Category Archives: PACH

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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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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Police withhold videos despite vows of transparency

But officers investigated in fatal shootings are routinely given access to body camera footage Story by Kimberly Kindy, Julie Tate The Washington Post Published Oct. 8, 2015 Autumn Steele and her husband, Gabriel, were fighting again, so he called 911. … Continue reading

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Federal lawsuit over county jail beatings

When:  October 6, 2015 – Tuesday @ 11am Where: Law Office of Izaak Schwaiger, 527Mendocino Ave. Ste. B Santa Rosa, CA 95401  Federal Complaint Charges Sheriff Freitas & Sonoma County With five-hour Hour Beating and Torture of Dozens of Inmates in … Continue reading

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Forestville man seeks $3 million from Sonoma County in excessive force lawsuit

Santa Rosa Press Democrat report on lawsuit on behalf of Esa Wroth (includes video) Further on Esa Wroth’s case — the report he filed with PACH Jan. 6, 2013, updated Jan. 21 and Jan. 26. Time and place of Incident: … Continue reading

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Rohnert Park officer pulls gun on cop watcher

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