This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Legal Payouts Involving Former Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Now Accused in Molestation Case Totaled More Than $2 Million
Once referred to by a local attorney as the “Million Dollar Man,” a former sheriff’s deputy cost the county of Sacramento more than $2 million in awards and settlements during his 23 years on the force.
By the time Donald Black retired October 1st following his arrest on suspicion of child molestation and steroid possession, his actions had resulted in at least 10 payouts by the county, most of them involving excessive force allegations, according to a spreadsheet provided to The Sacramento Bee in response to a Public Records Act request. The largest payout – $1.5 million – went to a woman who had a 3-inch chunk of flesh taken out of her calf by Black’s then-K-9 partner. In another case, according to a court complaint, Black and another deputy allegedly terrified a man during a traffic stop by pointing an unloaded pellet gun at his head and pulling the trigger.
At the time that he retired, Black earned about $95,000 annually, including educational incentive pay. He has begun to draw his pension, totaling almost $5,400 per month, according to county spokeswoman Chris Andis. Even if Black is convicted of any of the charges he faces, he is likely to remain eligible for that taxpayer money, according to guidelines in the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2014.
Roanoke Sheriff’s Deputy Charged in Break-In
In other news, a Roanoke sheriff’s deputy was arrested early last week after he broke into a woman’s Melrose Avenue home armed with a gun.
Darryl Pierre Stone Jr., age 24, of Roanoke was charged with armed burglary and felony destruction of property, according to Roanoke General District Court records.
Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon said officers were called to the 1200 block of Melrose Avenue Northwest just after midnight Sunday. An arrest warrant affidavit filled out by the 31-year-old victim says Stone came to her home because he was upset she had other people there.
Leamon said Stone and the victim know each other but the extent of their relationship is still unclear.
The woman said Stone kicked at her back door and eventually came around to the front, where he broke through the front door, cursing and yelling. Stone was armed with a firearm, she said.
Stone left in his car when the woman called 911.
The victim swore out an emergency protective order against Stone, court records show.
Stone was fired from his job at the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office last week, said Maj. David Bell. Bell said he was a probationary employee who had been hired in October and had not yet completed the department’s basic jailer academy.
Bell said it’s standard for new recruits to be issued a handgun without ammunition for training purposes until they’re off probation. Stone was set to begin the academy in January, Bell said.
It wasn’t clear what kind of firearm Stone was alleged to have carried in the incident.
Stone was being held at the Botetourt County Jail Tuesday afternoon, online records showed, in part because of his former employment as a deputy in the city.
That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org.
I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just what it is that you are paying for via taxation – and speak out against the corruption.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights