Mono Grand Jury finds allegations against MCSO “unfounded”

monosheriffThe Mono County 2012-2013 Grand Jury Report is out. One of the investigations involved someone who complained about an alleged illegal search and excessive force by the Mono County Sheriff’s Department. The Jury found that allegations agains the Sheriff’s Department were “unfounded based upon all available evidence.”

The Jury did investigate the allegations that an officer used an excessive amount of pepper spray and denied paramedic transport of the complainant to the hospital. The complainant also alleged that an officer illegally obtained evidence without probable cause.

The Jury found that officers did have probable cause to search the occupants and their vehicle. They also found that officers followed guidelines in Sheriff’s Department Policy 300. The Jury Report said Sheriff vehicles carry a first aid kit and water to counteract effects of pepper spray. So, they concluded, medical attention was provided.

The Jury Report did say that the complainant had resisted officers’ repeated directions to vacate the vehicle. The Report says the complainant was removed from the vehicle but care provided was not captured on camera. The Jury recommended that whenever possible, officers contact with individuals should be captured on camera and that dialogue from visual and audio tapes should be transcribed and included in reports when applicable.

The Jury Report said from viewing the video tape, it was difficult to tell how much pepper spray was used. They recommend development of a system to document when a canister of pepper spray is issued to an officer and when it has been depleted. Again, the Jury concluded that allegations against the Sheriff’s Department were “unfounded based upon all available evidence.”

 

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4 Responses to Mono Grand Jury finds allegations against MCSO “unfounded”

  1. Dingo August 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    What kind of person resists law enforcement?
    From what I’ve seen on television they are usually missing a few teeth.

     
    • Carnac The Magnificent August 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Dingo,

      Here is the answer that you seek :

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBeT4ptY9sY

      Carnac knows all.

       
    • JeremiahJoseph August 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      All the people in the Occupy movement practicing their rights(for good reason), anybody who actually believes in civil liberties and understands when they are being stepped on.
      Or just the people that see others on TV that fill in the blank for those who not look any further…

       
  2. dean August 23, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    “The Jury Report said Sheriff vehicles carry a first aid kit and water to counteract effects of pepper spray. So, they concluded, medical attention was provided.”

    … the Jury considers Sherriff’s to be qualified medical professionals able to assess injury severity and determine appropriate care plans? When someone asks to go to the hospital after an escalation of force, what reason does a police officer have to prevent that person’s receipt of medical care?

    Let’s hope the complainant here doesn’t decide to hire a lawyer and try to extract some finances from MCSO/Mono County.

     

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