Although I no longer cover much in terms of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department personnel issues, this one is just too amazing not to mention it. Besides 72 Days on the Beach was practically a legend on this blog in the days gone by so I felt the readers deserved an update.
What did he do this time? Well, he is now a lieutenant, which is amazing in the first place. He decided to manhandle a female subordinate and she was not too happy about it. She filed a report and it was sent to the District Attorney’s office for potential criminal charges. The DA did not file. But he got 25 days off as part of the Internal Affairs investigation. However, once time is served he gets to go back to his position with his lieutenant bars intact. Amazing. Just amazing.
Now compare this to Jason Barrios, who has been fired again. This time it was for touching a female deputy–not nearly to the extent to which 97 Days on the Beach manhandled a female subordinate. In Barrios’ case, it was caught on tape. It was sent to the DA and the reviewing DDA said they could not see anywhere in the video where he touched the female deputy. However, the IA investigator claims it is there. I guess the IA investigator is the only one who can see it with his super-duper X-ray vision. So the DA did not file but the department fired Barrios.
I’ve written more than once that I really like Sheriff McMahon. But to me his weakness is personnel matters. He needs to clean up how things are done and all of the favoritism. Until he does, he is going to find the lawsuits and outside investigations are going to continue. If anything takes him down, it will be the favoritism. And that’s too bad.
As a footnote to this story, I’m told that 97 Days on the Beach is on 4850 time because this whole thing has stressed him out. Really?
And as a second footnote, I wonder if 97 days on the beach is an all-time county record?