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A fundraiser for Francine Busby, who is running for Congress, ended in chaos Friday night when sheriff’s deputies responded to a noise complaint, pepper-sprayed some of the guests and arrested the party’s hostess.
Shari Barman, 60, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and battery on a peace officer. She has since been released…
“I have never seen anything like it. Most of the people were stunned,” Busby said, adding that there was no music or entertainment.
Pepper spray was dispersed on the crowd, and the deputies were able to reach Barman…and arrest her.
A statement from Busby’s office said a man shouted an “obscenity-laced tirade” from a wooded area as Busby spoke to the guests. It said about 25 mostly middle-aged guests…were “quietly chatting” when a deputy arrived and asked to speak to the homeowner.
Busby said she was outside the house at the time of the incident and saw some of it unfold.
“When the homeowner asked the deputy sheriff why he needed her date of birth, the deputy reacted by restraining the homeowner,” said Busby’s statement. “Alarmed guests pleaded with the deputy to let the 60-year-old homeowner go and stop hurting her. She had recently had shoulder surgery and was clearly in pain. His response was to spray the women with pepper spray which caused confusion and outrage.”
The event had been highlighted on Busby’s campaign Web site as an evening cocktail party hosted by Barman and her partner, Jane Stratton, who co-founded the Acura Classic tennis tournament in San Diego.
O.K.. San Diego coppers not certain who they’re serving – or who they’re protecting.