Hemet Police Officer Jacob Hobson (Full Name: Jacob Alan Hobson) Charged With Assaulting Woman During Arrest, Causing Her To Suffer Brain Injury
HEMET, CALIFORNIA (August 22, 2023) – A Hemet police officer identified as Jacob Hobson has been arrested for assaulting and seriously injuring a woman during an arrest back in July.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials are saying that the defendant was arrested on August 18, 2023. Police officer Jacob Hobson has been charged with two counts of assault likely to lead to great bodily injury.
He is also facing one count of assault under the color of authority. The District Attorney’s Office also filed two enhancements to the charges due to the severity of the victim’s injuries.
She was so badly beaten during the assault she either became comatose or was likely to be permanently injured. The defendant has been placed on paid administrative leave and still appears to be employed by the Hemet Police Department.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Banning Justice Center on Monday. Officer Jacob Hobson was being held on a $65,000 bail, but he has since been released.
A spokesperson for the Hemet Police Department declined to describe the current condition of the female victim.
Liability For Excessive Force By Hemet Police Officers
Women have increasingly become the victims of police brutality in recent years. In fact, use-of-force incidents have nearly quadrupled among women since 1999. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, “the increase in use of force was especially dramatic among women: the number of women experiencing police use of force in 2015 was 4.5 times (353%) the number experiencing force in 1999, up from 55,181 to 250,200. Meanwhile, the number of men experiencing police use of force doubled from 366,533 in 1999 to 735,100 in 2015.” Women are also making up a larger percentage of those searched during traffic stops. There are a number of steps that police departments should take to reduce instances of police brutality.
- Police officers should have their body cameras turned on whenever they interact with the public.
- All instances of suspected police misconduct or abuse should be thoroughly investigated.
- Police officers should be trained to de-escalate encounters with suspects.
- Police officers should get clear guidelines for their departments use-of-force policies.
- Police officers should have access to mental health support in order to cope with the often extreme stresses of their job.
- Police officers should undergo rigorous background checks and psychological evaluations.
It is illegal for police officers to utilize excessive force. Stated plainly, excessive force refers to any level of force beyond what an officer reasonably believes is necessary for a given situation. According to California Penal Code 149, it is a crime for any public officer, without lawful necessity, to assault or beat a person under the color of authority. Officers that assault suspects are susceptible to criminal charges for their actions. The department that they work for could also be liable.
Every citizen is protected from unlawful searches and seizures through the Fourth Amendment. When a police officer assaults a suspect, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. According to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, every person who acts under the color of any statute or regulation and causes a person to be deprived of their rights afforded by the Constitution shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. There are many steps that should be taken after any instance of police abuse.
- Body camera footage of all officers involved should be examined.
- The disciplinary record of the officer accused of misconduct should be understood.
- The actions of the police officer leading up to the use-of-force should be reviewed.
- All injuries sustained from a police encounter should be well documented.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be consulted.
Police officers are supposed to serve and protect. But far too often, officers abuse their authority and needlessly harm the very people they are supposed to be serving. Any person injured by a police officer may be able to seek some measure of accountability through a civil claim. Many injuries may not be readily apparent after any use-of-force incident. This is especially true for brain injuries which can cause permanent neurological trauma.
Getting Legal Help After Excessive Force By Hemet Police Officers
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the woman injured in this assault by Hemet police officer Jacob Hobson. Every officer accused of a crime is certainly entitled to a fair trial. But the accusations of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are still extremely disturbing to say the least. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the actions of the defendant.
Have you or someone that you care about been harmed by a Hemet police officer? There are a number of laws designed to help you. Our team of civil rights advocates are here to assist you in any way that we can. We focus on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power. It is our goal to hold law enforcement accountable for their harmful actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.