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Off-duty Ventura cop who hosed an abortion protester will not face charges
By Adam Foxman
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No charges will be filed against a Ventura police officer accused of spraying an abortion protester with water during an off-duty confrontation outside his church, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Cpl. Jon Hixson, 46, was cited on suspicion of battery after his fellow officers responded to a disturbance Sunday morning on a sidewalk outside First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road, police said. Hixson, a Santa Paula resident, is a parishioner at the church.

In a prepared statement, the District Attorney’s Office said the Ventura Police Department presented evidence that Hixson sprayed Todd Bullis of Ventura with water from a garden hose and spray bottles. Bullis is an anti-abortion activist who was protesting with several others in front of the church.

“While the spraying of water constituted a technical battery, no significant harm was done, and prosecution of a battery charge would not be a responsible use of public resources,” the district attorney said.

Bullis alleged Hixson sprayed him in the eyes with what he thought was vinegar from a spray bottle and then doused him with a garden hose. Bullis documented the incident in a 9-minute video he later posted on YouTube. The statement from the District Attorney’s Office did not mention vinegar.

Bullis and the others displayed large, graphic photographs of aborted fetuses in front of the church where parishioners, including children, could see them, prosecutors said.

Bullis said he didn’t have any particular gripes against First Assembly of God but was just trying to encourage all churches to invest more resources in the pro-life movement. He said he notified church leaders before the protest.

In e-mails today, Bullis, 47, called the district attorney’s decision an “abuse of prosecutorial discretion” and said he plans to sue Ventura police in federal court for violating his constitutional rights unless Hixson is suspended without pay and receives anger-management counseling.

Ventura police began an internal investigation and placed Hixson on administrative duties only. “The DA’s decision not to prosecute doesn’t have any impact on our administrative investigation,” said police Cmdr. Dave Wilson.

The investigation aims to determine if any department policies or procedures were violated by Hixson during the off-duty incident, Wilson said.
“Obviously the video is out there. We don’t condone that behavior,” he said.

2 Responses to “Pastor and Off-duty Ventura cop who hosed an abortion protester will not face charges » Ventura County Star”

  1. Okay, look, I can’t condone the officer’s behavior… but…
    It was, after all, just water, AND
    Police officers illegally shoot people occasionally and don’t get charged. Are you surprised he didn’t get charged here?
    Don’t turn this into some conspiracy by the government against pro-lifers.

  2. First, the so-called Christian (Off duty Police Officer Jon Hixson) was anything but Christian! He needs to be addressed by his Church body and the Pastor. Jon should be reprimanded for his unchristian conduct, told to repent publicly for physically attacking another person. As Christians we are to be like Jesus Christ and not like the world, period!

    Jon Hixson should resign from the Ventura Police force for his disgraceful actions.

    The responding Police as demonstrated in the video, were antagonistic towards those be attacked, while seeming to support the attacker, which just so happened to be fellow police officer. Those Officers also need to be removed from the Ventura Police Dept. The off duty police officer has a higher standard of conduct than the average person, the Christian has an even high one than that, he failed at both. He was attacking others for simply disagreeing with his views….That’s wrong, immoral and abusive of the trust the people of Ventura give him!

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