PPD investigating death of man in police custody

Pleasanton man died after resisting arrest near Pleasanton Raley's

Pleasanton Police have launched an investigation into the death of 38-year-old Jacob Bauer from Pleasanton, who died while in police custody Wednesday afternoon after resisting arrest, police said.

At approximately 2:42 p.m. Wednesday police were dispatched to the Pleasanton Raley's Supermarket, 5420 Sunol Blvd., responding to reports of a caucasian man in his 30s “acting irrationally.” The Raley’s manager told police Bauer was picking up a shopping cart and slamming it to the ground and then opening and breaking bottles of alcohol.

According to PPD spokesperson Lieutenant Maria Munayer, Bauer did not comply with officers' requests to place his hands behind his head and “actively resisted” attempts to place him in handcuffs. It took officers roughly five minutes to detain the Pleasanton man, who resisted by biting and scratching at officers.

Police on the scene ultimately used an “electronic control device” and a “leg restraint device” to restrain Bauer, before sending him in an ambulance to Stanford Health - ValleyCare for a routine medical clearance examination.

En route to the hospital Bauer began to show signs of respiratory distress and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Two Pleasanton officers involved were also transported to Stanford Health - ValleyCare where they received treatment for non-life threatening injuries, before being released.

Official cause of death has not yet been released by police, or if Bauer was intoxicated during the altercation.

The death is still under investigation by the PPD, Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the county coroner's bureau. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encourage to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 2, 2018 at 11:54 am

let the second guessing begin . . . . . I can hardly wait for all of the "he was having a mental crisis", "they should have just shot the gun out of his hand" -- oh wait, no guns here, "they needed to hug him and tell him everything would be OK" . . . .

Sort of surprised that the second guessers have not already condemned the PPD for doing their jobs and doing the right thing by transporting a clearly unhinged person to the hospital. Sometimes your own personal actions determine the outcome, and it's not always the way you thought it would end.

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Posted by Compassion
a resident of Charter Oaks
on Aug 2, 2018 at 12:07 pm

A family is grieving their son, be kind.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm

I have compassion for the two Pleasanton Police officers that were injured and transported to the hospital.

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Posted by OK
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 2, 2018 at 1:31 pm

Compassion. Maybe the family is grieving a son or maybe they are relieved because he was a clear danger. Everyone is not automatically deserving of compassion. Let the second guessing begin. Great theater.

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Posted by KTVU reports Taser was used
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm

Web Link KTVU reports that the police used a Taser on the man. How many times did they use this device to shock this man?

And when will the police release the video that they are supposed to have that automatically captures events so that we can see what actually happened, how many times he was tased, and also what other restraints they used to subdue him so that the public can see first hand what happened?

Why haven't the officers been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation?

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Posted by Urmomz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2018 at 11:49 pm

It's going to take several months, at a minimum, for the investigation to be completed... Do you really want to pay a bunch of cops to sit at home for months or a year when all indications are they acted appropriately?

The shooting at the car place took seven months for the DA to clear the officer. I haven't seen a news story for the shooting from last year, so I imagine that is still being investigated more than a year later. Seems like a waste of money to have the officers on leave all that time if there's no evidence of misconduct.

In regards to the video... I wouldn't hold your breath. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not believe Pleasanton has ever released video from their prior incidents. I would not expect this to be any different.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2018 at 12:28 am

No where in the articule did it say this individual was having a "mental crisis" There is no proof, as of yet, this guy was mentally ill. Dont be surprised if the autopsy shows illegal drugs along with the alcohol in his system. By all accounts, the officers on scene handled the sitiution correctly. Taze him to subdue him then restrain him with leg and arm restraints but in a position where he can still breath without difficulty.

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Posted by Compassion
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Aug 3, 2018 at 6:49 am

PPD knew this dearly loved, lifelong member of our community, was experiencing a mental health crisis. His family had been desperately asking for help from every possible source including PPD. Officers who had been called to their home only days earlier, in hopes of help with a hospitalization, said he needed to hit bottom and something bad had to happen before they would do anything. This is tragic.
Bad things happen to good people. Be kind.

