Fort Bragg’s Smoking Police Report: The Documents Behind the Story
by Tim Stelloh, February 24, 2010
Below are links to the documents I used for this week's story on the strange case of Robert Forest, who's suing former Fort Bragg police Lt. (and current Merced commander) Floyd Higdon in federal court for causing Forest's "malicious" and "wrongful" prosecution.
The incident the suit grew out of took place in November 2006 in downtown Fort Bragg.
**FBPD's report on Stanley Douglass, from after a witness called the cops to report that Robert Forest was pointing a gun at Douglass.
**FBPD's report on Robert Forest's account of the scuffle.
**The District Attorney's interview with witness Jacob Long (which was conducted after questions were raised about Higdon's conduct in the case).
**Prosecutor Tim Stoen on Robert Forest's previous weapons conviction.
**FBPD Sgt. Brandon Lee's e-mail to Chief Mark Puthuff saying that his report on the Forest/Douglass episode had been changed without his knowledge.
**Lee calls the changed report "garbage" and says he wouldn't testify to it in court. In the margins, he notes all the changes he said were made.
**DA Meredith Lintott's decision to dismiss the charges against Forest.
**Prosecutor Tim Stoen talks about how the problems at FBPD hurt his case against Forest.
**The federal suit filed by Robert Forest against Floyd Higdon, the Fort Bragg Police Department and the city of Fort Bragg for "malicious" prosecution.