"I'm honestly shocked that he still has a job," Pastora said. Instead, it’s up to local police chiefs to decide when a candidate is too tainted to hire. Frazer, the first chief, and his successor, David Oberhoffer, a veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, each lasted less than a year. “The ones that I turned down scared me, really scared me. In most states, oversight agencies have the ability to decertify problem officers, making them ineligible to work in law enforcement in their state. He got me good. White retired in 2002 after teaching in McFarland schools for 40 years and coaching for 25 years. After graduating from McFarland High School, he went on to attend Bakersfield College and California State University, Fresno. Interim police Chief Janet Davis said she’ll be in McFarland until things settle down. One got fired, the other kept his job. McFarland, USA comes to theaters on Friday, February 20th. Diaz admitted to stealing drugs from dealers while he … Why? He got me good. Expressing outrage over the list of accusations, Kimble blamed former officers for trying to ruin his reputation, saying that many of McFarland’s second-chance cops left under his regime. Laurence Du Sault and Katey Rusch, Investigative Reporting Project. Danny Diaz is skinny in real life but chubby in film, so when he leads the team to victory in the last seconds, the scene is more climatic. Speaking of running, we asked the Diaz brothers if they still run. Herrington was fired in the 1990s from a police job in Georgia after crashing his unmarked car while drunk. He has been running since 2001 and considers himself a “decent runner.” To this day, they refer to him as Mr. White. Join Facebook to connect with Danny Mcfarland and others you may know. Many are still working, More: About the California Criminal Cops project: Origins and participating newsrooms. When she tried to end the relationship, he allegedly became violent, according to a petition for a temporary restraining order that’s on file in the Riverside County courthouse. Kimble has worked for at least eight law enforcement agencies in the past 30 years, and was forced out by at least two. Sergio Avelar is a bona fide runner and a member of the McFarland Track Club. He landed the role of Danny Diaz after being pestered repeatedly by executive producer Mario Iscovich to audition. “My hope was to change the image of the department, which was at a toilet level,” said Herrington, a retired Marine who specialized in gang investigations. We speak to the real life Danny Diaz, the inspiration for the character in McFarland USA. He’s been on military leave for over five years, but federal law guarantees his job when he returns from duty. Also participating: MediaNews Group, McClatchy, Voice of San Diego, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Kern County District Attorney spokesman Joe Kinzel confirmed his office is currently investigating whether Kimble misused city funds. That and much more on episode 15 of the Disney Movie Review. Herrington was chief when McFarland signed on three more officers fired from Banning for dishonesty. Growing up in McFarland, we didn’t have much. You can unsubscribe at any time. “Any decent background investigator,” the former chief said in a recent interview, “that’s the first thing you would do.”. With insufficient evidence, the U.S. Attorney declined to file criminal charges. McFarland, USA is absolutely incredible and a movie everyone should see. They came from a large family where faith, education and hard work were important. “It was tough,” he repeated more than once. “The decision whether to appoint an individual as a peace officer rests with the agency head,” he wrote. There’s nothing to do in McFarland. He now works as a physical education teacher at McFarland Middle School. "We don't call him Jim just out of respect for who he is," Danny Diaz said. San Jacinto College police department for not reporting a superior’s sexual misconduct, was arrested in 2017 on a charge of soliciting “femme dom” sex from a prostitute who turned out to be an undercover officer. On Halloween 2012, Purvis stopped waiting. “I said, ‘Yes, sir,’” recalled Kimble, who stopped the tide of questionable hires and was at the helm when four of McFarland’s “second-chance” cops left. When a reporter read that excerpt to Kimble during a recent interview, he dismissed it. And they weren't the only ones who got a second chance. Kern County deputies recommended criminal charges, according to Kinzel, the Kern County deputy D.A. “We had such a hard time trying to find adequate police officers,” said Greg Herrington, one of those former chiefs. At the time, Kimble was 38. I am excited to share with you another great interview from my McFarland, USA press trip. View McFarland, USA (2015) photos, movie images, film stills and cast and crew photos on Fandango. The scandal was only the beginning of years of mistrust between the community and its police department. McFarland, USA (also known as McFarland) is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Niki Caro, produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, written by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson with music composed by Antônio Pinto.The film was co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mayhem Pictures. Editor's note: This story is part of a series of articles produced by a collaboration of news organizations throughout California coordinated by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and the Bay Area News Group. While officers might show up for events like “Coffee with the Cops,” Dollar General store manager Denise Camacho says “they just don't respond to emergency calls” and laugh at her for calling in petty thefts. Why do I want that?”