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Article posted Jun 08 2010, 5:58 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Appeal-Democrat Print

Death in Yuba City: 'The city that she loved killed her'

By Ryan McCarthy/Appeal-Democrat

It's 15 steps from the bedroom to the front door of the Yuba City home where Victoria Helen Roger-Vasselin lived and where she died when police shot and killed her.

The 67-year-old woman, unclothed, took those final steps from her bedroom to the front door the night of May 20.

Her sons, Christian and Matthew Biscotti, say she didn't have to die.

Police, told that a census worker faced a firearm when going to the home in the upscale Mariner Loop neighborhood earlier that evening, could have done many things, they said.

They could have called the phone that was in their mother's bedroom, the sons said. Officers could have used a bullhorn to alert Roger-Vasselin and her fiance, Lionel Craig Patterson, 51, that police wanted to ask them about the events of that evening, they said. Law enforcement could have lit up the house so that their mother would have known police were at her front door that night, the two men said.

"There are 1,000 things Yuba City police could have done to bring life," Christian Biscotti, 41, said last week in an interview. "They chose the one decision to bring death."

"Mom was gunned down in her home," Biscotti said. "These cops made a mistake."

Police parked their cars down the street and then attacked the home, he said. Matthew Biscotti, 43, likened what the police did to a military action.

"It's unbelievable," he said.

"The city that she loved killed her," Matthew Biscotti said.

And then, the sons said, police took hours to tell the family what had happened after the shooting. Christian and Matthew Biscotti said they believed their mother might still be alive when they arrived at her home after learning of the shooting.

Police, when first talking to family members, didn't tell them law enforcement had shot and killed Roger-Vasselin, the sons said.

Christian Biscotti, a military chaplain stationed at Beale Air Force Base, said of his concerns about the Yuba City police: "I'm speaking as a son, not as a chaplain."

He added that he works with law enforcement and respects police.

"They're awesome people," Christian Biscotti said. "I love them."

Good police officers, he added, can make bad decisions. Events were mishandled May 20 on Mariner Loop, he believes.

Police have said a man, since identified as Patterson, armed with a handgun answered the door and while they were dealing with him, the woman approached the door with a shotgun, ignored orders to release the weapon, advanced on officers and continued to point the shotgun at them in a threatening manner.

Officers fired at Roger-Vasselin, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Police Department.

Matthew Biscotti spoke about entering the three-bedroom, two-bath 3,300-square-foot home after the police left, discovering a pool of blood in the hallway in front of the door and how he had to clean up his mother's blood.

He asks: How did his mother, who had seven grandchildren, end up dead in her own home? Both Biscottis believe she may have thought intruders were at the front door when police came to the home.

"Some police," Matthew Biscotti said, "can't wait to fire their weapons for the first time."

Patterson, who allegedly pointed a gun at a census worker after she tried to gain information from him earlier that evening, was freed on bail Thursday from the Sutter County Jail. Patterson faces felony counts of assault with a firearm and assault with a firearm on police officers.

"He is part of the family and he is 100 percent innocent," Matthew Biscotti said.

He spoke about Roger-Vasselin as a smart and beautiful woman who had written two novels, held real estate licenses, was a gourmet cook and expert skier.

"We are all lost," he said of her death, calling his mother the matriarch of the family.

"I've never met anybody so passionate about life," Christian Biscotti said.

The family roots in the Mid-Valley community run deep. Her father was a probation officer the Thomas E. Mathews Community School in Marysville is named after him. Roger-Vasselin's brother Thomas Mathews Jr. was the district attorney and a Superior Court judge in Yuba County.

"My mom grew up with the law," Christian Biscotti said.

The family wants the Yuba City Police Department to admit it made a mistake in the shooting and apologize.

Christian Biscotti said a private, independent investigation is under way.

"We are retaining one of the largest law firms in the United States to go after the truth," Matthew Biscotti said.

"Justice will be done," Christian Biscotti said. "We're not going to give up."

CONTACT Ryan McCarthy at749-4707 or rmccarthy@appealdemocrat.com .





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Posted: Jun 09 2010, 1:25 AM

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6525 wow...i lived in yuba city for many years. A nice town, and I am surprised that this happened in this sleepy town. Apparently, police are above the law and resort to any means possible to demonstrate their "authority". At this point in time, any government entity is not to be trusted and to be feared since they can take a life in a moment without fear of prosecution or retribution.
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Posted: Jun 09 2010, 10:46 AM

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8222 All because of some snooping census worker aka government intruder. The Guv' and its agents ought not to assume they have the 'right' to pry into people's private and personal affairs as a matter of fact. They need to appreciate that the private property and business of law-abiding people is private, personal and to be defended from attack. This couple would not have shot anyone unless in self-defense which is perfectly justifiable. The 'Force' are acting as mercenaries (which in truth they are) and it is precisely this kind of menace from which we all need protection. Bloody idiots.
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Posted: Jun 11 2010, 10:45 PM

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72223 Crime in The City (Sixty to Zero) by Neil Young

