UPDATE: Inmate Dies After Being Tazed at the Contra Costa County Jail

October 30, 2012 22:45 pm · 77 comments

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is investigating an in-custody death that took place at the Martinez Detention Facility on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 12:30pm, an inmate became physically combative with Deputy Sheriffs at the intake area, according to the Sheriff’s Office. As the 58-year-old man was escorted to a holding cell, he continued to resist the Deputies’ efforts to control him. A Deputy Sheriff deployed his taser, and the Deputies were able to gain control of the man and place him in a safety cell.

A few hours later, after being checked by medical staff, the man was found dead.

The inmate arrived at the jail earlier on Tuesday morning, he was brought in by the Pinole Police.

The death is being investigated by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

photo credit: Craig Cannon

1 Tree Farm October 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Before all the apologists and cop haters chime in, google “excited delirium”. It is a simple math equation. Richard Cranium+resisting cops+taser= dying. It happens. Don’t be a Richard Cranium.

2 concordghetto.com October 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Those deputies at the jail can be pretty rough. Lots of them are big guys and some are women, they like to advertize their might and very often abuse their power on inmates. I have witnessed a female officer become verbally abusive towards an inmate then physically slap him around. Its not joke. Those “officers” at county can get pretty mean. If you are in the intake chair area, and another inmate becomes rowdy. They will take him out and then will put up newspaper over the windows so the others cant see and they will beat the sh*t out of the guy. Later on, if he’s lucky, he’ll come back into the chair holding area all bloodied up, if not, we will see them later in a single holding cell screaming or getting injections from a CDC doctor or someone like that. Not a pretty sight. That is true. That county jail is f***ed up. Once you go into the actual cells. Its all good. The intake is what sucks. Bunch of wanna be pitbulls with all their friends.

3 Oh, and.... October 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Don’t be a Richard Cranium Cop either.

4 Mike troll October 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

still no name. how many deaths have to happen from tazers before they stop using them?

5 lopers October 30, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I been in that jail before and seen how fu**ed up the sheriff are.I been thrugh the intake prosses a few times during my life and every time i go thrugh there there is always one or two a**hole officers who got abadpowertri
. Everytime theres a person who mite of had a lil too much to drink comed thrugh there the sheriff a lot of times are messed up to them . There was a older laddy who looked like she mite of had a few drinks and possiably
homeless was getting escourted to a holding cell when i seen a group of not only men but women sheriff as well there when two officers slamed a pore laddy to the
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6 lopers October 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I been in that jail before and seen how fu**ed up the sheriff are.I been thrugh the intake prosses a few times during my life and every time i go thrugh there there is always one or two a**hole officers who got abadpowertri
. Everytime theres a person who mite of had a lil too much to drink comed thrugh there the sheriff a lot of times are messed up to them . There was a older laddy who looked like she mite of had a few drinks and possiably
homeless was getting escourted to a holding cell when i seen a group of not only men but women sheriff as well there when two officers slamed a pore laddy to the ground just because she spit on the floor ,wow big deal they slamed her hard and then guess what a group of sheriff run inside the holding cell laughing about it…. Crazzy but true. Why dont they have camaras in intake . I can tell you why because they would be getting caught and the county would be getting sewed …. Im just saying wr need justice here.

7 david October 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM

shouldnt an outside agency be doing the investigation? i mean, if i rob a bank, then do the investigation, i’ll find that it wasnt me. if it doesnt go to a different agency, i will make a grand jury and find out why.

8 david October 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM

hey tree farm, you need to grow up!!

9 the nerve October 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Are you serious?? We are gonna blame the officers for doing there job? He wasnt in county because he was on a field trip he was in there because he didn’t know how to be part of society. That should be a warning to the rest of the inmates, if you resist and make the officers job any harder then it is you have the possibility of dying because of your own action. I see it as one less useless person sucking up my hard earned tax dollars and he and his family has no one but themselves to blame.

10 Googlar October 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

So what was the reason he became physically combative? Was deploying a tazer necessary to subdue a 58 year old man? For what crime was he arrested?

11 jussayingbz October 31, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Wow

12 MDF bus driver October 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

@2 “Lots of them are big guys” you’ve gotta be kidding ahh me… ” I have witnessed a female officer become verbally abusive towards an inmate then physically slap him around.” this ill agree with. Once the sh.t hits the fan the women deputies (which shouldn’t even be allowed) call on their male colleagues to assit with what they’ve stired up.. Typical.

