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    Critic of Sheriff's Department is arrested
    Woman is accused of assault after bottle is tossed at deputy

    Tuesday, April 5, 2005

    A Marin City woman who complained to the county Human Rights Commission about abuse and racial profiling by sheriff's deputies was arrested during a weekend conflict for allegedly throwing a bottle at a deputy.

    The arrest early Sunday morning angered community leaders, who accused the Sheriff's Department of retaliating against an African American for exposing bias.

    Korissa Russell, 43, was arraigned Monday on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. She was allegedly part of an angry crowd that formed as deputies tried to make an arrest after a dispute on the street.

    Witnesses said Russell, who remained in jail Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail, had been at the scene trying to calm a young man who was angry, and they insist she did not throw anything. She is scheduled to be back in court today.

    "Somebody threw a bottle from the apartment building," said witness Anita Shorter. "Korissa was standing there trying to hold somebody back."

    "She did not throw the bottle," said another witness, Royce McLemore. "I saw where the bottle came from. The bottle came from up the hill. It did not come from Korissa."

    Witnesses said a videotape taken of the incident by one of the residents of the apartment building would confirm Russell had not thrown a bottle. However, they added, the video is currently being kept under wraps.

    The trouble began at 3:17 a.m. Sunday when officers from the Marin City sheriff's substation responded to a loud party at the public housing apartment complex on 69 Cole Drive.

    Officers broke up the party, according to Sheriff's Lt. Dave Augustus, but another call came in at 4:05 a.m. complaining about a noisy dispute on the street. One of the men involved in that dispute, Augustus said, was Lamar Hogges, 34, who has a court restraining order barring him from the area. An angry crowd formed as officers attempted to arrest Hogges on suspicion of violating the court order, Augustus said.

    According to the police report, Deputy Bryan Petersen was trying to control the suspect when a small glass bottle of Hennessy cognac bounced off the grass and hit Hogges in the mouth. Petersen looked up and saw a female wearing a long black dress 15 yards away on top of a grassy knoll, screaming "Let him go. He didn't do anything," the report said.

    "There were no other persons near the female, and it didn't appear to me that the bottle could have been thrown by anyone else," Petersen said in the report, noting that the woman was "later identified as Korissa Russell."

    Augustus said the bottle, which did not break, was being held as evidence and would be checked for fingerprints.

    Russell, who appeared to be very intoxicated, according to the report, continued to scream and yell and threaten to sue officers when she was taken into custody and brought into the Marin City substation.

    Russell was one of a dozen mostly African American residents of Marin County who complained during a Human Rights Commission hearing in February alleging harassment, false arrests and physical and emotional abuse by police officers against minorities.

    Russell said she had been punched last March by an officer without provocation. She said that her son, Robert, 20, had been pulled over in January for a supposedly defective taillight and that an officer had pointed a shotgun at his head. The Sheriff's Department has denied the allegations of abuse.

    Beverly Freeman, whose son was in the car with Russell's son during the alleged shotgun incident, said she believed Russell's arrest Sunday was a response to press accounts of her complaints.

    "She has been asking, 'Why are you treating us this way? Why are you harassing young black men?' " Freeman said. "I think the Marin County Sheriff's Department is picking on her."

    Raphael Durr, a human rights commissioner, said the whole thing smelled fishy.

    "It really looks like retaliation," he said. "She's got more sense than to throw a bottle at the police."

    Lt. Augustus said none of the deputies who filed police reports knew who Russell was.

    "It's not like she's well known to us," Augustus said. "We were called there. It's not like we went hunting her out."
    ''Life's tough......it's tougher if you're stupid.''
    -- John Wayne

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    Where did this occur, Marin County?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by sgttom
      Raphael Durr, a human rights commissioner, said the whole thing smelled fishy.

      "It really looks like retaliation," he said. "She's got more sense than to throw a bottle at the police."

      Yeah, tell me another one. Even though the suspect has committed a crime, she's standing out there drunk, shouting at the deputy, "Let him go. He didn't do anything." Even if she didn't throw the bottle, who's harassing whom here?
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