San Bernardino Police Hold Sister Hostage, Threaten Children in Attempt to Coerce Burglar

SAN BERNARDINO – Wylena Andrews landed in jail, she says, because police wanted her brother for burglarizing a sergeant’s house.

When they couldn’t find him, they took Andrews as a bargaining chip and threatened to haul her siblings off to Child Protective Services unless her brother turned himself in.

“I kept saying I hadn’t done anything, but they put me in the cell and that’s where I stayed,” Andrews, 30, recalled of the day San Bernardino Police Department officers charged into her family’s Fontana home in 2006. “I fell asleep crying. I was just devastated. They basically played me and acted like it was all a big joke.”

Andrews claims that in holding her against her will without probable cause, police violated her civil rights. She blames San Bernardino police Sgt. Brad Lawrence, whose tumultuous career has landed him in the middle of several internal and criminal investigations over the years.

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Investigation into “on ice” allegations against San Bernardino police sergeant reopened

SAN BERNARDINO – Police Chief Keith Kilmer has hired an outside investigator to review an Internal Affairs probe into a sergeant accused of keeping people “on ice,” according to multiple sources close to the investigation.The decision reportedly came after Deputy Public Defender Sam Knudsen sent a letter to the new chief urging him to reopen the case because “some witnesses may have actually been steered away from giving/reporting information related to possible misconduct.”

The three-paragraph letter is dated July 15.

Accusations surfaced a year ago that Sgt. Brad Lawrence was illegally detaining suspects without probable cause, a practice commonly known as putting them “on ice.”

Knudsen declined to elaborate on his letter, saying it stood on its own.

Lawrence could not be reached for comment.

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San Bernardino Police Sgt. Bradley Lawrence


In the 10 weeks since San Bernardino authorities placed a police sergeant on paid administrative leave, he’s attended leadership classes at city expense and entered city facilities, records show.

Police union President Rich Lawhead said he’s also received reports of Sgt. Bradley Lawrence using computers on weekends at a secure narcotics squad facility that is separate from the Police Department headquarters.

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