13 The Authority October 31, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Hey Genius #4,

maybe you should learn the difference between a causality and association. You assume that because someone is tazed and dies, (even though the vast majority of those who are tazed live,) then the tazer caused the death. Well, everyone who is tazed is also placed in handcuffs. Some prisoners who have died and were never tazed were also handcuffed. Therefore, by your reasoning, handcuffs cause death. So too must riding in the back of a police car. Funny how all the street lawyer geniuses used to believe that pepper spray caused deaths too. Don’t hear much about that now that tazers are in vogue. You know what DOES cause death? Getting hopped up on drugs and fighting.

14 babytruck October 31, 2012 at 2:15 AM

I’m feeling the safest way to stay away from things that happen in jail is to not do anything to warrant a trip there.

15 David October 31, 2012 at 4:53 AM

why is the so doing an investigation of itself? they are surely going to find that they did nothing wrong.

16 @Mike troll October 31, 2012 at 4:56 AM

The alternative to tazers is going back to guns. The alternative to being tazed is not fighting with the police.

Unfortunately, a super soaker is not sufficient to subdue an unruly 250 pound meth head.

17 Common Sense October 31, 2012 at 5:29 AM

@concord ghetto – What does that tell you? Stay out of trouble, don’t run your mouth at a cop, and avoid being there in the first place.

18 bumper October 31, 2012 at 5:40 AM

There’s nothing to suggest the taser caused he death.

19 k October 31, 2012 at 5:54 AM

Mike troll-

how many idiots will fight with the police before they stop doing it?

20 JRConcord October 31, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Does anybody else smell bacon?

21 How about not giving the police a bad time October 31, 2012 at 5:57 AM

They have a hard enough time with you stupid people. Stop getting arrested so you do not have to worry about this. And for the dumb add about tweet use if you do not want to be tasered behave. You people you beat up on the people protecting you until something happens to you and then you cry why are they not doing something. Think about it.

22 Z-Man October 31, 2012 at 6:10 AM

All goes back to rule #1. Dont put yourself in a postion to get admitted into County Jail. and rule #2, if admitted, don’t act a fool.

23 Gary October 31, 2012 at 6:20 AM

I think “how many folks have to die before ether stop using them” is the wrong question. Because a taser was deployed, how many lives were not needlessly taken should be the question. You only here about the fatals, but you don’t hear about death prevention. I know of 7 who would have certainly been shot, but for the taser.

24 Killjoy October 31, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Use a tazer and chances are the subject survives.

Use a gun, and chances are the subject dies.
I’ll take my chances with the tazer.

25 Jorge October 31, 2012 at 6:30 AM

I hope the deputies involved are charged with, at minimum, involuntary manslaughter. Anything less is an injustice!

26 anon October 31, 2012 at 6:36 AM

#1 – you mean apologists for compassion versus apologists for statist authoritarianism? I’ll take the former, thank you. I’m sure that in your mind, everyone who falls into the hands of the police is immoral and evil; after all, it is the government that defines morality and the police who enforce it.

27 anon October 31, 2012 at 6:39 AM

#4 – It’s not necessarily a death by taser. Maybe the man was having a seizure and they took it for combativeness. Jail guards aren’t exactly trained to know the difference, or care. I know, I was one once, and I was young and stupid. Unlike a fair number of them, I wasn’t brutal and found that most of my peers who weren’t interested in moving up were just thugs no better than the inmates they beat up for amusement.

28 Billy October 31, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Maybe the late Sheriff Warren Rupf was on to something by not allowing his deputies to use tazers for reasons just like this. He was an old school cop not an educated resume builder like Livingston.

29 gjgaj October 31, 2012 at 6:48 AM

tazers will probably stop being used when officers lives are no longer at risk. i for one, wouldn’t want the job, putting myself in harms way daily to keep our streets safer. it is very sad that this person was in the position to die under these circumstances.

30 Ghost October 31, 2012 at 7:02 AM

So basically all the manpower to physically control (1) inmate becomes null and a prisoner dies. It is true that deputies within this department are and have known to be overpowering, abusive etc. The inmate was in custody in a tight secured building with more than enough deputies there to control him. Resisting arrest??? Put more sherrifs on the guy to control him! To hear of tazzing this inmate knowing the possibilites of death is pathetic. The process of intaking a imate regardless of crime committed is lost!

