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Misconduct Incident Report for Putnam County Sheriff's Office

Complaint #25: Submitted to Investigative Agency
Submitted to OpenPolice.org
February 2019
Submitted to Investigative Agency
March 2019
No Response from Investigative Agency
June 2020
Received by Investigative Agency
pending
Investigated by Investigative Agency
pending
Investigative Agency Report Uploaded
pending
Indicent Date February 2019
Indicent Location Limberger creek, Poca, WV 25159
Publishing Settings Publish Complainant's Name, Publish Officer Names, Publish Incident Address

Allegations

Including comments from the complainant
Wrongful Detention
I was parked minding my own business trying to finish listening to a video before going home where I dont have internet. He reached into my car window and unlocked my door to open it.
Bias-Based Policing
He then makes a comment “let me guess you pay my salary too” my response was “no I dont pay it” and he says “yea welfare isnt taxable”
Discourtesy
See video.
Policy or Procedure Violation
Reaching in my car and opening my door. Refusing to give a business card because I wouldnt give him my ID.
 

Story

I stopped at the carwash at the beginning of my road right before midnight on February 8th, 2019 to finish listening to a video before losing service going home. Deputy Scragg #046 pulled up and turnned on a bright light and shined it in my eyes then proceeded to get out and approach my car. I pulled up a few feet to get the bright light out of my face and I noticed him with panicked look on his face like I was going to run from him and he jumped back in his car and turned on his blue lights. I rolled my window down half way and asked him what the problem was and what I could help him with. He told me he needed my ID. I asked him what he would need it for and if I was suspected of committing a crime. He told me it's a high traffic drug area and it's almost 1am which was a lie. It just turnned midnight when I decided I better start recording for my safety. He kept asking for my ID and I kept declining upon his request. Another deputy is looking through all the windows trying to find who knows what. Scragg keeps asking for ID and even made a comment about getting a k9 unit there but never did. I felt I better start recording because he isnt able to articulate any crime except that it's late and my road is apparently a high traffic drug area which neither is a crime and he wasnt going to go away period. He starts getting agitated and pulls on my door handle and tells me to step out of the car. My door was lock but my window was down half way so he reached in and unlocked the door and opened it telling me to step out. I told him I didnt concent to this and how hes scaring daughter

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I stopped at the carwash at the beginning of my road right before midnight on February 8th, 2019 to finish listening to a video before losing service going home. Deputy Scragg #046 pulled up and turnned on a bright light and shined it in my eyes then proceeded to get out and approach my car. I pulled up a few feet to get the bright light out of my face and I noticed him with panicked look on his face like I was going to run from him and he jumped back in his car and turned on his blue lights. I rolled my window down half way and asked him what the problem was and what I could help him with. He told me he needed my ID. I asked him what he would need it for and if I was suspected of committing a crime. He told me it's a high traffic drug area and it's almost 1am which was a lie. It just turnned midnight when I decided I better start recording for my safety. He kept asking for my ID and I kept declining upon his request. Another deputy is looking through all the windows trying to find who knows what. Scragg keeps asking for ID and even made a comment about getting a k9 unit there but never did. I felt I better start recording because he isnt able to articulate any crime except that it's late and my road is apparently a high traffic drug area which neither is a crime and he wasnt going to go away period. He starts getting agitated and pulls on my door handle and tells me to step out of the car. My door was lock but my window was down half way so he reached in and unlocked the door and opened it telling me to step out. I told him I didnt concent to this and how hes scaring daughter and to look at what he was doing. He trys to explain himself to her and says he needed to talk to her mommy because "she doesnt know how to act around police sometimes" he then asks me how old she is and I tell him non of his business. He asks her if shes seven and I told her not to speak to him and she didnt. He asks me my name so I tell him Amanda. He then asks my last name and I told him I dont believe I need to give it to him because it's my right not to. He then makes a comment "let me guess you pay my salary too" my response was "no I dont pay it" and he says "yea welfare isnt taxable" I responded with "oh you're funny" he kept asking my name when he couldnt get it from my car plate and I kept telling him "I told you my name. Its Amanda" I finally tell him to try the last name from the person who's name is on the car which he did then told me to have a good night. I started cussing at him for everything he just did was unnecessary and had me upset by that point.

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Amanda Baker (Victim #1)

Creator of this complaint? Yes
Race White/Caucasian
Gender Female
Recorded this Incident?
"Did this witness record the incident with audio or video?"
Yes
Chased by police?
"At any point, were you chased by the police?"
No
Did subject have weapon?
"Did you have a weapon?"
No weapon

Victim #2

Race White/Caucasian
Age Range 0-15
Gender Female
Height
"Height Estimate"
4' 0"
Body Type Medium/Average
Resident of jurisdiction?
"At the time, did this victim live in this police department's jurisdiction?"
Yes
Recorded this Incident?
"Did this witness record the incident with audio or video?"
No
Chased by police?
"At any point, was Daughter (Victim #2) chased by the police?"
No
Did subject have weapon?
"Did Daughter (Victim #2) have a weapon?"
No weapon

Scragg (Officer #1)

Department Name Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Officer's Role in this Incident
"What was this officer's role in the incident?"
Subject Officer
Duty Status During Incident
"At the time, this officer was ..."
On-Duty
Wearing uniform?
"Was this officer wearing a uniform?"
Yes
Age Range 55-64
Race White/Caucasian
Gender Male
Height
"Height Estimate"
6' 0"
Body Type Medium/Average
Wearing body camera?
"Was this officer wearing a body camera?"
Not sure

