Saturday, April 04, 2009

Deputy Kevin King Arrested for Domestic Violence

A Buncombe County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on a domestic violence charge early Saturday after a security guard spotted him allegedly smacking around his wife in downtown Greenville, police said.

Kevin King, 38, was charged with criminal domestic violence and hit and run after he reportedly struck a security guard’s car when he attempted to flee the scene at 210 Laurens St., Greenville police Lt. Dean Elliott said.

King’s wife, whose name wasn’t released, suffered scratches and bruises and declined medical treatment at the scene, he said.

Elliott said the guard reportedly saw the incident near a parking deck on Laurens Street and called 911 shortly before 2 a.m. Laurens Street runs adjacent to Main Street in Greenville downtown business district.

He said the couple drove down from North Carolina and apparently got into a quarrel after attending a party, where they may have had too much to drink.

King was being held at the Greenville County Detention Center until he can see a magistrate, Elliott said.

Deputy Wilbert Garcia Arrested for Sexually Abusing Minor

An Orange County sheriff's deputy was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexually abusing a minor, authorities said today.

Wilbert Dale Garcia was taken into custody about 4 p.m. Friday during a traffic stop at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Nutmeg Street in Murrieta, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Orange County Sheriff Department personnel were present during the arrest and have placed the 49-year-old deputy on administrative leave.

Garcia has been under investigation by the Wildomar Police Department, which accused him of raping a child under 14 and of continual sexual abuse of a child. Other details of the accusations were not released.

Updated 4 p.m.: Garcia is a 19-year veteran with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. He was assigned to the south operation, patrolling mostly the Laguna Niguel area.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Garcia was placed on administrative leave. He said the department was cooperating with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and had initiated a personnel investigation today.

"It's disturbing when anyone gets arrested for the crimes alleged, but it's especially more disturbing when that person is a law enforcement officer," Amormino said.

Wildomar police investigators said they were looking for other possible victims. Anyone with information can call (951) 245-3300.


SCLC Wants to Ban Tasers Use by Police


It’s been about three months since a 17-year-old died here after being Tasered by a police officer.

The Danville/Pittsylvania County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other African-American community leaders are calling for a moratorium on the use of Tasers.

The Rev. Avon Keen, leader of the local SCLC, and other leaders held a meeting Saturday to discuss the issue at the Blue Ridge Regional Library in Martinsville.

The SCLC and other members of a panel plan to push for a ban on their use until there is adequate research on their dangers and how they should be used, Keen said. Keen said they want to approach local enforcement agencies about the idea and take it statewide and national.

The SCLC’s effort comes three months after 17-year-old Derick Jones died when a Martinsville police officer Tasered him when Jones “moved rapidly” toward him, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Jan. 9. Police were called on Jan. 8 to a home on Rives Road after receiving a report of a young man using the bathroom in the street and a later call of young men fighting.

Tentative results from a U.S. Department of Justice study finished in June found no conclusive medical evidence that Tasers cause injury or death, even after numerous instances of people dying after the officers Tasered them, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. During Saturday’s meeting, Torrey Dixon, a civil-rights attorney in Durham, N.C., said about 300 people across the U.S. have died after being Tasered. Dixon said there needs to be a push to build large-scale, non-violent resistance to call for ending the use of Tasers.

A Taser is a handheld electroshock weapon that affects control of the central nervous system when used on someone. It’s meant to be a non-lethal alternative to traditional police weapons.

Keen calls for five recommendations to be made to law-enforcement agencies regarding Tasers, including a ban on their use until adequate research on their dangers and proper use; that a federal task force made up of law-enforcement, human-rights organizations, attorneys, law professors and members of the public to establish set standards on how Tasers should be used; that law-enforcement agencies restrict use of Tasers on the elderly, children and pregnant women; law-enforcement agencies restrict use of Tasers in potentially flammable situations, near dangerous heights and not on a person’s face, eyes or head; and law-enforcement agencies require officers have at least 8 hours training per year on the use of Tasers.

Keen also wants to see youth educated in schools about the Taser and how to react when approached by a law-enforcement officer.


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Officer Cazinova Reed Arrested for Domestic Violence

A Jackson police officer arrested on a domestic-violence charge is on leave from the Police Department.

The police docket shows Cazinova Reed, 37, was taken into custody at 4:17 p.m. Thursday. A municipal judge set his bond Friday morning at $650.

Reed is accused in an alleged April 1 attack on "a female acquaintance or former acquaintance" with whom he had a "lengthy relationship," JPD spokesman Lt. Jeffery Scott said. Police also are investigating Reed on a sexual-battery complaint filed by the same woman and stemming from the same incident, he said. "He has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of a criminal, as well as internal, investigation," Scott said.

Reed is a five-year veteran of the police force.

Reed's brother, Carlos Reed, was shot and killed in August in his apartment in south Jackson. Stephen Tose, 20, was charged with the homicide.