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April 7, 2017
Kris Jackson murdered
Will Unfinished Business in South Lake Tahoe Distract New Police of Chief From His Duties?
January 20, 2017, the City of Susanville announced that John King from South Lake Tahoe was hired as the new Chief of Police, starting on January 23rd. Following the hiring of John King has stirred up a lot of controversy with questions asked, if he meets the minimum qualification or if there was a background check before being hired. Another question one might ask, "Will the ongoing investigations into the South Lake Tahoe officer Joshua Klinge , who shot and killed of unarmed 22-year-old, Kris Jackson be a distraction to newly hired Police of Chief from his duties?" Susanville has it's own set of problems that requires a new Chief of Police's full attention. John King was one of the SLT officers subpoena to testify before the El Dorado County Grand Jury in the death of Jackson, who is also party to the Motion to Quash the Subpoena.
The El Dorado County District Attorney's Office has sought to convene a grand jury to determine whether criminal charges are warranted against officer Joshua Klinge. January 1, 2016, California Penal Code § 917(b) now expressly prohibits Grand Jury consideration of an officer's use of deadly force. Although contrary, the Bill of Right's Fifth Amendment states, "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger;"
Events leading up to who will determine if Klinge will be criminally indicted or not;
A federal wrongful death suit filed against the City of South Lake Tahoe and members of its police force by Kris Jackson’s parents, Angela Ainely and Patrick Jackson, is likely to be delayed as the legal issues surrounding potential criminal charges are resolved. Attorneys on both sides of the wrongful death suit have suggested a stay in the civil case until a determination regarding possible criminal charges against Klinge is made. A trial date of spring 2018 for the civil case is suggested in the filing, but could be subject to extension.
Sources: SLT POLICE OFFICERS ASSOC. V. EDC GRAN D JURY (Case PC20160033); SLT POLICE OFFICERS ASSOC ET AL VS SUPERIOR COURT (Case PC20160019); California Third District Court of Appeal Case (C081603); Supreme Court Case (S240238);Tahoe Daily Tribune;South Lake Tahoe Police Watch
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PIERSON v. S.C. (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE POLICE OFFICER'S ASSOCIATION)
Case Number S240238
April 12, 2017, The request that the court grant review on its own motion, filed by the Office of the Attorney General, is denied. The matter is now final.
Third Appellate District, C081603
Let a peremptory writ of mandate issue directing the superior court to vacate its orders quashing the subpoenas and dismissing the grand jury, and instead issue orders denying the motions of the real parties in interest. The District Attorney of El Dorado County is awarded costs on appeal. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 8.493(a)(1)(A).)
The Court ruling in favor of the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office who has sought to convene a grand jury to determine whether criminal charges are warranted against the South Lake Tahoe officer Joshua Klinge in the shooting death of Kris Jackson, June