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Sgt. Jason E. Peardon of San Mateo County Sheriff Office

Discussion in 'The Other Side Of The Hill' started by Michael Stogner, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    A question I have is How is he even employed by our Sheriff's Office and a member of Gang Intelligence Unit

    He was the SMCSO IA investigator for Deputy Juan Lopez incident reported November 2013. Somebody reported inappropriate behavior in the jail between Deputy Lopez and an inmate. An inmate was being moved because of an alleged Threat (never confirmed) the move was done by 2 Correctional Officers not Deputy Lopez who was in charge of the Jail pod at that time. The move took 90 minutes when the normal time would be under 15 minutes, again not Deputy Lopez's move but 2 Correctional Officers.

    I have heard the leading questions that Jason Peardon asked the people he was interviewing, He wasn't getting the answers he was looking for so he kept inserting the words he wanted in his report.

    November 10, 2015 the Civil Service Commission met to hear an appeal by Deputy Lopez of the Sheriff Office suspension without pay for 150 hours based on Sgt. Jason E. Peardon's Investigation. The Hearing was supposed to last 4 hours but it went 9 hours. Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos testified about Honesty and how important it was that deputies be honest. Jason Peardon testified, he was asked if he was a Brady Officer he answered NO. San Mateo County Counsel attorney John Nibbelin was there representing the Service Commission and San Mateo County Counsel attorney David Silberman was there representing the Sheriff's Office and it turns out he was representing the District Attorney's Office as well. I say this because Mr. Silberman supplied the 5 Commissioners with information packets and he verbally communicated about criminal charges that have yet gone to court. He talked about them as if they were true and factual which they are not. I was surprised the Commissioners allowed this behavior, one of them did object that the subject Mr. Silberman was talking about had nothing to do with why they were there.

    Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez is Suing San Mateo County for $30,350,000 in Federal Court. That might explain behavior of John Nibbelin and David Silberman that day.

    When attorney David Washington asked Jason Peardon if he was a Brady Officer and he answered No that had to shake up attorney John Nibbelin because he was the attorney for the County who sued Jason Peardon in 2004.

    When attorney David Washington started to ask Jason Peardon about an unlawful entry, Belmont, 2004 David Silberman went agitated. I'm not sure why because in 1994, a gentleman who was accused of Child Abuse in False Police Reports and Court Documents filed by Jason Peardon, demanded Lie Detector tests of both he and Peardon which was Court Ordered results.......matter dropped.

    This is why I ask, How is this man employed by San Mateo County Sheriff Office today?
    How is it possible that he can write any Police Report or testify for our County?

    The Commission ruled in favor of the Sheriff Office 150 hour without pay stands.
  2. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    Article from the Almanac, "An internal-affairs investigation in 2014 concluded that Mr. Lopez inappropriately touched at least one inmate (by hugging him), provided inmates with food from outside the jail, and lied to investigators."

    I'm not sure there was any proof the Deputy Juan Lopez lied to anybody, The investigator that David Boyce is referring to is Sgt. Jason Peardon, who was ordered to take a lie detector test after he filed false allegations in both Police Reports Palo Alto PD and SMC Court documents 1994. That covers the dishonesty question for sure.

    Suspended deputy's appeal rejected by commission

    by Dave Boyce / Almanac

    The county Civil Service Commission on Tuesday (Nov. 10) voted unanimously to uphold disciplinary action against Deputy Juan Lopez of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in connection with allegations that he violated jail policies and procedures.

    An internal-affairs investigation in 2014 concluded that Mr. Lopez inappropriately touched at least one inmate (by hugging him), provided inmates with food from outside the jail, and lied to investigators.

    The five-member commission met to hear Mr. Lopez's appeal of the punishment, which consisted of a 150-hour suspension and his designation as an officer who could not be relied on to tell the truth.

    The commission acted after a day of testimony from several Sheriff's Office employees, much of it recounting events of Nov. 5, 2013, during a transfer of an inmate from one cell block of the county jail to another. The transfer was made out of concern for the inmate's safety.

    Witnesses said that during the transfer, Mr. Lopez hugged the inmate twice – once with a "bro-hug," a handshake in which the two men also put their free arms around each other's shoulders – and again when they were walking out of the cell block and allegedly had their arms on each other's shoulders.

    Physical contact by deputies and corrections officers with inmates is considered inappropriate out of concern for prison discipline and the safety of officers and inmates, Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos said in his testimony. Perceptions may lead to suspicion of a quid pro quo or that the inmate was an informant, he said.

    Mr. Lopez is also accused of conspiracy in the smuggling of cellphones into the jail and of fraud in connection with his run for sheriff in the June 2014 election.

