I Was Arrested April 5 2009

The start of national cruelty to animal prevention month I discover after the incident...

  

 On the above date I was Tazed, Arrested and booked for attempted murder as well as a host of other stacked charges by Siskiyou County deputies after calling them for help. The story and deputies recording of the incident is posted below.

This is what happened when I called the Sheriff to make a citizens arrest for animal cruelty.

My citizens arrest was not accepted by the deputy...

I will refrain from posting my opinion... I will only give you the facts.

My Attorney had told me not to talk about my case...I haven't...Times up..

One bad cop and one corrupt District Attorney equals terrorism at home...

this is

UNACCEPTABLE

Please notice that I did not use names; these people would most likely try to sue me...

Their names are of public record or just ask me in person...

It is finally over...
it took a year...
I discovered that our sheriff's office has problems and our D/A has "friends"...
I am very disappointed and disgusted with the actions of these people...
 

Therefore I AM...

 
    I have been criminally attacked... persecuted and coerced into a plea deal in Siskiyou County of Northern California...of course part of the deal was to sign the form saying that I was not coerced...
 
    I am disabled and afflicted with a terminal condition called life... I do not know how much time is left; I use service dogs to mitigate my condition and vow to be happy daily in a socially useful manner...
 
    Apparently the socially useful manner at this time is to point out some problems in our community...
 
    I tried to help an abused dog and I ended up in a coerced plea deal all because the dog abuser knew the district attorney and there was pressure to prosecute and convict me of crimes that I was not even close to committing...
 
    The sad thing about this is that my attorney was in on the deal... He had told my family and I that the dog abuser knew the D/A and there was pressure to prosecute...If this was not the case then just explain why the level of persecution and why not accept my citizens arrest? Pretty simple huh...I had no more money for a jury trial so even though by law I was not guilty of anything he help put together a deal to make the DA happy...this is KRAP!!!
 
    I have experience in law enforcement and the deputy is the one that should be doing anger abatement for 52 weeks...He attacked me and damaged/injured my service dog...He did not accept my citizens arrest as required by law...He is just as guilty as the dog abuser, actually...more so...the deputy is theoretically trained for the job...I understand the he is now in some third world country teaching third world law enforcement tactics...he should do well at that...
 
    Me:?) I have fines that I can not pay, I have 12 days of electronic confinement that I will need to pay for but cannot afford, I am living on disability and we all know how short that stick is...Also...52 weeks of anger abatement...This is a major waste of my time since my father taught it for the county for years before his death and I took over teaching his class when he was involved in the healing process following some surgeries...
 
    But...I am looking forward to sharing my service dogs and stories with the group...I will have a chance to work on my stand-up comedy routine...I may meet someone that will throw a baseball with me...whatever...I can't afford that either...
 
    And...I can not own firearms for ten years...the second amendment people will hear of this...
 
    Another one of my socially helpful pursuits is trying to help our veterans returning from the war zone with PTSD and suicidal ideation...Both conditions treatable with the service dog...I have a facility to house and treat our young veterans but this project is in need of funding...I only get enough to survive on; thankfully California helps the service dog with their own stipend...
 
    I have authored a children's book that I am donating 100% of the profits to airshow cities to assist with radio control aviation programs...
 
    I have another book about Dusty the service dog in final edit soon to be released. I am pondering my newest idea of a self help book about training and living life with a service dog for better health...this is a proven fact but nobody tells how it is done...This book stands to help millions of people with 100% percent of the book profits going to the model aviation community to help our youth so they don't turn into a unprofessional deputy sheriff...just the facts ma'am :-)

I Am not the one that needs to be punished...

 
    As for the dog abuser, he will be knocking on the pearly gates someday and on his life resume there is dog abuser listed...I personally would not want to be in his shoes when God reviews the incoming resumes...I am sure it was accidental, he is just the type of person that wants things done in the easy way...That is why he had his dogs debarked...whatever...just another ignorant man...
 

    My plan is to continue enjoying each day of life that is left and put this story out to news services and the state attorney general...

You can help...please send this URL out to as many persons as possible... http://www.onemanairshow.org/arrested.htm

   We will test the attorney general's integrity...something needs to be done in this situation...I look forward to his reply and I will post it here...

