California Attorney General reviewing assault on San Francisco
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
June 15, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The state attorney general's office
will decide whether to prosecute a San Francisco district attorney's
office employee for at least two felony counts of battery on a
Ranon Ross, 39, was arrested June 5 after he got into a physical
altercation with two San Francisco police officers, according
to Officer Maria Oropeza.
The incident began around 4:30 p.m. as the officers came upon
a car parked on the sidewalk in the 1700 block of Eddy Street.
The officers got out of their car and began writing a ticket,
The owner of the car, later identified as Ross, came from inside
a nearby residence as the officers were citing his vehicle. He
then got into the car and began backing out into the street while
officers told him to stop the vehicle.
One officer rushed to the driver's side window and ordered Ross
to stop the car. Oropeza said the officer was not sure if Ross
had heard the previous command and was getting closer to the man
to get his point across.
According to police, Ross then got out of his vehicle and confronted
the officers, and it then turned physical.
"One of the officers was struck in the head," Oropeza
"Another was kicked in the groin area, and a radio that
was on one of the officers was broken during the altercation."
Officers called for backup as per department procedure and Ross
was placed under arrest. He was booked on suspicion of resisting
arrest, parking on the sidewalk, failure to obey officers and
two felony counts of battery on a police officer, Oropeza said.
Normally, the district attorney's office would prosecute the
case, but Ross has worked in the office for more than 14 years
as a narcotics division investigator and there is a potential
for a conflict of interest.
Instead, the case is being handled by the California Attorney
General's Office, but no charges have been filed in the nine days
since the incident, according to Department of Justice spokeswoman
Robin Schwanke. The California Attorney General's Office has taken
on the case, but it is still under review and a court date has
not been set.
The San Francisco district attorney's office did not immediately
respond to calls for comment regarding the incident.
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