. Instead, he tapped into a pipeline of outcasts from his old department—the Banning PD. There is more. “With my kids playing basketball, and my kids are running, and bullets are flying.”. Three out of the seven young McFarland USA cast actors on the team in the movie are from the McFarland area—Sergio Avelar who plays Victor Puentes and Michael Aguero, cast as Damacio Diaz, are actual runners and Ramiro Rodriguez, as Danny Diaz, was a champion soccer player. Fun fact: Rafael Martinez, who plays David Diaz in the movie, is one of my closest friends even to this day! Like many alleged victims of domestic violence, the woman didn’t follow through with the petition and an investigation by the Banning Police Department found insufficient evidence to discipline Kimble. While she’s chief, she says she’ll have no patience for the kind of misconduct that was tolerated here in the last decade. “It was a s---hole. Their excitement was clear as I saw the smiles on the faces of Coach Jim White, and former Cougar running brothers, David White, a newcomer to McFarland when he coached the team to the state championship, still lives there. For others, the legal troubles continued after McFarland. Honestly, as we sat and talked with the Diaz brothers 3 things were very apparent. And they brought in a cop with a conviction for pulling a gun on his stepdaughter’s friends. McFarland sits 25 miles northwest of Bakersfield, nestled between rows of grapevines and almond trees. As for his letter to Kamala Harris —the AG’s office says it has no record of it, and Purvis doesn’t recall ever getting a response. He sent one to the commission that sets training standards for California law enforcement, known as POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training). “Disgusting.”, For years, Purvis waited for somebody from McFarland to call or write to ask about the qualifications of their new hires. Kimble denied knowing about the legal action, despite court records that show his attorney was served on his behalf. But according to research led by Goldman, California is one of five states that doesn't provide that watchdog role. In April, he was sworn in as the city of Arvin’s police chief. Even before he was hired in McFarland, he’d lost his job with the Banning Police Department after a domestic violence arrest that never resulted in charges. Some work as private investigators, but some found their way to other agencies. “Differences of opinion can exist regarding whether or not an individual should be appointed as a peace officer.”. “For two of them to actually become chiefs?” said Purvis. Looking for Brand Partnerships for our #GUSNewHome, 3 Ingredient Pancakes Made with Kashi Oats. He sent another to California’s attorney general at the time, Kamala Harris. Their mom and dad worked hard and pushed the boys even harder to succeed and do well. They work in the school system and believe in. Less than a year later, in 2014, yet another cop Purvis had forced out would become chief in McFarland. It was a second-chance agency; you had a bunch of misfits there.”. Oberhoffer was in charge when protesters marched on City Hall, enraged over a partnership between the city and a towing company they said led police to target immigrants for traffic stops. This movie chronicles the story of coach Jim White’s, played by Kevin Costner, relocation of his family to the Mexican-American farming community of McFarland, CA … Watch an exclusive clip of Coach White motivating Danny and Victor in McFarland, USA. The three Diaz brothers featured in the new Disney movie, David, Damacio and Danny, all speak highly of both of their parents. “Everybody makes mistakes,” Herrington said. The McFarland Police Department knew that many of its officers had dubious backgrounds—but it hired them anyway. Just weeks after sitting down for an interview with a reporter at a park in Santa Rosa, he picked up the phone at the Lovelock Paiute Tribe Police Department in Nevada: “Chief Herrington,” he answered. View Athletic.net Ad Free. That’s something Purvis learned in no uncertain terms. Leonard Purvis couldn’t believe it. “It's all lies.”