Rocklin police officer acquitted on charges of excessive force in 2017 DUI stop

The Rocklin police officer has been acquitted of felony excessive force charges stemming from a 2017 altercation with a DUI suspect.

Brad Alford, 41, a patrol officer who worked for the Rocklin Police Department for 15 years prior to the incident, was arrested in 2017 after allegedly beating 22-year-old Emilio Perez-Chavez, who was suspected of driving under the influence.

Alford plead not guilty to three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm, assault by a public officer and filing a false report in 2017.

On Wednesday, a jury found Alford not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon, not guilty of assault and not guilty of assault by a public officer.

Officers stopped Emilio Perez-Chavez – a repeat DUI offender on his way home from Thunder Valley Casino – in September 2017. Perez-Chavez’s lawyer, Stewart Katz, said that Alford beat his client with his baton. Alford broke Perez-Chavez’s arm and fractured his finger, Katz said.

Alford was arrested two days after the incident when other officers brought forward their concerns about his use of force.

“This is a sad and unfortunate incident for all of those involved, including the community and our organization,” the Rocklin Police Department said in a statement after the arrest. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated. As a department, we pride ourselves on working with our community and an incident like this tarnishes the reputation of the hardworking men and women who work here.”