This case should never have been brought to trial. East Bay security guard was charged for shooting tire of truck she believed would run her over. A jury acquitted her in 40 minutes.
But as people keep pointing out, the process is the punishment, even if (especially if) you’re innocent.
She was working as a security guard when she caught a couple of shoplifters. They ran and got into a truck with large tires.
The driver allegedly gave her one final taunt before climbing in, yelling out, “I’ve got something for you, b—-,” Page says.
She interpreted his comment as an imminent threat, and when the truck’s wheels began to turn forward, Page drew her pistol and fired three times into one of the tires. The bullets flattened the tire, and the truck pulled out, heading away from Page.
… The decision to shoot drastically changed the next year of her life, resulting in criminal charges — not against the men in the truck, but Page.
She was arrested on a felony charge, but that dropped to a misdemeanor by the time the trial came around. And the DA had the most insane excuse for pursuing this.
Following the verdict, the Contra Costa County District Attorney put out a brief statement saying the shooting was “over disputed lemons and crab meat.”
No. It wasn’t. The shooting was over a threat, and the fact that the truck was moving forward. At that point in time, the lemons and the crab meat were completely and utterly beside the point.
But being a good prosecutor in The People’s Republic of California, she had to punish the law-abiding citizen and let the criminals off the hook.
The person charged, Schitara Page (a 32-year-old sergeant in the US Army) said her life has been “devastated” over the past year.