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Police Chief Pulls Agency From Event To Honor Fallen Officer Because Republicans Were Invited

Jeff Katz
October 02, 2019 - 4:20 pm

An event honoring a police sergeant killed in a 2018 mass shooting at a country music bar in Southern California has been postponed because a police chief did not want Republicans invited, FOX 11 Los Angeles reports.

The Blue Bowl was a charity football game intended to raise money for the family of Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus and other officers killed in the line of duty. Helus died when he responded to Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks where a shooter killed 13 people and wounded nearly a dozen more.

Thousands of dollars had already been raised for the families, but that money is now being returned because Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel withdrew the police department's support and convinced sponsors to pull out due to Trump supporters scheduled to speak at the event. Jerseys bearing Sgt. Helus' name had also been donated by the Los Angeles Rams and footballs were being prepared to be signed by Rams players.

The speaker list, however, was reportedly bipartisan, according to FOX 11. It included Gov. Gavin Newsom's public safety liason, actor Scott Baio (a Trump supporter who also attended the same church as Sgt. Helus) and pro-Trump singer Joy Villa, who was supposed to sing the national anthem before the game.