Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

When will it end? When will people learn?

With federal agents scrutinizing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, one would think that openness would be the best policy.

But apparently not in San Bernardino County.

Over the past several weeks we’ve received emails and telephone calls on another incident, occurring in the past twelve months, centered in the Victor Valley region of the county.

The blog will withhold the names due to the likelihood this matter will undoubtedly develop into another legal entanglement.

What’s being reported is a patrol deputy brings an arrestee into a High Desert jail facility for booking. The arrestee mouths off at the arresting deputy. The arresting deputy, while arrestee has his hands handcuffed behind his back, takes out his metal flashlight and cracks open the arrestee’s head.

The deputy’s supervisor, at the Victorville Station, makes the appropriate report, but is told by his lieutenant to rewrite it for the following reasons:

  • The deputy in question is related to a retired Sheriff’s Captain.
  • The incident, if accurately reported, would lead to the deputy in question being fired.
  • The incident, if accurately reported, would lead to the deputy in question being criminally charged.

The decision was ultimately made to rewrite the report, yet again, and  issue the deputy in question a Personnel Report, essentially a record of counseling, in order to forclose any disciplinary action.

If the events transacted as reported it will be uncomfortable for the agency to explain the handling of the matter.

We keep asking this same question over and over: How much will this incident cost county taxpayers?

It’s a problem county supervisors are going to have to deal with at some point.