. Their parents are also highly regarded by each of them and they obviously have a deep love for the family unit. But while researching the project, I sat down with the Diaz family. Less than two years after the department opened, at least 13 officers who had trouble in other agencies had landed jobs in McFarland. “We saw it all,” Herrington said. The former teammates are not only working in their hometown, but also raising their families there and actively supporting the cross-country teams of today by coaching, helping out with the meets and practices and donating goods or money so the teams have what they need. Now, the House of Mouse adds to its impressive résumé with McFarland, USA, a rousing crowd pleaser about an underdog track team that can proudly takes its place among these other fine sports films. The Diaz family, including Danny, David, and Damacio, still live in McFarland California. That's Not Danny Diaz MP3 Song by Antonio Pinto from the Spanish movie McFarland, USA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). I screwed up. McFarland, USA - Clip No. On a Friday afternoon in 2004, then-Banning Cpl. The move fit the chief’s philosophy, which former McFarland Officer Freddy Ramirez remembers: “He would say, ‘I don’t care if you had a DUI seven years ago, if you were arrested for tagging, drugs, misdemeanors, whatever,’” said Ramirez, whose records show no criminal history. The relationship between the brothers and Coach White is endearing. More: 2 Riverside police sergeants were convicted of crimes. View the profiles of people named Danny Mcfarland. And some, like McFarland, set the bar extraordinarily low. “They hire these officers that travel from one department to another with a terrible portfolio.”. One of his coaches since elementary was the real Thomas Valles (played by Carlos Pratts).). Each one of the brothers are land owners in McFarland. Kimble was on his way to work when he pushed his Suzuki Hayabusa past 100 mph with a California Highway Patrol officer on his tail, records show. These I was able have an interview with Jim White and the Diaz brothers (David Diaz, Damacio Diaz and Danny Diaz) who are the real life inspirations behind the McFarland, USA film. 1 - Exclusive. Danny Diaz is skinny in real life but chubby in film, so when he leads the team to victory in the last seconds, the scene is more climatic. I knew little about McFarland, USA except ... And then there’s Danny Diaz (Ramiro Rodriguez), who made me cry. Scott Jensen, who had been fired by the Mt. Disney's McFarland, USA, is helping to put the Diaz brother's hometown on the map across the globe. “I don’t give a s--t; I will give you one chance.’”. Ramiro Rodriguez (Danny Diaz) In addition to Ramiro, Sergio Avelar (Victor Puentes) is also an actual runner and member of the McFarland Track Club. Plus where to find cheap Disney music. If they had bothered to ask, Purvis said, he would have told them Officer Allen Eley had been fired, but eventually allowed to resign, for falsifying documents so the city’s medical insurance would cover his girlfriend and her children. Reporters participated from more than 30 newsrooms, including The Desert Sun, Redding Record Searchlight, Visalia Times Delta, Ventura County Star and Salinas Californian. We don’t have the big … “There’s been shootings there,” Danny Diaz, a McFarland native and one of the town’s former cross country stars, said pointing at the red-and-white playground near McFarland High School. Oberhoffer knew about the accusations, but said he thought the FBI investigation was not convincing and that Inglewood might have fired Navarreta because of a grudge: “I think that somebody was out to get him.”. Let us send you our favorite posts and ideas once a week. I knew little about McFarland, USA except ... And then there’s Danny Diaz (Ramiro Rodriguez), who made me cry. “There’s these little agencies that just do a despicable job,” said Tom Barham, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s lieutenant-turned-attorney who has represented both sides in law enforcement lawsuits. There are no shopping malls or large grocery stores. Sources with knowledge of the investigation say Wilson contended the encounter was consensual, and the district attorney declined to prosecute, saying there was “insufficient evidence.”. Gabriel Pastora, who was inside the house, said he remembers Nieves claiming to be from the local police and holding him and his sister at gunpoint, demanding they reveal where his stepdaughter was hiding. And Herrington, the former chief, was convicted again in 2018 for forging another former officer’s signature on a private investigator license application—a charge Herrington calls bogus. But when the FBI asked to search his computer, Navarreta said it had been sold to a stranger earlier that year. Michael Aguero, who plays Damacio Diaz, was also a runner from the area.For each of them, watching their small town suddenly be “on the map” has … You can unsubscribe at any time. Oberhoffer insists he wasn’t collecting rejects. 2 Riverside police sergeants were convicted of crimes. McFARLAND, Calif.