Lake Tahoe mother refutes allegations against son arrested for assault with deadly weapon
February 11, 2010
KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; A local mother is speaking out against the Placer County Sheriff Department for arresting her son two weeks ago for his alleged involvement in a drunken brawl at Squaw Valley.
Jacalyn Taylor, of Kings Beach, said her sonand#8217;s life has been and#8220;ruinedand#8221; after the sheriffand#8217;s department sent a press release last week reporting her son, Woodrow Wilson Taylor, 22, of Tahoe City, and#8220;… was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon …and#8221; on Jan. 29 outside Squawand#8217;s Cornice Cantina.
The Sheriffand#8217;s Office statement said Woodrow Wilson Taylor was arrested after midnight after a fight was reported at the cantina. According to a press release, witnesses said Woodrow Wilson Taylor had struck a victim with a drinking glass on the head. The victim was found bleeding profusely from a head wound.
Jacalyn Taylor said the press release is false and her son has been and#8220;racially profiled.and#8221;
and#8220;There were only two black people in the whole bar, and they hauled him off,and#8221; Taylor said.
She said she is talking with lawyers and is investigating potential legal action against the sheriffand#8217;s department.
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and#8220;Whatever theyand#8217;ve said, it isnand#8217;t true, and itand#8217;s ruined my sonand#8217;s life,and#8221; Taylor said and#8220;They arrested him by word of mouth.and#8221;
Woodrow Wilson Taylor declined to comment for this story.
Sheriffand#8217;s Department Sgt. John Giovannini said racial profiling had nothing to do with the arrest.
and#8220;This is a felony assault, and we would be negligent if we did not make an arrest with the witnesses and information we had at the time,and#8221; he said.
Giovannini further said: and#8220;The information (in the press release) is accurate and Wilson did admit to a detective that he hit the victim over the head.and#8221;
While the sheriffand#8217;s department doesnand#8217;t release all arrests to the public, Giovannini said because of the seriousness of the crime, the information was made available.
According to the press release, another man, Mark Anthony Valko, 22, of Susanville, was arrested at the scene for assault on a peace officer and vandalism after he allegedly spit on officers and challenged them to a fight.