The attorney for a woman who was mistakenly targeted by Los Angeles police during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner in February has accused the department of breaking its promise of a new truck for her.
“You tried to murder the woman, you put 102 bullet holes in her truck,” Glen Jonas told KNBC-TV on Monday. “Now you’re telling her she can’t have a 4-wheel drive.”
Jonas his client, 47-year-old Maggie Carranza, refused a police offer of a new Ford F-150 truck if she agreed to pay taxes on it, in part because it meant Carranza would have to pay an additional $10,000 in personal income taxes she cannot afford. He said the department’s offer also barred Carranza from selling the vehicle for a year.
According to KCBS-TV the truck was offered as a donation by former police commissioner Bert Boeckmann, who currently owns a car dealership. Boeckmann also asked Carranza to take a picture with him, another item Jonas said he told current police chief Charlie Beck was a deal-breaker.
“I made it clear from the moment that I met the chief that there will never be a photo opportunity,” Jonas said. “My client is not a pony to be trotted out to the press to put a smile on her face after she’s been shot at.”
Carranza and her mother, 71-year-old Emma Hernandez, were shot at by police on Feb. 7 when their truck was mistaken for the one driven by Dorner, a former officer who was accused of killing four people as part of a campaign against the department. Hernandez was shot twice in the back while Carranza suffered minor injuries. Dorner was subsequently killed during a Feb. 12 standoff in Big Bear, California.
Boeckmann also said he was willing to cover the tax costs for the truck, but department spokesperson Commander Andrew Smith said tax law required Carranza to shoulder those expenses thru filing a 1099 tax form.
“It’s really sad for us because we want to help these women move on with their lives, and help them move forward with that, we just can’t get past the 1099 issue,” Smith said. “The government has to take their bite out of it, I guess.”
Watch KNBC’s report on the dispute involving a new truck for Carranza, aired Monday, below.
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