Coroner: Off-duty officer killed in D...

Coroner: Off-duty officer killed in Diamond Bar crash was drunk

There are 79 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from May 4, 2010, titled Coroner: Off-duty officer killed in Diamond Bar crash was drunk. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

Jacqueline Montalvo, 37, a Rowland Heights resident and 11 year veteran of LAPD's Hollywood division sustained fatal injuries when the vehicle she was driving swerved across a median and collided head-on with a truck on Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar on Thursday evening, February 26, 2010.

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Wildfire

Marana, AZ

#49 May 6, 2010
FORCE ITIN wrote:
COPS ARE GREAT.
TO PROTECT AND SERVE!!
NOT in the USA!
Here's what the courts have ruled:
Bowers v. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616 (7th Cir. 1982)(no federal constitutional requirement that police provide protection)

Calogrides v. Mobile, 475 So. 2d 560 (Ala. 1985); Cal Govt. Code 845 (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Calogrides v. Mobile, 846 (no liability for failure to arrest or to retain arrested person in custody)

Davidson v. Westminster, 32 Cal.3d 197, 185, Cal. Rep. 252; 649 P.2d 894 (1982)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Stone v. State 106 Cal.App.3d 924, 165 Cal Rep. 339 (1980)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Morgan v. District of Columbia, 468 A.2d 1306 (D.C.App. 1983)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C.App 1981)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Sapp v. Tallahassee, 348 So.2d 363 (Fla. App. 1st Dist.), cert. denied 354 So.2d 985 (Fla. 1977); Ill. Rec. Stat. 4-102 (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Keane v. Chicago, 98 Ill. App.2d 460, 240 N.E.2d 321 (1st Dist. 1968)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Jamison v. Chicago, 48 Ill. App. 3d 567 (1st Dist. 1977)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Simpson's Food Fair v. Evansville, 272 N.E.2d 871 (Ind. App.)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Silver v. Minneapolis, 170 N.W.2d 206 (Minn. 1969)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Wuetrich V. Delia, 155 N.J. Super. 324, 326, 382, A.2d 929, 930 cert. denied 77 N.J. 486, 391 A.2d 500 (1978)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Chapman v. Philadelphia, 290 Pa. Super. 281, 434 A.2d 753 (Penn. 1981)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)

Morris v. Musser, 84 Pa. Cmwth. 170, 478 A.2d 937 (1984)(no liability for failure to provide police protection)
Law Abiding Citizen

Downey, CA

#50 May 6, 2010
Nikky Santoro wrote:
Something else I notice regarding cops. You ever notice that they always talk on their cell phones, always held up to their left ear while driving with impunity??? I guess bluetooths or handsfree devices don't apply to them?
They are exempt from the law, seriously. It blows! But they are.
knowssomething

AOL

#51 May 6, 2010
This article doesn't mention that the investigator at the scene didn't see or smell alcohol. Please, don't blame Ms. Montalvo just yet. Maybe she was a really good cop who was willing to testify against bad cops. Maybe that is what happened here.
Vicky

West Covina, CA

#52 May 6, 2010
abc wrote:
So sad for her family. RIP and thank you for your service.
HAHAHAHA!
Law Abiding Citizen

Downey, CA

#53 May 6, 2010
knowssomething wrote:
This article doesn't mention that the investigator at the scene didn't see or smell alcohol. Please, don't blame Ms. Montalvo just yet. Maybe she was a really good cop who was willing to testify against bad cops. Maybe that is what happened here.
Perhaps the investigator was incompetent or trying to cover for her. I think that is much more likely.

But since there are so many really bad cops out there, ya never know!
Law Abiding Citizen

Downey, CA

#54 May 6, 2010
Vicky wrote:
<quoted text>
HAHAHAHA!
He, he. Couldn't agree with you more.
ara

Calabasas, CA

#55 May 6, 2010
I remember her face, she gave me a ticket once. bye bye
Law Abiding Citizen

Downey, CA

#56 May 6, 2010
ara wrote:
I remember her face, she gave me a ticket once. bye bye
I don't mind a ticket, when I DESERVE it. But drop the attitude.

You lucky dog...having this happen to one you actually ran into. Would love to read about a couple who have been jerks with me.
Myohmy

United States

#57 May 6, 2010
Nikky Santoro wrote:
Something else I notice regarding cops. You ever notice that they always talk on their cell phones, always held up to their left ear while driving with impunity??? I guess bluetooths or handsfree devices don't apply to them?
Not while they're on duty, they drive CA Exempt vehicles
Ricky Ricardo

United States

#58 May 6, 2010
here's the thing, if you don't put cops on check, they can do whatever they want. This is hard hundreds of cops and only one police chief.

I see cop parked in deserted streets and just hanging out or getting laid in the middle of the night. I see cops chilling at 7/11 waiting until they get a dispatch call.

You see the abuse of power all the time. My advice is to put video surveillance on ALL cops cars. Then, once a month, an auditor from outside the department do a review all the tapes and make sure they're actually doing their jobs correctly. I'm sure most of these coppers will get their act together when they know they're being watched and review for their performance.
3MTA3U

Los Angeles, CA

#59 May 6, 2010
US Army Vet wrote:
I know im going to get negative comments on this but i am going to say this anyways, Freedom of Speech:
Did it ever occur to anyone that just maybe, a slight possiblility that this particular officer might have been targeted for murder, that this was a set up to kill her cause she might have had information on someone else due to a drug bust. I am not defending her in any way, but weigh all the possibilities, she is an eleven yr veteran with an impeccable career as a LAPD, i know Internal Investigations will go over this with a fine tooth comb if they are on their JOB.
yeah....right....my only question is how did kidnap this armed, off-duty Officer, force her to drink in a public forum, force her in the car, give her the keys to her car, turn on her car, then tell her to drive home wasted and not tell anyone? Dude....time to press stop on the DVD player and take a break....

