A former girlfriend of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is suing the lawman and the county, alleging he falsely imprisoned her and pointed his gun at her head after she tried to end their allegedly abusive relationship in 2017.
“I am the police, there is nothing you can do,” Deputy Jeremy Fennell told plaintiff Priscilla Anderson during the confrontation, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Fennell is the same deputy who in 2017 was captured on video allegedly ignoring a shooting call while telling Anderson he wanted to repair their relationshp before he responded to the emergency. He was not charged with domestic violence against Anderson due to a lack of evidence, the District Attorney’s Office said previously.
The lawsuit alleges assault, battery, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil rights violations. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
A sheriff’s spokeswoman could not be immediately reached.
The friendship between Anderson and Fennell turned romantic in September 2016, the suit states.
“However, their relationship soon took a dark turn,” according to her complaint.
Fennell barraged Anderson with text messages and videos sent to her phone, the suit states. In one video sent about October 2016, Fennell was in uniform when he identified himself as “Robocop” and warned Anderson to call him right away, saying “You see what I’m wearing? I can make you call me,” according to the complaint.
When Anderson told Fennell after a dinner date in January 2017 that she wanted to break up with him, the deputy blocked her from leaving his apartment, shouting, “You need to listen to me” according to the lawsuit.
When Anderson tried to call for help, Fennell hit her in the throat, causing her to lose her breath, the suit states.
“Fennell then erupted in rage and threw furniture,” the suit states.
Anderson tried without success to escape through the front door, the suit states.
“During this episode, Fennell had his service weapon out,” according to the complaint.
Three uniformed officers later came to the home, but they laughed and joked with Fennell and said, “Have a good night,” before leaving, the suit states.
Fennell then allegedly shoved Anderson against a wall, asking her “Do you know who I am? Do you know who my father is?,” the suit states.
Anderson locked herself in a bathtroom, but Fennell was able to get inside, where he held his gun to her head and said, “The only way you will be able to leave me is if I kill you … but I’m not going to do that, so you have to kill me,” the suit alleges.
Anderson was able to run out the apartment’s front door, but Fennell pursued her and told her to come back inside, the suit states.
“He finally let her leave later that morning,” the suit states.
Anderson reported the alleged abuses to the LASD’s Internal Affairs bureau, the suit states. She obtained a restraining order against Fennell last February, but he continued to text and call her, the suit alleges.
Fennell’s father was a “close associate of (former) Sheriff Lee Baca,” according to the lawsuit.
The video in which Fennell allegedly ignored a shooting call was posted by Anderson on YouTube after the two ended their relationship
“I know I gotta go, but I’m not gonna go because you mad,” Fennell says in the video. “So I’m not gonna go. Someone’s getting shot. Oh well. Oh well. Because I wanted to make things right between you and me first.”
Fennell blamed Anderson for his failure to respond to a series of emergency calls, the suit alleges.
Fennell was put on leave last Jan. 25 after the video became public.
–City News Service
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