Ben Lira Interview

Ben Lira speaks to the Fullertonian about his experience at the Fullerton Police Department

This is the raw audio from our interview with officer Ben Lira from the Fullerton Police Department. We are presenting it unedited because we think the citizens should have access to this information. 

Lira alleged to KFI on Thursday, November 29th, that Officer Dan Hughes played a key role in keeping officers silent following the beating of Kelly Thomas, in addition, Lira made allegations of racism and nepotism within the department. An email sent to Joe Felz on July 20th described the allegations in detail.

The Fullertonian presented the case for transparency from the very begining of the Kelly Thomas issue in our articles and Transparency was a buzzword of the recent City Council campaigns. It is in the interest of transparency, and that our local government serves its citizens, and that the citizens should therefor be informed, that we publish this unedited interview. Mr. Lira's statements are his own, and are not confirmed or validated by the Fullertonian or its contributors.

Lira recently released a letter that he sent to city manager Joe Felz in April in which he complained about Dan Hughes's management of the police dept. He claims that there is a subculture of racism and nepotism among some members of the police department, and that some PD management suppress complaints.

We spoke to Joe Felz and he told us that the process of administrative action followed the normal course and was not affected by any outside influence.

We have contacted Dan Hughes but have not heard back from him yet.






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