For Immediate Release
SEBA STATEMENT ON REPRESENTATION OF 3 DEPUTIES CHARGED,
SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday it filed criminal
charges on three deputies following a use of force in April that occurred during the apprehension of a suspect who
stole a horse and led deputies on an extensive pursuit that ended under the watch of a news camera.
The Safety Employee Benefits Association (SEBA) represents nearly 4,000 sworn peace officers in San Bernardino County,
including those who are facing criminal charges in the above-mentioned incident. The primary focus of SEBA is to ensure
members have the same legal right to representation as any private citizen, including the notion of being innocent until proven guilty.
“As a union it is not our place to pass judgment but simply to offer support of our members and make sure each deputy in
this case has access to legal representation.,” said SEBA President Laren Leichliter. “The case will be tried in a court of law, not
public opinion. We must defer any judgements to the judicial system – a system that insists the deputies are innocent until proven guilty.”
Each member of SEBA regularly pays into a legal defense fund, which can be accessed by a member when necessary. SEBA is providing legal
representation for the deputies named in this case. Aside from the financial assistance for legal representation, SEBA does not play any role
in the legal defense. The details of each individual case are between the deputy and his respective attorney.
SEBA will not release which members have elected to use their benefits to legal defense funds in regard to this case.