A California sheriff’s deputy slammed an ‘anti-cop’ jury for acquitting a man charged with her attempted murder – calling the decision a ‘stab in the back’ and a ‘damaging’ precedent for police officers and victims.
Shocking video of the 2019 incident shows former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy Meagan McCarthy brutally attacked by an out-of-control man, who beat her before gaining control of her gun and firing shots at the mother.
Jurors found Ari Young not guilty of attempted murder and assault with a firearm on a police officer on May 31. Young was instead convicted of a lesser charge of firing a gun with gross negligence, and was released from jail.
McCarthy who reportedly spent four years recovering from the attack, told ‘Fox & Friends First’ Thursday, that she was ‘heartbroken’ by the jury’s verdict.
‘You know, I’ve spent nearly four years healing from this incident and to be told – You’re not a victim. You don’t get to speak. You don’t get to have that closure,’ she said. ‘That was kind of the knife in the back that I was hoping I wouldn’t have.’
Meagan McCarthy told ‘Fox & Friends First’ Thursday, that she was ‘heartbroken’ by the jury’s verdict and said it was damaging precedent.
Former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy Meagan McCarthy was brutally attacked by an out-of-control man, who beat her before gaining control of her gun and firing shots at the mother in 2019.
The suspect, Ari Young (pictured) was found not guilty of attempted murder and assault with a firearm on a police officer on May 31. Young was instead convicted of a lesser charge of firing a gun with gross negligence, and was released from jail.
Due to a recent reform to California’s jury selection process, McCarthy said, jurors with an ‘expressed bias’ against law enforcement are now allowed to sit on her case.
McCarthy says that rule unfairly stacks the odds against cops who find themselves the victims of violent crime.
‘If you express an implicit bias towards law enforcement, you are allowed to sit on a jury. And that has never been the case before,’ McCarthy said.
‘So in my situation, we had many jurors who expressed this bias towards law enforcement, and they were still allowed to decide guilty or not guilty on my suspect,’ she told Fox.
California Assembly Bill 3070, which prohibits the ‘unfair exclusion’ of potential jurors, went into effect in 2022.
One of the peremptory challenges no longer valid to remove a prospective juror on the bench includes: ‘expressing a distrust of or having a negative experience with law enforcement or the criminal legal system’ and ‘expressing a belief that law enforcement officers engage in racial profiling or that criminal laws have been enforced in a discriminatory manner.’
McCarthy said the justice system did not only let her down but it also set a ‘damaging’ precedent for police officers and victims everywhere.
‘You go to work, especially being a cop, to serve and protect the community that you swore to do. That’s exactly what I did that day,’ she said to Fox.
‘To say that somehow I’m not a victim and I’m not righteous of the closure of the justice system, is just very damaging to not just cops but people,’ she added.
Young’s defense accused the video of being an ‘illusion’ – claiming McCarthy had no right to pat down the schizophrenic suspect who was simply acting in self-defense.
Deputy Meagan Forsberg arrived on the scene in the 13000 block of Cabazon Court and attempted to arrest the man but he evaded her and a fight broke out.
The defense argued that the deputy did not have a lawful authority to detain Young – and therefore, he’s free to defend himself and do ‘whatever he wants to get away from her, including beating her up and shooting at her.’
‘That’s not correct. That’s not the law. And I don’t think the judge should have allowed that argument to be presented in that manner,’ she said to Fox.
Young was 21-year-old at the time of the crime and reportedly suffering from mental illness. His mother was the one who called the police on him, claiming he was suffering from a mental break.
‘I was hoping for closure. I was hoping for justice. I was hoping for peace, McCarthy said. ‘I never saw that.’
‘I don’t know how you can see a video of a crime and allow this person to enter a community. It’s heartbreaking, and it’s devastating for the people,’ she added.
The county sheriff was also disappointed with the verdict in this case.
‘The video speaks for itself, and more importantly it demonstrates the increasing violence the public and our deputies experience,’ San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Shannon Dicus told Fox News Digital.
