Public Statement Regarding Elk Grove Police Department and Officer Misty Johnson

Public Statement Regarding Elk Grove Police Department and Officer Misty Johnson

This statement is in response to the traffic stop initiated by Officer Misty Johnson on September 13, 2020, and subsequent actions taken by Elk Grove Police Department.


  • DISPLAY OF IMPROPER AND BIASED BEHAVIOR- Officer Johnson displayed improper and biased behavior when she initiated a traffic stop while wearing an unapproved face covering with a blue stripe often linked to white supremacist groups, a direct affront to her responsibility to uphold neutrality. The officer also demonstrated biased behavior when she called for backup before ever making contact with the driver. We demand an investigation into the motives of Officer Johnson, and an in depth explanation for her inability to maintain impartiality.


  • RACIAL PROFILING- Officer Johnson’s biased and improper behavior continued when she insisted the driver must be on probation or parole. While Johnson stated such a thing was “standard procedure”, a traffic stop initiated by Johnson at the exact same stop sign where the driver was a white male, and where the driver video recorded the incident, demonstrated Johnson’s hypocrisy and failure to uphold neutrality. 

Comparing the two incidents, 

1.) Johnson engaged in friendly banter with the white male 

2.) without wearing a racist face covering 

3.) who dictated to her that she should “make [his] day better” by planning to intentionally miss court when he challenges the citation and

 4.) did not ask him if he was on probation or parole as standard procedure. 

The discrepancies exist because the driver on September 13, 2020 was a Black male. Johnson’s actions are paramount to racial profiling, and are equivalent to the same escalatory actions that result in the legalized murder of Black men by police nationwide who cannot separate their racial bias from their duty as a public servant.


  • NEGLIGENT RELEASE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION- Elk Grove Police Department negligently released personal and identifying information from the September 13, 2020 interaction, thus violating their duty of care. As a result of the Department’s carelessness and insensitivity to the incident, the driver and family have received threats of violence as members of the public use this identifying information to harass the family. We are calling on the Department to fully redact the released information. The Department should also be held accountable for the damage already done by their intentional infliction of emotional distress in addition to redacting the released information.


  • INTIMIDATION, RETALIATION AND HARASSMENT- Officer Johnson operated using intimidating tactics when she engaged in a stare down on the property line of the driver and his family. The Department engaged in intimidation and retaliation on September 16, 2020 when two marked SUV’s were identified on camera by a news source attempting to drive by the family home of the driver during an interview before spotting the camera crew and u-turning. Intimidation from a public servant is a dangerous affront to the civil liberties of all citizens. Department sanctioned intimidation is heinous and egregious, and is a tactic this Department routinely uses to force citizens who fight against its racist and abusive behavior to cease fighting or relocate. We demand heightened accountability and an end to retaliatory tactics as a form of policing by this department and its officers immediately.




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  • Tracy Callen
    commented 2021-06-14 22:03:26 -0700
    The bottom line is the young man working on his Masters degree is alive today. Without his Mom there, and given the subsequent information and behavior of this officer and this department there could have been a much different outcome. I believe the officer hope it would escalate, the way she was fingering her gun. Also why is it when a black woman speaks above a whisper she is deemed violent. That’s what the officer was trying to set up with her words.
  • Darrel Johnson
    followed this page 2021-03-11 04:02:21 -0800
  • Darrel Johnson
    commented 2021-03-08 02:25:46 -0800
    What did you think was going to happen when they have a bald, white chief? If you follow Elk Grove Police, you probably saw that the chief fired a Black sergeant last year in the wake of that rogue white cop kicking a compliant Brown man on the ground. If you read the report, the sergeant who approved the report was white and they fired the Black one? What is going on in Elk Grove?
  • Monica Richards
    commented 2020-11-15 10:18:41 -0800
    I completely understand how one might feel that the mom escalated this situation if one is not familiar with the anyone of police towards the black community.
    This woman was obviously scared for her son. Whether you believe that to be a reasonable or exaggerated fear is irrelevant. She was scared. She was speaking rather loudly but that’s what people do when they’re scared.
    Whether the mothers behavior was right or wrong is a matter of opinion. What is not a matter of opinion is that the officer is wearing an unapproved face covering, which does have antagonistic value. Furthermore, an officer’s responsibility is to deescalate the situation, which she clearly did not. Her continued presence, plus her description of the mothers behavior as “violent” could serve no purpose other than to antagonize. That officer knew she wasn’t in danger, test she kept her hand on her gun throughout the entire interaction. Of she truly felt that she was in danger she would have treated to the safety of her vehicle, allowing her a reason means of escape. The plain truth is that she was irritated that her command were not followed to the letter so she chose to drag the situation out, costing tax payers hundreds of not thousands of dollars, just to be antagonistic.
    Elk Grove is now know for is low crime rate. Those officers were likely desperately needed elsewhere.
    So yes, the mother was loud and confrontational with the officer. Does that then make it right for the officer ( who had all of the authority in this situation) to continue to escalate it? Legally, the officer may not have done anything wrong but shouldn’t we also insist that or officers behave morally, as well?
    That woman was scared for her son. That officer had her “small dick” energy on.
    Think about what a healing opportunity this could have been is the officer had decided to do the responsible thing and first removed her hand from her firearm and secondly given this young man his ticket.
    This officer handled this incredibly wrong. The responsibility of morality is always on the person with the most authority. Period. Badly done, Elk Grove PD.
  • Lori Scott
    followed this page 2020-10-19 09:24:47 -0700
  • John Gregory
    commented 2020-10-18 23:08:21 -0700
    Sue them.

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