—They hired a cop investigated in an FBI child porn probe, and another caught up in an LAPD burglary ring. McFarland’s highest-ranking officer, Cpl. McFarland senior Alyssa Diaz is the daughter of Danny Diaz, another runner from the ’80s. Everyone there is excited about the movie and the notoriety they have been receiving from it. A mother, hoping to inspire her overweight daughter to press on, paid a visit to Danny’s office. Hi everyone! Dec 20, ... Ramiro Rodriguez as Danny Diaz. Michael Muriello, an officer accused at a past job of sexually harassing immigrants, is a sergeant at the Compton Unified School District Police Department. Danny also has twins, Seth and Sammy, who are juniors and top runners for the boys. Michael Aguero, who plays Damacio Diaz, was also a runner from the area.For each of them, watching their small town suddenly be “on the map” has … Even so, Herrington knew about some of the issues in Kimble’s past—but hired his old patrol buddy as a sergeant in McFarland anyway. Ramiro Rodriguez (Danny Diaz) In addition to Ramiro, Sergio Avelar (Victor Puentes) is also an actual runner and member of the McFarland Track Club. Runner Danny Diaz attends the world premiere of "McFarland, USA" at The El Capitan Theatre on February 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. But finding a dozen solid cops willing to work at a brand new Central Valley police department that offers one of California’s lowest starting salaries for full-time patrol officers—$20 an hour—was nothing like staffing a hot Silicon Valley startup. Two years before he ended up in McFarland, Nieves had burst into a home in the San Bernardino County town of Fontana in search of his runaway stepdaughter. Many are still working, About the California Criminal Cops project: Origins and participating newsrooms, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Um, (Laughing) when we were growing up, maybe seven, eight, nine, ten thousand people was the population. At least three more had DUIs. Danny: I can answer that. ‘McFarland USA’ runner, now a Bakersfield cop, is arrested ... Diaz is a 17-year veteran of the Bakersfield Police Department. Although, the brothers did say that the town hasn’t really changed much, Coach White has noticed one big change. They even hired a cop still on probation who had not one, but two DUIs. Brian Wilson, had a DUI conviction long before he started in McFarland. “I can understand that you would like everybody to be squeaky clean, but I didn't have that world to live in,” said David Frazer, McFarland’s first police chief. As chief of police in Banning, the lawman nicknamed Mr. Clean ran nearly a dozen officers out of the department for everything from insubordination to insurance fraud. “There’s been shootings there,” Danny Diaz, a McFarland native and one of the town’s former cross country stars, said pointing at the red-and-white playground near … When asked whether McFarland cops have created problems prosecuting crime suspects, Kern County Deputy District Attorney Joe Kinzel said, “You would not be wrong to say that.”. Between 2008 and 2011, an unapologetic Purvis got rid of a quarter of Banning’s police force in a purge he hoped would rebuild trust in the community and faith in the local justice system. In fact, a blink of an eye as you drive down Highway 99 in California and you will miss it. The community of McFarland is important to them. Their stories were told in a beautiful way and they are excited Disney picked their tale to tell. (I will explain who Danny Diaz is later.) “I have been questioned,” Kimble acknowledged in an interview, “That’s all I’m going to say.”. Reporters from the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley unraveled the breadth of McFarland’s roster of second-chance cops during an extensive review of criminal court records, lawsuits, police internal affairs reports and other documents as part of a statewide coalition of news organizations examining California cops with criminal records. When you’re driving on 99, the freeway, and you blink and you’ll miss it. But over the last decade, it's built another reputation: a destination for cops running from unsavory pasts. Danny Diaz - CA Track & Field results and photos on Athletic.net. To this day, Diaz resides in McFarland. It’s grown a little bit in the last two, three years but not much has changed. Also, only part of the movie was filmed in McFarland. But few knew that Kimble was being accused of misconduct again. Coach Jim White is retired now, but if you go to McFarland, chances are you will see him out there on his bike, keeping up with the kids every evening with a lot of his original team running alongside as well. “I got the fallout of a lot of mess," said Kimble, who says he leaned on his faith and started emphasizing “community policing.” Many remember his department’s Easter egg hunts, Christmas carols and “tacos with the team.”. Right before interviewing Kevin Costner (see that here), we had the great privilege of interviewing the real life inspirations behind the new Disney film, McFarland, USA, Coach Jim White and the Diaz brothers, David, Damacio and Danny.They were so charming, and funny, and honest. So in 2009, the city re-established its police force after decades of relying on the Kern County Sheriff, in an effort to cut costs and gain control over who was patrolling their streets. 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