BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — A Bakersfield man was pulled over by Kern County Sheriff’s Workplace deputies pondering he was a suspect needed for tried homicide. Deputies approached his automobile with weapons drawn.
Again on June twenty third, a Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a person who they believed to be a needed suspect. The person they pulled over was not who they have been in search of. In response to a launch from the sheriff’s workplace, a deputy suspected Jasper Slack was a person they have been in search of. They mentioned his peak and weight matched the suspect who was identified to hang around within the space.
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Man pulled over by KCSO speaks out
5:06 PM, Jun 30, 2021
Plus, the sheriff’s division thought-about this a high-risk visitors cease because the suspect, Andrew Ward, was needed for tried homicide. KCSO goes on to explain how they took Slack into custody by approaching his automobile with their weapons out. It’s talked about that Jasper did cooperate with deputies. It was then they discovered he was not the needed man.
“I really feel like I barely made it out with my life after which my freedom. At first, I assumed my life was on the road, after which after they advised me what was occurring I’m like ‘you realize what, they don’t even care that I am me,’ so now my freedom is on the road. So it is scary, you realize. Perhaps they’ve by no means been via that in order that they don’t perceive. I do know lots of people right here don’t perceive and so they by no means will as a result of they actually don’t care to,” Slack advised 23ABC on Wednesday.
The incident occurred in a Walmart parking zone the place KCSO deputies stopped, searched, and detained Slack. Whereas they did have the fallacious particular person, KCSO mentioned they have been simply doing their job.
“It’s the job of a policeman to exit and discover folks which are hurting different folks. That’s what these officers did and it simply occurred to be the fallacious particular person. However, that’s what we pay them to do, to guard the general public.” mentioned Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.
Youngblood says he understands why Slack is upset, but additionally says deputies have been simply doing their job.
“He’s obligated to do what a superb policeman does, and that’s try to apprehend somebody for a violent crime. Seems to be the fallacious particular person and it took quarter-hour out of this younger man’s life which we remorse, however it’s a part of what we do. Individuals don’t come to us and say ‘I’m the man you’re in search of, are you able to arrest me.'”
23ABC once more talked with Slack concerning the incident who says this visitors cease was not regular.
“We’re so used to the police treating folks like this. Everyone within the feedback ‘oh it occurred to me, it occurred to my brother, it occurred to my cousin’ and it is unhappy as a result of we’ve been conditioned to suppose that is regular. The place I’m used to it, I nonetheless realize it’s not regular.”
Youngblood additionally says that the sheriff’s workplace investigated the cease and located that deputies adopted protocol.
“We provided him a grievance kind if he felt like he needed to file a citizen grievance. He selected to not however we investigated anyway. We pulled the body-worn cameras, we pulled the radio the officers had with their voices and we got here to the conclusion that officers did precisely what they need to’ve completed.”
Slack says he nonetheless plans to file a grievance. He’s simply ready for the remainder of the physique cam footage for the total story.
“I’ve the grievance paperwork proper now, however I wish to be sure once I try this grievance, it is detailed and it is as correct as potential.”
Youngblood additionally says this was not a racial incident.
“In immediately’s world, no person on this county had something to do with George Floyd, so we now have to cease this narrative that we’re stopping African-Individuals or folks of shade due to the colour of your pores and skin. It hasn’t occurred on this county within the 40 plus years that I’ve been right here. That’s not what we do.”
And whereas Slack doesn’t agree with the cease, he agrees with Sheriff Youngblood.
“It’s not a race factor. It is how they’re treating all of us. We’re paying them and so they’re treating us like this.”
Sheriff Youngblood additionally added that legislation enforcement has to guard not solely the neighborhood and the particular person within the automotive, however they’ve to guard themselves and he believes they did precisely what they need to have completed.
Knowledge from the Nationwide Institute of Justice exhibits that as of late 2018 round 47 p.c of all legislation enforcement officers throughout the nation wore a physique digicam in some capability. However not all KCSO deputies put on physique cameras whereas they’re at work.
However that is all set to alter.
The Kern County Board of Supervisors permitted a five-year contract with Axon Enterprise to offer the KCSO with physique cameras and tasers.
At present, KCSO has 130 cameras. The contract, value $5 million, would give them 195 extra for a complete of 325 cameras for its deputies to make use of.
23ABC needed to determine what proportion of deputies can have physique cameras by the point that contract ends however the public info officer at KCSO says it is not clear what number of deputies are employed at the moment.