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Please get this information to the attorney general...There is a major injustice up here in Northern California...Review this web page and please send me a reply for posting...thank-you... http://www.onemanairshow.org/arrested.htm

 

I can't believe it...I went to my first anger abatement class and I was denied access because of my service dog in violation of 365.5 (c) of the California penal code...

 

     The Attorney General replies...

A prompt reply but a phone call to Siskiyou County District Attorney

 would have been a better response...

I do believe it is time for the Grand Jury...

What Mom sez 

 

OneManAirshow

 

Noble Knows...

I have been working my service dog Eddy with Charlie, Noble is filling in as needed...

Eddy, my #1 service dog,  was severely damaged by the incompetent and criminal actions of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's office.

Above is who I am

             This is what they did to me
 

send feedback to...

 dave@onemanairshow.org

 
Sunday...4-5-09...I arrived at my fenced front yard and I found 2 Great Pyrenees (Big Dogs) in my yard...I discovered that one of the dogs had a heavy chain with a ten pound barbell weight wrapped around the belly and it had slid back over the dogs hips preventing the dog from standing...as I approached the dog it growled me off; I got my two service dogs and they befriended the dog so I could look at the tag.
 
    I called the number on the tag and left a message about the dog; then I called 911 to request a deputy to make a citizens arrest for cruelty to animals...the sheriff dispatcher said they were busy...
 
    The owner and a friend showed up an parked across the road from my yard... While I was talking to the friend, the owner and his wife opened my gate and lead their dogs out and all that I saw was a man running a big dog by the collar across the road; in the process my service dog also followed them out into the road way.
 
    After getting my service dog back to the safety of my truck I approached the dog abuser across the road where they had parked and proceed to tell him that he was under citizens arrest for cruelty to animals and followed that with a lecture on how the dog should not be treated...He said "its my dog and I'll do as I please" as he stepped forward and raised his right arm/hand and that is when my police training from my youth kicked in and by reflex I caught him with my left hand holding him at bay for a few seconds by his shirt at arms length saying "YOU WILL KILL HIM!" (referring to his dog)
 
    He offered to pay me for my troubles and informed me that he had spent $10,000 dollars fencing his property to keep his dogs home...I walked away disgusted after giving them my business card and my magical card that affirms "something wonderful is going to happen" The dog abusers wife complained that my name was not on the card...
 
    I called the sheriff and canceled the call but an hour later 2 sheriff units and a game warden drove past my yard and on up the road...
 
    An hour after that the three units parked defensively up the road from my yard and approached my gate...I explained to the deputy what happened and informed him that I wanted to do a citizens arrest...
 
    I commented to him "three of ya" referring to the number of officers there to take a report and submit it to the district attorney for prosecution...He responded with "do you have a problem with that" I replied " It seems like an overload"..."what was the call".
 
    The deputy continued taking notes and I asked some questions; he replied rudely and said just wait...He then said "your stare is not going to do any good" and I replied, "I'm just looking at you, do you have a problem with that?" He said "YES I DO"...then he said "OK, HOW ABOUT THIS" He then forced open the 6+ foot gate and his partner shot me in the chest with the tazer...I had my two service dogs on my leash belt at the time and I went down in pain screaming "NO...NO...NO...LEAVE MY DOGS ALONE!"..."DON'T HURT MY DOGS!"
 
    I was screaming first at the pain and secondly and more importantly at my service dogs because I knew that the armed and angry deputy would kill my dogs if they did anything but cower...
 
    I was arrested and booked for attempted murder along with a host of other stacked charges...including assault with a firearm.

 

 

 
     

You Tube Video

  This is audio only, recorded by the deputy, with a picture of my 6 foot fence. I am holding my plastic racquet ball racquet that I use to hit tennis balls for my dogs...  

 

Above is me at the gate

 

 

     
  
     

     

Above is Eddy and Charlie...The fence line in the background is where I talked to the lady that put the dogs in my yard...The gate is downhill to the right...

Eddy was severely affected by the tazing and I almost had to put him down...

