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Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 8:33 pm

A National Parks Service ranger who used a Taser against a Montara resident earlier this week was the subject of a previous complaint from a Coastside dog walker.

The ranger has been identified by witnesses in both instances as Sarah Cavallaro, and both instances concerned people walking dogs off-leash.

Coastside resident Larry De Young said on Wednesday the Taser incident earlier this week reminded him of a similar episode he experienced nearly two years earlier. At the time, De Young was with his wife walking their two springer spaniels at Sweeny Ridge near Pacifica when Cavallaro drove up and ordered him to keep the dogs away.

De Young leashed the dogs and Cavallaro asked both of them for identification.

"I told her she was acting like this was a felony arrest and I did not appreciate being treated like a criminal," De Young explained in an April 5, 2010 email to a National Parks Service official. "To which she replied that I was a criminal."

De Young said Cavallaro told the couple that walking dogs off-leash was a serious violation, and she wrote them a citation. De Young later fumed in a complaint to the chief ranger of the Bay Area District of the National Parks Service that the ranger he encountered needlessly exacerbated a minor issue. He also noted in the letter that he serves on the San Mateo County Mounted Patrol, adding that he should have known better and kept his dogs on a leash.

De Young said by phone Wednesday that he followed up with a phone call but ultimately thought his complaint had fallen on deaf ears. A call seeking comment from National Parks officials after hours on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

Earlier this week, Cavallaro was identified as the ranger who used an electroshock Taser weapon to subdue a dog walker at the Rancho Corral de Tierra property near Montara.On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier issued a statement saying she did not believe the use of force was warranted by the situation and called for an investigation.

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  • Deb responds fair posted at 7:17 am on Tue, Feb 14, 2012.

    Deb responds fair Posts: 8

    Thanks for enforcing the leash law and restricting dogs from our precious park lands. The ranger has Been doing her job all along...which leads me to believe dog walkers and this dog group have known all along about the leash law in effect...this was not new information. The ranger has been contacting dog walkers wearing "I'm Special" T-shirts to identify themselves rather than producing the real ID officers requested in the past. Info you'll need every time a ranger contacts you for your off leash law includes, Name, address, date of birth. This info goes into local files in case the ranger needs to contact you for a second or third offense. Rangers can be persistent, can't they?

  • Deb responds fair posted at 6:56 am on Tue, Feb 14, 2012.

    Deb responds fair Posts: 8

    So typical of wealthy citizens in California who believe they don't have to obey a simple dog restriction. Are ALL wealthy Californians beyond a simple leash law? This is a "cultural" issue, too, right?

  • Snoopy posted at 5:03 am on Thu, Feb 9, 2012.

    Snoopy Posts: 19

    A citation. Oh... The inhumanity of it.

  • pmpatt posted at 2:02 pm on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    pmpatt Posts: 2

    I agree with Inspector Clouseau. I don't see what relevance a dog citation two years ago has anything to do with the current case.

  • Zee Inspector posted at 12:12 pm on Fri, Feb 3, 2012.

    Zee Inspector Posts: 2

    I do not understand why people are making this into a dog-walking issue. The dog-walking, dog-walkers, have nothing to do with it. The story is about the illegal use of a taser. Rangers are not allowed to use a taser unless in danger. If she felt the need to detain him and could not do it herself then she needed to call for backup.

    I own no dogs and get very annoyed at dog walkers. This guys was probably a jerk. None of that matters in this case. It is about the illegal use of a taser by a GGNRA Ranger.

  • pmpatt posted at 9:52 pm on Thu, Feb 2, 2012.

    pmpatt Posts: 2

    Why is this a story. Two years ago dog owner breaks law. Ranger does her job. Dog owner acts like a jerk. Don't see any problems. Unless the point of the story was to show how the dog owner though he was above the law.

  • Jake posted at 5:02 pm on Thu, Feb 2, 2012.

    Jake Posts: 3

    I was there!!! The guy was acting like a jerk, and challenged the Officer because he was bigger. He had no right to act up, she has a duty to do her job, and not the luxury to back down and run when the other person is bigger.

    You are all right, this should not have happened. The guy should have done like he was told to do, and he would have went home with at most a ticket.

    Cops are not allowed to back down just because the other person can beat them up. A night stick is a higher use of force level then a tazer.

    Now just becuse of a bunch of dog lovers are out there re-acting to a "dog story" they are going to go after this poor Officer, who's back up unit it has to come from San Francisco. She is out there alone. Lucky some one called the Sheriff's for this Officer.

    The real story is the suspect was picking on a female Officer he thought he could push around, well he couldn't.

    Thanks to the Officers who confront these jerks everyday. Good Job

  • ted posted at 8:52 am on Thu, Feb 2, 2012.

    ted Posts: 5

    This story blows the whole theory of "educational" outreach by Rangers. Hothead Ranger on a mission to ticket people walking dogs off leash, and doesn't hide her disdain for such egregious criminal activity. Don't dare cross her or ask why she needs to see your ID in the absence of any explanation why you're being detained. Now all they need to do is post signs that prohibit just about anything to catch the rest of us who mountain bike, jog, drink beer, picnic or whatever criminal activity one fancies. Hey, about starting check points at all entrances? This is the exactly the heavy handedness that was predicted when RCdT was turned over to GGNRA . Almost wants to make one join the Tea Party. Just live and let live.

  • Jayuya posted at 6:08 am on Thu, Feb 2, 2012.

    Jayuya Posts: 7

    So, what you're saying is, she has a history of actually doing her job. Tasing is ridiculous, but the parse of what this article is, conveys that she takes her job seriously (too seriously) and that adults don't like to obey the law or those in authority positions who demand that those adults do obey the aforementioned law. Starting to understand why our youth out here has no respect for authority....BTW, all Rangers are peace officers, for those of you who don't understand that you're dealing with an officer. And unfortunately, like many officers, they can and will abuse power. Nice article about this persons work history though, insightful and cutting edge journalism. Another nice way to avoid folowing up on the uncomfortable stories.


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