Hudson (Officer #2)

Department Name Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Officer's Role in this Incident
"What was this officer's role in the incident?"
Witness Officer
Duty Status During Incident
"At the time, this officer was ..."
On-Duty
Wearing uniform?
"Was this officer wearing a uniform?"
Yes
Age Range 25-34
Race White/Caucasian
Gender Male
Height
"Height Estimate"
5' 10"
Body Type Slim/Slender
Wearing body camera?
"Was this officer wearing a body camera?"
Not sure

Police Vehicle #1

Vehicle unmarked or undercover?
"Was this an unmarked or undercover police vehicle? That means it looks like a normal vehicle with no badges, graphics, or visible police lights."
No

Police Vehicle #2

Vehicle unmarked or undercover?
"Was this an unmarked or undercover police vehicle? That means it looks like a normal vehicle with no badges, graphics, or visible police lights."
No

What Happened

Scene Type
"Where did this incident begin?"
Outdoor public space (includes roads, sidewalks, parks, etc.)
Incident began with vehicle stop?
"Did this incident begin with a vehicle stop? (This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and boats.)"
No
Incident began with traffic accident?
"Did this incident begin with a traffic accident?"
No
Closed circuit cameras on scene?
"Were there any video surveillance cameras at the scene?"
Not sure
Officer stop, detain, or questioned someone?
"Did an officer stop, question, or detain anybody during this incident? This is when officers pull over a vehicle, or keep anyone from leaving."
Yes
Think stop or detention wrongful?
"Do you think anybody was wrongfully stopped or detained?"
Yes
Anyone ask for officer's ID?
"Did anybody ask for an officer's ID?"
Yes
Officer refused to provide ID?
"Did an officer refuse to provide ID?"
No
Officer searched someone or something?
"Did an officer conduct any searches during this incident? (This includes all types of searches of people, vehicles, homes, or other property.)"
No
Property seized or damaged?
"Was any property seized or damaged? (This does not include illegal items.)"
No
Think officer sexually harassed someone?
"Do you think an officer sexually harassed anybody? This includes the use of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks."
No
Think officer sexually assaulted someone?
"Do you think an officer sexually assaulted anybody? Sexual assault is any sexual act that a person is forced to engage in against their will. This includes any non-consensual sexual touching."
No
Officer used physical force?
"Did an officer use physical force on anybody during this incident? This includes any use of violent contact up to and including deadly force by an officer."
No
Officer arrested someone?
"Did an officer arrest anybody during this incident? That means the officers took somebody to the police station."
No
Officer give ticket or citation?
"Did anybody who was not arrested get a ticket or citation?"
No
Think officer neglected duty?
"Do you think an officer neglected their duty by failing to take appropriate action? These are things an officer should have done but didn't do."
No
Think officer violated policy or procedure?
"Do you think an officer took actions that violate a policy or procedure? Leave blank if you described this in an earlier allegation."
Yes
Think officer wrongfully intimidated w/ weapon display?
"Police are legally allowed to display a weapon if they feel threatened. But it's wrongful for police to use a weapon to intimidate people who aren't a threat.

Do you think an officer displayed a weapon — or a police dog — to wrongfully intimidate anybody? (This does not include any violent use of force. Answers in red are allegations.)"
No
Think officer actions were biased?
"Do you think an officer acted in a biased or discriminatory manner?

That means an officer's conduct was based on a person's race, gender, appearance, nationality, religion, age, class, sexual orientation, residence, disability, etc."
Yes
Think officer was discourteous?
"Was an officer discourteous in ways not included in other allegations?

This includes the use of profanity, offensive language, loss of temper, verbal threats, impatience, or any rude behavior."
Yes
Civilian used profanity? Amanda Baker (Victim #1)
Any officers injured?
"Were any officers injured during this incident?"
No

Stop / Detention

Officer gave reason for stop
"Did an officer give a reason for the stop?"
, ,
Subject ask to leave?
"Did anybody ask to leave?"
Yes
Officer requested ID?
"Did an officer ask for anybody's ID?"
Yes
Subject refused to give ID?
"Did anybody provide ID to an officer?"
No
Subject asked for officer's ID? Yes
Officer refused to give ID? Yes
Officer gave alcohol breath test?
"Did an officer give anybody an alcohol breath test?"
No
Officer gave marijuana breath test?
"Did an officer give anybody a marijuana breath test?"
No
Officer collected saliva?
"Did an officer collect anybody's saliva?"
No
Officer gave other sobriety tests?
"Did an officer give anybody any other sobriety tests?"
No
Subject frisked?
"Was anybody frisked during this stop?"
No
Subject handcuffed?
"Was anybody handcuffed during this stop?"
No
Officer entered private property?
"Did an officer enter a private home or workplace?"
No

Glossary of Terms

Gold-Level Complaint
This user opted to share more complete details about their police experience than a Basic Complaint.
Wrongful Detention
Allegation: Police pulled over a vehicle or stopped someone without reasonable suspicion.
Bias-Based Policing
Allegation: An officer's conduct was based on a person's race, gender, appearance, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, residence, disability, etc.
Discourtesy
Allegation: This includes the use of profanity, offensive language, loss of temper, verbal threats, impatience, or any discourteous behavior.
Policy or Procedure Violation
Allegation: An officer took actions which did not follow appropriate policy, procedure, or guidelines.