Dan Dillman is headed to court next month, facing charges of "Battery upon an Officer" and "Resist, Obstruct, Delay of Peace Officer", but Dillman says the incident didn't have to happen if two Alameda County Sheriff's Robbery Investigators would have identified themselves. Sgt. Mike Carroll and Det. Terrance Montigue went to Dillman's movie theater to interview a sign worker who had been robbed at gunpoint.
Dillman says the plain clothes detectives barged into the darkened theater without asking permission, and refused to fully identify themselves when he asked. After Dillman took photographs of the detectives in their unmarked sedan, they jumped out, knocked him to the ground, delivered blows and arrested him.
The detectives claim they did fully identify themselves, showing badge and ID cards. They say Dillman was interfering in their investigation and tried to block the door to prevent them from leaving. They claimed Dillman taking photographs made the robbery victim nervous.
But, the robbery victim, Isa Khan, signed this letter, saying the detectives wrote out a statement describing the events and asked him to sign is. He writes, "I told them that they very well understood neither have I written nor read any of it. They still insisted that everything will be alright and requested me to sign off the two page statement written by them. They seems already very upset and distrubed, so I obeyed there (sic) request."
Here is a letter from his cousin, sign worker Ray Khan, saying Dillman did nothing to provoke the attack.
By the way, I wanted to speak with Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley about the decision to pursue the case against Dillman. Her spokesperson said it wouldn't be prudent with the trial set for next month and potential jurors watching television.