Valley Cops Go Taser Crazy

From Wed. Oct. 03, 07 -A would-be burglar quickly tried to put things back when he was confronted by a woman who returned home Tuesday and surprised him, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported. After a chase and a search by authorities, Cory Courtney, 28, of Oakdale, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and violating parole. Deputies caught up to Courtney after they fired several beanbags and a Taser at him as he tried to run away, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a sheriff’s spokesman… Wed. Oct. 10, 07 -Several college students claim that police breaking up a birthday party dragged women out of the house by their hair and used a Taser gun on a man, then sprayed him with pepper when he was handcuffed… Fri. Dec. 14, 07 -Police used a Taser to subdue a man in front of his northeast Modesto home after he punched an officer late Wednesday and rammed several police cars while trying to get away a second time Thursday afternoon, a department spokesman said… Mon. Aug. 18, 08 -Police arrested two men Sunday morning who they say are linked to two home burglaries in north Modesto. After searching yards in the area, officer Bill Jones and his K-9, Cain, tracked a man to a shed behind a house in the 1800 block of Serena Drive. Inside the shed, officers found a man they identified as Adam Mark Mathison, 22, of Modesto. Findlen said Mathison failed to comply with officers’ commands, and police used a Taser to take him into custody… Wed. Sep. 03, 08 -Authorities arrested a suspected car thief in a high-speed chase about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities spotted Joseph Black, 28, driving a 2004 Chevy Malibu in Turlock and tried unsuccessfully to stop him at Golf Road and East Greenway Avenue, said Sgt. Rick Gilstrap with the California Highway Patrol. Authorities say Black ran away and was captured by CHP officer Aaron Keller and Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force officer John French, who used a Taser… Wed. Sep. 10, 08 -Jason Reaves, 29, was arrested on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer, reckless driving, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest, said deputy Paul Tualla, a Tuolumne County sheriff’s spokesman. A chase lasted 38 minutes before his Camaro crashed into a parked vehicle just east of Oakdale. Tualla said Reaves continued to resist officers, and a CHP officer used a Taser to subdue him before he was taken into custody… Wed. Feb. 25, 09 -A knife-wielding man who said he was “tired of Modesto” smashed through glass doors and burst into the Modesto offices of Clear Channel radio Tuesday morning. No one was injured. Police arrested a suspect, 26-year-old Dustin Martinez of Gustine. When police arrived, officers told Martinez to drop his weapons, witnesses said. He refused. Officers used a Taser to subdue Martinez, then took him into custody… Wed. April 15, 09 -Rachel Prescott hoped an arrest would help her estranged husband get the mental health care he needed. Instead, six days after he was arrested on suspicion of stalking and booked at the Stanislaus County jail, where he previously worked as a custodial deputy, Craig Prescott is dead. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department won’t say what happened until its investigation is complete. He sustained fatal injuries in Stanislaus County’s downtown Modesto jail, during a violent outburst Saturday. Sheriff Adam Christianson acknowledged that it took two Tasers to subdue Prescott… Mon. June 15, 09 -A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly driving his camper van into oncoming traffic and ramming another vehicle late Sunday night. According to a police log, Robert Leverett was chased by police for several minutes about 10:40 p.m. before he tried to flee on foot by the Red Robin restaurant on Monte Vista Avenue near the Highway 99 interchange. Police used a Taser to subdue him, ending the pursuit… Thur. June 25, 09 -Police on Wednesday chased down and arrested a 20-year-old man suspected in two burglaries in northeast Modesto. Officers responded to 911 calls about a break-in on the 2300 block of McRitchie Way, Sgt. Brian Findlen said. Officers identified the man, Joseph Park of Modesto, as the suspect in an earlier vehicle burglary along with the home burglary attempt. When he tried to run away, officers used a Taser and took him into custody in the 2100 block of Wylie Drive… Wed. July 08, 09 -Nine people were arrested early Saturday after a confrontation between police and drunken patrons at a downtown club, police said. About 40 officers and deputies responded to the incident, which started at 12:38 a.m. at the Fat Cat nightclub on 11th Street, said Modesto police spokesman Sgt. Brian Findlen. The man celebrating his birthday, Rickey Darnell Hill, 30, of Stockton was ejected from the Fat Cat. Hill tried to go back inside the club, then refused to leave the area, Findlen said. Police used a Taser and baton to subdue one man in Hill’s group… Wed. Aug. 26, 09 -Modesto police officers used a Taser to keep Manuel Dante Dent, 27, of Modesto from swallowing a baggie believed to be filled with drugs. Dent was taken to Doctors Medical Center, where he was medically cleared before he was booked at the jail. About 6 a.m. Aug. 27, Dent was lying on the bed in his cell when jailers found him unresponsive. Dent was then taken by ambulance to DMC, where he was pronounced dead… Sat. Sep. 19, 09 -Alton Warren Ham, 45, of Oklahoma was exhibiting irrational and combative behavior. Jailers began moving Ham to a safety cell, and he started to put up a struggle. The jailers used a Taser to subdue him and put him in the cell. Medical staff was with Ham when he became unresponsive and tried to resuscitate him, but Ham was pronounced dead at the jail at 2:38 p.m. Wednesday…


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  1. My son, Craig Prescott was mentally ill and was put in jail because we wanted to get him the help he desperately needed. He had not slept in three days and was screaming in his cell that entire time. Although he had violated a restraining order by texting his wife, The DA and my family orchestrated a plan to get him help. Eight deputies brutally beat him with batons, tasered and pepper-balled him. They held him face-down and deprived him from oxygen which resulted in causing his brain death. Adam Christianson, the sheriff, defended the actions of his deputies and suggested my son caused his own death. The sheriff is a corrupt man who needs to be prosecuted for the cover-up he subsequently executed.

  2. Recent evidence has surfaced that revealed how Craig Prescott, my son, had complained to the sheriff, the Grand Jury and the NAACP that discrimination against African Americans was blatantly practiced within the Sheriff’s Office in Stanislaus County. After his employer was made aware that a formal complaint had been filed with Federal Government Fair Employment, Craig became a target for retaliation. He was a whistle blower and as a result suffered severe harassment and hostility on his job from fellow deputies. His death is strongly believed to have been a direct reprisal carried out by vindictive deputies and a revengeful sheriff.

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