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Sonona County Sheriff Freitas: Ongoing Corruption Probe 


When law enforcement officers cease to be a benevolent force for good, even if only briefly, like for say the gunning down of an Andy Lopez. Or for the brief moment where a Sheriff's Deputy or the Sheriff himself use public property and servants to harass a private citizen for the sake of tuition at a swanky school for son or daughter, a fancy car, an expensive vacation, a new house. It surely is worth it because nothing is too terrible for him to endure for them. For his blessed loved ones then he betrays his sacred oath to serve and protect. After all , it's only one individual he's hurting, to secure the lifetime comfort and happiness of his own posterity. Society can never afford to pay him what he has sacrificed to protect it.  


So then the Sheriff and his deputies have every right to bend the rules when it comes to corruption, oh no not that, simply investing in his reelection campaign. But the good sheriff and his minions fail to realize that once they have worn the ring of the dark lords of organized crime they will always be the bad cops.


What are bad cops, ask the families of the innocent minorities whose children are gunned down regularly for mere misdemeanors that a white kid would get a slap on the wrist for.


Corruption of Sheriff, of Police and Fire Chiefs the Rule, NOT the Exception in Sonoma County


The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office are themselves under investigation for their complicity in the abuse of prisoners in a lawsuit filed in US District Court naming Sheriff Steve Freitas and members of the Detention Division. 


Under Sheriff Freitas' watch, the pressing need for better oversight of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department came glaringly into focus.


Case in point: The out of control Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy who callously gunned down a hispanic teenager with a toy gun without so much as a warning shot.

https /www.change.org/p/sheriff-steve-freitas-sonoma-county-sheriff-s-office-we-demand-the-immediate-reassignment-of-deputy-erick-gelhaus


Eulalio Pena SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

He needs to be held accountable for murdering a teenager. Just because he's a police officer, doesn't give him the right to kill. He is governed by same laws, last I understood.


Would Andy Gomes be alive today if he was a white teenager instead of Hispanic, yes.


Sonoma County Gazette April 15, 2015: Local journalist Zoe Tummillo reports, "It is true that there is an abuse of power."    


Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas for instance, hypothetically speaking of course, from his position atop Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, he could easily routinely cover up murder and "who's to know?"


Now isn't that a service that organized crime wouldst covet? To add to his value, Freitas can also offer, in his duel role as the County Sheriff and the County Coroner, to bury any case that his organized crime bosses desire.


Reasoning of organized crime: If you can corrupt one police chief then you control the whole police department. More bang for the organized crime buck. Men like Sheriff Freitas --above reproach-- are the ideal candidates as covers for organized crime's activities in Sonoma County. 


A misplaced siren here, a threatening comment there to targets designated by those doing the bribing. Oh does that say bribing, scratch that and put, "Great price on that new car, vacation, home loan, donation to the Sheriff's reelection fund…"


Unless and until Sheriffs on the take like Sheriff Freitas come forward and not only admit their perfidy in accepting ongoing cleverly disguised financial support from organized crime. But also identify all those involved in that process for criminal charges. That is how long the systemic subversion of Sonoma County law enforcement and other public services --such as the fire department-- by organized crime will continue unabated.


A long held dirty secret

is the Ku Klux Klan-like Police subculture that rewards officers with cash and other brownie points who kill blacks, harm gays and other minorities. Fueled by the passions of the upper echelons of organized crime. 


Hence the strikingly common police practice of killing blacks --or other targets of their racial disapproval such as Andy Gomes-- who resist arrest --or not-- or for any other convenient reason that sounds plausible, like PTSD.


Respectable salaries all for Sheriff Freitas. But given the cost of living in California and putting two sons through school, it's easier to understand why the Sheriff regularly accepts payments of cash, vacations and other financial considerations --some of which are filtered down to the rank and file-- from organized crime to better help make ends meet. 

Steve Freitas SHERIFF-CORONER Sonoma County, 2013  $365,105.92

Steve Freitas SHERIFF-CORONER Sonoma County, 2012  $348,771.19

Steve Freitas SHERIFF-CORONER Sonoma County, 2011  $344,046.52


Callous Press Release Indicates Lack of Concern for Public's Welfare


Not everyone in the community was convinced of the sincerity of the regret expressed by the Sonoma County Sheriff about the senseless gunning down of a youth by his deputy...

