San Luis Obispo firefighter allegedly a wedding basher

June 13, 2011

By KAREN VELIE

A San Luis Obispo firefighter who put one man in the hospital during a wedding after-party earlier this month, allegedly bashed another man over the head with a full bottle of champagne during a 1997 wedding in Los Osos.

CalCoastNews has interviewed more than a dozen eyewitnesses of several attacks allegedly perpetrated by San Luis Obispo firefighter John Ryan Mason, 34. However, because of fear of Mason or worry over retribution, many have asked to have their names withheld. However, several members of law enforcement confirm the alleged assaults resulted in 911 calls.

At the 1997 wedding in Los Osos, held at 2095 Willow Drive, Mason participated in the ceremony as a groomsman. Several witnesses said Mason became agitated with a man who he claimed was ogling his date.

According to eyewitnesses, Mason allegedly grabbed a full bottle of champagne and bashed Al Beavers, the owner of Al’s Septic Pumping Service, on the head.

Mason attacked Beavers from behind, but witnesses said he hit the wrong man. The mistake happened because both Beavers and the other man had beards.

Nevertheless, Beavers was transported to the hospital with broken teeth and a cracked jaw. He required oral surgery in order to recover from the alleged assault.

Though San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the alleged assault, Mason had already fled and was not arrested.

On June 4, Mason allegedly followed Jory Brigham, 32, into the bathroom of Pappy McGregor’s in San Luis Obispo. Witnesses said Mason kept aggressively backing Brigham into the rear of the bathroom upset about a post Brigham had put on Facebook,  which noted Brigham’s view on infidelity.

“It is blowing my mind recently how lightly marriage is taken, and how it is almost socially acceptable to walk out on your family,” Brigham said on his Facebook page on January 27.

After asking Mason to stop on behalf of the newlyweds, one witness went to get help. Another person entered the bathroom to allegedly find the off-duty firefighter beating an unconscious Brigham about the face and head.

On Friday, during seven hours of surgery, doctors placed four plates in Brigham’s head and wired his jaw shut. Because his tongue was severely swollen, surgeons mistakenly sewed his tongue to his jaw. They plan to correct the error and expect further surgeries may be required in the future, the family said in an email obtained by CalCoastNews.

Before the alleged assault on Brigham, Mason attempted to catch a cab home. However, even though witnesses said he did not appear drunk, Mason became argumentative with the taxi driver and was ultimately told he could not enter the cab.

Mason fled the scene and was arrested by San Luis Obispo police five days after the alleged assault on Brigham.

 


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Rawhide

Oops, my bad…I meant SLO Fire Dept.


Rawhide

II believe they (Police and Cal-Fire) were / are protecting his job…Plain and simple.

If the Police had arrested Mason for Felony Assault he most likely would have been terminated from his job for not showing up for work…Don’t ya think ? ? ?


simplelife

Cal Fire? He works for San Luis Obispo City Fire. Cal Fire has no involvement with this.


truthhurts

It’s nice how a blogger has to reach out and get a response from the city manager. You would think a city manager would have enough sense to send out a press release to answer some of the public’s questions when she knows the media is just having a field day with rumors. What’s her problem??


zaphod

Yer problem? staircase wit


ApathyWillKillYou

This is whatdouno’s post. I reposted it so more would read the GREAT work WHATDOUNO did!

says: 06/16/2011 at 9:06 am

Posted this way down as a reply to another post, wanted to make certain people don’t just stop at the top and miss it.

I sent an email to Ms Lichtig, per a suggestion on the TT blog regarding action needed to be taken IMO here is her response:

RE: John Ryan Mason

I appreciate you taking the time to reach out about your concerns concerning Fire Engineer John Ryan Mason and I am grateful for the opportunity to respond. I also appreciate your patience in awaiting my reply to your email, as I needed to confer with the City Attorney before getting back to you. I know it is easy for high profile incidents of apparent misconduct to undermine public confidence, but I hope I can restore your confidence in SLO City staff and the many professionals we employ. I would like to take this opportunity to address two issues specifically: 1) the amount of time it took to arrest Mr. Mason, and, 2) Mr. Mason’s employment status with the City.


