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Air Force sergeant indicted in federal guard killing

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted an Air Force sergeant for murder and attempted murder after he allegedly killed a federal security guard in Northern California and wounded his partner amid protests against police brutality, a judge said Monday.

Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler told Steven Carrillo, 32, that the grand jury charged him in the indictment with first-degree murder of a person assisting an officer or employee of the United States and attempted murder of a person assisting an officer or employee of the U.S., the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Carrillo is accused of spraying bullets across a guard shack May 29 in front of a federal in Oakland, killing 53-year-old David Patrick Underwood and wounding another official.

Carrillo did not enter a plea Monday. His case was continued until Thursday, when he is expected to be appointed a lawyer who will represent him.

A week after the shooting in Oakland, Carrillo allegedly ambushed sheriff’s deputies in Santa Cruz County who were responding to a a report of a van containing firearms and bomb-making materials. Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was killed and several other law enforcement officials were wounded, according to authorities and court records.

Prosecutors in Santa Cruz charged Carrillo with a slew of felonies, including murder and attempted murder in connection to the Ben Lomond incident.

Federal prosecutors have linked Carrillo with the charges to an extremist, anti-government group called the Boogaloo movement.

The group started in alt-right culture on the internet with the belief that there is an impending civil war, according to experts. The movement’s followers, some of whom call themselves “Boogaloo Bois,” are generally younger and more likely to turn to acts of violence than members of other militia-type groups.

Authorities accused Carrillo of fatally shooting Underwood from a white van after developing a plot with Robert Alvin Justus Jr., of Millbrae. The pair allegedly drove to Oakland and took advantage of the distraction afforded by protesters marching through the city’s downtown in a demonstration against police brutality. Justus is accused of driving the van.

Justus was arraigned on Friday, and entered a not-guilty plea.

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Sergeant showed ‘pattern of deceit’ in black man’s arrest

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — West Linn Police Sgt. Tony Reeves, who was the lead investigator in the wrongful arrest of a black man in Portland, will never again be called to testify in any county criminal court case and should have his police certification revoked, Clackamas County’s district attorney ruled.

The decision Friday came after the District Attorney’s Office investigated the unfounded West Linn police arrest of Michael Fesser in 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

It is the first inquiry finished of local, state and federal investigations launched after the newspaper reported in February that the city of West Linn paid $600,000 to Fesser to settle his civil rights suit against its police.

The DA’s investigation found that Reeves colluded with then-Chief Terry Timeus to pursue an unsupported arrest of Fesser for a personal friend of the police chief’s. The friend was Fesser’s employer at the time.

The investigation also found that Reeves withheld key evidence, engaged in an illegal recording of Fesser, deleted racist and vulgar text messages he received from Fesser’s boss on his cellphone and disclosed Fesser’s confidential attorney-client information to Fesser’s boss.

West Linn police targeted Fesser, using ” inappropriate and offensive investigative tactics, and lacked transparency, honesty and any sense of fair play,’’ said the district attorney’s 42-page report obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The report, signed by Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Owen and two senior deputy district attorneys, described a “troubling pattern of deceit by omission’’ in an attempt to “mislead’’ and arrest Fesser for alleged theft as a favor to the chief’s friend — Eric Benson, the owner of A&B Towing Co. in Portland.

Theft charges against Fesser ultimately were dropped, and Benson and his company paid $415,000 to Fesser to settle a separate discrimination and retaliation suit.

Reeves has been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 12.

Timeus had Reeves initiate the 2017 investigation into Fesser. Timeus retired Nov. 1, 2017, but his police certification was never revoked, despite questionable conduct throughout his career. The district attorney is now recommending that Timeus also lose his certification.

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