Former Ventura DA Employee Avoids Charges in BLM Sign Vandalization
By edhat staff
A former Ventura County District Attorney's Office employee avoided charges after being arrested for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks earlier this year.
Craig Anderson, then 59 of Thousand Oaks, was a non-sworn investigative assistant at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. He was one of three men arrested in June for cutting down and damaging a large sign on Westlake Boulevard in Thousand Oaks, which displayed the letters “BLM.” Darrin Stone, an employee of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, and Jeffrey Moore were also arrested.
On May 31, 2020, Anderson was captured on camera cutting the sign down and was going to remove it from the area when he noticed the camera and left the sign at the scene. Anderson was contacted at his residence by investigators and also received a citation for vandalism.
To avoid conflict of interest, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office referred the case to the state Attorney General's Office who stated no vandalism charges were filed because "in that case, the evidence was insufficient to show the crime of vandalism had been committed," according to the Ventura County Star.
Anderson was reportedly off-duty during the time of the incident and resigned from the District Attorney's Office.
The Ventura County District Attorney has filed misdemeanor vandalism charges against Stone and Moore for their involvement.