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WATCH: Mayor pro tem Barrows comments contradict his own sheriff’s report statement

See the video here of Mayor pro tem Barrows contradicting his statements in his police report.

By Brian Hews

 

In Council comments at the end of the June 11, 2012 Cerritos City Council meeting, Mayor pro tem Bruce Barrows contradicted his own statements to the sheriffs  the night he was involved in an alleged assault during a June 4 incident between himself and Cerritos resident Jay Gray.

 

 

In Barrows’ comments at the June 11, 2012 meeting the embattled Barrows said “Gray made some extremely offensive comments about my wife and that is when I called him a**hole.”

According to the police report, obtained and published by Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on Friday, Barrows said that during an argument with Gray outside Chambers, he got angry and called Gray an a**hole.

Barrows stated after he called Gray an a**hole,  Gray responded by saying “your may think I am a**hole, but your wife thinks I am fine”, thus contradicting his own statements to the Sheriff.

Barrows went on to say in his council comments,  “That was the extent of language used, beyond that I walked out the door comments were made about my wife I stepped back and for that I do apologize for bringing the city into this but there was never the things that were mentioned in the paper (LCCN) happened.”

In the police report, Barrows said  “the comments about his wife made him so angry that he lost control. (Barrows) then walked toward Gray and pushed him on the shoulder with his hand, (Barrows) realized he should control himself and walked away from Gray. Barrows again failed to mention in his Council comments that he did assault Gray when it was clear in his statement to the sheriff that he did assault Gray.

LCCN attempted to contact Barrows for comment but he did not respond.

 

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Don't Cover Up The Real Story
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Don't Cover Up The Real Story
Seems there is a bigger issue than the red herring Res Ipsa is trying to hook on his line. We have the Mayor Pro Tem involved in an alleged criminal act, a city council acting like brass monkeys (as another poster suggested) and he’s worried if a guy fluffed his reseume? No matter what the paper published about the technicality of the law or what the witness’s job/education is the real issue still remains and that’s why did the Mayor Pro Tem verbally attacked a resident for absolutely NO apparent reason. Neither the police report nor the the videos posted… Read more »
Res Ipsa
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I’m not aware of any dancing, nor of any cover up. In fact, I have not addressed the actions of either Mr. Barrows or Mr. Gray at all. Both individuals have made their statements about this incident and each member of the community will judge this as they see fit. What I am concerned about however, are the numerous errors that have been printed throughout the coverage of this event and the seeming reluctance to acknowledge/correct them. Mr. Hews has already admitted that using the term “felony” was unwarranted and yet there is still an article here using this term.… Read more »
Don't Cover Up The Real Story
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Don't Cover Up The Real Story
Curious as why Res Ipsa is dancing around the alleged crime committed by a public official? One would have to conclude that it’s not the newspaper’s credibility/reputation at stake here, but that of a public official who by his own admission verbally attacked a member of the community for the sole reason he did agree with with the guy. In America one is entitled to speak their mind, without fear of verbal abuse from government officials. However, in communist China that may be a different story. Is it possible that after one travels too many times to communist China they… Read more »
Charles
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In defense of “ATTORNEY”. One does not have to be a member of the “California Bar” to be an attorney.

I do believe that Mr. Ernie Nishii, a very well respected attorney, will agree.

Let’s stop playing on words. Mr. Barrows admitted his guilt in the police report and should do the right thing and resign.

Res Ipsa
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You are correct. There are many lawyers in california who are licensed elsewhere. However the problem with this witness is that according to this paper he has been a resident of cerritos for over 40 years. That makes it extremely implausible that he is an attorney. This combined with the fact that others have questioned his occupational status is more than enough reason for this paper to have performed their due dilligence to verify his claims.

Angry Cerritos Voter
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How can ANY PERSON defend the actions of Barrows. He said he did it.

Listen to his own words.

Get rid of Barrows, and any city staff member that tries to cover his sorry pathetic actions.

He has been a total disgrace for YEARS, all he cares about is being a big shot, traveling all over the world, and chasing his stupid trains.

