BY DONNA WESTFALL
Where we left off on Part 1, 2 and 3 of this story: County resident, Dave Egan, had his door bashed in by a SWAT type operation of the Sheriffs Department, beaten unconscious, and the only item named on the warrant was never found in the raid (the BlackHawk Pistol). Yet these Sheriffs deputies and detectives confiscated every valuable thing in his home including his entire gun collection, heirloom pieces from his family, gold coins, and cash. All of this was perpetrated by Sheriffs’ Detective Bob Barber’s claim that Dave Egan was a prior felon, a career criminal which was UNTRUE.
We thought that Part 3 would be the final chapter of the BlackHawk Pistol story but realized that this story is not yet over. The DVD/video requested on April 25, 2014 of the raid and never provided, did exist last year based on my conversation with 1.) Katherine Micks in the DA’s office, 2.)then Sheriff Dean Wilson , and 3) Facebook posting by Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Griffin. However, according to County Counsel, they do not have a copy. How is that even possible when so many of our law enforcement officers wear cameras? And there were plenty of them at Egan’s house that fateful day.
Since then here’s what happened. Dave Egan filed a lawsuit against the County, Case #CV UJ 14-1046.
The word is that Defendant (former) Det. Bob Barber QUIT!
Defendant (former) head of the drug task force Steve Morris RETIRED!
Defendant (former) Sheriff Dean Wilson lost his bid for RE-ELECTION!
In addition, (former) DA Jon Alexander was DISBARRED! He was the one who brought felony charges against Egan that were meritless.
Dave Egan attributes all this good news to his own efforts and to the reporting in Crescent City Times.com.
Hopefully this is a sign that things have changed for the better in Del Norte County. Hopefully, the County is ready to settle this matter, make things right and begin a new era.