Target: Scott R. Jones, Sacramento County Sherrif
Goal: Demand hyper-violent sheriff’s deputy be fired without pension
Recently a man was physically abused by a Sacramento sheriff’s deputy for asking the deputy to move his car out of an intersection. The altercation was filmed by an eye witness who refutes the story given about the incident by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s department says that the man was resisting arrest and that some of the deputy’s actions were justified. They were not, and something must be done to ensure that this man does not harm any more innocent civilians.
The altercation began when John Reyes asked the sheriff’s deputy, whose name has not been released, to move his patrol car out of an intersection. The deputy reportedly glared at him for some time before finally tasering him several times, stomping his head into the pavement, and then beating him with a long-handled flashlight. The deputy claims that Mr. Reyes was resisting arrest, but what was he being arrested for? There were no other charges filed against him by the sheriff’s department. The claim that he was resisting arrest is also spurious due to the fact that Mr. Reyes couldn’t comply with the deputy’s orders because of the physical abuse he had just suffered.
This is a clear-cut case of police brutality and abuse of power. There is a chance that this will be swept under the rug and that this officer will never be punished if action is not taken as he is currently on administrative leave with full pay. These cases are popping up more frequently as attention is focused on law enforcement and something must be done to protect people from their supposed protectors. While he was on the ground, Mr. Reyes screamed, “America help me! This officer is abusing me in public!” Please sign below to take action and do just that.
Dear Sheriff Jones,
I am writing to you today full of anger and fear. I am afraid because recently one of your deputies physically assaulted a man for nothing more than asking him to move his patrol car. Your department has said that the victim, John Reyes, was resisting arrest. I ask you now, does that warrant what was done to Mr. Reyes? The deputy’s actions were captured on video so there can be no doubt as to what kind of abused occurred. Furthermore, what was Mr. Reyes being arrested for in the first place? He wasn’t committing any sort of crime before the altercation began.
I am angry because your department claims that he was not compliant with the deputy’s commands, but the video shows him saying he wants to but cannot due to the abuse he has just suffered. Trying to justify this violence by saying the victim was resisting arrest is nothing short of criminal itself. I am disgusted by the actions of this man and I am writing to demand that he be relieved of his position immediately without a pension. The world is watching law enforcement in this country, Mr. Jones, I suggest you do your part to make it function as it should.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department via Wikimedia Commons