     
 

Below are my service dogs

 
 

Noble, Charlie, Bonzi, Bonzie, Eddy

 

Momsez

Hello,
 
My name is Joanne Thomason, my son is Dave.  We have had quite a year.  If you read his web page you know some of it.  He provided me the opportunity to write my feelings on the whole situation.  I hope I do not come across as Mama Bear protecting her cub as he is quite capable of taking care of himself, but we did go through this ordeal together.  I am not sure as of this writing whether to leave this on his web site or to print it out and send it to our District Attorney, the Sheriff and possibly the state Attorney General and the judge.  It is a bit frightening to send it out to the DA and the Sheriff as based on our experience we could get arrested and charged with something. We have discovered that money and who you know are all important and we have no money and do not have any connections.  Anyway.....
 
On April 5 Dave went to our lower property which he has named The Doghouse, with the intention of raking up leaves and planting grass seed.  When he got there he found two Great White Pyrenees , one with a heavy chain (heavy enough to tow a car) and a ten pound weight wrapped around the dog.  It had worked its way down over his hind quarters and legs and the dog could no longer stand up.  The dogs apparently had been found by a couple and put the dogs in Dave's yard.  To my knowledge they knew who owned the dogs. Why they did not take them home I do not know nor why one of them did not stay with the dogs and try to remove the chain while one of them went to find the owner I do not know.  They just left the dogs there for Dave to deal with as he likes dogs.
 
Dave was, with the help of his service dogs, able to calm the dog down and get the  chain off.  Was he angry,  upset would be a better word and  frustrated that someone would do that to their dogs.  He called the owner and the sheriff to report animal abuse.  The animal abuse has never been addressed even though he requested a citizens arrest be made.  Perhaps our DA does not care if animals are abused especially if the animal belongs to Sherwin Nelson and from what I have heard is a friend of the DA and has money and is well connected.
 
The Nelson's and the couple who found the dog showed up and while Dave was at one end of the yard the Nelson's came in the yard and got their dogs and let one of Dave's dog out.  Dave went out to get his dog and then he and Mr. Nelson had from what I gather a heated discussion about how to care for your dog.  Mr. Nelson said they were his dogs and he could do as he pleased and  moved towards Dave with raised arm.  Dave put his arm out to stop him and had a hold of his shirt.  Mr. Nelson said Dave choked him.  The witnesses said no he did not. A lie. Mr. Nelson said Dave threatened to kill him, Dave  was talking about the dogs and how what he was doing could kill them.   Mr. Nelson then offered to pay Dave for his troubles but he did not take any money and gave them his business card.
 
The Nelson's called the sheriff.  On the 911 recording Mrs. Nelson responds to the 911 operator and says he is ok.  When  the sheriff got to their home Mr. Nelson started rubbing his chest and deputies suggested he go to hospital.  I do not know if he was having chest pains or if  there was concern about the possibility of being charged with animal abuse.  He did go to the hospital and was ok.  I do know chest pains are not fun and I myself have had many incidents this past year.
 
Later the deputies showed up at the Doghouse.  Dave has put the recording on his site.  Unfortunately the entire recording was to large to put  up on the web.  He never resisted arrest and the video will show that he did what he was told.  He was worried about his dogs.  He asked deputies to get me so I could take care of his dogs.  They told him he could call me when he got to jail.  There he sits in handcuffs  with no way to alert me to the situation and get his dogs.  I do not drive anymore and he asked them to get me.  The game warden who was there did come and get me.  I did not know at the time he was being charged with attempted murder, the story that went out to the newspaper an TV stations.  It was Mr. Nelson who  contacted the press according to a friend who checked into it. One of the charges was assault with a firearm...there were no firearms anywhere.  Apparently from what I have learned an officer can charge you with whatever they want, does no matter if it is true.  He did not argue with anyone , in fact he asked if they would please call me. At the end of the recording which apparently too large to put up on his site one on the deputies while talking about the chain said he thought it was a regular dog  harness that was on the dog.  Another lie from Mr. Nelson.  One does have to wonder why if the deputies saw the chain and Nelson told them it was just a harness that it was obvious something was not  right.
Even if he had gotten angry I submit this quote from a newspaper writer but I do not have the information of who wrote it.
 
"Where does it say that if feeling wronged by the police you have no legal  right to tell them what you think?
 
Things have gone seriously wrong when police feel justified in slapping cuffs on people who stand up for themselves and speak their minds.
 
