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Commissioner Jung ‘sorry’ for scrap with police
by Joshua H. Silavent
Aug 03, 2011 | 2040 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — No criminal charges will be filed against Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung for an expletive-laden altercation with Reno police officers in July after the Sparks city attorney’s office dismissed the matter on Tuesday.

According to a police report, the Reno Police Department (RPD) responded to a domestic disturbance call on July 2 at the home of Jung’s neighbor.

Jung is said to have arrived at the residence a short time later and made contact with her neighbor, who was out of town at the time, by phone.

The neighbor also spoke with police and informed them that she was worried her drug-addicted daughter might have overdosed.

Jung then tried unsuccessfully to locate a hidden house key, but a rear sliding glass door was later discovered to be open.

Jung then tried to enter the residence to ostensibly check on the welfare of any occupants, but was restrained by police officers.

A physical altercation then ensued, with Jung reportedly yelling at officers, “Get your fucking hands off me! Don’t you know who I am? I’m the fucking county commissioner.”

Jung was placed in a wristlock, handcuffed and later put in a patrol car for about 10 minutes, according to the police report.

Police officers on scene reported that Jung had the “odor of an alcoholic-based beverage.”

The police report states, “It is important to note that during the entire contact with Jung she was extremely emotional and verbally abusive to all officers on scene. She had a strong odor of intoxicants about her breath and showed several objective signs of intoxication …”

Jung reportedly refused a preliminary breath test sample, telling officers, “Are you fucking kidding me? Get that shit out of my face.”

The police report concludes, “There was probable cause to arrest Kitty Jung for obstructing and resisting an officer.”

Hoping to avoid conflict of interest charges, the RPD sent the case to Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams last week for review and consideration.

Citing a number of “discrepancies,” lack of evidence and concerns about the ability to prove a crime occurred beyond a reasonable doubt, Adams has decided not to pursue charges against Jung.

“If you are not inclined to arrest a person, then it is difficult for me to prosecute,” Adams said by phone.

“I’m not saying these (officers) didn’t hear, observe …” accurately, Adams added. “But I think as far as the city of Sparks is concerned … this matter has all been resolved.”

Jung responded for comment Wednesday through her attorney, Scott Freeman, who described the incident as “a series of unfortunate events.”

“Ms. Jung respects law enforcement very much,” Freeman said by phone. “She is sorry … and wants to move on.”
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