The Pasadena Police Department investigated and disciplined an officer for failing to write up a report about the March 2016 overdose of a woman connected to Carmen Puliafito, former dean of the Keck School of Medicine at USC, city officials said Monday.
Pasadena launched an administrative review into the officer’s actions after officials responding to a records request from the Los Angeles Times could not find a police report about the incident. On Monday, The Times published a year-long investigation into Puliafito, a renowned surgeon and USC leader who allegedly led a double life involving drugs, parties and prostitutes.
The victim in the overdose, Sarah Warren, told the LA Times she and Puliafito had been partying at the Hotel Constance in Pasadena for two days when she took too much gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB. She woke up six hours later at Huntington Memorial Hospital. A man identifying himself as a doctor told a 911 dispatcher that his girlfriend just had too many drinks, according to audio from the call.
The officer who handled the call initially did not write a report and no one was charged despite police finding methamphetamines in the hotel room.
On Monday, City Manager Steve Mermell sent an email to the City Council, saying the article “reflects poorly” on the city and the Pasadena Police Department.
“As indicated in the article, initially there was no police report made of the incident,” Mermell wrote council members. “There should have been and that was a failure on the part of our responding officer. Once this came to light, PPD undertook an appropriate investigation and ultimately the involved officer was the subject of disciplinary action.”
Mermell said the Pasadena Police Department cooperated with the L.A. Times’ inquiries, and while the city’s response “should have been better, there was no attempt to shield the truth.”
The administrative review into the officer focused on whether he followed the proper procedures and policies for writing and filing reports, according to Pasadena spokesman William Boyer.
Boyer said the city would not disclose the specifics of the officer’s discipline because of a state law barring the release of personnel information. Boyer could not confirm the officer’s identity. He did say the officer is still employed by the city.
The police report about the overdose, written three months after the fact, lists the reporting officer as “A. Garcia.”
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