With respect to the amount of time it took our officers to arrest Mr. Mason, the priority of our investigators (police detectives assigned to the case) was to conduct a thorough investigation in order to determine the facts of what occurred. While the case may appear straightforward as summarized in news outlets, there were several potential witnesses to be interviewed, potential evidence to be collected, and a case prepared and presented to the District Attorney. The investigation was conducted impartially and without favoritism toward the suspect. The investigation led to the filing of serious felony charges by the District Attorney and the suspect was arrested accordingly. During such investigations, potential risks (including public safety, flight risk, etc.) are assessed. Potential risks are weighed against the possibility of a premature arrest, where insufficient facts and evidence to support appropriate charges can lead to a suspect being released without charges. I am confident that none of us would want this outcome, as it wastes time and resources and potentially puts public safety at risk.


To address your concern regarding the City’s actions with regard to Mr. Mason’s employment, let me provide some background regarding public sector employment so that you will have some context to why some of our decisions are made. In California, public safety employees (and most other public employees) have a “property interest” in their continued public employment, once they have passed their probationary period (one year for SLO City employees). That means that an employer must provide legally required “due process” prior to taking any significant adverse employment action. That process requires giving the employee complete information and all documents supporting any proposed employment action, time to review the charges and prepare a defense, and a full and fair opportunity to dispute the charges, present extenuating or mitigating circumstances, or present any other response. Unpaid administrative leaves or terminations are both clearly defined as “punitive” actions under applicable State law. Therefore, the City must carefully follow established procedures or risk having any disciplinary action that might be imposed overturned by a court. As we conduct a thorough and objective administrative investigation, the City has assigned Mr. Mason “desk duty” where he is closely supervised and performing productive work for the City, rather than being assigned to home.


While neither of the above processes may strike you as expeditious or particularly satisfying given your impression of this case, they are legal requirements that have been established by the legislature and/or required by the courts as a matter of constitutional law. I hope this explanation is helpful and I assure you that the City will proceed with all legally appropriate action with all due diligence.


Thanks again for sharing your concerns.


Katie Lichtig

City Manager

City of San Luis Obispo

990 Palm Street

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


MaryMalone

Interesting letter.


I still don’t get why he was treated differently than a non-city-first responder. While they were treating him special, evidence could be hidden and chemicals in the blood could dissipate.


i also don’t understand why they hired him in the first place, with his background, and why they did nothing in the prior incidents that occurred since he became a city firefighter.


I understand he has rights, but citizens have rights, as well. When the rights of a man with a history of violent attacks on others supersede the rights of the citizens upon whom he has preyed, that is just flat-out wrong.


This is the kind of situation that fuel recalls.


truthhurts

Mary….they didn’t treat him any differently. She said “While the case may appear straightforward as summarized in news outlets, there were several potential witnesses to be interviewed, potential evidence to be collected, and a case prepared and presented to the District Attorney.” What about that do you not get?


BigRed

I’ll give you this: Time will tell. If the fluke-type reason he wasn’t arrested right away surfaces an makes this whole thing understandable, I will submit to your pragmatic sensibility. If not, I hope you’ll give some weight to the theory that they’re a bunch of corrupt a-holes. The baseline to measure this alleged “special treatment” will be: would an average citizen been treated the same way?


truthhurts

deal.


truthhurts

By the way….you know a couple antonym’s to “pragmatic” are: impractical & unrealistic.


MaryMalone

What part of “they waited 5 days before they arrested him which allowed him to not only destroy evidence, but run free, risking the lives of other SLO citizens and tourists”?


If the PD would have done their effing jobs, and not been more concerned with coddling a vicious assailant, they could have obtained enough eye-witness information to arrest Mason that night.


