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Washington Co. deputy criticized for remarks to girl caught on camera

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Image taken from video of teen girl arrested by Washington County deputy. (Source: Darren Hall/KPTV) Image taken from video of teen girl arrested by Washington County deputy. (Source: Darren Hall/KPTV)
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A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy is taking some criticism over the remarks he made while responding to a domestic violence call involving a 14-year-old girl – remarks a neighbor caught on cell phone video.

Saturday afternoon, Deputy Brian Klostriech responded to a King City apartment complex. The sheriff’s office said he was called there for a domestic dispute involving the girl and her mother.

Darren Hall, who lives a floor below, said he heard the girl fighting with her mother before the deputy arrived but thought Klostriech only aggravated the situation.

“This seemed like it was going badly and we wanted to get a camera and document what was happening,” Hall told FOX 12.

He started capturing cell phone video of their interaction and recorded for 25 minutes.

In the clip, Deputy Klostriech can be heard talking to the girl and her mother about discipline, anger and life choices.

“You’re going through a lot too. It’s not easy being a 14-year-old female today. I get it. …You’re angry and you’re pissed off. I understand that,” Klostriech is heard saying. “…It’s the age, it’s who you’re hanging out with and it’s the lack of respect for authority. And that authority begins with mom.”

But Hall said what he heard from the hallway disturbed him.

“The biggest thing that was alarming to me is he seemed to be advocating parents using physical violence,” Hall explained. “The girl at one point complained that she’d been beaten with hangers and he basically said, ‘So What?’”

“You’re out of control right now. OK? Out of control. If my kid did that to me I’d pretty much the beat the hell out of him,” the deputy is heard saying.

Later in the video, Klostriech can also can be heard sharing his views on gender roles. 

“He’s out there working his butt off to pay for the rent. That’s adulthood. That’s something that, you know, traditionally, a man’s supposed to do. If we could afford it in this society, the man should be working and the mom should be home.”

Klostriech also appears to compare the girl’s situation with his view of Middle Eastern culture. 

“You could be in the Middle East somewhere having to wear a rag over your face and you’re – you’re scum. You don’t have the right to do anything. You don’t have a phone. You don’t have the right to talk to anybody. You’re property. And you think you have it bad?”

The sheriff’s office confirms the 14-year-old girl was arrested for harassment.

In the video, Klostriech doesn’t see Hall until he’s leaving with the teenager in handcuffs. He asks him what he’s doing and Hall replies he’s making a video. Klostriech says, "OK. A little weird, but go for it.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Hall’s recording of the girl and her mother was taken illegally because they were inside their own home, where they had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

The family now plans to pursue criminal charges against Hall for recording it.

Hall maintains he did nothing illegal.

“I would love to make sure she’s OK and tell them my intention was to protect [the girl] and if something were to go wrong they’d have video to protect themselves,” he said. “My hope while I was standing there was, if he sees me and realizes that I’m here recording [him], he’s not going to do anything inappropriate to her, which was really my biggest concern.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said, “As the deputy spoke to the girl, he made inappropriate comparisons to women of other beliefs and cultures as a way to illustrate to the young woman her situation was not as bad as she thought. While we believe the deputy was acting in good faith, there is no question that his remarks were insensitive and inappropriate. We hope to turn this incident into a learning opportunity for the rest of staff.”

Klostriech is a 13-year veteran of the sheriff's office. He remains on regular duty. A spokesperson couldn’t comment on his personnel record.

However, the spokesperson also told FOX 12 the girl’s mother was very happy with how the deputy handled the situation and even gave him a hug as he left.

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