Slain officer’s family files lawsuit
June 25, 2012
The family of the Santa Maria police officer shot while on duty has filed a suit against the city and the officer who shot Alberto Covarrubias Jr. [KCOY]
When two officers attempted to arrest officer Alberto Covarrubias in January for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old, Covarrubias fired several rounds. His best friend Officer Matt Kline then shot and killed him.
Family members discount a recent Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office investigation that determined Officer Matt Kline was legally justified in killing Covarrubias.
In the claim for damages that could reach into the millions, the family says the police department filed a false criminal report, destroyed evidence and conducted an unlawful arrest.
“We feel that the investigation was conducted with a pre-determined outcome clearing the city and its officials of any wrong doing,” Covarrubias family attorney Gil Alvandi told KCOY. “The attempt to protect officials at the highest levels of the police department is blatant and unacceptable.”