    The Almanac was unable to reach Mr. Lopez for comment. According to a report in the Daily Journal, Mr. Lopez denied hugging the inmate and acknowledged providing food for inmates in keeping with his religious principles about not wasting food.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2015
  3. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    The Civil Service Hearing open to the public and recording allowed was a first in San Mateo County History.
    Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez is responsible for that he requested it be open to the Public.
    He testified and answered every single question.
    Only 2 reporters attended David Boyce of the Almanac and Bill Silverfarb of the San Mateo Daily Journal.
    The main witness was Sgt. Jason Peardon who conducted the IA Investigation of Deputy Lopez, which was used to suspend Deputy Lopez The article below does not mention him. It does not mention that he was asked if he was a Brady officer. Could you imagine if you had a dishonest Sheriff Sgt. incharge of producing an investigation?

    Deputy loses suspension appeal: Juan Lopez sought to have Sheriff’s Office ruling overturned
    November 11, 2015, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal
    Juan Lopez

    The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office suspension of Deputy Juan Lopez was upheld Tuesday by the county’s Civil Service Commission.

    Lopez, also facing criminal charges, sought to have his 150-suspension overturned based on inconsistent testimony from one deputy, two correctional officers and an inmate at county jail who Lopez allegedly hugged or touched inappropriately at least twice on Nov. 5, 2013.

    The hearing, scheduled for four hours, lasted nine hours as Lopez’s attorney David Washington took several hours to ask questions to a handful of witnesses.

    Lopez was suspended for dishonesty, said Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos, who originally suspended the deputy for 200 hours.

    Bolanos testified under oath that an internal affairs investigation found at least four different witnesses who said Lopez gave an inmate a “bro-hug” and later was seen walking with his arms around the inmate on a night he was being transferred out of a jail pod for safety reasons.

    The inmate was allegedly facing threats from other inmates within the pod for being too close to Lopez, according to county counsel.

    Lopez also gave the inmate, and others, personal food from home which is a violation of department policy.

    Lopez was also suspended for 120 hours in 2012 for giving an inmate food. In 2007, he was also allegedly discovered naked in a county courtroom after hours with a woman, Chief Deputy County Counsel David Silberman told the commission Tuesday.

    Lopez has repeatedly denied hugging the inmate and said any actions he took that night to comfort or guide the inmate was taken out of context.

    He testified Tuesday that he shook the inmate’s hand once, put his hand on his chest to slow him down and then on his neck and back to guide him.

    A hug, however, is considered to be undue affection and can lead to safety issues in the jail.

    Lopez did admit to sharing his food with inmates, however, even after being suspended in 2012.

    “I’m Catholic. I think it’s a sin to throw away food,” Lopez testified Tuesday.

    Lopez is being prosecuted by the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office on accusations of conspiring to smuggle cellphones and drugs into county jail. He is also being charged for embezzlement, perjury and election fraud as he ran an unsuccessful write-in campaign for county sheriff in 2014 against Sheriff Greg Munks.

    The accusations came to light after the initial internal affairs investigation into the undue affection discovered possible crimes took place.

    In November 2014, Lopez and correctional officers George Ismael and Michael Del Carlo were arrested after a 10-month investigation that prosecutors say revealed the men helped deliver cellphones, Oxycodone, Alprazolam and Ibuprofen to inmate Dionicio Lopez, no relation, while he was in custody between April and December 2013.

    Those charges are still pending.


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  4. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

  5. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    The SMDJ article does not mention Sgt. Jason Peardon, the man who conducted the IA Investigation for the Sheriff's Office. Lets talk about Honesty, County Counsel Attorney John Nibbelin who was representing the Commission didn't say a word when attorney David Washington asked Jason Peardon if he was a Brady Officer and he answered NO. Mr. Nibbelin has persoanl knowlege of dishonest behavior by Jason Peardon, County of San Mateo vs. Peardon CIV 437309 March 29, 2004. Another case 389849 Jason Peardon filed false documents with Palo Alto Police Department and our Court. The court ordered both Peadron and the man he falsly accused of Child Abuse to take Lie Detector Tests given by Diana Sullivan Everstine Ph.D. Matter was dropped off the court calander as soon as results were reported by Everstine Ph.D. No charges were filed against Mr. Peardon for filing a false Police Report, or filing a false Instrument with the Court. The City of Belmont is stalling all efforts to turn over records involving 911 and Police Records for a 2004 Incident at a residence.

    "Lopez was suspended for dishonesty, said Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos, who originally suspended the deputy for 200 hours."
  6. Michael Stogner

    Michael Stogner Active Member

    Jason Peardon refused to talk with the District Attorney Investigators. That doesn't sound very honest.

