Assault on Bishop Police Officer at the Cielo Hotel

 

 

PRESS RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 25, 2020
On Wednesday, September 24, 2020 at approximately 0854 hours, the Bishop Police Department was requested by a local support agency to conduct a welfare check on a minor child that was staying with an adult male and female in a hotel room located at the 600 block of North Main Street, in Bishop.
Officers contacted an adult male at the door of the hotel room, who initially stated that he was alone in the room. Officers made an effort to speak with the female occupant that was seen inside the room when she produced an aerosol can of pepper spray, otherwise known as Oleoresin Capsicum. The female dispersed the contents of the aerosol can through the open door, aiming it towards the police officers, striking the male party directly in the face as well as one Bishop Police Officer.
Officers immediately requested backup assistance and medical aid from Symons Ambulance Services to respond at approximately 0921 hours. The female then barricaded herself inside the hotel room.
Multiple agencies including members of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and Mono County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call for assistance and remained on scene. A Crisis Negotiation Team, comprised of local Law Enforcement Officers and assisted by local counselors, was dispatched to the hotel in an effort to have the female occupant surrender peacefully and safely. Negotiation efforts were unsuccessful after several hours.
As a result, an arrest warrant was obtained from the Inyo County Superior Court, allowing officers to enter the room and remove female.
Twyla Dawn Sepsey, age 43 of Bishop, was safely taken into custody and booked at the Inyo County Jail with the following charges:
Two counts of Penal Code Section 69 –Resistance of an Executive Officer;
One count of Penal Code Section 22810(g) – Prohibited person in possession of tear gas (OC spray).
The male subject was assisted by medical staff at the scene with decontamination from the pepper spray
Both officers self-decontaminated from the pepper spray exposure and recovered at the scene.
The minor child was not in the room and was staying with family members.

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Thomas
Thomas
1 year ago

Tourbillon has a comment in this thread that invites a response. Tourbillon critiques `four different agencies’ for responding to pepper spray, and also wonders who `lit the fuse by a false report.’ First of all, from the news report, your local agency, the B.P.D., was the responding agency which originally… Read more »

Tammy Red Owl
Tammy Red Owl
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas

The over-response of law enforcement agencies is nothing new when certain Native American individuals with certain last names are involved. Justify all you want doesn’t negate the fact Bishop PD and ICSO and Inyo County Superior Court have been racist since their inception. Just take a look at sentencing information.… Read more »

thomas
thomas
1 year ago

Dear Bishop residents, Maybe I can provide some comments to assist in your dialogue. I have been a California attorney for thirty-five years, a court-appointed mediation officer for three years in family disputes, and for the last five years, I have worked domestic violence cases as a pro bono specialist… Read more »

Britney
Britney
1 year ago
Reply to  thomas

My 2 cents, You are NEVER OBLIGATED, to talk to the police. EVER! You don’t have to answer the door. You are of free rights. Just because someone calls LEO’s in no way requires your COOPERATION burden of proof IS ON LEO.& PLEASE know your rights, don’t answer ANY QUESTIONS.… Read more »

Charles James
Charles James(@cjames)
1 year ago
Reply to  Britney

Well, that is certainly one view, we suppose. Sometimes, however, someone’s 2-cents is worth about as much as having a dime-store lawyer representing you in a court of law. Just saying. Different strokes for different folks, but let’s not pretend to be surprised when stubbornness or even stupidity, blows up… Read more »

Almost Native
Almost Native
1 year ago

Maybe they should have just called her room and asked her to meet them outside.

Tanya Mitchell
Tanya Mitchell
1 year ago

The child was used as an excuse to get in the door. The child is never with his parents he is always with his grandparents both sides of the family. Inyo County is racist they pack us in their jail for a good price. As a tribe if we were… Read more »

Donald Salac
Donald Salac
1 year ago

Google the woman. She’s from Bishop.

Dad for Momala
Dad for Momala
1 year ago

I can’t wait for Kamala Harris to be our VP. This is going to be amazing. It is about time our criminal justice system got a makeover. Maybe with some new shoes and tough love all around. A nice healthy dose of cut the bs power game and actually fix… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago
Reply to  Dad for Momala

Dad for Momala On the contrary of what you hear and who is trying to lie and spin it,possible future President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris have no intention what-so-ever to “cut” or “defund” the Police and Law Enforcement… Who says they want to do that is lying and… Read more »

Dad for Momala
Dad for Momala
1 year ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Thanks for the input, dudes in power! Been listening to that skipping record for 30 some years no with no changes. I am ready to take a shot at plan b. Nothing to lose at this point.

