2 Ventura County workers cited in vandalism of BLM signal

A Ventura County sheriff’s worker is on depart and an worker of the county district lawyer’s workplace has resigned after they have been cited in reference to the vandalism of a Black Lives Matter banner in Thousand Oaks, authorities mentioned.

The incidents have been captured on a surveillance digital camera that was put in to file anybody attempting to wreck or take away the signal — a tarp emblazoned with the letters “BLM” that has for weeks been displayed alongside a fence on Westlake Boulevard, in keeping with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace.

Authorities say detectives noticed a picture of one of many vandalism suspects that the banner’s proprietor posted on social media and acknowledged the person as 60-year-old Darrin Stone, who has labored with the Sheriff’s Workplace since 2005.

Authorities allege Stone, who’s assigned as a non-sworn service technician on the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura, slashed the signal with a knife on June 13 and once more final Friday.

He has been cited within the vandalism and is now on paid depart pending the outcomes of prison and administrative investigations, in keeping with the Sheriff’s Workplace.

“I’m deeply dissatisfied that one in all our workers concerned himself in such a criminal activity, particularly when that is an infringement on somebody’s 1st Modification proper to freedom of speech,” Sheriff Invoice Ayub mentioned in an announcement. “We is not going to tolerate illegal or unethical habits by anybody employed by our company. We maintain our workers to the best requirements, and there shall be penalties for this.”

Additionally cited within the vandalism was Craig Anderson, 59. Authorities say he reduce the signal down on Could 31 however left it behind after noticing the digital camera.

Anderson was employed as a non-sworn investigative assistant with the county district lawyer’s workplace however has since resigned, officers mentioned. He had been on the job for about 4 months.

A 3rd man, 58-year-old Jeffrey Moore, additionally was cited within the vandalism after sheriff’s officers mentioned he spray-painted graffiti on the signal on June 11.

Moore, Anderson and Stone are all Thousand Oaks residents, authorities mentioned.