Posted by DEON GATES, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Aug 4, 2007 at 9:13 am
Domestic dispute led to 9-hour SWAT standoff
Neighbors evacuated from houses for 6 hours early Thursday morning
June 22, 2007, 10:30 AM
by Emily Atwood
...Residents in the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood were evacuated... as a suspect in an alleged domestic dispute case refused to leave his home and threatened police... a woman called 911 and said she was the victim of domestic assault. The woman left the house to call police... "He made several threats against the police officer," he said, adding that the threats involved use of a firearm. "We had legal authority to enter, but WE THOUGHT IT WAS BEST not to create a potential incident of violence... The situation met the needs of a SWAT team"... neighbors were kept from their homes for six hours... the 38-year-old suspect was arrested for misdemeanor assault/domestic violence and felony threats against peace officers... the suspect got out on bail. Names are being withheld to comply with the confidentiality request of the woman.
WHY WAS THE DATE OF THE STANDOFF CHANGED TO THE 14TH ABOVE?
WHY WAS ANY MENTION OF HIS WIFE BEING ASSAULTED OMITTED ONCE YOUR PAPER IDENTIFIED HIM?
WHERE, IF THIS IS REAL REPORTING, DID THE DV ASSAULT CHARGE WISP AWAY TO?
"...Names are being withheld to comply with the confidentiality request of the woman..." --
OF COURSE SHE WANTS IT CONFIDENTIAL. HE ASSAULTED HER, ARMED, SHE CALLED HIS POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HELP HER AND THEY LET HIM OUT ON BAIL AFTER A TEN-HOUR, 2-SWAT-TEAM STANDOFF!!!! SHE WANTS WHATEVER HE TELLS HER SHE WANTS.
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Aug 6, 2007 at 4:24 pm
The biggest news about this story is probably the details that would answer the obvious question: why did it take approximately six weeks to bring charges against this guy? Because he is a police officer?
Posted by Tanya, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2007 at 3:55 pm
This is very sad. When I originally read about it in the Herald, there was no mention that the officer arrested was even a police officer at all. I guess they have alot of stress in their jobs, but still that is no excuse for domestic violence or the fact that someone who has a stand off with police and swat teams should be abhle to get out on bail..... where is the justice in this? I bet the wife is in fear of her life, very sad. I am an advicated against domestic violence and child abuse and I have seen first hand what happens when someone who works for the county as a park ranger can get away with doing to their wife and children and it just makes me sick! The courts need to stop giving a slap on the wrist to the perpetrators of domestic violence and child abuse no matter what their occupation is.
Posted by Jhihalfi Ahmas, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Aug 17, 2007 at 10:06 am
To say this is sad is a gross understatement. It is my understanding the officer was an exemplary employee who, apparently, snapped. I also understand the officer had been drinking with friends for several hours leading up to the incident, and this fact was known by the police. My husband and I live a few blocks away and do not know the Baxters, but several friends of ours who live on the same street never bore witness to any problems. They raised a good question also: If Mr. Baxter's threats to responding officers were so credible, why in the world would they let him drive away from the house by himself? Did anyone consider he might be a threat to anyone else? Did anyone consider he might still be under the influence of alcohol? If Mr. Baxter committed domestic violence there is no excuse for it, period. I think there is a whole lot more to this story than what we're hearing from the press, however.
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 23, 2007 at 9:42 pm
As Jhihalfi pointed out, there is a lot more to this story than what you are hearing, as there often is. Before you start pointing fingers at the "bad guy", please keep in mind that you do NOT know the whole story, and it is not necessarily a case of bad guy vs. innocent victim. All I can say is this is a very sad and complicated situation.
Posted by Jeanne, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Aug 23, 2007 at 10:21 pm
To "Anonymous": we obviously don't know the whole story, and that's part of the problem. As a civil servant in our peaceful community, we held him to a higher standard. So, what part of "charged with felony threats against a police officer" makes him NOT the bad guy? There's obviously more to the Domestic Violence part of it all, since those charges seem to have been dropped. Is your position that his wife is involved in some other way? ("not necessarily a case of bad guy vs. innocent victim") Are you saying she had it coming? We've all been in situations we may not be proud of, but he took it to another level by making threats on his own, when he knew better. Not to mention, this was NOT his own money being spent on the substantial police presence in my neighborhood. Perhaps it should be.
Posted by Aaron, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Oct 24, 2007 at 12:04 pm
this is no suprise. it simply goes to add to the problems. there is definatelty a double standard. the police were called for a possible domestic at my house once. i did not hear the doorbell. cause we where arguing. no actual violence actually took place. except the violence to my front door as the police kicked it in, within seconds of arriving. like i said i didn't even hear the bell. it might have rang it might not have. but bottom line i spent about $2 k on a new door cause of that. no charges cause there was no crime. it was a verbal argument, not a physcial. but i do find it nice that the police don't destroy there own peoples doors, but the one's that pay there salaries and funding, seem to loose a expensive door, and it is ok. come on please. look at the newer artical of inappropriate police actions. it happens all the time. and it is rediculous. i mean come on 6 hr standoff. they had my door kicked in within 90 seconds, big difference. he was also allegedly beating his wife, threatening officers with a firearm. i know if it were anyone alse in that situation, in pleasanton, they'd be dead. do you remember the Gordon incident from a few years ago. he was driving through a parking lot not paying attention, and was shot at 9 times by the police. he had no weapons. and sure wasn't verbally threatening any of them. i read the times artical on it, the police report. and they were both filled with lies. but who rights the reports. the ones shooting at the young man. i'm sorry this is rediculous
Posted by RUBY, a resident of another community, on Mar 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm
OMG! I am completely stunned by this. I knew him personally, or thought I did, and I never seen this violent side to him. Is this what becomes of those who served in the Marines? Power of authority is a shame. And no matter how bad things may get, his wife didn't deserve to "have it coming". I hope the kids weren't present when all of this happened.
Posted by Laura, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Nov 2, 2008 at 9:29 pm
I am completely stunned that people can write negative things about such a beautiful family. Shame on those who only believe what they read. If no details were revealed, then no one knows the details. Is our community really this shallow? I hope not. The Baxters are good people, end of story.