Would they have allowed a non-special-FD perp who had committed several vicious assaults on citizens, who had just beat a guy’s face in, run free, when there were witnesses on the scene who could give plenty-o-information implicating Mason in the crime and demonstrating him to be a danger to the public?


NO.


I don’t think we are safe as long as the City of SLO puts the comfort of their employees ahead of the safety of the citizens they govern.


Thank God Charles Manson wasn’t an employee of the City of SLO. Manson’s trail of blood would have been years long by the time SLO decided perhaps they might want to go to his house to question him.


Cindy

I believe that Katie is full of dung. They do not have to prepare a case for the DA to effect an arrest. AGAIN, Any average citizen would have been arrested immediately for a felony assault. There were witnesses who provided statements when the PD responded and the SLOPD did not need to conduct a full investigation to effect an arrest. In fact, they can cite probable cause and hold a person for 24 hours while they take witnesses statements. FIVE ….5…… 1,2,3,4,5 DAY’s was ridiculous and we all know it. I wonder how long it would take to arrest me if I smacked Katie Lichtig around? NO that isn’t a threat.


r0y

Yeah, I think Katie was poorly informed (whoever put those words in her mouth). Five days is an AWFUL long time to “question witnesses and gather evidence” – especially given the public place of business was not closed down with police tape? Any evidence gathering basically needs to happen ASAP; so what? They waited for test results or something before issuing an arrest?


Man, I’d love to have that kind of benefit of doubt!


truthhurts

Ok, ya, you guys win. It’s a complete conspiricy. The SLOPD purposely did not arrest Mason so he could Detox and lawyer up. They completely disregarded policy, procedure and the rights of the victim in order to save Mason’s ass. Thank god you bloggers are so smart to see through their shenanegan’s (sp?) otherwise they would have gotten away with it! All of you should get an award.


Typoqueen

Now you’re catching on.


truthhurts

Rediculous.


simplelife

I would like to say before you correct others on there spelling in your blog you should proof read yours. Ridiculous!


r0y

I am not a blogger… I am a tax-paying citizen of San Luis Obispo; and I pay a LOT of taxes, so I am keenly interested on performance-returns of said revenue.


What happens if your sarcasm is proven the truth? You’ll be long-gone and never so much as a serious “you were right, I was wrong” crow-eating, humble pie session?


I’ll tell you right now, if the police have a good answer to just the “why wait 5 days?” question, then I’m all ears. I’d even let them slide (a little) on the past occurrences of violence that were also glazed over. Until then, we are just citizens asking questions in a public forum.


If you do not like the questions being asked, just say so. Some people just do not like questions asked… usually we can’t trust those people, but I could be wrong.


truthhurts

R0y….I am not against asking questions but that is not what is happening with a lot of posters here. Many are accusing the PD and FD of a huge cover up, preferential treatment, drugs etc. It’s out of control.

Think about this, the city council (and city manager) controls everything that goes on in this city. I would bet the council (except for asbaugh) is sitting back salivating that all this drama is going on. The council and Katie lichtig love that people are making this out to be so much bigger than it is because they welcome negative press for the PD and FD. Why is it that there are never any city officials speaking out in support of their fire chief or police chief and professing their confidence and support in their leadership?


Cindy

I just have to laugh at how some people love to obfuscate an issue. Here is the question.

Why did the APD break their public safety policy and allow a dangerous citizen who had committed felony assault and possible attempted murder to remain on the streets for 5 days?

They knew what he did, – they knew who he was, – they knew where he was

and they had responded (911 emergency call) to the scene of the crime and talked with witnesses. They knew the victim was seriously injured and had been transported by ambulance. Any other citizen would have been taken into custody on the spot. Why not Mason?

WHY?


MaryMalone

Cindy, I’ll be interested in your take on Ms. Lichtig’s letter.


