Hearing set for man who attacked police officer
by TP staff
Jan 14, 2013 | 2778 views | 6 6 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MANTECA — A judge on Monday, Jan. 14 set a preliminary hearing for the man accused of attacking a Tracy officer in February for Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Samuel Ramos Flores, 31, appeared in San Joaquin County Superior Court on charges of battery on a peace officer, battery on emergency personnel, attempting to remove a peace officer’s firearm and resisting an officer.

Flores sat alone in the jury section of the courtroom on Monday dressed in orange jail-issue shirt and pants. He rocked slowly in his chair and was informed of the court proceedings through a Spanish interpreter.

Judge Ron Northup granted an email request by Deputy District Attorney Ron Indran, who was not present, set the case for 1:25 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the Manteca courthouse.

According to Tracy police, was walking on Hawthorne Road around midnight in his underwear on Feb. 2 when Officer Joel Petty tried to stop and check on him.

Flores allegedly lunged at the 13-year veteran’s gun and two men fought for two and a half minutes before additional officers arrived at the scene.

Flores remains at San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp with no bail.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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inquisitive_mind
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January 17, 2013
It seems the suspect is mentally ill, he had been stopped the day before by another officer and taken to a mental clinic and described by the officer as 51-50, he also has no criminal record. Officer Petty showed great restraint in not shooting Mr. Flores, but what comes in question is wether Petty had the right to stop this individual. As bizzare as this incident was, Flores hadnt broken any laws when Petty ran up on him from behind and put his hands on Flores. Before that happened, Flores ignored or didnt understand when Petty asked him "What are you doing?" and kept walking down the sidewalk, which isnt a crime because the only questions you have to answer to a cop is your name and were you live. The officer it seems had no legal right to detain or arrest this man, which makes anything that happened afterwards, the officers fault not the suspects because as an american, we have the right to defend ourself against illegal stops and seizures. This seems like a lawsuit in the making.
pinkwillow
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January 18, 2013
Are you kidding me? The moron was in his underwear, not responding to questions, during the middle of the night? The officer has REASONABLE SUSPICION TO BELIEVE THE IDIOT IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF NARCOTICS. He is exhibiting the classic symptoms of pcp use, also the officer has the right to check on the welfare of a nutcase.

He was not showing NORMAL behavior and may have been in need of help. Hello, a diabetic in need of help, also shows these type of symptoms.

Ignorant people like you make police officers jobs almost impossible.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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January 19, 2013
pinkwillow

Often I find myself in opposition ta yer viewpoints. Not this time.

OG
inquisitive_mind
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January 19, 2013
What Law did he break pinkwillow?? He has a right as an american to not respond, do you know your rights? The incident was bizzare, yes but not illegal in any way, the only laws broken that day were by officer petty doing an illegal stop. Instead of trying to insult me, how about you go read up on some laws and tell me which one he broke? dont worry itll wait.
pinkwillow
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January 19, 2013
Inquisitive mind,

You do not have to break the law to be stopped by the police. The can make a investigative stop, with REASONABLE SUSPITION that a crime occurred or was going to occur. And walking around high on PCP is still a crime as far as I know. They can also stop you useing the community caretaker doctrine. The Supreme Court de- termined that a peace officer has a duty to investigate situations in which a citizen may be in peril or need some type of assistance from an officer. and a nut job in his undies in the middle of the night fits that situation.

So yes, I know my rights, and apparently I know your rights much better than you do.
Germcity
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January 15, 2013
You guys remember the picture of the assailant? He got he dog stuffing beat out of him, and that is what he gets for messing with Officer Petty, who has a zero tolerance for BS



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