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Posted by OK
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 3, 2018 at 8:28 am

Darwin's theory at work.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 3, 2018 at 8:42 am

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OK, I hope you don’t have a brother or son, or sister or daughter. You are heartless.

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Posted by OK
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 3, 2018 at 9:18 am

A realist. But, thank you all.

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Posted by smuchs
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 3, 2018 at 9:45 am

Some people just can't wait to be jerks. Seems like you all just sit around all day long waiting for the opportunity. No one will ever remember you in history. Can't wait for Karma to come knocking on your door one day.

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Posted by Daniella
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 3, 2018 at 9:55 am

KTVU REPORTS 2-I used to watch KTVU news every morning but this kind of propaganda is the problem in our society. We have the police so afraid to use any kind of “force” that we have become an unprotected nation. The police can’t win. If they don’t do enough, the media is all over them, and if they do too much, the witch hunt begins. There is help for mental illnesss if families stop blaming everyone around them and start being honest about it. What were they supposed to do? Just let him go? Let him harm another person? An elderly person? A child?. I’ll support the police here until I have a reason not to I suggest the rest of you do the same-or else the police won’t be there when you’re in trouble

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Posted by Buc Lau
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2018 at 10:06 am

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I doubt that police officers go to work with a "can't wait to hurt somebody" attitude. As was said, they are in a no=win situation. Darned if they do and darned if they don't. Personally, I feel PPD is a highly professional and trained department as a whole. They have a difficult job, we need to support them as much as possible.

If someone is threatening and does not comply with orders, then they suffer the consequences. Plain and simple. When given an order, many suspects simply CHOOSE not to comply. What are the officers supposed to do - walk away? Come on people be real.

Loss of life should never be dismissed or minimized - its tragic either way, but some deaths (seemingly) could be prevented if only the suspects complied to begin with.

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Posted by Former
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 3, 2018 at 10:06 am

Clearly the man was disturbed, but a life has been lost, have some respect. Karma indeed!

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm

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To all here posting in support of the police: I think you are missing the point. This isn't police bashing. Recent situations point only to the need of a crisis team. There used to be one for the Tri-Valley that has apparently been cut. We have many families in Pleasanton, Dublin, and Livermore that need assistance, and the police need a way to help those families *before* a crisis occurs. We need viable solutions for our neighbors, community, and the police who help to protect and serve these communities. No one should have to die; no one should be put in a position of having a death be the outcome. We are failing everyone from the person in need, to their families, to our own police force.

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Posted by My opinion
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm

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Someone stated that it was known that this person was in crisis. That does NOT make it the responsibility of the PPD to fix it! If his family knew he had serious issues they needed to take action to help him, up to and including having him declared incompetent and put somewhere in a locked facility to get help. He would be alive had his family done what some of you seem to think is the responsibility of the PPD.

The PPD is tasked with protecting lives and property, both of which were at risk by the actions of the man. They are not tasked with making mental health decisions when in the heat of the moment the person is breaking bottles, throwing shopping carts, and actively resisting arrest. His family are the ones who let him down, not the PPD. His actions caused him to be restrained and transported for medical help. At what point will some of you see that when people do certain things, other things will be the logical and unavoidable result? I am not saying that all criminals need to be killed or even that it is not regrettable when it happens. But I am saying that if he had done what he was asked, even after his rampage in Raley's, he would have been peacefully arrested with a far different outcome.

The parents failed to get him treatment, the actions of the man caused him to be arrested, his resistance to arrest caused him to be restrained. Not one single thing is a surprise outcome here.

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Posted by Rider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm

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Kathleen. I hear you. A crisis team could have helped. However, there are limits to what a crisis team can do if a person does not want help. You can't force an adult to get treatment for addiction and/or other mental health issues unless they are an imminent danger to themselves or others. Even then, you can only get a 72 hour psych hold.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 3, 2018 at 3:38 pm

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Mo, you are uninformed in so many levels here. A crisis team is for incidents like this, to assist the police. The family sought help in many places according to comments above. A person in crisis is *incapable* of following direction. The person apparently left Raley’s before being apprehended.

