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Police must turn over records

An El Dorado County Superior Court judge has ordered police to provide him with the personnel records of six officers involved in a Fourth of July arrest.

Nick Ceko, the son of Lake Valley Fire Chief John Ceko, has alleged that police used excessive force when they removed him from a party.

Ceko is being prosecuted for trespassing and resisting arrest, both misdemeanor charges.



Rick Meyer of the El Dorado County Public Defenders Office has requested information about the police officers’ history to aid Ceko’s defense. Meyer is asking for information about any complaints regarding the officers’ conduct or use of excessive force.

The police officers are David Allen, Mark Allen, Rick Martinez, Mike Salsbury, Don Zlendick, and Sgt. Tom Conner.



Judge Terrence Finney ordered the information be turned over to him within 10 days.

Finney will then decide if any of it should be turned over to the public defender.

The decision can be viewed as a victory for Ceko but Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said it is a small one.

“I was surprised that (Finney) made the finding but we are moving on,” Uthe said. “And I feel particularly strongly the defense didn’t make a strong enough showing.”

Uthe added that the judge’s finding does not mean that the officers have a history of excessive force, or that Finney believes there is any material relevant to Ceko’s case.

Both parties will meet with the judge when he finishes his review of the records.


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