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Riverside sheriffs deputies shoot at (and miss) unidentified men in Hemet

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They are accusing these brothers of armed robbery. Looks like they found someone and shot at them for "reaching towards his waistband"--the classic justification for opening fire. But it looks like they were able to escape. We hope more information comes out about this incident. Until then, here is the link:

http://www.riversidesheriff.org/press/chu14-0919.asp

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Riverside County inmates file class action suit

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Just in case you thought it was just the sheriff's department in San Bernardino County that was abusing inmates, here is a fresh case in Riverside County. This is not so salacious as the scandal ripping through West Valley and beyond--this is just about inadequate health care, which is of course a grave concern.

Here is an article from the Press-Enterprise:

http://www.pe.com/articles/county-749396-inmates-court.html

JAILS: Inmate lawsuit granted class-action status

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$7.8 million dollar award for man shot by RSD deputy

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Here is an interesting case--not because of the circumstances or even because of the amount of the award, but rather because the court proceedings have revealed something about the character of the sheriff's department and the county. To quote the attorney in the case, "The county showed no interest in settling the case prior to trail, he said." This means that at numerous points during the process, when the county had the possibility of resolving the case out of court, they refused to do so.

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Riverside sheriffs shoot at (and miss) Rolando Soto, 28

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As is normally the case, the details of the situation are not clear, but it does appear that the officer in question, a Riverside sheriff's deputy, discharged his or her firearm. There is nothing to indicate that the robbery that Soto is being accused of involved weapons of any kind, so one must certainly question the use of (potentially) lethal force against someone who was fleeing.

Here's a link to the Press-Enterprise article:

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Riverside sheriffs shoot and kill Mickey Larragoitiy, 58, in Menifee

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This is from late April, but it is a horrible story and a horrible example of what goes wrong when police are too eager to escalate and are incapable of dealing with people in crises or with mental health issues. Justice for Mickey!

Here's a write-up from the Press-Enterprise:

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/menifee/menifee-headlines/...

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RPD Lieutenant DUI - UPDATE

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Since we brought you this story, the Christopher Dorner manhunt has enraptured all of our attention, but especially those of us at CopWatch IE. We will be putting something out shortly. For now, we want to bring you this update on the last story we filed here, about Ly. Gonzalez getting special treatment from his coworkers after getting caught driving drunk in a department vehicle. The sheriff's department put out a press release about it, apparently undermining RPD's story that driving DUI suspects home is a "common practice."

Here is the link:

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