Anaheim Police Misconduct Attorney Specialist

Jerry L. Steering arguing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in police shooting case, Pasadena, California


Almost all “resistance offense” criminal cases are procured by the same police agency that perpetrated the very outrage complained of against the innocent civilian. This is done to shift the blame from the police officer to the beating victim (you, the innocent) for necessitating the use of force upon you or some other outrage. What the police and the prosecutors do is to charge you with committing some act that they claim is a crime and that somehow “justified” the police beating or false arrest that you received. This is no joke. This is how the “Contempt of Cop Game” works.

This author has been playing this game since 1984, and things have only gotten worse for the innocent civilian, in the real world of what the police can do to you and your home and property. It doesn’t matter what a piece of paper (i.e. U.S. Constitution in National Archives) states if no one is willing to enforce it.

The American public basically has no idea what their basic rights and freedoms are, and how they have been shrinking since 1968. No one except the police, the lawyers and the judges care about these shrinking constitutional protections, until some police outrage is perpetrated against them or a loved one.

Moreover, most law abiding innocent types who didn’t grow up in the ghetto do not believe that police officers do bad things to people who don’t deserve it. When we hear about a claim in the media that the police perpetrated some outrage against a civilian, the first thing that comes to our mind is what did the civilian do to make the police do what they did to him. Culturally, we tend to shift the blame for the use of force or other serious intrusion on the liberty of another, to the person upon whom the force was used.

What suing police officers and defending bogus “resistance offense” criminal cases since 1984 has taught this author, is that the civilian usually is the one completely in the right, and the constable usually is the one in the wrong. This is the Contempt of Cop Game, and it is a game in a very real sense.


Shoot first, ask questions later is the guiding light of Anaheim PD. See, ACLU says Anaheim police among national leaders in civilian homicides, Orange County Register, November 20, 2017. See also, Anaheim Police Department Use Of Force Report 2017:

“On July 21, 2012, Anaheim police officer Nick Bennallack shot and killed a young, unarmed Latino man, Manuel Diaz, during a foot chase. The officer shot Mr. Diaz twice, once in the buttocks and once in the back of the head. Officers then handcuffed Mr. Diaz as he lay dying in the grass outside an apartment building in a predominantly Latino neighborhood. As shown in a bystander video, the officers did not immediately administer first aid, but instead called for backup and began searching the area.1 The next day, in separate incident, Anaheim Police Officer Kelly Phillips shot and killed another young Latino man, Joel Acevedo, during a foot pursuit after a police car stop. Again, according to the coroner’s report, the officer shot the victim in the back of the head.

These back-to-back killings ignited several days of protest and unrest. Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the city, often confronted by police officers dressed in riot gear and officers on horseback, who loosed dogs on protestors and fired on crowds with bean bag shotguns and pepper spray, and arrested dozens of people who were protesting the department’s actions.

Unfortunately, these killings and their aftermath are not isolated incidents, but part of a pattern of excessive use of force in Anaheim. This paper examines patterns in fatal shootings and the recent history of Anaheim Police Department to recommend reforms to department policy and oversight of the agency.”

Police shootings in Anaheim sparked mass protests, but the officers remain with the blessing of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s Office won’t prosecute the police officers because 1) they have no desire to do so, and 2) they know that they can’t win. It’s really that simple. They know how to play the “Contempt of Cop Game” and they know their limitations.


The first rule of this game is that no matter what the police did to you or your loved one, it’s never their fault. Police perjury is rampant and sanctioned by public prosecutors. If the prosecution’s police officer witness gets caught lying on the witness stand, in the real world there is zero chance that they will get prosecuted for perjury. After all, the District Attorney’s Office put the police officer on the stand and elicited those lies from the officer. Who is going to prosecute them; Jeff Sessions? The DA’s Office? Not a chance.

In this world there really is no crime of perjury; at least one that is enforced. In California the prosecution need to show more than the testimony of a single witness to convict another of perjury:

Cal. Penal Code Section 118.

(a) Every person who, having taken an oath that he or she will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly before any competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any of the cases in which the oath may by law of the State of California be administered, willfully and contrary to the oath, states as true any material matter which he or she knows to be false, and every person who testifies, declares, deposes, or certifies under penalty of perjury in any of the cases in which the testimony, declarations, depositions, or certification is permitted by law of the State of California under penalty of perjury and willfully states as true any material matter which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of perjury.

