Spencer Muniz-Bottomley

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Service Record

Agency Vallejo California Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service June 2015 - July 2018.[1]
Salary $93,588 (2018)[2]
Last Known Status Separated
Agency Sonoma County California Sheriff's Office
Rank Deputy
Dates of Service July 2018 - April 2022[1]
Last Known Status Separated[1]

Incident Reports

2015 Arrest of Jimmy Brooks

Response Timeline

On October 4, 2016, Brooks filed an lawsuit against the city and several then-unnamed officers, claiming violations of his rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.[3]

By January 12, 2018, the lawsuit had been updated to name the chief, Zach Jacobsen, Ted Postolaki, Matt Samida, James Duncan, Jesse Hicks, and Muniz-Bottomly.[4]

On August 24, 2018, Muniz-Bottomley, Postolako, and Hicks were removed as defendants in the case.[5]

On November 27, 2018, the city settled the lawsuit for $50,000 and the case was dismissed.[6]

2016 Beating of Derrick Shields

Response Timeline

On October 7, 2016, Shields filed a lawsuit, claiming that his rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated by the use of excessive force.[7]

On November 2, 2017, the lawsuit was dismissed when the court was unable to find Shields.[8]

2017 Arrest of Dejuan Hall

Vallejo Police Launch Inquiry After Recording Of Beating Surfaces

On March 10, 2017, Muniz-Bottomley responded to a call of a man acting erratically at a gas station. Muniz-Bottomley located Hall, who he chased down the street before Hall sat on the median.[9]

Muniz-Bottomley tackled Hall, punched him, and hit him with a flashlight while he struggled.[9]

Bystanders took objection to the action. Muniz-Bottomley told them to "get back" and "shut up", and drew his handgun in response to the crowd.[9]

Hall also claims that Officer Brian Murphy struck him five times with a baton and put him in a choke hold.[9]

The incident was captured on witnesses' cell phone cameras.[9]

Hall was charged with resisting arrest and trespassing.[9]

Response Timeline

Hall filed a claim against the city, Muniz-Bottomley and Murphy for use of force, and against officers Wesley Simpson and William Carpenter for failure to intervene. A claim is usually a precursor to a lawsuit.[9]

The city paid Hall $75,000 to settle the claim before a lawsuit was filed.[9]

2017 Arrest of Carl Edwards

Response Timeline

On September 5, 2018, Edwards filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that Muniz-Bottomley and other officers used excessive force.[10]

On September 28, 2020, the city filed their response to the lawsuit, claiming that the officers used reasonable force and did not engage in any wrongful or negligent conduct.[11]

On October 20, 2020, the lawsuit was settled for $750,000.[12][13]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: bad
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
Ratings Definitions

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Spencer Muniz-Bottomley, LinkedIn
  2. Spencer Muniz-bottomley, City Of Vallejo, govSalaries
  3. Jimmy Brooks vs City of Vallejo, et al, U.S. District Court, 2016-10-04
  4. Jimmy Brooks vs City of Vallejo, et al, U.S. District Court, 2018-01-12
  5. Jimmy Brooks vs City of Vallejo, et al, U.S. District Court, 2018-08-24
  6. Jimmy Brooks vs City of Vallejo, et al Dismissal, 'U.S. District Court', 2018-11-27
  7. Derrick Lamoris Shields vs City of Vallejo, et al, U.S. District Court, 2016-10-07
  8. John Glidden, Tentative settlement reached in Vallejo excessive force case, Vallejo Sun, 2020-10-21
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 John Glidden, [https://www.timesheraldonline.com/2019/06/25/city-gives-75000-to-man-after-being-tackled-by-vallejo-officer/ City gives $75,000 to man after being tackled by Vallejo officer, Times Herald, 2019-06-25
  10. Edwards v. City of Vallejo et al Complaint, U.S. District Court, 2018-09-05
  11. John Glidden, New excessive force complaint filed against VPD; video shows incident, Times-Herald, 2018-10-02
  12. Edwards vs City of Vallejo, et al, U.S. District Court, 2020-10-20
  13. John Glidden, Vallejo police officer driving truck during Monterrosa shooting is leaving to take job in Napa, Vallejo Sun, 2021-09-24