Via Ms. Lichtig’s letter, posted above by another poster, apparently it IS the policy of SLO City to allow a firefighter who had viciously attacked a citizen to remain free for 5 days, allowing time for evidence to be destroyed or covered up.


I think I want to see that policy. I doubt that is true at all. If it is true, then we have to warn every tourist we see to avoid SLO like the plague.


They treated Mason differently than they would have treated another person who did the same thing. He didn’t do it in the process of performing his duties, where a civilian might get at least questioned by the police for doing the same thing. He was off duty, out and amongst civilians, and chose to nearly beat to death one of those civilians.


truthhurts

There was no need for time to go by so “chemicals” could dissipate. Did you know Mason went into the police station the very next morning to speak with police, without a lawyer?? Why would he do that with any drugs in his system? Why would he do that if he had anything to hide?


simplelife

I think him going to the police station the next morning to speak with the police and not be arrested at that point based on I witness accounts from the incident is the kind of thing that people are having difficulty with. The police know who was responsible for the beating of the victim. If this was someone other than a SLO city fireman would they have been dealt with the same way? Probably not is the opinion of most people. Therefore it raises the question of a double standard or pontential favortism. Lets face it these type of things happen all over the place were things are covered up are played down. I am not saying thats what happen here although there are many unanswered questions and the “Tax payers” who pay for the salaries of these individuals deserve and have the right to now the answers to these questions.


truthhurts

Simplelife…….I think the issue is they have to be able to PROVE it was felony assult (or whatever he was ultimately charged with). They probably did not know for sure at that point if they had enough to charge him with it because who knows…it could have been self-defense. You can’t just go arresting people on felonies without investigating what happened.

The I witnesses at the bar….how much you wanna bet they were drunk too?


simplelife

Felony or misdemeanor either or result in an arrest. They could arrest and detain him for questioning. And I am sure they were getting accounts from those present as well. I am reading the paper today and a young man rolls his car while intoxicated in avila ultimately killing two of his friends and injuring himself and another. He is charged with a felony less than 24 hours after the incident. It seems to me in both cases while different in nature the evidence is very clear and presentable. In both cases they know who is responsable and can base there charges on the injuries that were sustained by the individuals actions.


simplelife

And he was arrested with in that time frame in order to be charged with the felonies.


MaryMalone

Give me a break. They have to PROVE it was a felony assault before they arrest the perp?


That is bullsh** and you know it.


SLOBIRD

To ask for 5 days before turning himself in, to arrange for bail, notify his family, settle some affairs. Can I please have this same right should I ever get into this type of situation – oh yea, I forgot, I don’t walk up to someone and beat the s**h out of them, commit a felony (oops, that’s 3 felonies). What a joke this City is!


MaryMalone

It’s not unusual for murders, especially ones who are well-known in the community, to start haunting the local station where the case is being investigated. In fact, doing so draws the detectives’ interest pretty quickly.


So it isn’t because they are innocent that they start hanging with the investigators–it is because they want to keep an eye on the case, become pals with the investigators, so as to influence the outcome of the investigation.


If anything, this just makes SLO look like an even MORE dangerous place to live and visit–not because of vicious perps like Mason, but because of the lack of protection the SLO police provide to the citizens who depend on them.


I feel sorry for tourists visiting here. Most likely, they do not have a clue of the risk they are taking.


ApathyWillKillYou

APD? Are you referring to the Atascadero Police Department?


This incident happened in San Luis Obispo.


Now the APD failed to arrest Scott Cramer of the SLO PD who assaulted a 51 year old disabled man. When I say NEVER, not even 5 days, I mean he is STILL walking the streets of our county with a badge and a gun!


Come to think of it San Luis, Pismo, Atascadero, and Paso PD’s ALL have had recent selective enforcement problems!


