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Judge presses Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office on charging teen who sued

PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | April 4, 2016, 6:27PM A judge continued to push for answers Monday in the case of a Petaluma teen who was charged with resisting arrest the day after she filed a police brutality lawsuit. … Continue reading

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Sonoma officials accused of retaliation in police brutality case

Kimberly Veklerov San Francisco Chronicle | March 21, 2016, 4:50PM A Petaluma woman who suffered facial swelling, bruising and black eyes from an encounter with a sheriff’s deputy is accusing the Sonoma County district attorney’s office of retaliating against her for … Continue reading

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Legal action against battered Petaluma teen called retaliatory

Decision to charge Gabbi Lemos with resisting arrest called retaliatory PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | March 16, 2016, 5:03PM A Petaluma woman who was charged with resisting arrest one day after she filed a police brutality lawsuit is accusing … Continue reading

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Sonoma County picks independent watchdog for Sheriff’s Office

Jerry Threet, who has been a deputy city attorney for San Francisco for 11 years, has been appointed to run the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach, a new county department. (COURTESY PHOTO) JULIE JOHNSON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT … Continue reading

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Palo Alto attorney Bob Aaronson hired as Santa Rosa police auditor

JULIE JOHNSON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | February 29, 2016, 5:43PM Santa Rosa has hired a police auditor to review the police department’s internal investigations into complaints, officer discipline and use-of-force incidents. Bob Aaronson, a Palo Alto attorney who also serves … Continue reading

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Lawmaker proposes giving public access to police shooting and misconduct cases

Patrick McGreevy Los Angeles Times Investigative files involving police shootings and sustained misconduct by officers would be made public under legislation proposed Friday to lift the veil of secrecy and restore public confidence in law enforcement. State Sen. Mark Leno … Continue reading

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Judge Rules on County’s Summary Judgment Motion in Lopez Case

Judge Phyllis Hamilton has ruled on the motion for summary judgment to dismiss the lawsuit of the family of Andy Lopez against the County of Sonoma and Deputy Erick Gelhaus. Judge Hamilton ruled that the lawsuit against the County is … Continue reading

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County pays $1.25 million to man tasered 23 times by deputies

Taser incident at Sonoma County jail results in $1.25 million settlement A screen grab from the video of the 2013 arrest of Esa Wroth. PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | January 12, 2016, 6:45PM Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday agreed … Continue reading

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Lawsuit alleges Sonoma County deputy used excessive force

Gabbi Lemos (left) is shown at her graduation from Petaluma High School in June and (right) two days after her arrest a few days later. (FAMILY PHOTOS) BY JULIE JOHNSON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT November 12, 2015, 8:27PM A federal civil … Continue reading

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PACH Statement on Sonoma County jail beatings

The Real Criminals in Sonoma County: A Statement from the Police Accountability Clinic & Helpline By Elbert “Big Man” Howard October 14th, 2015 It is Autumn of 2015 in Sonoma County. Amidst the vibrant colors of grape leaves and pumpkins … Continue reading

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