Arlington Deputy Sheriff Arrested On Murder Charges, Denied Bond….Hopefully Ending a Pattern of Excess Force and Abuse by Arlington County Sheriff’s Department!

31 May
Memorial for Julian Dawkins

Memorial for Julian Dawkins

Craig Petterson, a 17 year veteran of the infamous Arlington deputy sheriff’s department was arrested and charged with murder Thursday by Alexandria police in the shooting death of 22-year-old Julian Dawkins last week.  He was denied bond.  Police arrested Craig Patterson, 44, at a Spotsylvania County home Thursday evening, Alexandria police officials said on their Web site just before 11 p.m.   Mr. Dawkins worked for the distinguished PBS Newshour.

Arlington County Sheriff Patterson (Left) Charged with Murdering PBS Newshour Employee Julian Dawkins

Arlington County Sheriff Patterson (Left) Charged with Murdering PBS Newshour Employee Julian Dawkins

Arlington County Sheriff’s Department is known for using excessive force, as it had done in the brutal beating and tasering of Ashlie Mae O’Brien.   However, unlike the Alexandria Commonwealth Attorney, the Arlington Commonwealth attorney failed to prosecute that crime by the Sheriff’s Deputy.    Observers speculate that a culture of condoning excessive force and abuse of power has evolved in the Arlington County Sheriff’s because of the Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney pattern of looking the other way at such abuse by the members of its Sheriff’s office.

It took Arlington County until May 31 (over a week) to place Deputy Patterson on unpaid leave.

Read more: Arlington deputy sheriff charged with murder in Alexandria shooting of shuttle driver

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Arlington County Sheriff's Deputies After the Brutal Beating and Tasering of Ashlie Mae O'Brien

Arlington County Sheriff’s Deputies After the Brutal Beating and Tasering of Ashlie Mae O’Brien

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