BigRed

Local law enforcement has created this problem on their own. You must admit there’s been a lot of newsprint dedicated to LE screw-ups over the past few years. Us “bloggers” represent a certain segment of the population: we’re interested in civic matters more than the average joe. So, I guess you can say we’re more vocal. But you’d be wrong to characterize us as naive. I run with a goup of friends where Public Safety is the dominate carreer category. They are type A personalities. In the same breath I say “thank god for type A personalities” I say “becareful around type A personalities”. Situations like Mason’s are going to happen again and again. I’m jaded enough to believe it comes with the territory of that type of job. What I won’t stand for is the shady way this was handled by PD. If you or I did this we would be arrested and arraigned. This “they had to build a case” is horse-s#it. I’ve been involved in criminal cases before. They had cause to arrest him. He was a threat to public safety. Why is that an incorrect notion? What do you know that we don’t?


truthhurts

It’s hard for me to believe that in this small town, with such the “citizen watch” type thing going on here the PD would be stupid enough NOT to follow policy. I understand that it seems like it may not have been the right thing to wait for 5 days but I believe they would have a valid reason or would have arrested him right away. I don’t know that reason. I can speculate….maybe Jory did not want to press charges right away? And yes, I know it’s a felony assult etc. but maybe they did not know that at that point? I don’t know but I do know that Mason was not going to skip town, he was not on drugs and is cooperating with LEO.

I don’t make excuses for what Mason may have done (or didn’t do) but I think there is a lot we don’t know that would explain why things happened the way they did. And for people to just immediately assume it’s all a cover up and a conspiricy is over the top.


Cindy

The problem is that the public has run up against the silent treatment many times in the past with this department as well as other local LEO agencies.


Experience has proved time and again that, ” shut-up and wait, you will have the answers” is a cover for, “shut-up and wait until you forget the questions”.


We are accustomed to that sort of posturing by our local LE and it’s no longer acceptable, neither should it be.


truthhurts

Cindy…..did you read Katie’s letter above?


Cindy

Yes, I just read the condescending lies surrounding the untimely arrest of Mason.

NOW HEAR THIS SHEEP, blah blah baaaaa


zaphod
MaryMalone

Peoples’ comments may reflect their belief the situation is bigger than YOU think it is, but that does not reflect on the reality of the situation–just your opinion in comparison to others.


I’m sorry. The idea that city management actually likes their FD and PD getting trashed secondary to citizen outrage over Mason’s violent attacks just does not make sense. This is the kind of thing that fuels recalls, and bad press is never good for an area that likes to encourage tourists to visit.


The city officials probably are not speaking out in support of their fire chief or police chief because they don’t want to be removed from office via the pitchforks-and-burning-torches method. They also may not think the FD and PD are being run adquately, and are a liability to the city–which may be true.


oldman

I would like to see how long it takes for an arrest when a similar assault happens at a bar or other location in SLO and they also know who did it and walked away from the scene. I will bet if it was you or I, we would be found immediately and arrested! Our police officials should be demanded to explain WHY and WHAT the time line was from their first response to the scene of the assault clear up to the arrest 5 days later. Since he had a motive in the assault, why wasn’t attempted murder also a factor in his arrest? Look around folks, we are living in a police state of cover-ups!


Russ J

These are the finest public safety officers the system can screen? If anything in this story is accurate, somebody way up the chain of command has some splainen to do.


willie

Good we reinforce that for the good of SLO


SLOBIRD

What says the “City”? Why no statement and more importantly, why should he be allowed a “desk job”. This guy was arrested and should be on non-paid leave. Look what the City did for the two police officers that were arrested for transporting illegal drugs across the borders. They were fully paid (with benefits) for almost a year before they were fired. They should have been made to pay the City back from their retirement money. The City should be held accountable for why it did not arrest this “public safety employee” for up to five days after the incident. Come on Katie, tell us why your staff (you are the City manager) did not do their job – My God, they are paid enough. See, binding arbitrator and all that good money we pay these folks does not make them more efficient, just more greed!