We are failing to provide assistance to these families and the police.

Rider, Isn’t a psych hold to determine the level of need for a longer hold or treatment advice? He clearly was a danger to himself and others, and I’d like to think a crisis team on the scene could have gotten that 72 hour hold.

I believe we likely all have a neighbor nearby who is struggling. There must be more we can do so they are not alone and so police don’t face these people with so few options available to keep everyone safe, including the person in desperate need.

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Posted by Winston
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 3, 2018 at 7:19 pm

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Obviously the man was having a mental crisis no doubt fueled by drugs. Most drug addicts self medicate themselves to deal with their mental illness symptoms. Picking up and throwing a cart along with bottles is clearly someone having a breakdown or in their own mind screaming for help. Im not bashing PD but a few here bashed the family which is plain disgusting. Family can not have an adult declared incompetent and the social services and courts can not legally intervene unless a felony is committed. Talk to someone who has had an adult family member in crisis and you will know their pain, grief, guilt (if the family member is homeless and lost somewhere) fear of violence, frustration with a lack of services, and shame.
People blaming the family have no clue and are heartless especially those using this forum for cheap theatre as one poster called it.

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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 3, 2018 at 7:27 pm

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Did the PPD try to talk the man down or did they immediately go into restraint. We will wait for the video to show but I think sometimes backing away and trying to calm someone having a breakdown is a positive approach. Obviously if the person in crisis physically threatens the PPD, they have to restrain

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Posted by Lou Stuhle
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 3, 2018 at 8:10 pm

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however uninformed you think mo is, you are at least his equal in that regard. you are so eager to question anything the police department puts out, yet accept an anonymous poster's words as gospel. a good rule of thumb is that if it doesn't come from the PD directly, disregard it (like the person on facebook who said PPD shot him, or even me for that matter). with that, i can assure you, the PD knew nothing of this guy beyond his reported behavior inside of raley's. "compassion" is either: 1) full of it, or 2) mistaking PPD for dublin PD or some other law enforcement agency. either way, "compassion" is clearly not in the know or close to the family. probably a friend of a family member or something along those lines.

but once again, since you are such an expert on people in crisis, as i've asked you before, what does your plan look like? take this instance. dude destroying the inside of raley's. raley's wants him arrested for crimes committed in their store. PD encounters him near a residential neighborhood, and he is less than cooperative. now what? you call your "crisis team" into action? you think this team is waiting around the station 24/7-365 for the 8 instances a year that PPD deals with people "in crisis"? seems pretty cost ineffective. so the alternative is an on call team. who knows where all of these team members live. chances are since they would be making municipal wages, it's doubtful they live in pleasanton or the tri-valley for that matter. best case scenario, maybe tracy or brentwood. so once they get the call to assemble, your looking at 45-60 minutes to arrive on scene. what are the cops supposed to do in the mean time?

PLEASE, enlighten us on your plan and don't spew pie in the sky rhetoric. tell us the specifics. i'll be waiting...

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 3, 2018 at 10:26 pm

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Lou, trust me, you are wrong about what the police knew. And yes, I know that to be factually true. But I am not bashing the police. They need a crisis team, training, and better tools and options.

We have phones, face time, and experts to tap—people don’t have to be on scene. We can ask a name; we can reach out to family. He could have been followed rather than confronted. Hell, maybe you just throw a net. Maybe we have one on duty officer for every shift who is trained in de-escalation. I’m sorry you have so little insight that you cannot consider other options on your own.

Nothing at Raley’s was worth a man’s life. I doubt Raley’s personnel expected this outcome.

We have one case where a person was left in a basement for days before he was brought in, safely. It was in a residential area and close to Amador just as school was letting out. He acted in a dangerous manner, yet no one was hurt. So it is possible and not so difficult to hold a higher standard for sanctity of life.