31 Legalgrounds October 31, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Shocking

32 Super Idol. October 31, 2012 at 7:22 AM

That’s why you should always run. Never get arrested without a fight. Once you’re their property, you’re screwed.

33 anonomom October 31, 2012 at 7:23 AM

I too have witnessed those officers and was shocked to see what they get away with……..I thought that if you were tazed, it was standard to be brought to the hospital for evaluation?? No doubt he was put into a cell alone to settle down and was lefts for hours. We will never know the true story. Very sad.

34 larry October 31, 2012 at 7:43 AM

moral of the story, don’t resist.

35 Supporter of Law Enforcement Officers October 31, 2012 at 8:02 AM

A combative or mouthy inmate does not give the deputies the right to use excessive force EVER! They are there to keep the peace not use excessive force. I truly have respect and love for our LEOs. But the ones who are bad apples should go.
I will be interested to see if it is the same abusive officer I have heard about. But will wait for the facts to come out, assuming they will.
Also shouldn’t the death be investigated by an outside agency?

36 DoReMi October 31, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Lets see now, the inmate became physically combative…My concern is for the working man, not the inmate.

37 judaspriest October 31, 2012 at 8:09 AM

perhaps if you understand that should I go to jail I may die… it may very decrease the number f actual crimes making these scumbags think twice before holding up a taco bell… then again I doubt it

38 Koncord Kid October 31, 2012 at 8:16 AM

What a loser ,, 58 and in jail! Thats a joke, this guy deserved getting what he got, thats the Countys Castle, they call the rules! I bet that 58 yr old guy had previous encounters with the law,, some guys and girls don’t get it! I’m glad no deputy got hurt! 58 yr old troublemakers are no loss, actually a drain on the system

39 Koncord Kid October 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Law enforcement should have the “Right” to use force and never be challenged in court! Respect is what they have coming,, put on the uniform, they are hired to protect and serve the community! This 58 yr old guy should have taken a different approach,, like use some respect, and not try anything,, I have zero sympathy, but then theres the people who would care less if the deputy was seriously injured, they would laugh and give high fives! In todays world Cops are under so much fire from the public, What a high pressure job!

40 Killjoy October 31, 2012 at 8:35 AM

@larry

No, the moral of the story is don’t do anything stupid that will land you in the lockup to begin with.

41 Jack Cover October 31, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Tasers are not designed to kill and the deputies are trained how to use them, but give them a break. Accidents happen. Sometimes even the best baker burns a cookie.

42 Starfish October 31, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I can see this–I for one don’t want this to happen to anyone. It may have been an accident, but he could have had a seizure which caused him to die.

43 Officer Barbrady October 31, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I’ve booked hundreds of people into the Contra Costa County MDF and seen plenty of jerks like some of the above posters. If anything the Deputies bend over backwards to de escalate situations. The paperwork, and departmenal investigations that come from using force are a nightmare. That having been said, cops aren’t paid to loose fights.

What the average citizen doesn’t understand is that some people are like our Jorge refuse to use a little common sense when they are arrested.

44 Ridiculous October 31, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I know for a fact a County official threw someone up against the cell wall for nothing, trying to instigate the inmate to swing on him. It didn’t happen and that really pissed the officer off.
I respect law enforcement but check the facts, they usually have ego’s as big as the U.S. They make terrible husbands, huge precent have domestic violence in the home, but who you gonna call?
After seeing all these post, I think the California Attorney General should investigate MDF under cover and get a real view.
Take off their badges, and you just have a regular(?) man.
I also agree the violence in this area is out of control, and my take is it’s because there is a drug epedimic. This man was probaby drunk, might have had a heart condition and the tazer killed him.

45 Cowellian October 31, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Well, he is no longer combative, so I guess the taser worked.

46 B.S. October 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Any officer who tries to claim there’s no abuse of power at MDF on a continual basis is lying, period.

47 JERKS October 31, 2012 at 9:48 AM

To those who are addressing abuse by the deputies I’ll add my 2 cents. An innocent acquaintance of mine was treated like a dog by a deputy while at the MDF. The jerk deputies assume everyone in there is guilty when in fact some are there due to arrest-happy cops who don’t always have the right person. If you believe the abusive powers will cease think again.