This subdivision is applicable whether the statement, or the testimony, declaration, deposition, or certification is made or subscribed within or without the State of California.

(b) No person shall be convicted of perjury where proof of falsity rests solely upon contradiction by testimony of a single person other than the defendant. Proof of falsity may be established by direct or indirect evidence.

No one gets prosecuted for perjury save a few politicians and entitlement recipients. The police all know this. The judges all know this. The lawyers all know this. The bailiffs all know this. The courtroom clerks all know this. The court reporters all know this. So, not to worry about lying police reports.

The second rule of the game is that in the real world that the police can fabricate their police reports to procure your bogus criminal prosecution, without any real world repercussions. After the police beat you up and/or falsely arrest you and the police agency submits a “package” to the District Attorney’s Office, the Deputy District Attorney who reviews the case for potential criminal filing are almost always simply going to accept and rely on what is shown in the initial police reports. This not because these filing Deputy District Attorneys are evil people.

This is because these Deputy District Attorneys simply don’t have the time to extensively review anything other than the initial arrest reports in making their decision to prosecute the subjects of those reports. Most Deputy District Attorneys who make the decisions whether to prosecute you and what for are forced to review between 15 and 30 cases per day. There is simply no time other than to read the initial arrest reports. There is no time to review the audio or video recordings, the use of force reports, any internal investigations (that the DA actually has to move the court to even see) or other items of evidence.

Police officers are trained on how to justify their conduct in court; both when they are attempting to frame you in a criminal case for some “resistance offense” (i.e. the defendant struck my fist with his jaw). Moreover, the laws of search and seizure of persons, places and property are extremely complicated and are ever changing. The police know what police keywords / buzzwords they can accuse you of that will ultimately, in the real world almost always justify their conduct. Accordingly, it is easy for the police to procure your bogus criminal prosecution, to shift the blame for their conduct from them to you, and to preclude you from suing them via your bogus criminal prosecution.


He has been involved in these types of cases involving Anaheim Police Department officers since 1986. Anaheim Police Department officers are quite adept in planting evidence to frame innocents, falsely arresting innocents and even killing innocents for many years now; all with impunity.

Anaheim is rather unbiased in their treatment of civilians. No matter your race, color or creed, all are treated equally poorly and oppressively. Anaheim police officers learn early on that they literally can beat, falsely arrest and procure the filing of a bogus criminal action against those whom they abuse. This not some lefty propaganda or overstatement of the state of our country. It is reality. Anaheim PD was the leading agency that literally created the Orange County Snitch Scandal; a massive scandal involving Anaheim PD and using illegal jailhouse informants to obtained confessions from inmates at the Orange County Jails. They used real life former Mexican Mafia gang members, who were inmates in the jail and on the City payroll, to literally coerce and scare inmates into making incriminating statements; confessions that were often false, made simply to avoid violence by the Mexican Mafia.

Some police officers can handle the awesome power over civilians, and some cannot. The Anaheim Police Department has its share of those who cannot. Ergo, here come I.

Oliver v. City of Anaheim, U.S. District Court, Santa Ana; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012; (plaintiff won case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on their unlawful arrest claim; false arrest as matter of law.) Plaintiffs obtained $400,000.00 for four hour false arrest of father (and son), for father telling police that he didn’t know of his son hit a opossum with a shovel (which isn’t a crime anyway),so busted the father for violation of Cal. Penal Code 32 (i.e. “accessory to crime”, for not incriminating his son, for something that isn’t a crime. See, Oliver v. City of Anaheim; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Steering has also had many acquittals in Orange County Superior Court; especially in cases involving false arrests.

Investigators gather evidence at the scene of a gun battle on the 91 freeway between Brookhurst and Euclid, in Anaheim. June 22, 2008

Norma Cortez v. City of Anaheim; Mr. Steering also obtained $300,000.00 from the City of Anaheim, for the use of police tactics that placed the plaintiff in a position of danger; a danger that did happen (i.e. non-lethal bystander gunshot wound); Norma Cortez et al. v. City of Anaheim, et al.; United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Steering also obtained $95,000.00 settlement for the seven minute long false arrest of an El Segundo Police Officer (Gregory Howden v. City of Anaheim.)

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Jerry L. Steering, Esq., Suing Bad Cops And Defending Bogus Criminal Cases Since 1984

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