Inyo County Sheriff’s Office Confirms Outside Professional Firm Continues “Use of Force” Review

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this week that an outside professional firm continues a use of force review regarding an incident that occurred last year involving George Barlow III.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of July 24, 2021, when two Inyo County deputies encountered Barlow while on an unrelated call. During the incident, which occurred near the Chevron gas station on N. Sierra Highway, a struggle ensued, a deputy shot and killed Barlow’s pitbull and Barlow was taken into custody.

Accusations of law enforcement brutality followed after the circulation of a video on social media showing the violent confrontation. Barlow was hospitalized after the incident.

The Inyo County District Attorney’s Office investigated the allegations of excessive force and in September 2021 Inyo County District Attorney Thomas Hardy issued his “Use of Force Report” that absolved the deputies of allegations that they used excessive force. Notably, the report states that the incident didn’t turn violent until Barlow allegedly charged the deputies

April 9th edition of the Inyo Register has the complete story.

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David Dennison
David Dennison
7 months ago

Rick O’Brien
Think he’s still in,on like $2.6 million bail,the attempted murder and arson-inhabited building charges being the kicker…hope his animal abuse charge sticks,for bringing his Dog into the incident and getting it killed…
But his “GoFundMe” page is up to close to $39,000.00 now…
What a Country…

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 months ago

We all want to know…is Barlow still in custody or roaming free to wreak havoc on the good people of the Owens Valley ?

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According to Inyo Crime Graphics, he’s been in jail since he tried to burn down the house with people inside back in August. I would think the crime graphics website would be on your favorites list Rick https://inyo.crimegraphics.com/2013/default.aspx Unfortunately, since Bennett passed local media rarely follows up on any initially… Read more »