Suspect whose beating by San Bernardino police was caught on videotape is released from custody

SAN BERNARDINO – The barbershop owner who was the subject of a videotaped beating by San Bernardino Police Department officers was released from custody Friday, according to the lawyer who is representing his longtime girlfriend. Darren Johnson, 43, who was struck repeatedly with a baton while being arrested at a 7-Eleven on Monday night, was at home recovering as of Saturday, said Gary Wenkle Smith, a San Bernardino attorney.

Smith said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies went into Johnson’s room at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton on Friday and told him since no charges had been filed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office that he was being released from custody.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said that if time is up for someone in custody and the district attorney has not filed charges, it’s the Sheriff’s Department’s responsibility to release the person.

Because of the extent of Johnson’s injuries, including a broken right hand and bruises and cuts from head to toe, he remained in the hospital Friday night and was taken home by Smith on Saturday morning, the lawyer said.

Johnson was booked Thursday morning into the jail ward at Arrowhead Regional on suspicion of resisting arrest, transportation of cocaine and possession of cocaine.

Bail was set at $50,000.

He was arrested in the parking lot at the 7-Eleven at Highland and Mountain View avenues after allegedly running a stop sign on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

San Bernardino police say he was uncooperative and hit one of the officers, sparking a struggle that was taped by two witnesses on their cell phones.

The District Attorney’s Office could still file charges, said Smith.

deborah.pfeiffer@inlandnewspapers.com (909) 386-3879

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: