Excerpts from the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page:
“Tune in to ‘Cop Talk’ every Monday morning at 8:45 am on KPOD. Every week either Chief Wallace from Brookings Police Department or Sheriff Erik Apperson from Del Norte County will be present to speak about public safey issues. Feel free to visit the KPOD website to make suggestions for future topics.”
Here are some suggestions from the public that we’d like to see Sheriff Apperson address:
On the Dave Egan (BlackHawk Pistol Story):
1. Does anyone in the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department know where the actual BlackHawk Pistol is?
2. Do all deputies currently wear camera’s? If not, when will they?
3. Why is it seemingly impossible to get the video from the raid on Egan’s place?
4. Since former Detective Bob Barber quit the Sheriff’s Department once Apperson was elected, and he’s the one responsible for the illegal raid of Egan; is anyone keeping tabs on him?
5. Will anyone from the Sheriff’s Department apologize to Egan for the nighmare they put him through?
6. Now that Steve Morris retired and Barber is gone; is anyone in the Sheriff’s Department looking into the activities of some of the remaining alleged rogue deputies: Tim Athey; Richard Griffin; Ed Fleshman, Justin Gill and Bill Stevens?
On the Fred Hansen alleged illegal search:
1. Why did Commander Tim Athey pick up Hansen without calling first?
2. Why did Com. Athey take Hansen into the “interview or interrogation room” without Donna Westfall’s presence when Hansen clearly asked for her to be present and she was waiting in the Sheriff’s Department to be called in to the meeting?
3. Did Com. Athey intimidate Hansen into signing a retraction of his original complaint?
4. Is this the way Sheriff Apperson wants his Sheriff’s Department to run?
5. Who can access the duty roster to find out the name of the other officer with Det. Richard Griffin that January 16th that searched Hansen’s apartment?
6. Is this Sheriff’s Department going to continue to operate with secrecy or try to operate with transparency?
On the resisting arrest issue (Alice Jones Case)
1. How many arrests have been made in the last year due to “resisting arrest.”
2. What are the statistics on those arrests? How many were made to pay fines and/or go to jail?
3. What is the bottom line to taxpayers? Is it making the Sheriff’s Department money, making the County money or is it costing more than it’s making?
4. What is it costing the person that was arrested?
5. How many of those resisting arrest cases are locals versus out-of-towner’s?