Dad for Momala
Dad for Momala
1 year ago
Reply to  David Dennison

…Also, to be frank I don’t really care if the police are defunded myself. That is not my diatribe personally though I do support the BLM movement. I just want some no nonsense policy introduced to the criminal justice system. Egomaniacal toxic grown male larping high school football supremecy culture… Read more »

Dad for Momala
Dad for Momala
1 year ago
Reply to  David Dennison

I try to avoid social media and mom when forming my theories about politics. Instead I choose to reference the works of philosophers who layed the foundation for political discourse, like the social contract theory of John Locke circa 1600s. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_contract Would live to discuss that philosophy and how the… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago

Lazy H, Whose side are you on? Your hysteria distracts from getting to truth and makes it harder to get to justice. 10 second internet search shows pepper spray falls under code cited. Press release says one charge, but shows 2 different sections. Prohibited possession, and use other than self… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago

Larry And John You two are a big part of the problem with the problems going on nowadays. IMO, nothing worse than a bad cop, like we’ve seen on the National news lately, but this case is FAR from that. The Officers were doing a welfare check on a child.… Read more »

Larry H
Larry H
1 year ago

What a joke! “assault”? The lady was only defending herself from intrusion by those police thugs. There is the right of any citizen. And no minor was present! And last time I checked, pepper spray was not “tear gas”.
Absurd

John
John
1 year ago

Lucky she wasn’t murdered by the white supremacist police. They had no business invading those people’s privacy. Shades of Breonna Taylor?

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
1 year ago
Reply to  John

I wonder who lit the fuse by a false report that a child was in the room and needed a “check”. And why. The whole rodeo – four different police agencies responding to pepper spray – was the result of a false report. SW should follow this up.

Jeremiah Temple
Jeremiah Temple
1 year ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

What Assistance from medical staff was provided I never got anything just washed my self up I’m disgusted and very upset by this whole situation.

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago

Jeremiah I think your first mistake,and maybe able to avoid this whole situation from getting out of control,was lying to the Officers when they “allegedly” inquired about the female and child in the room and were “allegedly” told you were alone.. After all,it seems Law Enforcement was called to check… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago

J.T. No good can ever come from you or yours posting here in the Kangaroo Court. You really should only talk to defense attorneys and NO one else. Even if you want to talk to prosecutors, do it through your own attorney. The system isn’t set up to care for… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
1 year ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

It’s quite disturbing the percentage of people, even here, who side with the criminal element of our society as well as those who lack common sense and any knowledge of police procedure, protocol. If I were a betting man, I would bet the two people in the motel room have… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinman, It’s quite disturbing the percentage of people, even here, who have quit the journey to find their heart. And presume who the criminal element of our society is and no longer have a presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. As well as those who lack common sense and any… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro “Journey to find their heart.” How poetic and sweet. No journey needed, it’s been on my sleeve for quite some time. You have to ask yourself, why would somebody be prohibited from possessing tear gas when it’s completely legal for a citizen to carry it, any idea? You’re right,… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinner, Don’t expect a Pulitzer for mocking you with Wizard of Oz. I read the code. Care to tell what you’re inferring? https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&sectionNum=22810. Your opinion comes off like a vulture waiting to feed off the souls you condemn. Not illegal to lie to police with few exceptions. Stop making law… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro Good luck with that one in front of a jury… When Law Enforcement responds to a call of a welfare check on a child, when they show up to ask some questions of the residence,the Officers get a face-full of pepper spray out of who is inside the motel… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro

David Dense Again,

Good luck with what? No defense or accusation was offered.

You prove my point about jury pools in the County.

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro Maybe I didn’t quite understand your last sentence there,when you talked of “trusting someone,cop or civilian that uses pepper spray in self defense”. Going along with the story here,seemed to me you might’ve been saying THIS civilian was acting on “self defense” when Law Enforcement showed up at the… Read more »

MARTY
MARTY
1 year ago

GOOD JOB