Joel Angeles, California Assemblywoman Audra Stricklandâ€™s Chief of Staff during protests of June 17, 2008. Photo By Flap
Flap was there and wrote this post after the altercation/protests and the fundraising event for Assemblywoman Audra Stricklandâ€™s husband, Tony.
The entire Flap was and continues to be a â€œHe Said, They Saidâ€ argument. Flap did not see the supposed â€œsmack downâ€ but did interview one of the female alleged victims. She did have scratches on her right arm which she said she received by being pushed into an adjoining hedge.
But, the hedge had sharp prongs, the sidewalk was filled with people and Flap was easily pushed into it and scratched his own arm.
Ventura County Sheriff officers interviewed all parties and since none of the parties would pursue prosecution or a citizenâ€™s arrest, no arrests were made.
Today, three of the protesters, all of a sudden, marched right down to the Ventura County Sheriff’s station and filed complaints.
Three people who were allegedly “body checked” by a local politician’s top aide at a protest last month say sheriff’s deputies are investigating the incident and criminal charges may be filed.
Thursday afternoon, Sandy Quiring, John Phillips and Louis Pandolfi filed complaints with sheriffs at the East Valley Station in Thousand Oaks against Joel Angeles, chief-of-staff to Assemblymember Audra Strickland.
They maintain that on June 17, Angeles attempted to prevent a peaceful protest against the tobacco industry, using both verbal and physical threats, during a fundraising event for Strickland’s husband, state Senate candidate Tony Strickland.
Audra Strickland (RMoorpark) placed Angeles on an unpaid one-month leave for showing “poor judgement,” according to a written statement from her office. He is to return to work Aug. 3.
Yada Yada Yada
This smells of hardball politics and an attempt to smear California State Senate candidate and former Assemblyman Tony Strickland via his wife’s Chief of Staff, Joel Angeles. As if, either of the Stricklands have control over a grown-up, California State employee on his day off, right?
Who knows if the Ventura County District Attorney will take the case? And, who knows why this trio of protesters waited over 30 days to get their asses down to the Sheriff’s office and file a complaint in the first place.
Maybe it is better timing for the Fall election season?
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