MaryMalone

There’s an old saying, “The fish rots from the head first.”


While there is no excuse for the officers involved in the crimes, they are not the only problem here. Look to their supervisors, managers, and the city that hires and keeps them. There is a culture of corruption and looking the other way for criminals that starts at the head.


Trailwalker

So many comments are calling for a vigilante “hang him now” and “ask questions later” approach to this sad incident.


The City of San Luis Obispo is required by law to investigate allegations against Mr. Mason before making a determination. It is a certainty he will be terminated if they are true. The City of San Luis Obispo will then have cause to remove him. Until then, their hands are tied.


If the allegations proved false and the City terminated Mr. Mason before a thorough investigation was completed, hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars would be spent on litigation and restitution to Mr. Mason.


Please read the following excerpt from the City of San Luis Obispo Personnel Rules and Regulations Section: 2.36.380.


Excerpt from Section: 2.36.380 Employee responsibilities benefits – Code of ethics.


A. “An official or employee of the city shall not engage in conduct which would tend to discredit or dishonor his/her position with the city….”


B. “Disciplinary action generally does not follow an occasional error in judgment which occurs in good faith and is unintentional. However, misconduct, dishonesty and fraud shall be the basis for severe disciplinary action, including removal for cause.”


All new City employees must read, sign and agree to conform to the City’s Code of Ethics Policy during their initial orientation for employment. Therefore, Mr. Mason has already agreed to abide by this code which he signed and is on file with the City. If the allegations are true he has breached this agreement.


Let him have his day in court and then take action not vice versa.


walk the talk

The due course of a possible termnination is one thing, the main question is why the delay in finding and charging this individual? Or course, with a 1 week on 2 weeks off schedule you might have to wait a bit for him to show up at work…


Trailwalker

The answer to the question, “Why did it take so long to arrest Mr. Mason?” is of great concern. When the investigation is complete and all the records of this incident are made public the City of San Luis Obispo will legally be required to address this question in a public forum. While it is difficult not to speculate, let’s put the “horse before the cart” and wait until then before making judgment.


truthhurts

Do you really think they have a 1 week on, 2 week off schedule?????


r0y

It seems like you are focusing on the smoke, and not the fire. It is not a “hang him now, question him later” here (for the vast majority); rather, it is Is there collusion or a possible cover-up? (due to the generous five-day lead time the suspect was given) and Is there an established history or pattern of violence that was allowed? (i.e. not investigated/prosecuted).


Focusing on the violence, the victim, the adultery… that’s all just smoke. The greater problem here potentially lies with the system itself (not just the sections of code you quoted). It is nice to stick to the rules, crossing all the T’s and dotting all the i’s, but occasionally, we need to lift our collective heads and see what may be happening with the system and procedures.


I mean, those are nifty policies you quoted… what happens when they are not followed by an agency? There we are. Possibly. You are right, we’ll have to wait and see, but I would feel much better with an outside agency stepping in.


MaryMalone

QUOTING R0Y: “It seems like you are focusing on the smoke, and not the fire.”


———-


Just my opinon, but I think this poster is creating the smoke to hide the fire.


In debate, it’s called “reframing the argument.”


I think the majority of posters here have made the point that the problem is we can no longer trust SLO to police it’s own first responders, and to treat them like any other suspected perp when they are reported by many witnesses to have violently assaulted someone.


The irony is SLO hires these guys to keep us safe, then repeatedly covers for Mason’s violent assaults against civilians, putting us all at risk for harm.


I also think SLO is allowing itself to be led around by the short hairs by its first responders. If they cannot handle the job of oversight of the first responders they hire, then we simply must get an outside agency in who can.


