Sheriff deputy accused of beating Nipomo man
August 2, 2012
A Nipomo man contends a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputy assaulted him after spotting him driving about 15 miles an hour over the speed limit on July 15. [Tribune]
Jesus Raul Ruiz, 28, told the Tribune deputy Steven Hurl shocked him with a taser and then hit him with a club in the thighs and the legs. Hurl had followed Ruiz, his girlfriend Ashley Rodriguez and her 7-year-old into a friends driveway. Rodriguez and her son went into the house before the deputy ordered Ruiz to place his hands in the air.
After rendering Ruiz frozen through the use of the taser, Hurl allegedly clubbed Ruiz six times. Ruiz was then detained and handcuffed along with Rodriguez and Ruiz’s brother, 22-year-old Edgar Gutierrez. Officers did not arrest Rodriguez or Gutierrez. And though they detained Ruiz, he was never charged with a crime.
Hurl is no longer with the sheriff’s department.