Board of Supervisors OK's Settlement with Family of Marine Sgt. Fatally Shot by Deputy

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Despite the district attorney clearing sheriff's Deputy Darren Sandberg of wrongdoing in the February 2012 shooting death of Manuel Loggins at San Clemente High School, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved a settlement with the popular Marine sergeant's family.

It's unclear if the family will accept the deal to end their federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit. Their attorney Brian Dunn of the Cochran firm in Los Angeles was not available for comment.

Sandberg, who'd served in the Marines before joining the sheriff's department, shot and killed Loggins at the high school track where he held early-morning prayer walks with his daughters, who were in the back of the family SUV to witness the shooting. The sheriff's department and deputies union vehemently defended Sandberg, maintaining that Loggins crashed through a gate to reach the track, was acting erratically when confronted by the deputy and had to be taken out to protect the two girls. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced in October that his office was clearing Sandberg of criminal wrongdoing.

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Deputy Sandberg
But Dunn, the Loggins family and everyone from Camp Pendleton brass down to co-workers of the slain man strongly defended the 31-year-old father of four as a thoughful, Christian family man.

With the revelation of the Board of Supervisors' settlement offer for an undisclosed amount, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff's issued a release again damning Loggins for his actions that day, reiterated that the DA had produced findings favorable to Sandberg and noted the DA also found the deputy had no Taser or less-lethal options available to him, adding that the union backs the department's efforts to provide deputies the necessary tools and training.

Here is the full statement:

Deputies' Association Issues Statement on Settlement
District Attorney's Office Cleared Sheriff's Deputy of Criminal Wrongdoing in Feb. 7, 2012 Incident

SANTA ANA, CA, April 23, 2013-The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs issued the following statement on the decision by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to approve a settlement in a case related to a February 7, 2012 deputy-involved shooting in San Clemente:

"Following an exhaustive and independent investigation, the Orange County District Attorney's Office issued a September 28, 2012 report exonerating the deputy of any wrongdoing.

It is heartbreaking that Manuel Loggins created the situation that put his children in danger and ultimately cost him his life. While the actions of our deputy clearly prevented serious harm from coming to the Loggins children and other innocents that morning, the decision to use deadly force is the heaviest of burdens that come with the badge. It is a decision no law enforcement officer ever wants to be forced to make. This is clearly a tragedy for all involved - for the Loggins family, for the deputy, and for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The District Attorney's investigation revealed the deputy did not have a Taser or any other viable less-lethal options available to him at the time of the shooting.

The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs supports the Sheriff's Department efforts to ensure every deputy and investigator assigned to field operations has access to additional less-lethal options, including Tasers and pepper spray, and is provided appropriate training."

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11 comments
Whophantom
Whophantom

Why did the deputy need a taser or even have to murder the SGT when there were three additional deputies at the scene?  Seems they were afraid of the Sgt. This says a lot about OCSD Academy training.

rich1620
rich1620

Law enforcement entry level jobs such as police patrolmen, sheriff patrolmen, university police and correctional officers are the lowest paid professionals in the world. They have to paid a large part of their insurance premiums, and they have to pay into their own retirement fund which most large companies pay all that at no cost to their employee. They pay higher than average union dues plus they pay state, local and federal taxes like everyone else. Other than businesses giving them free coffee and donuts there are no incentives for anyone to become a cop. They supplement their incomes by joining the reserves, National Guards, work two jobs and most spouses have to work. There are a certain breed of people that want to become a cop. We need to let them know that when they do a good job that we appreciate them. We should always be respectful and courteous because we don't know what they might have gone through that day. When you see an officer at a store or gas station tell them that you appreciate them and wish them a good day.  

rich1620
rich1620

Tasing kills directly and indirectly. Several hundred people have directly died from being tased. Even more have died indirectly with head injuries from hitting their heads; their bodies are paralyzed from the high voltage which causes them to have no control thus hitting the concrete/pavement head first.


Tasing is so new that we have no idea what it is doing to the human body over time. Many believe that there will be a higher risk of getting cancer, arthritis and autoimmune systems disorders. Users are exposed to more radiation than the ones being tased.  If the tasing guns have been dropped or damaged, the risks of radiation exposure are increased. When discharging the tasing gun it has been suggested that users stand sideways and hold the gun at arms length to minimize exposure.


Many of those tased are experiencing chronic and progressive disorders characterized by chronic fatigue and muscular weakness.


There are practically no tasing logs being kept by law enforcement such as: who, what, when, how, where and why the tasing guns were deployed, and there is no government database at all for tracking ongoing health problems.


Families of those who were killed from officer abuse of tasing guns have been awarded settlements as much as 20 million dollars. Those departments said that the money will be paid by their insurance companies, but we all know that its just a matter of time until insurance premiums will increase or they will begin canceling those departments. Also, some courts have recently allowed civil cases to proceed against officers who were previously protected from law suits.

RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

2 things....


1. I am around people all the time who could be considered dangerous, I have never had to shoot anyone ever. 


2. Can we stop paying these fines and take the money out of the police pension fund? I can guarantee you the union will stop defending them and other officers will start pushing the trouble maker (pension hurting) officers out of the force.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

So many settlements of late. Can one honestly believe that there isnt a culture of trigger happy neanderthals wearing the olive green?

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Notice how these police associations never find any culpability for any of their cops for anything. The statistical probability for that being correct must be astounding.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@rich1620 Two things: A) Families of those killed by regular guns sue and are awarded settlements, too (see this case); 2) If the Sgt. had been tased and later died, at least he could have said goodbye to his daughters, including the one born after his death.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@18usc241   They don't have to find culpabilty because there are an abundance of arm chair quarterbacks like yourself, trying to play in a game they know nothing about.  The Association's role is to defend the Officer and frankly, they do it quite well.   In this situation the County evaluated legal costs of trying the case and determined the cost would be less by settling.  This was also most likely pushed by the County's insurance company who would rather pay than fight a case.  This additionally does not mean the Officer did anything wrong, but merely that the county saves a couple of bucks by not taking it to trial. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Armchair quarterback? LOL I've personally witnessed your police force in Orange County commit every crime in the book including one or more not in the book yet. It's why I can speak at Garden Grove/Anaheim city hall with no reservation.

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