Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 2:32 am
It's always especially tragic when those that are protecting us from the likes of the person that committed this murder are victims themselves...
Thank goodness someone was not afraid to co-operate with the police and report the location of the shooter...
After the initial shooting, it's a shame the bystanders conducted themselves in the manner as reported on some news networks. Although it appeared to be a small group, it's likely their conduct further eroded the image some have of Oakland...
Four more good men down. May they rest in peace...
Posted by friend, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:17 am
Yes - Mark was one of our own. Raised in Pleasanton, he went to Foothill and graduated in 1987. His brother Chris, graduated in 1990. Mark played trombone in the marching band. He was a great guy and a caring friend. He will be sorely missed by his friends, parents, brother and 3 kids
Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 8:45 am
God Bless them and their families. The Courts have, once again, failed them and all of us. The shooter apparently had a long and dangerous rap sheet. God Bless all police officers and keep them safe, especially Our Own(PPD).
Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 10:57 am
My heart breaks for these officers their families, friends.... A traffic stop and this happens.... I was shocked when I watched the news this morning hearing from an Oakland community member that not everyone is sympathetic to this incident. How any human being can not be sympathetic is beyond me. Wrong is wrong. Lives were taken in the line of duty.
Posted by Fellow brother, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm
All four of the officers are heroes and will never be forgotten. I find it sickening that a certain few thugs and anti-police ignorant outspoken persons that only want to cause havoc, attempt to trash these officers and the OPD during this time. The suspect was bottomline...a bay area terrorist with a long violent history against society. And the sympathizers of him are no better themselves.
May God watch over these officers' families and all law enforcement officers.
Posted by Dorene Paradiso, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm
May God grant All four of the fallen Officers and all who have gone before them eternal rest. May He grant their Families the strength to carry on. They truly are heros. Let us not forget and may we always hold our own Pleasanton Police Dept. in the Highest regard, remembering to wave with a Thank You as we see them pass by.
Posted by Chuck, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Our prayers and condolences go out to all the families affected by this tragedy in Oakland. For once, Jerry Brown is right -- the court system, and the parole system, have failed society, and failed to keep a man off the streets with a violent history and dangerous propensities. What a terrible cost!!
Next time you meet one of our finest, be it Pleasanton, Dublin or Livermore, go up to them and shake their hands and Thank them for doing a good job protecting us here in the Tri-Valley. They deserve to know that they are appreciated!
Posted by D W, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 24, 2009 at 10:50 am
The flags flying at half-mast speak volumes about the devastation all of Pleasanton feels from past to current city residents and leaders. While Oakland remains a strong anchor city for Alameda County, the terrible tragedy proves that when Oakland hurts, often all Eastbay cities hurt with them. Oakland's self-esteem carries over to its suburbs, and the responding love & support Pleasanton is giving proves it.
If any of our readers have ever met Mayor Dellums or Chief Jordan, please let them know we'll always be there for them. Because even with the occasional North side & Stoneridge Mall woes, the statistics continue to show that Mayor Hosterman & Chief Fraser must be doing something right. Pleasanton is still a mostly safe city. Let's keep knocking on that wood and taking care of each other.
Thank you, everybody, for watching out for one another.
Posted by John, a resident of the Foothill Knolls neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2009 at 9:35 am
This is why I think guns should be outlawed and destroyed. The saying "guns don't kill people; people kill people" makes me sick. If this guy did not have access to a gun we would not be saying goodbye to 4 heroes. The right to bear arms is a joke as well. All those people that say they need it for protection you are all weak. If you own a gun you probably have it unloaded with a trigger lock on it and in a locked box. Now how will that help you in the middle of the night when someone breaks in? Are you going to ask them to wait while you get everything together? It is all a joke and guns are for the weak people and animal killers. Down with guns, Down with the NRA and down with the right to bear arms. I fear no man and I am unarmed!
Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2009 at 9:44 am
I was told by a friend yesterday that a Pleasanton woman and neighbor of his has received an organ donation from Officer Hagge, the brain-dead officer. If this is true that is a true Blessing. Anyone know anything about this?
Posted by John, a resident of the Foothill Knolls neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Do not tell me what to do. I have shown my respect. Have you been to the site to place flowers? Have you given to the fund for the families? Get off your but and do more than type! This is an open forum and this is my opinion. I said nothing disrespectful.
Posted by PJ, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Response to John, a resident of the Foothill Knolls neighborhood:
Yes, I know what opinions are. They are like your writing your opinion about gun control in this topic about the officers and their families.
And yes, hijacked. If you've been around the postings on this site, then you'll know that some folks like to change the topic away from the original intent, some folks just like to troll, etc.
In your case, I don't believe you're a troll, but someone passionate about your beliefs; just not passionate enough to start your own posting about it. You are only passionate enough to stick your foot into another discussion. Very crude and rude of you.
Be "fearless" as you proclaim and go start another post if it's in you. I honestly don't think you’re up to it.
Posted by long time Pleasanton Resident, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Mar 26, 2009 at 11:22 am
My heart is breaking for all of the Officers families. My father was an Alameda County Deputy Sheriff for almost 30 years and this is a cops families worst nightmare.
My Dad retired in 2001. He did not know Lovelle Mixon, but he new his Dad and other member of his family because they were in and out of Jail and comitting crimes in Oakland along time ago. The saddest part is these four families are paying for this families legacy of crime and violence. Mixon should have never been let out of prison.