Antioch officer’s attorney says arrest raid with flash bang, bullhorn was showboating, overblown

Antioch Police Officer Morteza Amiri on the day he was sworn in Nov. 27, 2017 (left) and more recently. Photos: APD

At least one arrest occurred at 5 a.m. waking neighbors

By Allen D. Payton

Mike Rains and his law office represents the Antioch Police Officers Association and one of the eight current or former officers indicted yesterday by the Federal Grand Jury in San Francisco and arrested, this morning. But he says the arrest and the way it occurred with the FBI raids on his client’s and the other officers’ homes was unnecessary.

In an NBC Bay Area news report earlier Thursday, “Rains said the FBI agents, including some from Southern California, used a flash bang and bullhorns during the “forcible arrest” of his client, adding the officer would have surrendered if asked.”

In addition, a neighbor of one of the officers posted a comment on Facebook writing, “One happened right in front of my house. Ring camera caught the whole thing. Needless to say we all woke up at 5 am today lol.”

When reached about the arrests and in response to which Antioch officer he represents Rains said, “Our office represents (Officer Morteza) Amiri, myself and Julia Fox. Amiri is named in two indictments. He clearly has the most counts.”

Asked why the arrests and raids instead of allowing the officers to turn themselves in Rains responded, “That’s all they needed to do. They’ve been in touch with us repeatedly. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Cheng and I have talked on the phone at least 10 times about other Antioch officers they wanted to testify at the Grand Jury. So, we knew they were running a grand jury. All the officers have been cooperating.”

“They know we’re responsible lawyers…we have control over Amiri,” his attorney continued. “While on administrative leave he’s been required to call in to the department every single day. There’s no way they had to do this showboating with flashbangs and the other nonsense they pulled today.”

Asked where his client was arrested Rains said, “Amiri was in California at home.”

Although, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI San Francisco Division Robert Tripp said during today’s press conference, “The FBI treated these arrests like any other operation. We used the same techniques and assessed the risks,” Rains disagreed.

“Of course, they didn’t need to do it. It was completely unnecessary and overblown,” the attorney reiterated. “They needed to do that? Give me a break. It was stupid.”

Amiri was hired by the Antioch Police Department in November 2017 as a lateral transfer from the Brentwood Police Department where he had three years of experience. He now faces multiple charges including one count of Conspiracy Against Rights, seven counts of Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law, one count of Destruction, Alteration, and Falsification of Records in Federal Investigations, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, six counts of Wire Fraud and a Forfeiture Allegation.

Amiri is still currently employed by APD and on paid administrative leave.

The officers are now being held in a federal detention center in Oakland, according to Rains, NBC Bay Area news reported.

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