LA Sheriff’s Deputy Lights Girlfriend's Head on Fire While Beating Her Over a Stove - Doesn't Get Fired

Los Angeles, Ca — A Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy faces multiple charges after attacking his live-in girlfriend and mother of his child, torturing her as he held her head over a stove, lighting her hair on fire.


The Orange County district attorney’s office reports that Deputy Alejandro Flores will appear in court Tuesday to face a litany of charges, including, “domestic battery, aggravated assault, dissuading a witness, criminal threats, false imprisonment and assault likely to produce great bodily harm.”

According to Deputy Amber Smith, Flores has not been fired for lighting a woman on fire, but instead placed on administrative leave. 

Flores has been making this mistake over and over again for quite some time, apparently. Prosecutors say he has been beating the woman for months at their home in Buena Park, this incident being the most severe.

Had Flores been wearing a pair of confederate flag boxers while lighting his girlfriend on fire, he may have been fired over this incident. Or if he had called attention to the corruption within the LASD, perhaps this would have gotten him fired.

According to the DA’s office, the attack occurred on June 28 when Flores began hitting the woman over a disagreement regarding their child’s pacifier. He then dragged her to the stove, ignited the gas burner, and held her head over the flame, lighting her hair on fire. To drown out her screams, Flores turned up the volume up on the TV, then continued to beat her, threatening to make it worse if she sought help from law enforcement.

He allegedly used his off-duty weapon to stop her from leaving the home, holding the woman and child hostage at gunpoint. The victim was finally able to escape when Flores left for work the next day.

Unfortunately, the LASD is continuing to encourage this behavior by keeping this maniac on the payroll. It’s not really surprising, as statistics indicate that a number of law enforcement officers are likely committing violent acts in their own homes on a daily basis. The ones who are discovered are not only unlikely to be fired, but may even receive promotions

Sadly, the number of families suffering from domestic abuse at the hands of police officers is staggering. And while there are a number of widely known hotlines focusing on helping victims of this kind of violence, they often encourage those affected to seek help from…police. Which may be good advice if you’re not being beaten by a cop.

This is a serious problem, and one that needs to be addressed and aggressively corrected. 

To the families out there suffering in silence, please know you can get away. Domesticshelters.org can help you find a shelter in your area, and is a great resource in helping to find the safety and support you need to start a new life.

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