Friday morning on FOX and Friends, Ainsley Earhardt interviewed Lieutenant Rex Ingram from the Los Angeles Police Department and Angela Mendoza, the girlfriend of fallen LAPD Officer Fernando Arroyos, discussing the legacy of Officer Arroyos and what it meant to Lt. Ingram to work with him and give the eulogy at his funeral.
Lt. Ingram explained that he and Officer Arroyos shared a special bond as officers who worked together and dealt with difficult situations. Spending time together, Lt. Ingram got to know Officer Arroyos who humbly went to the prestigious university of UC Berkeley and chose to become a police officer to serve his community in South Central Los Angeles. After learning that Lt. Ingram made an impact on Officer Arroyos’, he was asked to give the eulogy. Lt. Ingram highlighted Officer Arroyos’ commitment to his work and the positivity he brought with him even during the most challenging times of the pandemic and the disheartening treatment of police officers. He stated that “police officers like Fernando Arroyos risk their life every night wearing this badge despite what people think. They’re human beings…they have desires, wants, needs and they go out there every single night, proudly, and they do the best to their ability to make sure that the people that have no voice are taken care of.”
Mendoza shared that Officer Arroyos expressed deep concern and frustration that criminals would be back on the streets hours after they were arrested. Sharing that concern, Lt. Ingram firmly asserted that the system failed Officer Arroyos the night he was killed, and it continues to fail the city of Los Angeles.