Buena Park Police Delete Viral Video of Candidate Accused of Stealing Signs

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The Buena Park Police Department posted a viral video last week showing a man accusing city council candidate Sunny Park of stealing political lawn signs. Officers arrested, cited and released the Democrat but not without the department publicizing the confrontation on its Facebook page. The civilian footage surged towards 20,000 views before it suddenly disappeared.

“The information provided in the original post were the facts surrounding the investigation,” Buena Park PD spokesman Sgt. Michael Lovchik wrote the Weekly. “However, we have opted to remove the post during this electoral season.” He offered no further comment at this time.

But is it really that simple?

On Wednesday, Mark Rosen, a Santa Ana-based attorney representing Park, sent a stern letter addressed to Buena Park police chief Corey Sianez and operations captain Gary Worrall. “The Buena Park police association has actively campaigned against Ms. Park and contributed money to her opponent,” Rosen wrote. “This Facebook entry is a continuation of this campaign. It is an improper and illegal expenditure.” The attorney demanded the post go poof immediately.

And just like that, the video vanished.

Park is a candidate in District 1 where she’s running against Republican mayor Virgina Vaughn and retired doctor Val Sadowinski, an independent. As reported by the Weekly, the Buena Park Police Officers Association has contributed at least $13,038 to Vaughn’s campaign so far.

The Park campaign identified the man who took the cellphone footage as Victor Perrin, a Vaughn supporter. “Sunny Park stealing signs,” he said as he recorded the politician. Perrin walked over to a car and filmed the backseat full of “No Sunny Carpetbagger” lawn signs. Last year, he pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors stemming from a 2015 arrest of his own in Buena Park for allegedly taking down signs in favor of Measure A, a failed slow-growth ballot initiative, and threatening a man with a knife who attempted to film him in the act.

In response to her arrest, Park claimed that she plucked the signs to collect as evidence because they supposedly lacked a committee ID number showing who paid for them. The campaign also alluded to an apparent double-standard by Buena Park police after a pro-Park property owner wrote the department an Oct. 11 letter stating a political sign favoring the candidate had been removed around the same time security video showed a man identified by them as Kenny Vaughn, Virginia’s husband, on the premises, only to be unable to file a police report about the incident.

In the Sunny Park sign wars, Rosen offered the police another lesson beyond politics.

“Everybody accused of a crime is presumed innocent,” the attorney wrote. “The Facebook entry will prejudice any potential trial, and deprive Ms. Park of an opportunity to have a fair trial. It is a blatant attempt to bias the residents of Buena Park against Ms. Park both in her campaign and in her right to due process.”

 

Gabriel San Román is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and the tallest Mexican in OC. He also once stood falsely accused of writing articles on Turkish politics in exchange for free food from DönerG’s!

20 Replies to “Buena Park Police Delete Viral Video of Candidate Accused of Stealing Signs”

  1. This whole incident is the an outlandish evil dirty ugly unethical trick faburicated by Kenny Vaughn (husbamd of Virginia Vaughn) and their dear friend Victor Perrin who is convicted criminal with probation.

    Shame on dirty campaign acitivities of Virginia Vaughn’s campaign camp.

    1. Alex, you obviously don’t have ALL the facts. Ask Sunny Park for the full length video of Kenny Vaughn’s outcry. She won’t give it to you. You know why? because Kenny Vaughn was fighting for her wife’s stolen signs. He, at the time, did not know it was “No Carpetbagger” signs. Victor Perrin’s arrest is irrelevant (happened at least 3 years ago). Sunny Park’s conniving testimonies are focusing everyone AWAY from her crime of theft!! you want such liar in council seat??

  2. Caught red-handed, stealing, on camera with a car full of stolen property and Sunny Park’s response is to attack the police for arresting her? Yeah – she is definitely fit to lead our city – NOT!

      1. Sunny Park’s arrest is an important information for voters. Voters need to be informed. “plucking” signs, whatever that means, is legal? What gives her authority to do this? This article is written so one sided. Bits and pieces of information here and there (police association contribution, Kenny Vaughn’s yelling, Victor Perrin’s unrelated arrest, etc), and they all connect them to Virginia Vaughn (by Sunny Park’s lawyer – who is obviously the mouthpiece for Park). What proof does anyone have of this connection? It’s all speculation, conclusions, and theories. However, Sunny Park stealing signs is a FACT. Yet, people blindly believe what they read on paper. This story “sells” paper obviously and benefits OC Weekly in exchange for harm to one’s reputation without any tangible and solid evidence. The property owner, conveniently and coincidentally, forgot to file police report (this is pure speculation and yet alluded to as a fact). People, go get Sunny Park’s campaign finance report (form 460) and see where all the money is going and coming from. Stop reaching conclusions based one one sided story!

