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Sherwood Police Say Man Assaulted Officer During Traffic Arrest

Police say an officer wanted to cite a man for not wearing a seatbelt, but he resisted arrest and is in jail on 25k bail.


(SHERWOOD, Ore.) - Sherwood Police say a traffic stop led to a confrontation with an unruly passenger today, who kicked one of the police officers in the groin when they finally removed him from the vehicle.

Capt. Mark Daniel with Sherwood Police, says an officer stopped the car at 2:19 p.m. on SW Pacific Highway at SW Chapman Road because the passenger, 37-year old Justin Taylor, wasn't wearing a safety bely.

Daniel says the matter is considered a minor traffic infraction.

"The officer made contact with the driver and explained the reason for the stop and then spoke with the passenger Mr. Taylor and asked him for identification to issue him a citation."

He says Taylor refused to comply with the officer's request, telling the officer he was not going to present his identification and was not going to cooperate, indicating he had done nothing wrong.

"Mr. Taylor remarked that it was not even a law. Other officers responded to assist, including a sergeant, who explained the citation and process and legal requirements to Mr. Taylor who was still refusing to comply, even after he was told that they intended to issue him a citation."

Daniel says officers again asked the Mr. Taylor to comply, under threat of arrest, and he still refused.

"Mr. Taylor then began to roll up the window, and hold the passenger door lock down, while officers continued to ask him to comply. At one point the driver of the car even told Mr. Taylor to comply with the officer's requests."

The police physically removed Taylor from the car, but Daniel says he physically resisted arrest in the process,

"As he was being removed from the car he kicked one of the police officers in the groin. Mr. Taylor continued to fight but was very quickly subdued by three police officers without further incident."

Daniel told that while they were prepared to, they did not use their Taser devices while subduing this adult suspect.

Officers called for medical personnel to respond and had Justin Taylor checked by paramedics. He was then transported to the Washington County Jail, charged with Interfering with a Police Officer, for which bail is $5000, and Assault on a Public Safety Officer, which has bail set at $20,000.

Capt. Mark Daniel said Taylor was also cited for the original offense of Failing to Wear a Seatbelt.

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Justin Taylor November 3, 2015 1:08 pm (Pacific time)

Sadly this is not even true. It is a fabrication of the story. I had not seen this report before, but it is as bad as others. Here's an update on the facts. First off, they did tase me 3 different times. So that is the first lie... Second I did not refuse to tell them who I was, I just refused to give them an ID, which I told them I was not required to even carry. But they never asked me for my name or information, they keep requiring me to give them my actual ID, whether I had it or not was not a concern. Third, I didn't kick anyone, unless I did it while being tased and not in control of my own body. I only tried to protect myself, but locking myself in the car. I was afraid they were going to beat me or something because they were being overly aggressive jerks. I was scared for my life to be honest and I froze up. Fourth, the original so-called offense, I was never even cited for on any paperwork. It never appears in any of my documentation for the arrest or the court. Probably because I was wearing my safety belt. It was being improperly worn, as it was under my shoulder, since I had just removed the jacket I was wearing, because I was hot. However, improper was the same as not wearing according to the police. As they drug me from the vehicle and tased me, they had to remove the seatbelt that was holding me, because it made it impossible for me to get out. Also the officer that was choking me from behind the seat made it difficult to get out as well. Nightmare.

Cutter December 9, 2009 7:37 am (Pacific time)

IF we repeal the safety belt law, or the helmet law with motorcycles, then it should be a required DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order on any accident. The costs of attempting to save a person who has been in an accident without a belt or helmet is far beyond most people's means and is left to other insurance payers and the state goverment and hospital to absorb and pass on to others.

Mike H. December 9, 2009 2:55 am (Pacific time)

I really respect the police a lot. But, just like any other group or any other thing, what have you, there are the good and the bad. I had my first experience with a dick head cop here in Salem. He was way out of line and I did nothing wrong. Maybe he was just having a bad night.

Winder December 9, 2009 12:18 am (Pacific time)

This is one of those laws, like those against the adult consumption of cannabis in the privacy of one's own home, which is a violation of each citizen's right to control of his own person and property if he's causing no harm to others or their property. Like a law requiring adults to wear motorcycle helmets while riding, it has no merit other than to protect the individual in question. I will try to remember not to kick any Sheriff (of Nottingham or otherwise) in the groin, while wending my way through the Sherwood Forest of ticket traps. While I personally would probably have complied if the officer in question was polite about it, we don't know that for a fact, and must give this man the benefit of the doubt. He will have his day in kangaroo court.

Unbelievable!!! December 8, 2009 11:59 am (Pacific time)

We should have the right to resist police when they are acting in an illegal manner. But, unfortunately, the police know that the entire system will lobby behind them, regardless of the impropriety of their behavior. As far as I know, it is NOT illegal for someone to refuse giving their identification "papers" to the police when they are not being investigated for a crime. Podunk pigs! I am sure they were saying, "You think YOU KNOW the law? WE'LL show you the LAW!" i bet that there was no actual resisting, but this became the cover story the police fabricated to support their arrest.

Vic December 8, 2009 7:54 am (Pacific time)

Thank God that we have the police to protect us from ourselves! Does anyone remember how the seatbelt law came into effect? The insurance lobby pushed long and hard for it, telling us that rates would "drop substantially" once we adopted this law. My rates actually went up, and I have never talked to one person whose insurance rates went down. But, the insurance companies saved billions of dollars and citizens have paid probbly billions in fines, not to mention the billions of tax dollars that have gone to police/enforce this perk for the insurance companies. I sympathise with this man...I am tired of being "protected" by the revenue-raisers known as police. So much for "The Land of the Free". By the way, I choose to wear a seatbelt, just like I choose not to smoke cigarettes, or drink hard liquor. But it should be a choice if it does not harm or threaten others. Anything else is nothing more than harrassment, an excuse to pull someone over, and steal some of their money.

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