“Look out here I come”

Since: Mar 10

Loving where the heart is

#60 May 6, 2010
Ricky Ricardo wrote:
here's the thing, if you don't put cops on check, they can do whatever they want. This is hard hundreds of cops and only one police chief.
I see cop parked in deserted streets and just hanging out or getting laid in the middle of the night. I see cops chilling at 7/11 waiting until they get a dispatch call.
You see the abuse of power all the time. My advice is to put video surveillance on ALL cops cars. Then, once a month, an auditor from outside the department do a review all the tapes and make sure they're actually doing their jobs correctly. I'm sure most of these coppers will get their act together when they know they're being watched and review for their performance.
Got's to be a tax paid interviewer who will take orders from the one dishing the change. Ain't going to happen. Most likely would be some company some tax paid employee owns doing the inspection. The only way to stop the corruption is by replacing all incumbents regardless and get new from top to bottom and then limiting terms to 1 in a lifetime. Then only allowing a public servant to have one government job per lifetime. That is how to straighten the mess. Oh, and quit passing new laws. We have more laws than all coutries put together.
dgaf

San Pedro, CA

#61 May 6, 2010
tough..... 11 year veteran she should've known better.
3MTA3U

Whittier, CA

#62 May 6, 2010
I'm still waiting for the people who were pulled over and charged with DUI by this Officer. Where are you? Did she preach how alcohol can impair your driving and how you were putting yourself, as well as others, at risk? When she handcuffed you did she shake her head in disgust and give you a condescending look? Think about this. She probably went to a post probation party after work, got a little drunk, then drove home while you were sitting in jail wondering how much that DUI was going to cost you. She had the gift of double-standard. I'm glad she didn't take anyone else with her. PS. To all you Officers who abide by the law and don't abuse your authority, on AND off-duty, I commend you. You're a rare, fine group.
ole Bob

Whittier, CA

#63 May 6, 2010
Looks like another drunk cop acting like they are above the law. I hope the people she injured will take her estate.

At least she took herself out, so we don't need to deal with her kind in the future.
Law Abiding Citizen

Downey, CA

#64 May 7, 2010
ole Bob wrote:
At least she took herself out, so we don't need to deal with her kind in the future.
Don't kid yourself. "Her kind" are found throughout the ranks! 90% of them are "her kind", if not more.
Adam Henery

North Hollywood, CA

#65 May 7, 2010
Go to one of the local amuesment parks when they have thier annual "Public Safety" all get in free day.
You would be blown away with all of the heavy drinking going on in the parking lot before and after. And the amount of booze they sneak into the place to drink too.
Law Abiding Citizen

Downey, CA

#66 May 7, 2010
Adam Henery wrote:
Go to one of the local amuesment parks when they have thier annual "Public Safety" all get in free day.
You would be blown away with all of the heavy drinking going on in the parking lot before and after. And the amount of booze they sneak into the place to drink too.
Drinking is the least of their problems. Cops who abuse their authority on a daily basis is what they need to address.(They never will.)
jdd

Eastpointe, MI

#67 Jan 10, 2013
Pico Resident wrote:
You see this is what happens when they thick because they wear a sheild they themselves are above the law, when in fact the should be the examples for the law to be upheld
There is a very strong possibility that Jaqueline Montalvo was in fact a very brave and good cop. She was scheduled to testify against corrupt cops and a corrupt LAPD unit called the TMU. Her testimony could take down so many bad guys. The officers at the scene said there was no smell of alcohol. Then the coroner said she was dead drunk. Stories of corrupt coroners are more common than we are told. Look into case 8CA10541 in the downtown court. Officer Jaqueline Montalvo was to testify on behalf of an obviously innocent defendant who was being railroaded by a unit called the TMU(Threat Managment Unit) They were working for a law firm, Lavely and Singer, and her testimony would be extremely explosive i.e they were engaged in a sinister coverup when the defendant began to realize the corruption and write about it on a blog. Many L.A judges were involved. Particulary, the Mayors sister, Mary lou Villar De Longoria and a Judge Maria Stratton. Four particlary onerous prosecutors also would be in very hot water. Their names are Jennifer Waxler, Martin Boags,Kelly Boyer and Felise Kalpakian. Some story. I strong believe that Jaqueline Montalvo is a great hero and her death was not due to her being drunk. L. A courts are cesspools of corruption and cronyism, and murdering good and brave cops is what many in those courts would do if it covered their asses.
jdd

Eastpointe, MI

#68 Jan 10, 2013
phone user wrote:
heres my problem, the media, the paper,and law enforcement did a major cover up., we all felt bad for her and thought something mysterious happened. we were dooped. was there a big funeral? did the funeral cost "any" city or county money for security? if yes, i demand this get reimbursed by the idiots that authorized it. bottom line is the first responder knew she was plastered when they arrived on scene..18 must have made the crime scene smell like a trash can in a bar. disgusted by the previous lies from TWO months ago
Something very mysterious happened and is happening. If anything the coroner was paid off. The media does not report that Officer Jaqueline Montalvo had just signed up as a witness in a criminal case involving very corrupt cops, John Gregozek, Jeffrey Dunn, and James Hoffman. She signed on as a witness for the defense when the prosecution claimed she was their witness. 3 days later she was dead. Her testimoy could have uncovered a chilling conspiracy between bad cops, a L.A celebrity lawfirm, and the city attorney. Judges were also implicated. God bless Jaqueline Montalvo.

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