On Friday, December 1, 2023, the City of Pasadena released a statement regarding a claim filed by Pasadena Police Officer Tyson Crutchfield stemming from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of February 20, 2023.
By News Desk
According to information published by the Pasadena Police Department on June 12, 2023 as part of their Incident Information Video statement, a police officer noticed a commotion when leaving the driveway onto Walnut Street, stopped, and called for assistance. The family having the dispute were relatives of Charles Towns, 47, a Pasadena man fatally shot by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies after having stabbed an elderly woman on January 22, 2023, during a mental episode.
The February argument was between Carlos Towns and his brother who is a minor. Their mother, Barsha Knox who was not involved in the initial altercation, but was present and was also held for questioning.
The lawsuit in question is regarding an incident that occurred during the interaction with officers and Ms. Barsha Knox. Officer Ralph Palacios was in the middle of a discussion with Ms. Knox when Officer Crutchfield felt compelled to intervene. The interruption was not well received by Officer Palacios.
The City’s response by Pasadena Information Officer Lisa Derderian was, “The City of Pasadena is aware of a claim filed on Thursday, November 30, against the City on behalf of a member of the Pasadena Police Department. The facts alleged about the incident are inaccurate, as is evident in the video. The City will vigorously defend itself in this matter and the facts will prevail. The Pasadena Police Department proudly serves the residents of Pasadena with honor and integrity, and is proud of its diversity throughout all ranks of the Department.”
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