The information below was shared by Jimmy Allen using the form at CopBlock.org/Submit. It documents a person who killed two others who was not held accountable because he donned a badge.
Individual Responsible: John Swearengin
Outfit: Kern County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (661) 861-3110
In late 2011 John Swearengin, traveling at almost twice the posted speed limit, hit and killed two pedestrians when in Kern County, California. The California Highway Patrol did an investigation, and concluded:
Based on the investigation, it is the determination of the California Highway Patrol, Party 1 (Swearengin) violated California Penal Code Section 192(c) (1), vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
Swearengin was determined to be the primary cause of this collision. He showed “gross negligence” at the time of the collision, based on the following:
- —Party 1 (Swearengin) drove Vehicle 1 (Ford) 84.9 mph on a roadway posted with a 45-mph speed limit.
- The collision occurred during hours of darkness.
- The placement of signs in the area clearly indicated the posted 45 mph speed limit.
- The placement of signs in the area clearly warning of possible pedestrian traffic.
- Party 1 (Swearengin) has worked as a Kern County deputy sheriff for five years and had patrolled Oildale (the area of the collision) for four years. He stated he was familiar with the area, and familiar with seeing pedestrians in the area.
- As a sworn Kern County Deputy Sheriff, Party 1 (Swearengin) understood the provisions of California Vehicle Code Section 21055 (Exemption of Authorized Emergency Vehicles) which states in essence the driver of an emergency vehicle is exempt from the rules of the road if he sounds a siren as reasonable necessary and the vehicle displays a lighted red lamp visible to the front as a warning to other drivers and pedestrians.
- Party 1 (Swearengin), while en route to an emergency call, chose not to activate his forward red lamp or his siren to warn other drivers and pedestrians as he drove well above the posted speed limit through a populated residential/business area.
Yet did those facts even make a difference?
Not in legaland. You see, Swearingen wears a badge with “Kern County Sheriff’s Department” insignia.
His trial – which started in July of 2014 – over two and a half years after the incident, ended recently with him pleading down to community service. He still retains his job at the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.
Our condolences go out to the families of Daniel Hiler and Crystal Jolley.
The same situation – a person not held responsible for killing other motorists because he wore a badge – unfolded recently in Erie, PA. That’s not surprising, since the legaland system, like police employees, subsist on theft and seek to protect their own. That double standard will continue so long as the perception of legitimacy is granted to those actors and institutions. Have you pulled the curtain back?
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