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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 :: 08:29 a.m. PDT


Arrest Made in Protest Pepper Spray Incident

Nature of Incident: Arrest Made in Protest Pepper Spray Incident
Report Number: 20-74584
Location: Hillcrest Drive/Lynn Road, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 05/31/20 @ 5:30 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: East County Sheriff’s /Thousand Oaks Police Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(V) Female Juvenile
(S) Amy Atkisson
Thousand Oaks
Video of motorist pepper spraying a protester prompts assault investigation.
On the evening of May 31, 2020, Thousand Oaks Police investigators became aware of a video posted to Twitter that captured a motorist pepper spraying a protester.  The vehicle license plate was captured in the video.
Detectives worked quickly to identify the victim and possible suspect in this incident.  Numerous witnesses who were either at the scene when the incident occurred or saw the video on social media came forward with information.  A thorough investigation was conducted and probable cause was developed to arrest (S) Amy Atkisson for the pepper spray assault.
Atkisson was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for one count of 22810(g)(1) PC – Unlawful Use of Tear Gas.  Atkisson was later released as mandated by the California Judicial Council’s zero bail schedule.  Atkisson has a court date of 7/31/2020.
Witnesses present at the incident are encouraged to contact Detective JD Eisenhard at (805) 494-8224.
Prepared by: Captain Denise Sliva  
News Release Date: 06/03/2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Denise Sliva (805) 494-8212
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Commander James Fryhoff
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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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