According to the Half Moon Bay Review, the long awaited internal review of where a National Park Service ranger used her taser on and arrested a Montara man after she stopped him for walking his dog off leash in the Rancho Corral de Tierra Golden Gate National Recreation Area is set to be released today.
The 280-page document by the U.S. Department of the Interior will judge whether the ranger, who the National Park Service would not name prior to today's release, followed proper procedure and used appropriate force on Jan. 29, the Review reported.
According to the ranger, she deployed her taser against Gary Hesterberg because he refused to cooperate, provided her with a false information when she asked him his name and attempted to leave the scene after she told him to stay put.
The incident sparked a tumult of public backlash, escalating to the point where Congresswoman Jackie Speier released a statement that called into question the ranger's actions.
"From the information I have to date, it does not appear that the use of a taser was warranted,” she said in February.
For our back coverage of the incident, head to our topic page.
Pacifica Patch reader Julianna Wahlmeier wrote a calling for the National Parks Service to name the ranger, apologize and assure local dog walkers they were safe from harm in national parks. Area dog advocates also of the incident.
What do you think? Based on previous coverage, was the ranger in the right in using her taser on Hesterberg?