48 People really! October 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Many of you remind me of a lynch mob, however please remember the guilt of an accused person cannot be presumed and that they must be assumed to be innocent until proven otherwise. That being said we don’t know the actions that led up to an officer having to taze this man and whether this resulted in his death there needs to be an investigation.
@ 16, is it even possible 250 lb meth head?

49 This Guy October 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Well it seems like there is alot of compassion for criminal here. Welcome to claycord, criminals home town! Get a clue people. If a person resist to the officers authority then force is a must use, how many punches can an officer take b4 he gets hurt? You act stupid u get treated stupid!

50 Old teacher October 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Don’t do anything to get put in jail and if you’re there, follow directions, then you don’t have to worry about being tased. If you’re in jail, we already know you have trouble with authority.
I’m with Koncord Kid!

51 Pyrrhus October 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM

So basically what the police apologists are saying is fear the police and hope that you never cross them? You are also saying that it’s okay for police to brutalize people if they broke the law?

If people commit the crime than they need to be prepared for the consequences.What they should not have to worry about is whether the police will hurt them. I can understand using a Taser on someone that is putting an officer’s life in danger. However, someone already detained in a facility with other officers? How did police handle things before tasers? I don’t know how many videos I’ve seen where tasers are used as the first course of action rather than the last.

With that said, we don’t know anything about the 58 year old. Does he have mental issues? Any health problems? Maybe he is just a scum bag, but that doesn’t mean he should be killed. We should be holding the police force to a higher standard than a common thug. They have to be responsible for any abuse or deaths that they are involved in.

52 Cop Tased Kid During Career Day Presentation N.M. officer was suspended for zapping boy, 10, with 50,000 volts October 31, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Documentation here:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/cop-tasers-kid-687452

This kind of thing happens all the time, just google “child tazed” and lots more recent stories come up. Or try “old lady tazed” and get the story of the old woman asleep in bed that was tazed by a cop that entered the wrong building, without a warrant, at night, and tazed a sleeping old lady in bed. He lied about it, of course, but her security cameras caught his lie. That’s one way for a cop to get an extended vacation – with pay, of course.

53 Huh? October 31, 2012 at 10:43 AM

“While Webb claimed the taser “accidentally discharged,” the victim’s lawyers charge that the cop was recklessly joking around with students when the boy was struck with two electrified barbs.

Webb reportedly asked a group of students who would like to clean his patrol unit. While a group of boys said they would, the victim–identified as “R.D.” by his lawyers–“jokingly said that he did not want to clean the patrol unit,” according to a Santa Fe District Court lawsuit.

In response, Webb allegedly pointed his taser at the boy and said, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.” The 44-year-old cop then fired his Taser X26 model.”

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/cop-tasers-kid-687452

54 anonanonagain October 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I wouldn’t want their job. Police can’t get a break either way. I’d be willing to bet that this unruly suspect was “high” on meth or some substance, with an elevated heart rate because of the drugs in his system and the taser just pushed that heart rate over the top. If you are loaded on drugs, which you are an idiot for doing in the first place, you shouldn’t be fighting the cops…….

55 Anon October 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Not surprised held for about 3 hours on traffic violation and saw horrible in humane treatment via the scum of the academy deputies. Will never respect CCC after that. Saw them treat a handicapped gentle man terribly and locked him in a cell without his chair for the whole time I was there. Cold cement floor and dis abled. That a way to protect US citizens. PIGS! Yes, I have family that works there and even they agree its bad. RIP

56 Freak October 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Good heavens, the bleeding hearts are in full voice. A lot of criminals making excuses as well. Neither are doing anything but stroking their own egos.

58 year old man arrested and became combative was tased and died. I feel sorry for anyone who loved him.

The bleeding hearts task law enforcement with impossible tasks. Keep society safe from crime and murderers, don’t harm or upset people accused of crime and murder.

The bleeding hearts don’t see the violence and drugs and alcohol and insanity that surround society constantly. Their naivety and gullibility are astonishing.

People of good character and respectable values will seldom if ever be arrested. They won’t allow themselves to be a position where their actions would be suspect of any malfeasance. Its a choice governed by a respectable level of good character.

