King City police accused in towing scandalLoading
  • Miguel Ramirez, of Greenfield, stands outside the King City Council Chambers on Tueday, March 11, 2014 as they vote on new policies regarding towing of vehicles after police scandal allegedly involving a local tow company and a police sergeant impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered to the tow company, Miller's Towing. "I'm here in support for my friends and family," said Ramirez.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Rufina Recendiz, of King City sits in a King City Council meeting Tuesday, March 11, 2014 as they take up a vote on new policies regarding towing of vehicles after police scandal allegedly involving a local tow company and a police sergeant impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered to the tow company, Millers Towing. Recendiz had two cars towed and ended up losing one after she was unable to pay for the fines. The car is now parked near the street at Leyva's Towing who is not involved in the scandal.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Dennis Hegwood Interim Police Chief at King City listens to Police Sergeant Alejandrina Tirado during "Coffee with a cop" an event organized by Gerry Ramirez for community members to meet with the chief to ask him questions and concerns that they have about the community on Wed., March 12, 2014 at El Huarache King in King City. Hegwood announced that Miller's Towing is no longer allowed to tow vehicles for the city.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • The yard at Miller's Towing was quiet on Thursday morning March 13, 2014 a day after Dennis Hegwood the Interim Police Chief at King City announced that they will no longer be allowed to do business with the city. After a police scandal allegedly involving Miller's Towing and a police sergeant for impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered to the towing company. Scores of undocumented immigrants, including many working nearby agricultural fields, lost their cars because they couldn't pay exorbitant storage fees.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Viridiana Preciado, of King City holds the paperwork from Miller's Towing regarding the lien on her car that was towed. "They wanted me to pay more than $1,800 for the car, but it was not worth that much and I let them keep it," said Preciado in Spanish before a King City council meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 to vote on new policies regarding towing of vehicles after police scandal allegedly involving a local tow company and a police sergeant impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered to Miller's Towing.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Eladio Huitzil Torres, of King City stands in front of his 1991 Toyota Camry at Leyva's Towing in King City that was towed on October of 2013 for expired registration in front of his house on Tues., March 11, 2014. Huitzil and his wife Rufina Recendiz recovered another car after they paid $450 to Miller's Towing. King City council met on Tuesday to vote on new policies regarding towing of vehicles after a police scandal allegedly involving Miller's Towing and a police sergeant impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered to the tow company.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Carlos Nieto a King City business owner talks to members of the King City Council during their meeting Tuesday, March 11, 2014 to vote on new policies regarding towing of vehicles after police scandal allegedly involving a local tow company and a police sergeant impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered to Miller's Towing.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Community members fill the King City Council chambers during a meeting Tuesday, March 11, 2014 to vote on new policies regarding towing of vehicles after police scandal allegedly involving a local tow company and a police sergeant impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Dennis Hegwood Interim Police Chief at King City talks to residents of Kings City during "Coffee with a cop" an event organized by Gerry Ramirez for community members to meet with the chief to ask him questions and concerns that they have about the community on Wed., March 12, 2014 at El Huarache King in King City. Hegwood announced that Miller's Towing is no longer allowed to tow vehicles for the city.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Community members listen to a press conference before a King City council meeting on Tuesday March 11, 2014 to vote on new policies regarding towing of vehicles after police scandal allegedly involving a local tow company and a police sergeant impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered to Miller's Towing.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Andrew Tinae, 28, helps coach young boys and girls at a PAL gym in King City on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Tinae said that his car was towed after he parked it in front of a restaurant in King City four years ago. He was unable to pay the fees to get his car back and two weeks ago, he said, he saw someone driving his car. King City Council met on Tuesday to vote on new policies regarding towing of vehicles after police scandal allegedly involving a local tow company and a police sergeant impounding some 200 cars and getting kickbacks of free seized vehicles for every 10 to 15 cars he delivered to the towing company, Miller's Towing.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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