The Los Angeles Police Department has asked the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to investigate how a parolee who fired nearly a dozen gunshots at two police officers over the weekend was able to gain early release and why he was classified as a low-level offender, reports the Los Angeles Times. Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed concern that Javier Joseph Rueda, 28, was placed on “non-revocable parole” in May after serving just two years of a 10-year prison sentence.
Paul Weber, head of the union that represents nearly 10,000 LAPD officers, was far more critical, calling parole policies — including the state’s early-release program and computerized parole classification system — a threat to officers. “We have repeatedly warned for months that it's only a matter of time before the Department of Corrections' 'non-revocable' parole policy – which pushes prisoners back onto the streets and prevents their return to prison – enables a parolee to kill a police officer or an innocent member of our community,” Weber said. “It was only by the sheer grace of God that these officers were not killed by this parolee, who still should have been in prison.” Rueda was shot and killed Saturday after he allegedly got out of his car and opened fire on two officers who had been pursuing him on suspicion of driving under the influence.