        1. The fact is that she was arrested for such. A jury will put a stamp on whether Park will be convicted for illegally removed political lawn signs. See, you whine for judiciousness while jumping ahead!

    1. Is Sunny so stupid to take signs in a broad daylight where everyone can see?
      It was malicious set up planned by Kenny Vaughn (Virginia Vaughn’s husband), Victor Perrin (ex-criminal) and Buena Park Police Department (the Buena Park Police Officers Association has contributed at least $13,038 to Vaughn’s campaign so far). Do we need a devious politician, who will do anything with anyone behind?

  3. City Manager runs the City and loves chief Corey slimaz anyway. Council only thinks they are in control. He picks who sits where. #KnowtheTruth

  4. What troubles me most about this incident is how the Buena Park police handled it in such a seemingly biased manner. The police association is clearly supporting the current Mayor Virginia Vaughn in her city council race against Sunny Park. So, a call came in regarding a disputed removal of a Vaughn campaign sign, and immediately four police cars show up to arrest Sunny Park and film it for viewing on a police website. This seems like dirty politics. If the police are allowed to use their power and resources to weigh-in on a city council election in a manner that shows favoritism toward one candidate, public confidence in our democratic system is clearly diminished. The Buena Park police are better than this and biased election activities have no place in any police department.

    1. Allan, you cannot directly link one fact to another. Ask Sunny Park for the full video. She will not release it to the public. She forged political flyers mailed by an independent organization to attack Virginia Vaughn. You are focusing AWAY from what she did, i.e. stealing signs. She is a lawyer!! She should know better!! 4-10 police, what does it matter? Is there a law that says smaller crime deserve one cop? Please stop being misled!! Victimization is utilized by Sunny Park to win this election. Remember, she bought her house on or about 9/2017!!! She is brand new to Buena Park!! Doesn’t that mean anything???

  5. Buena Park demographics (population/city council):

    Anglo……………….22.3%/100%
    Hispanic………………42.3%/0%
    Asian……………………28.4%/0%
    Black………………………3.9%/0%
    American Indian…0.2%/0%

    Something smells fishy

  6. Sunny Park stands for representing the interests of everyone in Buena Park District 1. She has tirelessly walked District 1 to hear, personally, the concerns of her neighbors. Her message has been one of inclusiveness. Every citizen of District 1 has a right to know that their council member is looking out for them.
    What has Virginia Vaughn done to help District 1? Has she bothered to meet with the residents to find out what their concerns may be? If she did, she would have not voted to approve a condo project in Los Coyotes. What has she done to alleviate the traffic congestion along Beach Blvd.? What has she done to address the homeless issue? Ms. Vaughn keeps her constituents at a distance, yet, links arms with special interests who give her personal favors at the expense of the residents of our district.
    We need a council member that is a unifier. We, as a community, can never achieve our greatest potential when the leaders who represent us look to attack and negatively take down anyone that may challenge the status quo. We are better than this. This is our community and we have an opportunity on November 6th to have our voices heard. We have a chance to say that new leadership can help us grow as a community. Sunny Park is that person. I am going to vote for Sunny Park because she represents my community of District 1.

    1. Why do you put so much trust in someone who moved/bought a house on 9/20/2017?? One who has no support from anyone within Buena Park??
      As soon as Buena Park began districting, she moved here and ran. What makes you so confident that she will do so much better? You are obviously misguided. She will only run to benefit herself. Please be an “informed” voter!! This is non-partisan position!!

  7. why’s a lifelong republican ‘family’ mrs. YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG running as a democrat? but if it’s not v’s sign, why are you arresting mrs. YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG? apparently both sides stole, so why didn’t she just take cell phone photos with the phone in her hand? fishy fishy fishy failure failure failure YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS. YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS! YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS! YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS! YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS! YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS! YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS! YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS! YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS! YOUNGSUN SUNNY PARK EUGENE SUNG FAILED CLASS!

  8. Sunny Park is a corrupt candidate. People have talking about it for the past 6 months now. She has raised over $209,000 in donations for a position that pays only $14,000 per year and only a bit over 7000 voters. According to this article: A person named Pil H. Shim, who’s address is an apartment in Hancock Park, gave an eye-opening $12,000 non-monetary contribution to Park for a Los Angeles Times print ad. Park then turned around and paid Shim over $17,000; $11,000 for “miscellaneous campaign paraphernalia” and $6,200 for campaign consulting.
    Olympic Golf of Los Angeles gave a $6,200 non-monetary contribution to Park labelled “golf club and accessories.” Park paid Olympic Golf over $2,000 for a fundraising event. Park again spent over $17,000 in office expenses on the Chase card for a total of $23,000 up to June 30.

    For only 7000 VOTERS

    http://bit.do/ezQFr

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