 

Sheriff Steve Freitas is pleased to announce that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is going to conduct an independent investigation into last Tuesday's shooting that took place on Moorland Avenue in Santa Rosa.


How could anyone find that pleasing? 


Citizens React Via Twitter to Killing of Hispanic Youth by Sheriff's Deputy


Sheriff Steve Freitas announces FB I will conduct independent investigation into Tuesday's shooting http /nixle.us/8A96W 

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Carl LSteve RhodesMarinadawnCounty of SonomaPublic Safety USA

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Carl L [email protected] 28 Oct 2013

See any kids playing cowboys & Indians or 'army' like my little brother used to, feel free to bushwhack them, citizens of SR! @SonomaSheriff

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Anon Kopimi [email protected] 8 Nov 2013

@sonomasheriff Make sure you shoot first and ask questions later... in other words, S.O.P.

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Carl L [email protected] 29 Oct 2013

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blackrambo [email protected] 29 Oct 2013

@sonomasheriff http /www.nydailynews.com/news/national/calif-deputy-shot-kid-fake-gun-firearms-trainer-article-1.1500144 … #childkiller Deputy Erick Gelhaus #police the real #terrorists.Wonder how many kids he killed in Iraq?

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Victor Garcia [email protected] 27 Oct 2013

@sonomasheriff @CountyofSonoma You cock-sucking pigs act like Hitler's Gestapo. Hope your bullet-proof vests fail you.

 

LETTER TO

Sheriff Steve Freitas, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

SHERIFF STEVE FREITAS: We, the undersigned, demand the immediate reassignment of Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus from street patrol to an administrative position. 

 

After shooting and killing Andy Lopez, Deputy Gelhaus emphasized to investigators the high level of fear he experienced – causing him to shoot when shooting was unnecessary. By his own admission, Deputy Gelhaus is a PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARD who could, in a moment of fear, kill again! Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, indicated in his resignation letter that he saw his own presence on the Ferguson police force as a danger to the community and to his fellow police officers. Deputy Gelhaus' presence on the streets of Sonoma County presents a similar danger.

 

Sheriff Steve Freitas should learn from Darren Wilson. He should recognize that it would be better for everyone if Deputy Erick Gelhaus was taken off the street.

 

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brenda olguin ROHNERT PARK, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

He killed a 13 year old

 

Ana Calles SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

i'm signing because I want this man off of our streets where he proves to be dangerous. We the people need to step up and use our voices to demand justice!

 

Eulalio Pena SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

He needs to be held accountable for murdering a teenager. Just because he's a police officer, doesn't give him the right to kill. He is governed by same laws, last I understood.

 

Marlina Young SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

That murder needs to be fired nd put in jail .. Rest.In.Peace Andy Lopez! &Everyone who has passed away from these untrained durty cops we have to trust in..

 

Eliseo Avalos SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 3

I want justice and trigger happy cops out of our streets!

 

Richard Shuman WINDSOR, CA 10 months ago Liked 1

I've seen his demeanor while on duty, heard enough about his complaints by citizens, told of his mishaps as a trainer and now the shooting of a 13 yr old boy. The Sonoma County Sheriff's department is full of trigger happy, excited, over zealous deputies who abuse there authority. They are backed by the District Attorney's Office which has always ruled in favor of the deputies in all shootings calling them "Good Shoots"

 

Mark Campbell HOLLAND, MI 10 months ago Liked 1

Every one should be held accountable for there actions.

 

Susan Weaver HEMET, CA 10 months ago Liked 1

Susan Weaver

 

Sylvia Bracamonte ALBANY, CA 10 months ago Liked 1

I believe in justice and equality. We cannot continue to grant impunity to cops who terrorize our communities and kill our youth. It is time for change!

 

Patricia DeSantis YUBA CITY, CA 10 months ago Liked 1

I was unable to demand justice when my husband was killed in Santa Rosa, I will not remain silent as law enforcement takes down our young people as wel


Citizens React Via Twitter to Killing of Hispanic Youth by Sheriff's Deputy


Apparently no one over at the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, under direction of Sheriff Steve Freitas had ever heard of the principal of first firing a warning shot before shooting a given suspect. Or of the need to at least make an attempt to bring in citizens alive in order to assure a fair adjudication of the suspect.


Having been in the military would appear to be a carte blanche ticket to allowing those in the Sheriff's department to use civilians --especially people of color such as Andy Lopez-- for target practice.