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Posted by Lou Stuhle
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 4, 2018 at 8:45 am

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thank you for proving one of my points. anyone can come on here and state "facts". that doesn't make them true and in this case, your "facts" are flat out wrong.

in looking at each of your awesome ideas, i started to realize the main problem with your thinking. you have the phenomenal gift of knowing just what to do in every situation AFTER THE FACT. this is what we call hindsight. what you fail to realize is that the police deal with literally hundreds of mentally unstable people every year (whether the cause be from intoxicants or underlying mental health issues or both). why don't you hear about every interaction they have with them? because 99% of them are uneventful and/or the police do an excellent job dealing with them.

i agree with you that the goal should be that nobody dies. ever. for any reason. we should all live eternally. advancing training, techniques, and tools are always a good idea. that doesn't mean that when current training/techniques/tools aren't enough to overcome a person's desire to self harm, that we criticize and passively aggressive attack current ideas and the officers that use them.

now back to your awesome ideas...

phones/facetime: for an idea like this to be realistic, the officers on scene have to be able to have your 20/20 hindsight, but in current time. they have to be able to recognize that the person they're dealing with isn't like the hundreds of other deranged people they deal with and if they walk up to the person and try to engage them in conversation, it will end in that person's death. but let's say we hire officers that have this ability. this deranged person who has committed a crime walks away from our officers. they just follow them with phone in hand? "please sir, we have a crisis team on facetime that want to help you". person keeps walking. next?

reach out to family: hmmm. let's assume the disturbed individual gave the officer their name. officers have dispatch research the person and get a family member on the phone. see above. also, with some of your ideas, the PD is going to need to drastically increase their cell phone budget because they're going to have a lot of busted phones on their hands.

follow rather than confront: once again, literally hundreds of times a year our officers confront criminals. that's a pretty big part of the job we task them with. in your utopia, maybe nobody goes to jail. why risk holding someone accountable for their crime when they could get hurt?

throw a net: interesting concept. the way these interactions go down is the officers respond to a crime in progress. they contact/detain the suspect. they asses whether or not a crime has occurred. if, in this case, it is a misdemeanor that did not occur in their presence, then they need to find out if the victim or witness is willing to place that person under citizen's arrest. if this whole process breaks down during detention because the suspect does not comply with officers and communication/de-escalation fails, then force options are explored. by now, 99% of the time there are at least two officers present. so the suspect resists/fights and what? one of the two officers leaves their partner to fight on his own to go get the net from the car? i know you're able to use your 20/20 hindsight real time and anticipate the suspect's non-compliance so you would have gotten the net out from the start, but our officers are not trained in clairvoyance (hey, there's an idea!). in the raley's case, maybe the net doesn't work either. if it turns out excited delirium is the cause of death, the man's struggle in the net could just as easily have caused death.

train one officer a shift in de-escalation: what happens when that officer is on vacation? sick? away at training? the fact is, all of our officers are CIT trained and de-escation is a major emphasis in all of their training.

"Nothing at Raley’s was worth a man’s life." by this statement, i would assume that you believe there are crimes that are worth a man's life and that it's ok for the police to mete out this punishment? if you don't believe that, then the statement is just theater. in reality, it is just a classic cop-hater conflation. his death was not a penalty for his crime. demming's death was not a penalty for his crime. these men caused their own deaths.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 4, 2018 at 9:47 am

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Lou, I stated the facts because, uhm, they are the facts. Check the police logs for July 26, 27, 29. There is more, but this family is waiting for the conclusion of autopsies and investigations by the PPD, the Coroner, and the DA. It will be quite some time before everything can be explained to the best of everyone's abilities.

" . . . passively aggressively attack" Incurious and not one to seek better solutions? Every loss of life (one percent is acceptable to end in death?) is exactly when we should be asking what we can do better. I actually believe all those investigating are going to look for some of those answers as well.

