The Rogues Gallery
A number of
Sonoma County police officers have been fired or criminally charged
with domestic violence within the last year or so. When you read
the court documents on these guys, they all sound like the same
case they call their partners the same names, pick them
up in the same way, threaten them with the same things. We're
beginning to think there's a required course at the police academy
called Domestic Violence 101.
Fired by Santa
Rosa Police for domestic violence against his wife. We've been
trying to get more information on this for weeks but the file
is always up in Judge Bertoli's office. Whazzup with that?
Gooch's ex-wife filed a domestic violence restraining order against
him in 2000. In her sworn declaration, the victim recounts a March,
2000 incident when he "reached out from behind and grabbed
my throat with both his hands. He then stated If my son
ever says that again, I'll kill you,'" then struck her son
in the face. (The boy had told Gooch to leave.) Craig Gooch immediately
called police and accused his wife of assaulting him.
incident, he pushed his way into the bedroom, called her a "fucking
cunt," then said, "I'll kill you!" Other witnesses
detail how Gooch belittled, intimidated and obsessively controlled
his wife, constantly harassed her at work, threatened to steal
her children, and repeatedly violated restraining orders. While
it appears police were called several times, Gooch was never charged.
2000, Gooch was also investigated by the CHP for allegedly having
a sexual relationship with a teenage member of the CHP Explorer
program. He is still on the force.
tried on three counts of domestic battery and one count of vandalism
against Mitzie Grabner. Grabner and Bonnie Garrett, who was previously
married to Lubiszewski, reported numerous incidents of ongoing
violence including grabbing them by both arms and pushing them
against walls or down stairs, flying into rages and calling them
"fucking bitch" and "fucking cunt," head-butting,
threatening to commit suicide with his gun, and throwing away
phones and keys so they couldn't leave.
26th, the jury came back with not guilty verdicts on all counts.
Lubiszewski was also the focus of three CHP internal investigations,
including domestic violence. He received a slap on the wrist for
driving his kids around in his CHP cruiser; all other allegations
He continues to work with the California Highway Patrol.
Park Police officer, convicted of domestic battery in August,
2003. Kennedy was charged with 2 counts of battery and 3 restraining
order violations. He pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery.
The other charges were dismissed, and he was put on probation.
Police reports and restraining order documents describe Kennedy
flying into a rage, calling the victim a "fucking bitch"
and "cunt." The documents also state he stalked her,
made retaliatory traffic stops of her friends, threatened to commit
suicide with his gun, threw away her keys, and threatened to throw
her belongings on the freeway.
he pled guilty to involved pushing his way into the victim's house,
grabbing her by both arms, pulling her out of her apartment and
slamming her against the wall, bloodying her nose. She had numerous
visible injuries, and her terrified young daughter was home at
the time. Witness statements to police also detail Kennedy's constant
stalking and repeated, wrath-filled phone calls.
had at least two subsequent restraining order violations involving
threats, harassment and attempting to pressure the victim to recant
her previous statements. As a result, his probation was revoked
and he posted a $15,000 bond. Soon afterwards, he violated the
terms of his bail and was again arrested. He's currently in jail
on a no-bail hold and facing new domestic violence related charges.