On the first real nice day of the year, a peaceful gathering occurred in Three Trees parking lot on W. Cliff Drive. Within minutes, SCPD Officer Christian LeMoss had broken Donna Deiss' arm, arrested her, and charged her with battery on a peace officer, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest. Today only the resisting arrest charge remains.
The Santa Cruz Police Department had issued a press release three days after the incident in which they claimed "When the officer attempted to detain Ms. Deiss she threw a cup of hot liquid onto his face. Despite being burned, the officer was able to control and eventually take Ms. Deiss into custody ." Deiss claims the officer never properly detained her, was not in uniform, did not identify himself as a police officer, and had no reason to detain her, much less grab her violently, spin her onto a parked car, cuff her, then throw her on the ground breaking her arm. The cup of coffee she had been holding in her left hand spilled everywhere including on Ms. Deiss. No marijuana was found on Ms. Deiss at the time of her arrest.