Make your own choice and I really don’t care what that choice may be. Just don’t complain and make excuses when people who make poor choices reap the rewards of their choices.

There is a cost to making any choice. Paying is inevitable.

57 eastbay October 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Ive been in county jail a couple of times, and regardless of the inmate if he’s acting up or not they still treat you like shit! When they put you in a holding cell with a bunch of inmates before heading out to west county they hardly check up on you, you could get killed right then and there and no1 would know until the deputies come to check up on you guys but only to talk more shit to you.

58 I'd like to decorate a cake.... October 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

to share with his bereaved family and friends.

Is this the proper spelling for: R I D D A N C E…??

59 dont be sheep October 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

“Combative inmate”? Let me guess, he took a “fighting stance”. Of course he did. Lol. What else are they going to say? We beat his ass because he ran his mouth. Every report reads the same way. Use of force template. Lol.

60 B. Willson October 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Wow – the bleeding heart criminal lovers are out in full force. You’re full knowledge of the intake process and jail operations is a couple of incidents that you’ve “seen” while you were in there…. and suddenly you’re an expert.

Until you know the FACTS, I suggest that you cool your heels before jumping in – I expect that you have NO law enforcement or custody operations experience. Or your only experience has been at the other end of the handcuffs – which would not surprise me, given the tone of your post(s). Stick to your KNOWLEDGE.

Your anger at someone else because of your actions is evident – ever hear of projection?

Idiot….

61 Fred P. October 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

@Anon#55 – so you were there on a simple “traffic violation” and you “have family that work there and they agree it’s bad”…

Names please.

If it’s so bad, then why don’t they transfer to another dept? Plenty of other depts pay more – or let them post it for themselves. Or are you the “spokesman” your “family?”

62 Anon October 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I seem to recall a story not long ago on Claycord.com where police shot and detained a suspect for, I can’t remember what. Anyway, everyone who posted comments was like ” good for the cops!” And “it’s nice to know they’re doing their jobs, way to go!” Now everyone’s like “the cops are a$$ holes.”They treat people like $hit!” Blah, blah, blah. Make up your damn minds! If you don’t want to get treated like $hit, then don’t do $hitty stuff that lands your a$$ in jail. If you’re ” innocent” don’t put yourself in a situation where you look guilty, don’t hang out with people who do stupid stuff. MAKE BETTER CHOICES and hang out with better people and your dumb a$$ won’t end up at MDF!!

63 in the know October 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

While I cant attest to seeing anyone beaten by deputies at MDF I did see frequent verbal abuse towards inmates and very threatening mannerisms for non-confrontational issues (inmate asked for another sandwich and the dep ask him if he wanted “stick time” and pulled his baton out.)

Even while I was at WCDF, I joked around with the deputies about the MDF deps and most agree the MDF deps are and I quote “dickheads that arent to be messed with”. I did see deputy Montoya at WCDF fight an inmate but the inmate definitely provoked them.

The abuse at MDF is definitely there, I just dont know if it is as extreme as some of the previous posters are leading you to believe. All in all if you keep your mouth shut youll be fine, but if you dont, expect severe consequences.

64 Subterfuge October 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Hey dumb asses, don’t get yourself tossed in the Clink and no mean deputies will hurt your feelings, or otherwise treat you like you run around with poopy pants. What a bunch of cry babies. Anybody want to know what’s easier than getting into trouble with the law? Not getting into trouble with the law.

65 Anon October 31, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Find it hysterical the people are reviewing the various jail facilities as if they were prospective summer camps…these are jails which are meant to be a deterrent to crime, not luxury hotels. Simple solution to the problem of “mean” deputies, STAY OUT OF JAIL.

66 MDF bus driver October 31, 2012 at 1:43 PM

He wouldn’t run his mouth that way to ahh me…

67 dont be sheep October 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Honor your oaths officers. Dont be seduced by the power you think comes along with carrying a badge. If the guy was truly a threat he should be treated as such. Ive seen a lot of hot headed cops justify a beat down because someone wasnt “going along with the program”. BTW, I carried the same badge for 20 yrs. and always treated people with dignity and respect even if they were Adam Henrys. It could be your mom or sister arrested for a DUI or something minor, you wouldnt want intake deps. mistreating them if they were belligerent. C’mon, a 58 year old guy and a room full of intake deputies and it took a tasering or beatdown to subdue him? Seriously. Officers who justify that for their “officer safety” and are that worried about getting hurt are in the wrong line of work.

