Sacramento County California Sheriff's Office
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2019 Employee of the Quarter
In 2019, Fowell was recognized as employee of the quarter.
2019 Live-Saving Medal
In 2019, Fowell earned a life-saving medal after performing CPR on a young girl.
2020 Arrest of Elijah Tufono
On April 27, 2020, Fowell was on assignment with the City of Rancho Cordova when he saw the 14 year-old Tufono conduct a hand-to-hand sale of tobacco. Tufono refused to identify himself, despite "reasonable suspicion that criminal activity was occurring". Fowell attempted to detain Tufono, who resisted. Fowell struck Tufono in the abdomen twice, grabbed his wrist, and jerked his face to the ground.
Part of the incident was captured on a witness' cell phone.
Tufano was charged with resisting arrest.
An internal professional standards unit investigated, and concluded that Fowell had used excessive force.
In 2020, Fowell was fired after the investigation was completed.
In October 2020, Fowell appealed his termination.
On December 15, 2020, Tufono and his family filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer, alleging violations of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments for the use of excessive force and denial of due process.
In 2021, the county paid "six figures" to settle the family's civil lawsuit.
On March 28, 2022, an arbitrator ruled that Fowell should be reinstated as his behavior did not warrant being terminated.
- Molly Sullivan, Rancho Cordova officer who was fired for striking 14-year-old boy returns to duty, Sacramento Bee, 2022-04-01
- Brian Fowell, Deputy Sheriff Rng B, Sacramento County, govSalaries
- Media Statement: Video Footage of Incident in Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2020-04-28
- Rosalio Ahumada, Attorneys file Sacramento County claim for boy punched and pinned by sheriff’s deputy, Sacramento Bee, 2020-05-04
- Jason Pierce, Claim filed for boy punched by Sacramento deputy: ‘We have to have an accountability’, Sacramento Bee, 2020-05-04
- E.T. v. City of Rancho Cordova et al, PacerMonitor, 2020-12-15
- Karma Dickerson, Deputy fired after Rancho Cordova incident gets job back through appeal, FOX 40, 2022-04-01