Long Beach California Police Department
|Dates of Service||2005. - April 2022.|
|Last Known Status||Terminated|
Records show that Reyes received multiple complaints since 2014, including 14 use-of-force investigations and 11 citizen complaints.
2010 Arrest of Miguel Vargas
On October 16, 2010, Reyes, his partner Rudy Garcia, and other officers responded to a report of a woman with a gun walking down the street. As they were looking for the woman, Vargas noticed the officers and ran away. Vargas refused ordered to stop, and was seen adjusting his shirt and waistband, leading one officer to announce that Vargas was possibly armed. Reyes and Garcia joined the chase and claimed to see Vargas draw a handgun from his waist. Reyes and Garcia fired their weapon as Vargas turned away. Vargas tossed the gun away.
Vargas was taken to the hospital and survived his injuries.
Vargas's attorney claimed that Vargas had thrown the handgun away earlier in the chase and it was found "25 feet away" from where Vargas fell after the shooting.
On May 23, 2012, the county District Attorney's Office concluded that the shooting was "lawful self-defense and defense of another".
Vargas was convicted assaulting a peace officer and possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 39 years in prison.
On July 28, 2022, the county District Attorney asked the court to vacate Vargas' conviction following Reyes' 2021 arrest for perjury as his testimony was no longer credible. Vargas had served 12 years before being released.
2018 Arrest Report
Detectives found that the officers' written reports were inconsistent with surveillance video, specifically in the manner in which the weapon was recovered. It was determined that the wrong man had been arrested, and he was later released without being charged.
In January 2019, the department concluded their investigation, and forwarded it to the District Attorney's office.
On December 1, 2021, Reyes was suspended and placed on administrative leave.
On April 4, 2022, Reyes pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In April 2022, Reyes was fired.
On September 27, 2023, a jury acquitted Reyes on all charges.
2018 Arrest of Christopher Williams
On March 24, 2018, Reyes encountered Williams, who was recording a street fight. As Williams was watching over an unknown injured man, Reyes and another officer handcuffed him and put him in a police van. After an hour, Williams was released, but found that he could not move his arm. Williams sought care and was diagnosed with a fractured elbow.
On November 7, 2019, Williams filed a lawsuit, claiming that Reyes violated his rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendements by using unlawful force, denying him medical care, and conspiring with other officers to cover up the use of force.
In March 2022, the city of Long Beach paid $499,800 to settle the lawsuit.
- Jeremiah Dobruck, 2 LBPD officers arrested on suspicion of filing false police reports, department says, Long Beach Post, 2020-12-03
- James Queally, Long Beach police officers acquitted of perjury, filing false reports, Los Angeles Times, 2023-09-27
- Reyes Dedier Police Officer Long Beach, govSalaries
- Kelly Puente, LBPD failed to disclose an officer was suspected of lying, drawing rebuke from federal judge, Long Beach Post, 2021-12-28
- Incident Report, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, 2012-05-23
- Elly Yu, Man Convicted Of Assaulting Long Beach Police Officer Will Be Released From Prison After Officer Accused Of Lying , LAist, 2022-07-28
- Fernando Haro, DA charges 2 Long Beach officers with lying about an arrest 3 years ago, Long Beach Post, 2021-12-06
- 2 Long Beach police officers plead not guilty to filing false police report, Press-Telegram, 2022-04-04
- Long Beach Police Department Presents Case Against Two LBPD Officers for Filing False Report, Long Beach Police Department, 2020-12-03
- Williams v. City of Long Beach Complaint, U.S. District Court
- Kelly Puente,Long Beach settles alleged police brutality case involving officer accused of lying, Long Beach Post, 2022-03-10