68 Captain Bebops October 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Ask any District Attorney about how cops are hired. They avoid hiring anyone too bright because they might start questioning laws. In fact some of you may recall recently there was a law suit by someone who had taken the test and gotten the highest score but was rejected because his score was too high.

We should pay cops well but in return make sure we hire ones with brains and not just bullies that want to get away with abusive behavior because they wear a uniform.

69 lopers October 31, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I really hope this will be a big eye opener for everyone . I really hope that a different agency will step up and do a investagation and not just there own ppl . Mdf has fu**d up officers i agree. Rarely you see some who can give you the respect of a humanbeig . this is one thing everyone should know about a sheriff that no matter what they will always back each other up. they are their own gang they are just like criminals but lega. most dickhead Sheriff’s will be rookies acting like supercops . downstairs in and take most offices like to play that power trip they feed you whenever they feel like it . a lot of times with the sheriff’s officers will leave you in a little cold cell in intake for 12 hours or some I’ve herd longer . this is un humanitarian what some inmates have to go through there are ready in there paying their price locked up and now they’re getting killed that’s not right I hope there Jail Warden gets fired and them lousey sheriff’s officers involved in that I will pray that justice will serve them

70 Pyrrhus October 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Why do you have to be a bleeding heart liberal to not want our cops killing or abusing people? Let’s go with your logic. They should just beat the living crap out of anyone that get’s detained. Innocent until proven guilty? Screw that! You were arrested so you deserve a good beating, if you die? Oh well.

Also, before you start calling me a criminal. I’ve never been arrested and have never had any run ins with the law. I believe that the majority of police officers are good people that are doing the best they can. The ones that are abusive are a disgrace to their departments and should be punished.

Really the bigger problem is our prison system. The privatization of the prison system is a complete sham.Requiring there prison to have a minimum occupancy of 90% is a huge problem. We should not want more people in our prisons. We should be working at solving the issue of why people go to prison. Also, what incentive does a private prison have at rehabilitation? It is in their best interest to keep criminals in prisons, thus we see many repeat offenders.

71 Wisecracker October 31, 2012 at 2:07 PM

1. There are always two sides to every story. And, unless you specifically were there and know what happened, it’s pretty clear we’re only going to hear one side of this one.

2. It’s not the first time I have heard this, but it has been said those who become law enforcement officers are those who were bullied and picked on when they were kids. There could be a lot of truth to this.

3. From my perspective you have to ask this, “What was the inmate brought in and put in jail to begin with?” Yes, we are all innocent until proven guilty, but it appears he wasn’t a saint.

4. We need to consider the calliber of people (especially in today’s society) that law enforcement officers have to deal with. Remember this, just about a month ago a CHP officer was shot in the head when he simply pulled over a vehicle for a possible citation. I do believe he was just doing his job.

72 db8ng1 October 31, 2012 at 2:20 PM

@Mr.Mayor: Why is no other news outlet covering this story?

73 Googlar October 31, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Bleeding hearts? Why not rely on actual arguments rather than strawman attacks with no facts? Just saying you make your “side” look as bad as the posters with horrid grammar.

74 Ron Sauce October 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Come on hard hitting local news blog reporter Mayor!
Blow this wide open! the problem is obviously there! Expose
it!

75 Pyrrhus October 31, 2012 at 9:47 PM

@67 Thank you sir for carrying that badge. We need more of your kind and less of the power tripping officers. We need to get back to the days where police officers have the respect of their communities because of the good actions they do and not feared because of abuses.

76 lopers October 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM

all I’m saying is this is not fair for the victim’s family at the same time it’s also not right to have a jail with such officers like this my respect to the victim’s family hopefully another different agency other than the Sheriff Department will invesagate this case . this has nothing to do with the overcrowding of inmate population this is something totally separable. hopefully they took pictures of the victims body after they pronounced him deceased. the officers probably beat him up before they killed him . I know how t officers can be downstairs at intake. maybe they should start putting cameras inside cells downstairs at intake. it’s just funny how it always has to be that the county always have to wait for something big like this to happen to get a eye opener my condolences to the victim’s family.

77 Bob November 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Only violent people here. Nobody cares if you kill yourself, only makes you less.

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