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In Support of Officer Kasi Beutel

Santa Barbara Police Officers Association Issues Statement


Friday, October 12, 2012
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The articles attacked the SBPD officer who arrested him, Kasi Beutel, personally and professionally. Mr. Lance made allegations about the legality of the traffic stop and the validity of his breath test. He accused Officer Beutel of forging his signature and attempted to “investigate” her personal life by questioning her friends and family about her activities.

His behavior seems both obsessive and paranoid, and goes beyond the usual antics of DUI defendants seeking to avoid conviction. Alleging officer incompetence, equipment malfunction or simply refusing to take responsibility are all typical evasive actions taken by DUI defendants. Mr. Lance exceeded this; his personal attacks on Officer Beutel and her husband were (and still are) distasteful and wildly inaccurate.

The Santa Barbara Police Officers Association has, out of an abundance of caution and respect for the criminal justice process, not commented on Lance’s behavior while his trial was underway. Though that time period was stressful and upsetting for Officer Beutel, who was relentlessly being attacked at a level that no professional should have to endure, fellow officers were only able to privately express their support for her, and their disappointment at the standards of “journalism” demonstrated by the News-Press. Many urged the SBPOA leadership to aggressively and publicly support Officer Beutel, but we felt it inappropriate to add fuel to the fire and did not want to be accused of attempting to interfere with the criminal case.

Now the News-Press has elected to revisit this issue, and has begun publishing yet another series of unjustified, irrelevant and inaccurate attack pieces against Kasi Beutel. Though we believe in and support the freedom of the press, with such freedom comes a great responsibility.

The SBPOA is greatly disappointed that the News-Press continues to engage in sub-par journalistic practices and allows Mr. Lance, who has clearly demonstrated a personal vendetta against Officer Beutel, to once again co-opt the front page of their paper.

We also would like to take this opportunity to state our unwavering support of Officer Beutel, who is one of the most decorated and successful DUI officers in the history of the Santa Barbara Police Department, with over 600 arrests in 2 years as a DDT Officer, SBPD Officer of the Year for 2010 and who was the recipient of the 2009 and 2010 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Awards.

Kasi is a respected member of this department, passed an extensive background investigation prior to becoming a police officer, and demonstrated a high level of competence and dedication throughout her DUI enforcement assignment. Peter Lance’s one-sided and spiteful vilification of an excellent Police Officer, mother, and wife, who works diligently to provide this community with dedicated police service, is a travesty of journalism.

We rebuke Peter Lance and the Santa Barbara News-Press for these writings which are clearly intended to incite unjustified animus towards both Officer Beutel and all Santa Barbara Police Officers who serve your community.

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If Kasi Beutel is innocent, then why hasn't she come out and demanded that the 'Sintra Report' (paid with tax dollars) be removed from her personnel file and released for the public to read?

Also, Jane Doe (the victim of planted heroin) took and passed a lie detector test at her own expense. SBPD employs their very own Polygraph Examiner, so why won't Kasi Beutel take a lie Detector test too!

Right now there are two LAPD officers charged with felonies for doing nothing more than Kasi Beutel did when she lied under oath (proved beyond a shadow of a doubt) in filing a false DS 367 form:

http://m.dailynews.com/ladn/pm_8867/c...

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2012 at 5:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Kasi Beutel has the unwavering support of the SBPOA because she is one of "their own", not because of her behavior, either personally or professionally.

I'm certainly no supporter of Peter Lance and I find much of his articles to be a big waste of words.

However.....

There are clearly some issues of procedure as well as personal behavior that the SBPOA and the SBPD have chosen to ignore.

The filling out of forms with the answers written in prior to the forms usage are clearly not within the intended guidelines of the SBPD. There is no way one can legitimately determine that the suspect had answered or consented as the forms indicated with those forms filled out in advance.

The other relates to her personal issues regarding taxes. Those are clearly issues which should draw suspicion from not only the government, but the SBPD. Police officers are expected to obey the law in their personal as well as their professional lives.

There are other issues that raise suspicions but I just don't see how the SBPD gets around ignoring those two issues while promoting Kasi Beutel at the same time.

