Thursday, April 14, 2011

Criminal Charges Filed Against Eureka Police Officer

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Following a joint investigation by the Eureka Police Department and the Humboldt County District Attorney's office, former Eureka police officer Daniel "Danny" Kalis has been charged with numerous crimes including false imprisonment, possession of heroin, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, petty theft and vandalism.

The DA's office first began receiving reports of Kalis' alleged criminal conduct in January, according to a press release. The department gathered evidence over the next two months. The EPD initiated its own investigation in March, and on March 7 Officer Kalis was place on administrative leave. On March 16 representatives of the two agencies met and, after discussing the status of their individual investigations, decided to join forces.

Following an "extensive investigation," the DA charged Kalis with the following:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin)

  • Unauthorized Communication with a Prisoner

  • Possession of more than 1 ounce of Marijuana

  • False Imprisonment

  • Possession of Controlled Substances without a Prescription

  • Unauthorized Disclosure of DMV Records

  • Unauthorized Access to Computer Network

  • Petty Theft

  • Vandalism

According to the press release, the investigation continues and additional charges may be filed. Kalis is scheduled to be arraigned on May 16.

Officer Kalis was fired resigned from the Eureka Police Department, effective April 1, according to EPD Chief Garr Nielsen. "Such allegations, if proven, cast a pall upon a noble profession which derives its legitimacy from the public trust," Nielsen said in the release. "The violation of that trust impacts the profession, our organization and the dedicated men and women who place themselves in harms way to ensure the safety of our communities."

Members of the community with information regarding potential criminal actions conducted by Officer Kalis are urged to contact Eureka Police Department Senior Detective Todd Wilcox at (707) 441-4315 or Humboldt County District Attorney Investigator Wayne Cox at (707) 268-2591.

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