Perez to Request Independent Investigation into La Quinta Library Incident
PALM DESERT – On Friday, Nov. 2, Supervisor V. Manuel Perez announced his request for a comprehensive investigation into the La Quinta library incident, offering the following statement:
“How do we make it up to the kids? How do I make it up to the kids? These students put their hearts into performing, and were let down by adults in a truly regrettable situation. I sincerely apologize to the children and families.
“On Wednesday, I brought all parties together for a meeting in my office in hopes of gathering the facts and finding the appropriate way to move forward.
“It is clear that, as of today, there are still unanswered questions as to what actually transpired and who was involved. Therefore, we need a proper and thorough investigation to ensure nothing like this happens again.
“At our next Board meeting (Tuesday), I am asking my fellow supervisors to initiate an independent third-party investigation. The purpose of this investigation is to expand on our internal review and to truly get to the bottom of this.
“I hope for the cooperation of all entities. The County of Riverside values diversity and inclusion, and we do not condone any form of discrimination or intolerance.”