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California Woman Pleads Guilty to Using Mannequins for Threats Against Deputies

March 29, 2016  | 

Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office
Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say a Southern California woman has pleaded guilty to hanging seven mannequins with the names of deputies and bull's-eye targets drawn on them, reports CBS News.

CBS Los Angeles reported that San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies responded to calls of seven mannequins hanging in various locations in the Crestline and Cedarpines Park communities on Feb. 18, according to sheriff's spokesman Gil Flores.

The San Bernardino Sun reports that Sarah Stewart pleaded guilty to resisting an executive officer by means of threats and violence.

Sarah Stewart pleaded guilty to resisting an executive officer by means of threats and violence. (Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office)
Sarah Stewart pleaded guilty to resisting an executive officer by means of threats and violence. (Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office)

According to court documents, the 36-year-old Stewart has an extensive criminal history and was on parole for a burglary conviction when she was arrested in February. The documents say she has ties to local white supremacists and drug dealers.

She is facing four years in state prison.

Comments (7)

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kevCopAz @ 3/29/2016 11:20 PM

As sick as this is, is it really criminal threatening? Disgusting I will admit, but not just freedom of speech? Unless an officer is shot and its directly connected to this idiots taunting injury or death to PD I hate to say it but I don't think it is criminal, stupid & disgusting yes, criminal? Just wondering.

John retired IA PD @ 3/30/2016 7:22 PM

I don't believe that this is freedom of speech and should be treated as a crime. What if the mannequins depicted blacks, Muslims, or folks from the gay community?

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/31/2016 6:33 PM

John, I totally agree. This is just as good as a verbal threat to kill the Deputies.

plato's playdough @ 3/31/2016 7:30 PM

from the article...

Investigating deputies say they believe Stewart was trying to win the respect of her white supremacist gang associates.

No mention there about freedom of speech, prolly the white supremacist reference.

If, however, it had been BLM or Ferguson clones, prolly would be taken that way, eh?

Marcus @ 4/5/2016 12:27 AM

"criminal threat involves one person threatening someone else with physical harm"

Seems pretty clear to me.
If she wanted to protest the police she could. Putting a target on a body with a name is beyond protesting but like announcing your intent to harm.

Marcus @ 4/5/2016 12:30 AM

Of course.. it would also be nice if police would actually respect the right to peacefully protest and stop attacking them with riot gear and tear gas.
That's not just a threat but actual assault and battery.. when people are exercising constitutional rights they are supposed to be able to execute.

RG @ 4/8/2016 10:23 AM

I poked a bear and it bit me. What did I do wrong? If that was seven lawyers, or politicians names on the mannequins I bet we would see some action.

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