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Abuse Reports by Sonoma County Sheriff Dept

Deputy in Windsor shooting identified as Christopher Haas

A Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy who shot and wounded a man outside a Windsor shopping center following a weekend pursuit was identified Tuesday as Christopher Haas. Haas, assigned to the Windsor Police Department for 3 1/2 years, has been a … Continue reading

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Gabbi Lemos, mother sentenced to jail in resisting arrest case

Gabbi Lemos, 19, and her mother, Michelle Lemos, 48, are escorted to jail by Sonoma County Sheriff bailiff deputies, Monday, Sept.19th, 2016, in Sonoma County Superior Court after being sentenced for their part of interfering with a deputy during a … Continue reading

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Gabbi Lemos, mother found guilty of interfering

Gabbi Lemos shown at her graduation from Petaluma High School in 2015 (left) and two  days after being arrested a few days later (right). PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | August 31, 2016, 4:23PM A Petaluma woman and her mother … 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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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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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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Deputies’ depositions fill in details in Andy Lopez shooting

Now that criminal investigators have cleared a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy in the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, the focus shifts to the family’s civil lawsuit and the pursuit of millions of dollars in damages. Recently released depositions of … Continue reading

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Karen Janks shot by Windsor Deputies in Sebastopol

Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies shot a wrong-way driver who rammed three deputies in a Sebastopol parking lot after a high-speed chase that started Wednesday night when she was spotted driving in reverse on Highway 101 in Windsor, authorities said. The … Continue reading

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Videotape shows Deputy Charles Blount Pulling Celeste Moon to Ground by Her Neck

A videotaped confrontation between a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy and a 51-year-old woman suspected of jaywalking casts doubt on the deputy’s sworn statement about what happened and underscores the need for police cameras, the woman’s lawyer said Friday. The 30-second … Continue reading

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DA says Gelhaus “was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others”

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it will not file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez. District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement that investigators concluded Deputy Erick Gelhaus … Continue reading

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