commission Meeting, President Darren Parker said that any public perception that the recent deputy-involved shooting in Palmdale was a hate crime is incorrect.
“Clearly after you look at the facts, race was not the motivating factor in why the sheriff’s department was out there,” Parker said.
Thursday morning, Darrell Logan, Jr. was shot and killed by Sheriff’s deputies. A statement from the Sheriff’s department Thursday said deputies responded to a call around 11:48 a.m. from an informant, who stated that gunfire was heard from the residence [Logan’s home]. When deputies responded to the scene, they verbally commanded the occupants to exit the garage, but the suspect refused to exit, the report states. When deputies entered the garage they were confronted by an armed suspect and a deputy-involved shooting occurred, according to the report. Logan’s wife, Krystle Washington, was at the house during the incident and gave her side of the story to The AV Times Friday. Read it here.
Saturday evening more than 100 of Logan’s family and friends held a Candlelight Vigil in his memory, where many expressed outrage at Logan’s death. Parker, who attended the vigil, said these sentiments were discouraging.
“Standing there listening to the testimony of most of the individuals at the vigil, the overwhelming sentiment in the African American community is that there is a fear of law enforcement,” Parker said Monday. “That was discouraging because for those of you who have been here for any amount of time in the Human Relations Commission and the Human Relations Task Force, one of the things that we touted for the last 10 years was the superb working relationship we had with law enforcement.”
Parker said the Human Relations Commission would work diligently with captains of the Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Stations to change the perception of law enforcement in the community.
“I believe our task is the remaking of the relationship with law enforcement,” Parker said. “We will work with all groups that are looking forward to moving in a positive direction with our partners in law enforcement and making sure that community policing is something again that we can tout here again in the Antelope Valley.”
The Human Relations Commission will hold a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, November 21st at 1030 W. Ave. L-8, Lancaster. The meeting will feature Diana Teran of the County Office of Independent Review, and will give members of the community an opportunity to voice their concerns or comments regarding the deputy-involved shooting, which took place on Thursday, October 13.