Surprise, Surprise: OC DA Clears Yet Another Officer-Involved Killing

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'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through OC, not a cop who had shot faced charges, by the District Attorney...

In the Weekly's latest entry in its series of OC DA-cleared killer cops, two Santa Ana policemen were cleared of wrongdoing in an officer-involved shooting earlier this year. Officers Pete Picone and John Rodriguez opened fire in an incident on March 15, 2013 that killed Jason Hallstrom, 41, and injured Travis Mock, 29.

Details describing the circumstances surrounding the shooting are scant. The OCDA explains that a pending criminal case against Mock prevents them from releasing more than a one-page letter at this time.

News reports of the shooting stated that Santa Ana police chased the two men on the 5 freeway. Their vehicle later crashed into another at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 15th Street. Both Mock and Hallstrom fled the scene of the accident and were shot. Hallstrom later died of his wounds.

Mock survived and pleaded not guilty to multiple felonies including evading a peace officer/reckless driving, unlawful taking of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance as well as a misdemeanor count of resisting a public or peace officer. The case, as the OCDA notes, is still pending. Mock filed a $1 million claim against Santa Ana regarding the shooting. When further details are released surrounding the incident, the Weekly will follow up.

In the meantime, as our readers will recall, the officer-involved shooting that Mock survived was not his first! Back in February 2011, he was looting mailboxes in Anaheim Hills when Anaheim Police Department Lieutenant Tim Schmidt returned home from duty. Seeing Mock, he fired one round striking him after claiming to have seen a black object pulled from his jacket.

Despite being unarmed and shot in the back, the OCDA justified the shooting but pursued charges against the mail thief. Mock cried "bullschmidt" on that filing an excessive force lawsuit that the city settled last month to the tune of $75,000!

Now if the Anaheim Lieutenant's name sounds as familiar as Mock's, it's because he was recently appointed as spokesperson for the department as well as heading up its newly created Public Affairs Bureau that will handle Chief Raul Quezada's Advisory Board, Neighborhood Advisory Council and websites.

Yep, even the APD's new Public Information Officer was subjected to an excessive force lawsuit himself costing the city's taxpayers a hefty penny. Ho-ly Schmidt!

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33 comments
alansotoe
alansotoe

oc weekly youre a bunch of morons and turds ....putting out stories defending turds ...all of u need to be shot

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

Just another propaganda piece of non-credible journalism here.  The first casualty of a journalist's propaganda is the truth.  The next casualty is the victim of a witch-hunting lynch mob.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

Benjamin Cleveland
Benjamin Cleveland

Lots of hatred for the police. I have an idea... put your money where your mouth is. If you need them, don't call them.

Jeff Rey
Jeff Rey

it was a justified shooting. nobody "innocent" was shot, the suspects evading were up to no good and their actions with the accident they cause during their evasion gave probable cause that theyd certainly with carelessness and/or malice hurt someone else in the public up to and including the pursuing authorities. Justified shooting. period.

citizenactivist
citizenactivist

Yep, even the APD's new Public Information Officer was subjected to an excessive force lawsuit himself costing the city's taxpayers a hefty penny. Ho-ly Schmidt!"

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Well, sounds like they hired the perfect scumbag for the job then, didn't they?

Rich Ezeikiel
Rich Ezeikiel

If the DA didnt find them innocent the city would get sued for millions. The DA wants to get re-elected right? Well he wont get re-elected if hes costing cities millions of dollars would he. The whole thing is a RACKET. The citizens are the clowns.

Rich Ezeikiel
Rich Ezeikiel

Not all cops are Bad, It takes a whole team of good cops to cover up a murder, hide evidence and lie on the stand for their bad mate. If all cops where bad they wouldnt get away with murder as easy.

John Martinez
John Martinez

Cops put our lives on the Line when they behave like gang members and cover up for each other.

Dan Bergin
Dan Bergin

In the meantime, as our readers will recall, the officer-involved shooting that Mock survived was not his first! Back in February 2011, he was looting mailboxes in Anaheim Hills when Anaheim Police Department Lieutenant Tim Schmidt returned home from duty. Seeing Mock, he fired one round striking him after claiming to have seen a black object pulled from his jacket. Despite being unarmed and shot in the back, the OCDA justified the shooting but pursued charges against the mail thief. Mock cried "bullschmidt" on that filing an excessive force lawsuit that the city settled last month to the tune of $75,000!

Dan Bergin
Dan Bergin

Mock made $75,000.00 for committing a felony. The cops aim needs to improve.

Phil Maurer
Phil Maurer

Name one time that the OC weakly has reported fairly about the police in 5 years? Now lets look at how many stories they have neglected to mention some facts and made the police look bad.

Stuart Merritt
Stuart Merritt

Those guys put their lives on the line every day to protect us and keep our streets safe, he was judged and cleared, enough said.

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

Juz becuZ One mistrust or is critical of law enforcement, DOESN'T MEAN AT ALL, that I CONDONE ANY OF IT. Some times cops DO wrong AND get AWAY with IT, Period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jessica Ancira
Jessica Ancira

Cops will continue to think it's alright to kill first and "ask questions later" if the DA continues to let them slide

Mary Chittenden
Mary Chittenden

So you're the judge and jury? Persons are innocent until proven guilty in this country, unless the cops get to them first, I guess.

909Jeff
909Jeff

My heart breaks for him...

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

The Bernie Madoff like record of perfection continues.

squirebond
squirebond

@jimgilchrist The pigs always get away with murder and then the public relations mill that is the pig trough department does it's thing.  The pigs are the lowest form of life.  The only thing they are good for is making an insurance claim.  

squirebond
squirebond

The filthy swine masquerading as heroes get away with murder yet again.  I hope they go to prison.  Cops are worse than any terrorists.  Cops are the enemy. 

citizenactivist
citizenactivist

Well, that's true, but the same guys are standing by and watching citizens be murdered, many times without just cause. They need to figure out what side they're going to be on, and it appears they have already. We

as citizens need to decide how much longer we'll put up with their 

cover-ups and lies. I do not believe it will be much longer.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@squirebond @jimgilchrist 

Okay.  You have made your point that you are an incurable cop-hater.  


But, the real pigs in society are the bandits who beat, steal, murder, or otherwise bring misery to others with their criminal behavior.  


Police officers do not get away with murder.  But, some criminals put themselves in the situation where shots are fired by police officers.


I guess we could have a utopian law enforcement environment where cops never carried weapons, or were never allowed to use them.  


Of course, that would mean our members of law enforcement would be expected to "cut and run" rather than deal with violent criminals.  What a heyday for low-life bandits that would be.


In my opinion, the shooting victims deliberately put themselves in the situation where lethal force ensued.  


To require cops not to use any kind of force in their sworn obligation to serve and protect our communities would be tantamount to depriving our troops in Afghanistan of their weapons, yet expecting them to politely detain the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists they encountered.  


I give my support to law enforcement organizations.  Civilized America wants law enforcement survivors, not casualties.   


I rest my case.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project








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