ELK GROVE, CA , March 14 (Punjab Mail USA)- The Elk Grove Police Department has concluded an administrative investigation into an incident that occurred in the 9100 block of E. Stockton Boulevard involving an Elk Grove Police officer and a man who was ultimately arrested for robbery, conspiracy, resisting arrest and violation of probation.
On June 5, 2019, at approximately 8:43 p.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of at least two men stealing from the store and assaulting security guards who were trying to stop them.
The officers’ in-car camera and body-worn camera systems were activated at the time of this incident.
The video captured the interaction between the arriving officers and the two men related to the initial 9-1-1 call. One of those men, 23-year-old Juan Mendoza, who was involved in a physical altercation with store employees, was then contacted by Elk Grove Police Department officers as he left the store.
What followed was a use of force by an officer that has been determined to be against department policy and not in line with any training provided by our department.
This incident was brought to the attention of Elk Grove Police Department management in October, following a claim for damages from an attorney. An internal investigation was immediately launched. The officer involved was placed on leave and his law enforcement authority was suspended.
Whenever an officer uses force, department policy calls for an internal review beginning with the supervisor of the officer involved in the force and culminating with a final review by the Chief of Police. The investigation found in this incident, the supervisor involved failed to identify the use of force, failed to report the use of force, and failed to complete an internal review in accordance with policy.
At this time, the administrative investigation has been completed by the Elk Grove Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau. The scope of the investigation focused on policy, procedure, and training. Following the extensive administrative investigation, the officer and supervisor are no longer employed with the Elk Grove Police Department.
The Elk Grove Police Department wants to be transparent and build on the trust that has been established with our community. The actions that night were not congruent with the Elk Grove Police Department’s Mission, Vision, and Values. Members of the Elk Grove Police Department are dedicated to serving with empathy, integrity, and professionalism.