" . . . what you fail to realize is that the police deal with literally hundreds of mentally unstable people every year . . . " But we don't need a crisis team for the Tri-Valley? Sure, many of the calls to the police are uneventful, often because the police cannot really do much until it becomes eventful.

" . . . person keeps walking, next?" Let them walk. Follow the person. Likely the person goes home. Do anything that is less confrontational--more uneventful. We've already proven it's possible. The phone is to guide the officers, not talk to the person in crisis (unless it is a family member who may already know how to talk the person down).

Police do have hindsight--it's called training. Officers call for backup for many situations. Having someone on a phone/facetime is modern access.

Yeah, let's not spend any money on phones or anything else that might help an officer deal with an individual situation or that might save the life of a person in crisis.

For the rant about a net, the assumption about officers being alone is ludicrous (they call for backup). Interesting you used "excited delirium." Where did you pull that from for this case?

Training an officer per shift--train two? Certainly there is more than general training in de-escalation. Having several experts on the force is a place to start. The officers should be compensated for that expertise and would be a benefit to our entire community.

The last paragraph, just wow. The men who recently have died did not cause their own deaths. That is such a stunted view of events, and ignores so much of what mental illness is and does to those in suffering. I hope you and yours never suffer a break with reality.

For any crime that warrants a death penalty, I hope the criminal makes it through the justice system first. That is what this state believes, and I would prefer to spare any officer the horror of killing another person if at all possible.

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Posted by Lou Stuhle
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 4, 2018 at 10:54 am

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all you have are emotional appeals (which is what one has to resort to when logic is not on their side), conflations, false equivalencies, and buzz words ("crisis team", "de-escalation", etc) with no real,practical ideas for implementation of the buzz words.

excited delirium? where did i pull it from? based on the press releases it might fit. autopsy will ultimately determine (although i don't think excited delirium historically has been listed as a cause of death. i believe it's a fairly recent phenomenon).

again, all of our officers are sent to CIT training. i think it's a 40 hour school. ask your city leaders if they are interested in paying officers more for CIT experts. here's a hint. i know what their answer will be.

of course they caused their own deaths. demming complies and he's safely taken into custody. raley's guy complies, he's safely taken into custody. their choices, whether rational or not, are what started the sequence of events that cost them their lives. thanks for the well wishes for me and my family (another emotional appeal). i too hope that myself or family members don't suffer from a break in reality which costs myself or themselves their/our respective lives.

your assumption about backup is what is ludicrous. for a call like the raley's call, dispatching two officers is the norm. you realize that those two officers are coming from different places right? the odds they show up at the exact same time? slim. but let's say they did. again, in my example, they go to handcuff the guy and the fight is on. now they call for more police who will be on the way, but how long does that take? those two officers are fighting the suspect to get him into handcuffs. you want them to disengage because the suspect resists? "oh, he doesn't want to go to jail, so we'll just let him go." again, just seems like you are anti-consequences. people get to do whatever they want, legal or not, in Kathyland. i don't want to live in kathyland.

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Posted by False News & Alternative Facts
a resident of Mission Park
on Aug 4, 2018 at 11:12 am

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If you believe everything in the news that is released by the authorities (including the recent news releases by PPD), then

You must believe:

1) Global warming is a hoax
2) That Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11
3) That Saddam Hussein had WMD, and was pursuing the purchase of nuclear material
4) That the Russians did not meddle in the 2016 election

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Posted by Lou Stuhle
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 4, 2018 at 11:16 am

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yes, i believe everything PPD puts out in their press releases. no, i won't wear a tin foil hat to match yours.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 4, 2018 at 11:58 am

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Loose, It is dangerous for someone in the public eye to use an anonymous and, I’m sure you think clever, name(s) that shows their real toxic nature.

The officers knew the circumstances. Handcuffs weren’t necessarily the best idea. But an expert could have told the responders that or provided other guidance.

Saying no to better protection for officers and those they seek to arrest is shortsighted and is quite literally unnecessarily killing people. Of course there are any number of appropriate consequences, just not death.

