More Excessive Force by JeffCo Deputies?

28 Jan

The KMOV headline says “Family of suspect accuses Jefferson County deputies of brutality” and the photo is indeed brutal:

From the story:

Sheriff’s officials say it all started when a deputy went to Stark’s place to investigate a theft. [Note: This is incorrect – it was at his grandmother’s house]

“He was there to investigate this theft of this pipe and obviously when you see this pipe and he’s hurriedly trying to ratchet this pipe down it raised the deputy’s suspicion also,” said Captain Ralph Brown.

Officials said the deputy knew Stark had a record for resisting arrest, so he went to handcuff him for his safety and tried to remove a knife on Stark’s belt.

“The individual allegedly turned, struck the officer, but the officer was able to throw the knife clear of where they were located,” Brown said.

Sheriff’s officials say Stark fought with the deputy and tried to take the deputy’s gun.

First of all, looking at Casenet, I see no record of Terry “Jason” Stark resisting arrest, at least not that he was charged for, especially in 2006, which is when the Sheriff’s office said it took place. In fact, he hasn’t been charged with anything in Missouri – I don’t think. There are several Terry Starks. One pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance in 1998, but our Terry Stark would have been 16 or 17 at the time, and I would think that since he would have been a minor he would not show up in Casenet if this was indeed him. According to someone on the “#Justice4Jason” Facebook page:

For those of you who dont remember this story. Where the police are coming up with a “prior assaulting an officer”. While in college Jason attempted to pet a police horse.

As for the knife and gun, there is nothing in the probable cause statement by the second officer on the scene about either of these weapons, and Stark has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with “other than a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.” These stories don’t jive. Are there other statements, say from the first deputy? Perhaps.

stark pc statement

From Stark’s wife, via Facebook: “Some of you have seen that Jason “pulled a knife and tried to get their gun”, which is a lie. I spoke w majority of the cops that night and not one of them mentioned that to me & ice read their reports and that’s not stated in there anywhere.”

So the story seems to gain some elaboration when the media come calling. As for Stark’s injuries:

While the shot shows a black eye and several cuts and bruises, officers say it was a result of his struggle.

“Any time you’re coming in contact with rough ground- and it was a rural area- in the thicket face down he’s thrashing around. Obviously you’re going to get cuts and bruises,” said Brown.

I imagine Stark ran into their fists, too. We are also now learning that two of the dozen or so officers on the scene were injured – twisted ankles, possibly – and just in time for the bail hearing for Stark, where bail was denied.

Now, to give the other side, here’s a long comment thread on the JeffCo Scanner Facebook site. On there, a person who claims to be the dispatcher said she was “listening to the deputy fight for his life.” So there’s that.

Whatever the truth, we have reason to be skeptical of what’s going on at the sheriff’s office. Recall the videotaped beating of a motorist in 2o1o and a couple of recent sketchy deaths at the jail. As with those deaths, let’s not let this incident fade away. Perhaps we can get to the bottom of this and force the sheriff’s office to answer for this and not simply sweep it under the rug.


10 Responses to “More Excessive Force by JeffCo Deputies?”

  1. Mike McClanahan January 28, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Right on. Great story. Only detail that’s missing is that this happened at his grandmother’s house in her front yard. Her yard is the “thicket.”


  2. Garry Heith Dunn January 28, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    There are a few mistakes in this article. Stark’s wife and others have asked me to correct you on.

    1. This was not at Stark’s home. It took place at a family members home.

    2. The original call was called for by another member.


    • JC Penknife January 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

      I put a note in the post to correct the location of the incident, which was in the KMOV article. I’m not sure I understand #2.


  3. wrongonred January 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    JC, you forgot to include this gem from 2010 as well. I had never heard about it until my attention was directed there this morning.


  4. Kara January 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    I would prefer you leave my name out of your blog. I do not know you nor do you know me. I would prefer you not to smear my name in this whole ordeal along with the sheriff’s department. Thank you.


    • JC Penknife January 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      While I do not think I “smeared” you, I will remove your name.


  5. Kara January 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    Thank you I really do appreciate it.


  6. Kara January 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    It’s not you that will smear it. But everyone else running with it will.


  7. Debbie January 29, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    I had also followed a Jefferson County deputy into my subdivision a year or so ago as he was pulling over a truck..the man got to his home, got out with his hands raised and the deputy RAN TO HIM and STARTED PUNCHING HIM! There was a few people watching by now, the deputy was unaware of that at the time. We yelled for THE DEPUTY TO STOP PUNCHING THIS MAN. startled he stopped, another deputy arrived and made people leave. The man begged SOMEONE to stay there as he knew he’d be maced by these deputys,but the second deputy ran everyone off. we circled the subdivision and came back to find the 2 deputys bringing the man from the side of his house as they washed the mace off his eyes and out of his face. There was NO REASON FOR THAT. THE MAN WAS COOPERATING. I along with others called MR. BOYER to complain and was referred to someone else who called a week later and got smart with me. I’M SURE the sheriff department knows what goes on and looks the other way, brushes it under the rug. you can look on the Jefferson County website and see PEOPLE BEAT UP EVERY WEEK.!! Now don’t that tell you something? These are JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS, TAX PAYERS, OUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. GOOD CITIZENS for the most part being bullied by our sheriff department, and getting away with it.. Daily!! i KNOW THERE’S GOOD POLICE BUT IT’S DEPUTIES LIKE these THAT MAKE THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT LOOK BAD!! i KNOW THERE’S MEAN , BAD PEOPLE OUT THERE BUT THEY ARE people ALSO, PROUBLE PAYING THEIR WAGE.. I encourage EVERYONE, next time you see someone being pulled over watch, record, make sure the thug deputies are behaving. Of course STAY OUT OF THEIR WAY, but watch, see who gets beat up next. I recorded some on my phone but not enough to prove it was police brutality. Of course their going to say the man had a knife, was trying to take their gun, etc.. they GOT TO COVER THEIR ASS. ..,They didn’t care anyway.. Brush it under the rug, AGAIN !! THIS IS NOT HOW I WANT PROTECTED. And it scares the hell out me that if I OR my kids take to long pulling over this will be the reaction from some BAD COPS!! AND THEY GET AWAY WITH IT!! The sheriffs department needs to clean their house BEFORE IT COST US TAX PAYERS MORE MONEY FOR THEIR BRUTALITY!! ON OUR OWN CITIZENS!! (Please keep my name off site as I don’t want harassed, it’s the TRUTH I SPEAK )



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