All the champs and the heroes
They got a price to pay
They go from sixty to zero
In the split of a hair
They see the face in the window
They feel a shadow out there
They've got the places they can go
They've got the people who stare
They've got to walk in their shoes
They've got to see what they see
They've got the people around them
Getting too much for free
All the pimps and the dealers
All the food they can eat
All the screamers and squealers
When they walk down the street
Yeah.
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Posted: May 22 2012, 2:56 AM

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20854 It is really unbelievable how this could happen. How old was she? OMFG are you kidding me? 67 years old and the police shot her? WTF was a census worker doing there at around 9pm. This neighborhood was so quiet and peaceful. If someone knocked on my door that late at night I would have brought a gun with me also. I hope Matt and Christian get some justice in this idiotic police screw up. 67??? wtf
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Posted: Apr 13 2014, 11:20 AM

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70211 COVERED. TWO TRESPASSERS IE DANIEL AND DIANE ALLEGED FOR HOLDING AN UNARMED YOUNG INDIVIDUAL AND HIS FRIENDS BUY BLOCKING THE VICTIMS DRIVEWAY TO DO A CIVIL STANDBY. AT THERE OREGON HOUSE HOME.
DANIEL AND DIANE GRIFFITH ARE CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONS WHO DROVE UP THE HELP A CIVIL DISPUTE BETWEEN THE RESIDENTS IN OREGON. HOUSE... OFFICERS WITH DUTY WEAPON ISSUED FOR USE AND CARRYING TO AND FROM THERE WORK IN PLACER AT FOLSOM PRISON.
REPORT SHOWS DANIEL GRIFFITH AND HIS WIFE IMPERSONATED ACTING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CARRIED. OUT YSCO JOB
THE GRIFFITH ARE BELIEVED. TO BE SACRAMENTO RESIDENTS
A HUNDRED. MILES. FROM THERE HOME AND 75 FROM THERE WORK
THE REPORT STATES THAT THE RESIDENT ASKED FOR THE TWO TO MOVE AND TO ALSO LEAVE DUE TO SLANDEROUS AND VULGAR Actions Unbecoming. Of any persons working in law enforcement
AFTER THE RESIDENTS. ADVISED THE TWO TO LEAVE OR THE LOCAL LAW WILL BE CONTACTED. AND TRESPASSING CHARGES AND ASSAULT WILL BE PRESSED AT THAT TIME DIANE STATED MY HUSBAND. IS A COP WE DONT HAVE TO GO ANYWERE.
THE RESIDENT. ASKED FOR BADGE AND THE PROMPT. ENFORCEMENT STAR EMBEDDED ON HIS CA ID
REPORT STATES DANIEL. STOOD NEAR HIS CAR UN RESPONSIVE TO BEING ASKED FOR HIS CREDENTIALS. AND TO LEAVE WHILE HIS WIFE CONTINUED. TO INSTIGATE. AND SLANDER THE VICTIM.
THE VICTIM. STATED THAT AFTER ENOUGH. SHOUTING. AND SLANDERING. HE PROMPTLY IN A BRISK WALK SIDE STEPED HIS WIFE TO CONFRONT THE ALLEGED. OFFICER DANIEL GRIFFITH.
DANIEL TOOK THIS AS A THREAT AND USED HIS TRAINING. TO ATTEMPT. TO APPREHEND THE VICTIM FOR HIS STORY ASSAULT BY THE VICTIM
THE VICTIMS. REPORT STATED. AFTER MULTIPLE. TIMES OF BEING RESTRAINED AND PUT DOWN INTO THE MUD IN HIS DRIVE WAY and being struck by something.
The VICTIM. STATED. He was only standing. Up and tried to keep DANIEL and Diane from attacking. Him
VICTIM. States that while on his back DANIEL on top in a full mount begin to rise to one knee when he brandished. A concealed 45 glock
Came from under his beach shirt and appeared to be descending towards. The victoms head (states an eye witness) who saw DANIEL. HOLDING. A semi auto hand gun and was startled after the gun discarged a couple inches. Above victims head.
Victim STATED. At the time the hand gun came. Toward his head he instinctively palm struck the assailants arm that saved his life.
Victim. STATED. He was in shell. Shock and concussion got up and walked into his house where the authorities where contacted and where on scene in less then 15min .
YCSO RELIEVED. DANIEL. OF HIS WEAPON. CORDONED OF THE DRIVE WAY AND STARTED. IN INVESTIGATION.
DURING. THE INVESTIGATION. A SPENT 45 SHELL WAS PICKED UP FROM THE VICTIMS. DRIVEWAY. ALONG WITH HIS TORN SHIRT AND BROKEN SUNGLASSES. PHOTOGRAPHS. WHERE TAKEN OF THE VICTIMS AND A LONG INVESTIGATION WAS CONDUCTED. AND MULTIPLE STATEMENTS BY APPROXIMATELY 5 TO 7 PEOPLE. WHERE QUESTIONED .
THE MATTER. THAT HAS JUST BEEN. STATED. PUBLICLY
WAS DISMISSED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT. EVIDENCE. ..
YOUR LOCAL DA Scott Jones and Patrick. McGrath
Failed. To seek justice. And pushed. This under the rug .
Incident was said to have happened. In September of last. Year.
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