‘I share in the frustration at the lack of accountability for these brazen and violent crimes, crimes perpetrated by a criminal who created a situation where law enforcement help was requested, a criminal who repeatedly and brutally attacked, disarmed, and tried to murder a deputy sheriff.’
Young (pictured) suffers from schizophrenia. He was found guilty of negligent discharge of a firearm while the jury was hung on three other charges against him
‘Disbelief, I didn’t believe it,’ McCarthy told ABC 7 in an interview after the verdict was revealed. ‘I think it took a couple hours to actually hit me’
‘I remember hearing the trigger click and I had so much pain to my face from him hitting me that I didn’t know if I had been shot,’ she said to NBC. ‘But I knew I had a little girl at home and I had to fight for her.’
McCarthy said she was given a medical retirement from the sheriff’s department in March 2022, in part due to the post traumatic stress she suffered from the attack.
The video of the September 4, 2019, attack was taken by a neighbor through an upstairs window near the address the deputy had been called to.
McCarthy was responding to a home on Cabazon Ct. in Victorville for a domestic disturbance at the time of the incident.
The San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy had responded to calls from a distressed mother in Victorville who pleaded with the police to remove her son from her home.
In distressing scenes, deputy and Young were seen struggling before the man can be seen punching the deputy multiple times in the face and head.
As McCarthy fell to the ground, Young grabbed the woman’s firearm and attempted to start shooting at the law enforcement official.
Young proceeded to fire it at the officer multiple times as she attempts to run away.
McCarthy who spent four years recovering from the attack, told ‘Fox & Friends First’ Thursday, that she was ‘heartbroken’ by the jury’s verdict.
According to local media reports, Officer Meagan Forsberg (pictured) did not sustain any bullet wounds, and was taken to hospital without serious injury (Picture from Meagan Forsberg’s Instagram)
‘I turn and I run, and I run for the nearest cover I can find which is a bush. And I heard a gunshot go off, and I knew he was shooting at me,’ McCarthy told ABC 7.
‘A portion of me accepted that I was about to get murdered,’ she added.
‘He got the gun, standing like this and pointing at her. Because she was on the ground just waiting, just waiting to get killed,’ a neighbor told ABC 7.
Moments later, three police cars with their sirens blazing arrive on the scene and the man appears to surrender before another shot can be heard.
A police officer then opened fire on the man.
The bullets fired at the McCarthy missed and she luckily escaped the incident without life-threatening injury. She was taken to hospital without serious injury.
Former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy Meagan McCarthy said she was shocked after the jury acquitted Ari Young on attempted murder and assault with a firearm on a peace officer charges.
‘Disbelief, I didn’t believe it,’ McCarthy told ABC 7 in an interview after the verdict was revealed on May 31. ‘I think it took a couple hours to actually hit me.’
While talking with local outlets on Tuesday, Young’s lawyer Raj Maline (pictured) said his client fired the weapon but not at McCarthy.
While talking with local outlets in June, Young’s lawyer Raj Maline said his client fired the weapon but not at McCarthy.
‘It does look bad when you look at it at first glance,’ Maline told ABC 7.
‘If you don’t ever look at it again or don’t study it, certainly it looks like my client is shooting at the deputy,’ the lawyer continued.
He said the direction his client fired in did not match where McCarthy had hidden.
‘We know exactly where she went, which was due south,’ Maline told the outlet.
And we know where he fired because there’s a bullet hole in the garage which shows he fired, which was northeast, which was in the direction he was walking, which was completely opposite of where she was,’ he continued.
The attorney also claimed McCarthy was not acting lawfully at the time of the shocking and violent altercation.
‘You can’t detain somebody because you want to do an investigation,’ said Maline.
‘The jury instruction that the court read to the jury said if you want to detain somebody, you have to have a reasonable suspicion that they’re engaged in criminal activity,’ he said of the jury’s hung decision on three charges.
Young was released following his conviction of the single negligent discharge of a firearm charge on a time-served sentence.
McCarthy was given medical retirement from the sheriff’s department in March 2022, partially due to the post-traumatic stress from the attack.
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