Inside SRPD's DV Unit
easy to speculate that one reason domestic violence laws aren't
being rigorously enforced by Santa Rosa police is the attitude
of at least one of the officers on their domestic violence unit.
take a look at Detective John Noland.
Noland shot and killed Charles Weber, pumping twelve bullets
as Weber fled.
Noland brutalized protestor Kit Mariah in a peaceful civil
disobedience action at a Gulf War demonstration. Mariah states
that Noland twisted back her left arm and lifted her off the floor.
"I was hanging there like a rag doll." Mariah suffered
Noland repeatedly jabbed another anti-war protestor Shannon
Williams in the ribs as Williams stood silent and motionless.
Noland shot David Wharton, a mentally ill man who was threatening
to kill himself. Noland stated that Wharton had stood up, turned
toward him and was going for his gun. Wharton, however, had only
one leg and wasn't wearing his prosthesis at the time. No way
he stood up; Wharton says he never saw Noland.
record, Noland received SRPD Distinguished Service awards in 1999
and 2000 and was promoted to the domestic violence unit. At least
one DV victim has already complained of Noland's conduct.