Santa Rosa, CA – October 2, 2018 – On September
29, 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department deputies
responded to multiple 911 calls of trespassers on the private property of the
McCoy’s Poultry Services, located in the 100 block of Jewett Road in Petaluma,
CA. Upon their arrival Sheriff’s deputies estimated that approximately 150-200
protesters had gathered at that location, and were engaged in a coordinated
protest on the roadway and within the poultry business.
course of the protest deputies arrested 58 individuals for a variety of
criminal offenses. All 58 protesters were taken to the Sonoma County Jail where
they were booked into custody. Subsequently, 51 of those individuals posted
bail and were thereafter released and given a date to appear next week. The
remaining seven were discharged and released this afternoon.
Today at 1:30
p.m. in Department 9 of the Sonoma County Superior Court, the Sonoma County
District Attorney’s Office requested additional time to review law enforcement
reports, and any other available evidence, prior to making a decision on what,
if any, criminal charges to file against each of the 58 individuals arrested.
Attorney Jill Ravitch noted, “Due to the large amount of evidence involved in
this investigation my office has requested additional time to make certain we
are able to conduct a complete and accurate review of all available evidence in
this case. Once we determine what if any violations have occurred we intend to
file criminal charges. If people have concerns about commercial farming
practices there are avenues available to voice those concerns short of
committing criminal acts.”