Let’s RECALL him once and for all…

Ipsa a Dipsa
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Hey Res Ipsa: What PLANET do you live on? Barrows needs to check into anger management and you need to get your head examined. You are living under a cloud and need to a reality check. Where did you get your law degree?

Res Ipsa
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Thank you Mr. Hews for posting the video. It will allow everyone the ability to compare what you wrote to what was said. To that end will you now concede that you did not quote Mr. Barrows verbatim as you stated above. Its quite clear that the statement he made during the council meeting… “there were some extremely offensive comments made about my wife and that was my response, and I did use a word that starts with an “A””… is not the same as the quote you posted above, namely “Gray made some extremely offensive comments about my wife… Read more »
ernie nishii
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Although I think your coverage of the Noguez story is an example of where we need professional journalism– which cannot be replaced by internet only anonymous sources, it seems that the ad hominem attacks on Res ipsa are not in line with high standard journalism. Attack Res Ipsa on the merits of the facts. Showing the whole video is a good start. But don’t attack Res Ipsa on a comparative inference to Noguez or random source of the e-mails geography. Even if I only hear one side in a case, I still like to think that the other side has… Read more »
Stan Klecha
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Let the voters ..decide and term limits ..No man is above the law .. Mr Gray and Mr. Barrows should
settle their differences private ..case closed..

Bob
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Not sure why the LCCN is after Bruce but so be it. Sure sure, violence is never the answer but it surely would not be the first time an idiot got a poke in the face for making disparaging remarks about another man’s wife. Why was this man hounding the councilman after a public meeting where he could of brought up the same questions in the public comments section or after a public hearing presentation. All sounds like a set up to me. But then again speak to the witness, the always reliable Mr. McMahon “attorney”???
John Q. Public
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Barrows sought out Gray, after the council meeting. As Gray and McMahon were speaking inside the Council chamber Barrows called out and approached Gray. Gray and McMahon were speaking with Kang (from ABC) and Pulido (City Council)inside the council chambers. The question, Bob, is why did the Councilman hound the resident after the meeting? When he could have brought up the same question/response during the public meeting and on the record. During Gray’s public comments at the next council meeting he stated that Barrows approached him and during Barrows response Barrows did not refute that claim. How well would Barrows… Read more »
Res Ipsa
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I confess Mr. Hews, I am quite confused. You state that you are quoting Mr. Barrows verbatim, but after watching the video of the city council meeting, Mr. Barrows did not make the statement that you printed above. At 26:13 on the videotape he clearly says, “there were some extrememly offensive comments made about my wife and that was my response, and I did use a word that starts with an “A””. This is not what you have printed above. I am pleased to see you have acknowledged that using the term “felony” was an error. However as of this… Read more »
Randy Economy and Publisher Brian Hews Deserve a Pulitzer Prize!
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Randy Economy and Publisher Brian Hews Deserve a Pulitzer Prize!
FACT: Nobody believed the LCCN when they published the story on L.A. County Tax Assessor Noguez but THEY PUBLISHED THE TRUTH ANYWAY… Were it not for the courageous reporting of the LCCN and Randy Economy, this outrageous scandal would have gone on totally unrestrained. FACT: Bruce Barrows was the provocateur in the attack on Jay Gray; BARROWS sought out Gray, BARROWS called Gray A$$Hol# and BARROWS physically assaulted Gray. Those are the FACTS. Thank God for the GUTSY, CORAGEOUS, HONEST news reporting of Randy Economy and the Brilliance and Backbone of Publisher Brian Hews. IF THERE WERE ANY JUSTICE BARROWS… Read more »
Res Ipsa
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I am beginning to wonder about the intent and professionalism of this news organization. This is at least the 3rd article in which Mr. Barrows has been misquoted, and the 2nd article in which you, Mr. Hews, have been the author responsible for the incorrect quotes. Mr. Barrows never made the statement “Gray made some extremely offensive comments about my wife and that is when I called him a**hole”, as you have published here. The statement that he did make during the meeting was, “there were some extrememly offensive comments made about my wife and that was my response, and… Read more »