I real try to be respectful out here; I use my real name and am accountable for what I say. But I think your “intestinal issues” are fogging your thinking or have caused your heart to shrink three times too small. Either way, I wish you peace—something this family no longer has.

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Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 4, 2018 at 12:07 pm

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Kathleen may have an inside track to a different police log than the one on the city's web page because while there are drug violations each of the days she mentioned, there don't appear to be any which correlate to the Raley's incident. We know from firsthand experience officers behavior with mentally unstable individuals is indicative of well-trained, incredibly patient, and professional officers who can somehow talk down most potentially harmful events.

Some posters may have lost sight of the fact this crisis was happening in the center aisle of a grocery store filled with innocent people, both employees and customers. A grocery cart had already been thrown, according to accounts, and bottles broken, so there were dangers already present. Tossing a net? As you might do to subdue a wild animal? In the liquor aisle, with more glass bottles? That hardly sounds like a realistic approach.

Those responding offices didn't set out to kill the man. Remember, he was tased, not shot with a gun. And, by an eye witness account, he ran. That strongly suggests his adrenalin was pumping "hugely" he was in fight or flight mode (he reportedly bit one of the officers, remember?) and something was going very, very wrong in his head. That misconnection in his circuitry began before the officers arrived, and their attempts to neutralize his behavior didn't work. I'm hard-pressed to believe a crisis team, whatever the heck that is, would have been more successful.

In a Utopian world they could have simply approached him, asked him to stop what he was doing, he'd have said "oh, sorry, sure" maybe even grabbed a broom to help clean up the mess. We are not in Utopia, our world is less than perfect, and tragedies sometimes happen. This is one of the worst of them.

I'm fairly certain I know one of this man's parents. Responsible, kind, intelligent, caring, willing to go out of the way to be a productive member of society. I know firsthand how it hurts to lose an adult son, regardless of circumstance. This would most definitely render me a blow from which I might never recover. Please, can't we join as a community to extend a comforting hand to everyone involved instead of trying to assign blame? It's a pretty safe bet all those people are beating themselves up quite enough and don't need help from us.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 4, 2018 at 1:02 pm

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keeknlinda, they were not in the store when he was confronted. I know when the police were called to the home seeking help. Unfortunately, and with nothing to blame but current law I suppose, there is little the police can do if there isn't obvious threat to self or others, especially when the person in crisis is over 18.

No official report has been released and even the city omitted whether tasers or guns were used. I understand there are a lot of "witnesses" on NextDoor, but I don't believe you can speak to what actually happened. Not even the coroner on the scene was able to say whether he was shot. What utopian world? Even I don't think he would have responded to "hey stop". And I do not believe the police intended to kill him.

This IS about the community coming together to seek better alternatives, add or train experts, and/or work to change laws when we are talking about adults. Perhaps consider donating to NAMI: Web Link They are active in our community.

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Posted by Neighbor 3
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 7, 2018 at 6:05 pm

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Sad situation all around. Mental illness is brutal to manage as a family. My sympathy to the sad end to this situation. Additionally, I had the pleasure of participating in the Pleasanton Citizens' Police Academy a year or so ago. I have the utmost confidence in our police department from Chief Spiller on down. As one comment mentioned above, de-escalating is often very productive. As I learned, our police very much have this mindset. The individuals on the force that I met seemed highly motivated to protect those on all sides of any incident. I was astounded a few months ago reading about a guy who, on 1st street, after some pretty aggressive behavior, was asked by one of our police officers to show his hands and stop advancing. He did not comply, came toward the officer with hands in pockets. That guy temporarily got away, but I was astounded at the restraint the officer showed. This seemed like exactly the type of situation that gets people shot. I imagine it was terrifying for the officer, yet they did not fire. Based on having met many of our police force, I'm convinced that in this Raley's case they did the best they could in a very difficult situation and probably are beating themselves up on how they could have done even better. A very hard situation. My respect to the family and officers who likely all did the best they could with a very difficult situation.

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