They are public servants--and indeed because of their awesome power of arrest and their deadly sidearms, they are servants with a special duty to use their power responsibly and in the most measured of ways."
 
Apparently the deputy did not like the look in Dave's eye's.  There was no justification for his tazing although of course they were found to have acted responsibility by their superiors..  Listen to the recording.  I personally think there should be a citizens committee to review such actions when taken by the police.  I have read so many instances where the police where held harmless and their actions were unjustified.
 
The end result of that day was he was arrested, spent three days in jail and was released on a $2500 bond ($25,000 bail) which his sister was kind enough to  pay for him  After a year of one delay and postponement after another finally on March 12 we had the option of accepting a plea or go to trial.  Trial would cost another $7500 which we do not have and it was finally made clear that the charge would be elderly abuse, which carried a 1-4 year prison sentence. and resisting arrest. He signed the plea bargain which in part stated he was not coerced but of course he was but that is what he had to sign  I do not know if we can appeal that or not.  Unfortunately we can no longer pay for an attorney so accepting the plea was his only choice.
 
The elder abuse charge is almost laughable if it were not so serious.  We did not know this was what the DA would push to convict him on.  He was defending himself when he stopped Nelson and took hold of his shirt.  They presented us with a picture of a very red mark, below his neck.  That was the first time we had seen that picture, I was shocked.  Notes I had made at the time of the incident; I wrote the bruise was barely visible.  If we had known this we would have asked for medical records. Why did it take a year to present this picture. If the picture was taken at the time of the incident I am not sure it could possibly be that red in an hour.  There was also a picture of the chain which was nicely wound up with the weight on top and it looked harmless and very small.  Not hard to resize pictures or take them at a distance to look smaller.  This is no doubt this is what the judge saw.  Why wasn't all the evidence presented when asked for months earlier.
 
The Ca. penal code 368 states that "with knowledge that he or she is an elder or a dependent adult, "
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Dave had no knowledge of Mr. Nelson's age.  He saw a man running across the road with a dog.  He may have noticed gray hair but then his father had white hair and beard in his late forties.  I guess when you have connections the penal code does not count.
 
To think that Dave is being punished for elder abuse is absurd.  He has been  taking care of me 24/7.  He takes me to the store, any doctor appointments I have.  I have had three back procedures, two eye surgeries and oral surgery.  Some in Medford, Ashland or Redding. He helps around the house, takes care of going to the dump and plows the snow which he has done for years.  When his father was sick he was there for him and I cannot count the number of times I called him at 2 or 3 in the morning  as I needed his help Of course before his father's passing he was always there for him.  And to think because he had a hold of Mr. Nelsons' shirt he is charged with elderly abuse is  ridiculous. But then he has connections.
 
Dave is on three years probation, house arrest complete with ankle bracelet.  He is always home or at the doghouse or store.  It is insane to require him to do that except they get more money which he doe not have.  Also regarding requiring anger abatement,  There is only one anger person in the county now.  His father used to teach it and Dave even took over his class after Tom had some surgery.  Unfortunately Steve Bulcroft  either does not know the law or has chosen to  ignore it.  Dave does not go out without his service dogs.  He has a doctors  prescription for the dogs. The  dogs help him with his brain injury he received after being involve in a serious accident.  Mr. Bulcroft refused to let them in.  That is against the law.  He says the room is too small and maybe it is small but nevertheless the law says a person has the right to have their service dogs and reasonable accommodations must be made.
 
I apologize for the length of my message.  Now I am wondering if to leave it on Dave's site or to print it out and send it to our DA and Sheriff.  Perhaps it will find it's way to Jerry Brown.  I wonder if he likes animals or are the problems facing this country to large  to be concerned about injustice in a small county. I would like to hear if any of you reading this think I should print it out and send it to to the DA, Sheriff and Attorney General and the judge.Still pondering.
 
Below is a picture of Dave's dogs.  One of them has since passed and my Toby is front an center.  They were all "throw away dogs"
 
Charlie, black dog in back jumped the fence once.  Dave's solution was different than Mr. Nelson who apparently put the chain on the dog to keep him from jumping the fence.  What did Dave do to solve the problem.  Made the fence. higher......dah No brainer.
 
Thank you for reading this.
Joanne

This should be Dave's jury of peers...

 

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