Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey File Charges Against Abusive Sheriff's Deputy

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He grabbed her by the throat as she gasped for air. He twisted and squeezed her wrist as he pleaded with her to stay with him. When she refused to stay he pulled out his gun and pointed at her head.   He blocked the door so she could not escape and took her phone.  After a few hours he decided to let her go but then quickly changed his mind and forced her back into his home.  He stalked her at her home and at her children’s school.  He harassed her by phone and sent her videos of himself pleading with her to talk to him. She eventually turned to the court for help and a three year restraining order was granted.  He was arrested and by all accounts we should rest easy that one less abuser with a gun is walking the streets.

However, this perpetrator is a deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department and his father is a commander with the LASD who himself had been accused of sexually harassing a lieutenant at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  It is also rumored that the deputy did not pass his psychological examination to enter the department but his powerful father made sure that he entered the force Commander Joseph Fennell.  These are men with power and a gun which may be the reason why the district attorney appears to have minimized the circumstances of this abuse.

The DA has decided NOT to file charges against LASD deputy Jeremy Fennell despite the fact that a judge issued a three year restraining order against him. How many inches or centimeters does a bruise, scar or abrasion have to be in order for the office of the Los Angeles District Attorney, under the leadership of Jackie Lacey, to file charges of physical abuse? How many areas of the body is enough to have concern that abuse has occurred? Is the granting of a three year restraining order not good enough proof for the DA to file charges?

When individuals are not held accountable for their violence they are emboldened to continue violent acts. When we blame the victim for the abuse we allow the cycle of violence to continue and jeopardize the safety of society at large.

The attorney for the victim of Deputy Jeremy Fennell, Ben Meiselas of Geragos and Geragos law firm, said it best, “The decision is an embarrassment, a miscarriage of justice, and has exhausted what little credibility remains in the DA’s ability to handle cases involving police misconduct. Once again, the DA has given de facto immunity to the police” No Charges Filed.

Sign the petition asking Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to reconsider filing charges against Deputy Jeremy Fennell and encouraging her to consider the fact that relying on findings presented to her office by the colleagues of an abusive officer who has a three year restraining order without the benefit of interviewing the victim or the witnesses is problematic.  

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