    Deputies cleared in pepper spray death
    June 22, 2005, 12:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff
    District Attorney Jim Fox has cleared five sheriff's deputies including two who refused to speak on their own behalf of wrongdoing in the March death of 36-year-old Fernando Cazares.

    The official cause of Cazares' death is cardiopulmonary arrest due to cocaine-associated excited delirium, exaggerated by the struggle, pepper-spray inhalation and forcible restraints in a prone position, according to pathologist Dr. Peter Benson

    After his death, some witnesses claimed Cazares was beaten repeatedly with heavy flashlights even when he was no longer struggling. Those same witnesses softened their recollections during later interviews and the autopsy showed no head injuries or brain swelling consistent with the repeated strikes neighbors recalled.

    The three deputies who spoke with Fox's investigators received letters absolving them of responsibility in the March 15 incident. The other two, Jason Peardon and Josh Chilton, will not be prosecuted but are not receiving the letters of commendation Fox forwarded Monday to the Sheriff's Office, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

    As a result of their unwillingness to be interviewed, the investigation was limited to statements from other witnesses. We were not able to review a candid account of the facts from the two deputies most knowledgeable about the incident, Fox stated in a letter to Sheriff Don Horsley.

    Chilton and Peardon were first on scene and both admittedly struck Cazares with flashlights but the force was deemed acceptable.

    Although Deputy Peardon used a flashlight, in order to defend himself and the life of his partner, the injuries sustained by the flashlight were not lethal to Fernando Cazares, District Attorney Investigator Nora Fasshauer stated in her final comprehensive report.

    Deputies and officers are under no obligation to cooperate with prosecutors and the two were within their right to refuse comment on the advice of their attorneys. However, such silence following an in-custody death is very uncommon, Wagstaffe said.

    Cazares was pronounced dead at Kaiser Hospital at 3:09 a.m., an hour after Chilton and Peardon were dispatched to the 300 block of Second Avenue in unincorporated Redwood City. Ana Cazares, the deceased's sister, hysterically told the dispatcher that her brother was a crazy person who was on drugs. She said he went ballistic and was screaming I'm the master. I'm the master. She and her mother locked themselves in a bedroom. She also reported breaking a Dos Equis beer bottle over her brother's head but her mother later claimed she was the one who struck.

    His mother, Maria, later told investigators she was afraid of her son, who arrived home at 1 a.m. acting strangely.

    She said she was afraid because she's heard that family members are capable of killing other family members when they are out of their minds and she felt that Cazares was out of his mind, according to a sheriff's report included in the findings.

    When the officers arrived at the second-story apartment he shared with his family, Cazares threatened to kill them and refused to be subdued. Peardon called for a wrap device but was told none was available. A struggle ensued, involving bouts of pepper spray and hand-to-hand combat. Cazares struck Chilton in the mouth with a remote control later retrieved from the street and at one point both officers struck him with their flashlights.

    Three other officers Deputy Mark Cody, Deputy Lisandro Lopez and Sgt. Greg Pitlock responded to another call for help with the belief the first two were in distress. Together, the group continued fighting until Cazares was pushed to the car hood and cuffed. He then went limp.

    Deputy Cody noted that during Cazares' continued attempts to break free of the deputies' grip, he tossed the deputies about like a washing machine agitator, Fasshauer reported. Cody also claimed Cazares had superhuman strength prior to his collapse.

    Coroner Robert Foucrault finished his report on Casares' autopsy and toxicology results in May but was barred from releasing an official cause of death until the completion of Fox's investigation.

    Shortly after Casares died, his family and supporters claimed the officers hit him repeatedly in the head with heavy flashlights. A family attorney took sworn statements from five witnesses attesting to that fact but district attorney investigator interviews turned up small inconsistencies. In some, neighbors who claimed to see blows later recanted.

    Attorney Mark Martel did not return repeated attempts for comment.

    At the time of his death, Cazares' blood and urine showed recent cocaine use as well as a drug prescribed for schizophrenia.

    Ana Cazares told authorities her brother had been clean for about two years but had in recent weeks been out late and likely using drugs again.

    Tests on the officer's batons and flashlights turned up no signs of blood, fluid or tissue.

    Casares was one of five in-custody deaths by various law enforcement agencies throughout San Mateo County within a very brief span of time. Three others are still under investigation but Wagstaffe expects reports in at least two to be released in coming weeks.

    Prior to this spate, the last incident was the death of Ricardo Escobedo, 29, who was subdued with a wrap-type device by Redwood City police in 2002. The official cause of death was also determined to be excited delirium. The officers were cleared of wrongdoing and Escobedo's family settled a wrongful death claim earlier this year.

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