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Two Stockton Police Officers Fired for Using Excessive Force During Traffic Stop With Teen

by ECT

On Tuesday, the Stockton Police Department announced that two officers have been fired from the department after an internal investigation regarding excessive force during a December 2020 pursuit arrest of a teenager.

Police Chief Eric Jones said Officer Michael Stiles and Officer Omar Villapudua were separated from their employment.

“The investigation determined two of the involved officers were well outside the scope of both our policy and training. Our department has policies that state we should make attempts to avoid striking an arrestee around the head and neck area when possible. Given this set of circumstances, I cannot and will not condone any excessive force. Additionally, any use of profanity is considered unwarranted and not professional,” said Jones.

Here is the info released by Stockton PD:

SPD News: December 30, 2020, traffic stop administrative investigation update.

Incident Summary: On December 30, 2020, at 8:20 p.m., officers attempted a traffic stop on a Mercedes being driven erratically and speeding in excess of 100 mph. The driver failed to yield and instead turned off the vehicle headlights, leading officers on an approximate three-minute pursuit. The suspect vehicle passed on the right of two uninvolved motorists, who were yielding to emergency lights and sirens. One of the yielding motorists swerved, and a pursuing SPD unit collided with that vehicle. The driver of the Mercedes continued to flee but lost control of the vehicle while navigating a turn. At that time, an SPD unit utilized the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT maneuver) to end the chase. The Mercedes’ side-impact airbags were deployed. Four officers used force during the arrest of the driver. The driver was transported to an area hospital for medical evaluation and clearance before being booked into Juvenile Hall for evading and resisting arrest. An internally generated administrative investigation was initiated, and the four involved officers were placed on administrative leave.

Statement from Chief Eric Jones:

Administrative investigations take time to complete, and that is to ensure there is fairness for all involved parties. Even though from the beginning I was deeply concerned and placed the four involved officers on administrative leave, I had to wait for the investigation to be finished to completely understand the full scope and severity of this incident. Now that the investigation has ended, I feel the responsibility to be transparent about some of the officers’ actions that evening.

The investigation determined two of the involved officers were well outside the scope of both our policy and training. Our department has policies that state we should make attempts to avoid striking an arrestee around the head and neck area when possible. Given this set of circumstances, I cannot and will not condone any excessive force. Additionally, any use of profanity is considered unwarranted and not professional.

This morning, the family was able to view the body-worn camera footage, and a copy was provided to their attorney. Due to the arrestee being a juvenile and out of respect for him and his family, I will not be releasing the body-worn camera footage publicly.

Holding ourselves accountable and providing service to our community is paramount. Today, several of the involved officers are receiving discipline, including two who are being separated from employment as a result of their actions. This case is also being reviewed by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

As our department moves forward, we will continue to strive to exemplify our core values. We must always remember that upholding the trust of our community is an essential part of our duty as law enforcement officers.

Separated from employment:

  1. Officer Michael Stiles, hired June 29, 2018, assigned to the Community Response Team.
  2. Officer Omar Villapudua, hired January 4, 2016, assigned to the Community Response Team.

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6 comments

Phillip Reed Mar 31, 2021 - 9:35 pm

The cops did the right thing! I don’t care if this was a teenager! He had it coming in spades! I’m going to email the Stockton Chief-of-Police, ERIC JONES, demanding that the two officers be rehired immediately!

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KID GOT WHAT WAS COMING Apr 1, 2021 - 12:57 am

Ahhh! The little creep got what he deserved! Got his ass kicked! GOOD! Those two officers should be given medals instead of being fired! Shame on Stockton’s Chief of Police!

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Aaron Jay Apr 2, 2021 - 12:49 am

From the description of what the like puke did, I’d beat the living daylights out of him myself! He put everybody on the road in mortal danger! What did he expect? Being hugged and kissed when caught? Good job, officers!

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moonwork Apr 2, 2021 - 1:13 am

I’ve been on Highway 4 in a similar situation. I can’t believe these officers were fired either. Excess of 100 mph, lights off, kid got off easy, he is still alive and didn’t kill anyone. Where are the little brat’s parents? Wondering where their Mercedes is? This needs to be a hefty, hefty, fine followed by 1,000 hours of the worst community service on earth like cleaning up homeless dumps.

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Kelly Apr 3, 2021 - 8:21 am

Good start, but only if there’s a good finish. We know why the officers pulled him over right, but why did the kid decide to take them on one? I mean, why was he driving like that in the first place? Kids will be kids, I get it, but most kids don’t run from the cops causing a pursuit which in turn causes an innocent person to get in a car wreck. The cops had good reason to arrest him, and good reason not to be nice about it. But a boot print on the kid’s face? Come on. Excessive puts it mildly and I, for one, doubt those guys act all that much differently every other day of the week. Cops like that put the public at risk just as much, if not more so than did the idiot kid driving recklessly. Similarly, cops like that definitely shouldn’t get a pass for their actions any more than the kid should for his. It’s good they got fired, clearly shouldn’t be cops. And, while nothing I read even touched on this issue, I would hope that the kid has to face the consequences for his actions the same anyone else would. I’m not holding my breath, though, since those parents don’t seem to realize that while they’re busy making headlines they are failing to teach their son [as well as the officers involved] an important lesson…two wrongs don’t make a right.

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Len Tracy Apr 5, 2021 - 1:03 pm

The kid got the asswhoopin’ his parents should have administered. However, something tells me that he got the idea to act that way from watching them do it. Not all parents are responsible people. They can’t teach him because they are the same as him. The officers did the right thing! I’d like to see more of this take place and be publicized. Maybe the message will get across.

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