SLOBIRD

Why wait for his day in Court? Even if legally this man, for whatever reason – and we all know the judical system in this County (DA will probably drop or reduce charges), is not charged, is conduct unbecoming a “public safety officer”? If they are going to wait for the trial, then they only look at the Court system to solve their problem and really don’t conduct internal investigations.. With or without a trial, the question is: Is this the type of employee and conduct the City of SLO is going to tolerate from their employees. And, after reading the above excepts, the City in its investigation should addionally terminate the Police Officers who conducted the investigate under Section 2.36.380. A and did not conduct their jobs for five (5) full days before arresting this guy.


MaryMalone

Reframing the argument.


The majority posting here are very concerned about the five-day wait for the PD to mosey on over to Mason’s house and arrest him. During that time, evidence could have been destroyed or allowed to destroy itself (i.e., whatever he may have been on that produced those psycho eyes may have dissipated through the body’s ability to save itself from chemical abuse).


This is not the first time that Mason has been on this hayride, is it? He has committed a series of these violent, vicious attacks, at least one time on a person he did not intend to because both his intended victim and the victim that actually got his teeth knocked out, etc. both had beards.


Don’t you feel confident in SLO’s finest going by such a gross (and possibly temporary) feature to make an identification? God forbid if the ZZTop band would have been there that night–we might have lost them all to Mason’s uncontrollable, violent rages.


Quoting the City’s ethics to which Mr. Mason had to agree is an insult to the majority of the posters here who well know that Mr. Mason has violently assaulted others MULTIPLE times, and nothing happened. Indeed, this last occasion, where Mason assaulted Bingham, seems to be a rarity because Mason was actually–albeit after five days and much public outrage having been expressed–arrested.


Telling us that SLO is required by law to investigate the incident before making a determination is also an insult to us, because Mason has repeatedly violently assaulted others and–if there was any investigation at all, because there were danged few arrests. In addition, SLO has lost all rights to expect the public to trust them to investigate this, since they waited five days while evidence could have been destroyed and any on-board drugs or other chemicals could have dissipated from his system.


You seem to know a lot about SLO city and its first responders. Tell us this: how much has SLO spent on out-of-court, backroom settlements for this type of behavior by its first responders?


Then tell us how much has been estimated as could have been saved if SLO would have treated its first responders who commit crimes like any other suspected perp?


I was reminded today of one of my mother’s very wise sayings: “If you are told the person who committed a crime was a “rogue” member of a group, there is one thing you can be sure of: it wasn’t a “rogue” member, but just one member of a group who got caught at doing what is accepted behavior for the group.”


How many other Masons are there working as first responders for SLO? You know a lot. Tell us that.


MaryMalone

Post the entire personnel policy and we’ll talk. Otherwise, selective cut-n-pate posting isn’t so good for me.


For all I know there is a:


C. “Violence by its employees against anyone will not be tolerated. If such a report is received, they will be immediately brought in for questioning and appropriate forensic tests taken.”


R.Hodin

They don’t call it the happiest police department in the US for nothing.


ApathyWillKillYou

I wonder how long it took SLOPD to get to the restaurant after Mason beat Brigham to a pulp.


Mason must have left in a hurry as I don’t think he had any contact with LEO that night.


This is a good lesson to all prospective felons… commit the crime and get the hell out.. you might not be ever arrested!


Also when SLOPD arrived on the scene and saw how badly injured the victim was, didn’t it occur to them there was a VERY VIOLENT fugitive on the loose who could do even MORE carnage to the citizens of SLO that very night! Instead Mason gets a 5 day window to possibly maim again.


SLOPD MUST have known right then and there that MASON was SLOFD thus the favortism!


And would not the paramedics be called (which always involves the fire department these days).

I bet Brigham was none to happy to see more SLOFD! And the SLOFD paramedics got to be proud that night that these massive injuries were caused by one of their own!


MaryMalone

Maybe the responding officers already knew it was Mason, and were there to do damage control.


I think it is so ABBY-normal for the PD to wait 5 days to arrest Mason, especially with his past history of violent assaults….there has to be a reason why the did not arrest him, and why the covered up for him.