Legislation Enforcer Faces Authorized Declare after Investigation | Information2 min read
Medford, OR — A Medford lawyer says tonight he has a category motion declare in opposition to an Oregon state trooper for racial discrimination in site visitors stops.
He additionally has a doc from Jackson County’s District Legal professional to help his case.
Justin Rosas says Trooper Travis Peterson “has been underreporting his site visitors stops and his Ok-9 searches to look honest and has had medication in his possession mysteriously disappear.”
Rosas makes his claims in a four-page letter outlining situations he asserts mistreated his regulation agency’s eight shoppers who comprise the category motion litigants, “together with six individuals of shade.” The knowledge lists 29-year-old Cesar Alfaro, 47-year-old Bo Tan and 46-year-old Enriquillo Batista as examples of racial profiling for site visitors stops, with Rosas stating, “Travis Peterson was tasked with doing the lion’s share of the drug interdiction stops on Interstate 5.”
Jackson County District Legal professional Beth Heckert’s workplace shared data in a September 7, 2021 memo (beneath) to Rosas that outlines findings to an investigation of 5 allegations on the time in opposition to Trooper Peterson, associated to his administrative go away.
The memo mentioned two allegations weren’t substantiated. It says three “allegations that have been sustained are:
(1) Between 6/1/20 and three/31/21 Peterson did not appropriately doc his site visitors contacts and searches in Report Beam and/or Ok-9 Deployment Log/notebooks/Area of interest.
(2) Between June 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 Peterson did not appropriately doc a number of Ok-9 deployments in his Ok-9 deployment log.
(3) On December 31, 2020 and January 25, 2021 Peterson seized contraband believed to be managed substances and did not correctly impound them into proof.”
The memo says, “The info that supported the sustained allegation in (1) is throughout that timeframe, he carried out roughly 750 site visitors stops of which he documented 447 as required. 269 of the 750 stops weren’t documented in Report Beam as required by coverage. Allegation (2) Peterson carried out roughly 139 searches (with or with out K9) between these dates. Of these 139, 40 concerned the deployment of his K9. Seven weren’t documented within the log. 4 of these deployments included an ‘alert’ that may be calculated within the accuracy score. the info that help the third allegation is on 12/31/20 he seized 1 merchandise believed to be a MDMA tablet and on 1/25/21 Trooper Peterson seized what was believed to be 0.5 grams methamphetamine and11 ounce of marijuana. Peterson acknowledged each have been put in a plastic glove to retailer and be destroyed. Neither merchandise was ever positioned into proof. Peterson believes there have been accidently thrown away.”
NewsWatch 12 has a request for associated data from Oregon State Police.
Rosas wrote, “My shoppers belief that the invention course of will even reveal the names of these nonetheless in jail, these nonetheless going through prices and people different victims of racial discrimination, illegal arrest, illegal seizure of property, destruction of proof and malicious prosecution on account of Trooper Peterson’s unlawful conduct.”