The SBPOA and the SBPD have closed ranks and have decided to make a stand, even if the facts indicate they should do otherwise. This decision may seem logical from the perspective of protecting one of their own, but it's not logical from the perspective of justice, ethics and image of the SBPD.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2012 at 8:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Unfortunately, I put little faith in either side. PL's words and actions show an arrogant, self-absorbed individual, and the SBNP is a biased, sensationalist rag. Yet, as much as I hold no one in that grouping in high regard for how the articles are put out there and the infantile language used, I believe that PL has shown that there is a series of events pertaining to one officer -- KB -- that need further investigation and explanation. The problem is that PL discredited himself badly in the first set of articles as he seemed like a vindictive, numbers-manipulating individual, and so few people take him seriously. (Who tries to convince the general public that a .09 BAC is one-hundredth of a percent above the legal limit? So blowing a .16 isn't that bad either as you're only 8 one-hundredths over the limit, not twice it. A more logical argument is that .09 is within a margin of error that can be manipulated.)
The SBPD and SBPOA have done nothing to promote the public's trust in them regarding this event. Internal investigations into incidents about which the public is fully aware are being kept secret and/or swept under the rug. While it is hoped that police corruption and cover up is not rampant in this country, it does occur and so it is not unusual for citizens to want to know more. The POA's press release is as bad as the SBNP. It states that PL is a criminal defendant, a somewhat misleading statement since the charges were dropped and PL is no longer a defendant. So the POA is also now stooping to sensationalist name calling.
As a concerned citizen, I call on Chief Sanchez, the SBPD, and the SBSO to fully address where the bindle of black tar heroin came from. Sheriff Brown has officially cleared the SBSO of any wrongdoing, yet the event took place in a Sheriff’s facility. Don't you want to know where it came from, Sheriff Brown? If a bindle suddenly appeared on the floor of a holding cell and everyone denied bringing it in, would you just accept that as fact and move on? There is videotaped evidence that it was there, inside the facility, so you might want to figure out who is lying. Jane Doe? One of your officers? The SBPD officer? And, Chief Sanchez, please conduct a thorough review and communicate the results to the people of Santa Barbara. You have clear, official video evidence that runs contrary to a sworn statement from one of your officers. This officer's word is trusted as fact in courts of law, yet her signed report has been shown to not be factual.
And, to the POA, investigate these allegations. Stop running a counter-smear campaign. Hitching your cart to this horse may cause you to lose a lot of public (and financial) support if you come out on the wrong end of this, and tarnish the image of some very good officers.

information_overload (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2012 at 12:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

She's a good wife?
According to Todd Beutel, or according to Mark Corbett?
She's a good mother?

Heck, Showtime's 'Dexter Morgan' of 'Dexter' is a good father and he is a sociopathic serial killer!

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2012 at 9:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And the SBPOA says:
"Mr. Lance(s) ... personal attacks on Officer Beutel and her husband were (and still are) distasteful and wildly inaccurate."

Really? That must be why she has filed a lawsuit against Lance and The NP for Libel?

Wait a minute, there's no law suit against Lance and the NP?

I invite the SBPOA to explain how it is they defend KB against the video taped accusations that she planted Heroin on the innocent Jane Doe.

Sherif Brown spoke out ONLY in defense of HIS employees.

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
October 21, 2012 at 8:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Here's what the SBPOA should have said in support of officer Beutel: "We know that an investigation was conducted as a result of the allegations brought up by the SB News Press, and we know that while tax payers funded that investigation, it is going to remain private and unavailable. Hahahaha tax payers.... Good luck in drawing your own conclusions about her behavior but as far as the broiler plate methodology goes, we have to write this worthless piece and give all the appearances that we support her actions and that we think she's a good cop."

Seriously, even commenting about this piece is a total waste of my time and energy. But, I will say this.... it scares the day lights out of me that so few people in this town even know about what's happening. They have no clue about this story and the ramifications of it. Will they ever wake up and smell the coffee? Maybe they can... maybe they can have 'coffee with a cop', and ask the officer in question why she asked the minister to back date her marriage date? Everyone must think that's ok, I haven't heard of anyone caring? Or maybe they can ask her why she would want to frame someone for a drug plant in jail. Oh, and be sure to thank her for being the cop responsible for getting camera's back into vehicles. We appreciate that Officer Beutel. Thank goodness for cameras. Also please ask her why she reported so many drunk driving arrests that she was not even on scene for. I'm curious why she would lie about that. Thanks

sbsurfguy (anonymous profile)
October 23, 2012 at 4:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)