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Large turnouts at protests held in Pleasanton to condemn racism, police brutality

Thousands march on city streets Friday afternoon; car protest with hundreds follows on Sunday

Friday's protest culminated in an eight-minute, 46-second moment of silence at the Valley Avenue- Hopyard Road intersection -- in recognition of the amount of time George Floyd suffocated while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck on Memorial Day. (Photo by Ryan J. Degan)

Pleasanton residents showed up in force to protest against racism and police brutality at two well-attended demonstrations this weekend.

On Friday, more than 2,000 protesters peacefully took to the streets of Pleasanton, shutting down roadways and uniting together in opposition to the mistreatment of African Americans both locally and nationally -- on what would have been the 27th birthday of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro police on March 13.

A caravan protest drove through central Pleasanton on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Mike Sedlak)

Then on Sunday, hundreds of cars drove one behind the other in a coordinated loop around central Pleasanton, including downtown, in a caravan to support the Black Lives Matter movement and oppose racial injustice in America.

Both peaceful demonstrations, organized by teens and young adults in Pleasanton, drew supporters from across the spectrum by the hundreds -- wrapping up a weeklong stretch of large-scale, non-violent protests in each Tri-Valley city inspired, like others nationwide, by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

The student-led protest and march on Friday afternoon began with a rally at Amador Valley Community Park, followed by a walk up Santa Rita Road and across Valley Avenue to the Hopyard Road intersection where a moment of silence was held for eight minutes and 46 seconds -- in recognition of the amount of time Floyd suffocated while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck on Memorial Day.

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"It is extremely important that Pleasanton and neighboring areas let our voices be heard because this is a predominantly white community and with whiteness comes a special privilege and power that is needed to ignite change," 19-year-old McKenzie Reese, a protest organizer, said at the rally. "We are here to take a stand and show the world that all lives cannot matter until black lives matter."

"This fight doesn't stop here today, we must continue to deconstruct laws and policies that perpetuate social injustice and replace them," she added.

"African American people are five times more likely to be killed by the police and 2.5 times more likely to be convicted for something they didn't even do. That's a problem with the system all the way from the top to the bottom. That's an issue that needs to be changed," added Foothill High School sophomore Aryan Ohri, a fellow protest organizer.

Like similar displays in Dublin, San Ramon and Livermore before it, the Pleasanton protesters came together in condemnation of white supremacy and institutionalized racism found in communities throughout the country.

Friday's protest was led and organized by a group of local teenage activists, who actively encouraged their peers to join in and participate in the ongoing movement.

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"There is power in your words. It's my duty to fight for what I believe in and express it with my words," 19-year-old Joy Moore said at the pre-march rally. "To my fellow youth, y'all know we aren't just the future; we are the present, and never let anyone tell you that it is too early to fight for justice. Continue to educate yourself on your rights and get active in the change."

Protesters worked in collaboration with the city's police department in order to ensure a safe and peaceful demonstration, with Pleasanton police providing officers to close off roadways in advance of the procession.

Chief David Swing, who is in just his second week with the Pleasanton Police Department, attended the rally and spoke briefly about his condemnation of Floyd's killing and expressed his support for the peaceful gathering.

Local police provided support for the demonstration, with Pleasanton Police Chief David Swing even briefly addressing the crowd in a show of support. (Photo by Ryan J. Degan)

"The death of George Floyd is reprehensible and wrong. The city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Police Department condemns the actions of those four officers in Minneapolis," Swing said at the gathering. "We are committed to transparency and to partner with the community so we can understand the needs of the community that we serve, and that starts with listening and seeing."

Friday marked the fifth sizable peaceful protests against racism and police brutality held in the Tri-Valley during the week, with the first held in Dublin on Monday, followed by one in Danville on Tuesday, one in San Ramon on Wednesday and one in Livermore on Thursday.

Then on late Sunday afternoon, hundreds of students and families from throughout the Tri-Valley took part in a caravan protest through central Pleasanton in support of racial justice.

Many participants held signs or decorated their cars to share their messages in support of Black Lives Matter and in opposition of racism, injustice and police brutality.

The two-hour-long car caravan began at the U.S. Post Office at 4300 Black Ave. and headed toward downtown. Participants reached major checkpoint intersections at Main Street and Bernal Avenue, Bernal Avenue and Valley Avenue, Valley Avenue and Hopyard Road, and Valley Avenue and Santa Rita Road. Police appeared to provide traffic control during the event.

The peaceful protest was organized by students from Amador Valley High School's class of 2019, in affiliation with Black Lives Matter.

"Organizers, participants, students seek to publicize the issue of racial injustice and police brutality in Pleasanton. Protesters want to denounce the presence of racism and complacency in our community. Organizers hope to demonstrate that participation in the movement for racial justice is possible without having to sacrifice health safety concerns," organizers said beforehand.

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Large turnouts at protests held in Pleasanton to condemn racism, police brutality

Thousands march on city streets Friday afternoon; car protest with hundreds follows on Sunday

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 6:25 pm
Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 10:29 pm

Pleasanton residents showed up in force to protest against racism and police brutality at two well-attended demonstrations this weekend.

On Friday, more than 2,000 protesters peacefully took to the streets of Pleasanton, shutting down roadways and uniting together in opposition to the mistreatment of African Americans both locally and nationally -- on what would have been the 27th birthday of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro police on March 13.

Then on Sunday, hundreds of cars drove one behind the other in a coordinated loop around central Pleasanton, including downtown, in a caravan to support the Black Lives Matter movement and oppose racial injustice in America.

Both peaceful demonstrations, organized by teens and young adults in Pleasanton, drew supporters from across the spectrum by the hundreds -- wrapping up a weeklong stretch of large-scale, non-violent protests in each Tri-Valley city inspired, like others nationwide, by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

The student-led protest and march on Friday afternoon began with a rally at Amador Valley Community Park, followed by a walk up Santa Rita Road and across Valley Avenue to the Hopyard Road intersection where a moment of silence was held for eight minutes and 46 seconds -- in recognition of the amount of time Floyd suffocated while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck on Memorial Day.

"It is extremely important that Pleasanton and neighboring areas let our voices be heard because this is a predominantly white community and with whiteness comes a special privilege and power that is needed to ignite change," 19-year-old McKenzie Reese, a protest organizer, said at the rally. "We are here to take a stand and show the world that all lives cannot matter until black lives matter."

"This fight doesn't stop here today, we must continue to deconstruct laws and policies that perpetuate social injustice and replace them," she added.

"African American people are five times more likely to be killed by the police and 2.5 times more likely to be convicted for something they didn't even do. That's a problem with the system all the way from the top to the bottom. That's an issue that needs to be changed," added Foothill High School sophomore Aryan Ohri, a fellow protest organizer.

Like similar displays in Dublin, San Ramon and Livermore before it, the Pleasanton protesters came together in condemnation of white supremacy and institutionalized racism found in communities throughout the country.

Friday's protest was led and organized by a group of local teenage activists, who actively encouraged their peers to join in and participate in the ongoing movement.

"There is power in your words. It's my duty to fight for what I believe in and express it with my words," 19-year-old Joy Moore said at the pre-march rally. "To my fellow youth, y'all know we aren't just the future; we are the present, and never let anyone tell you that it is too early to fight for justice. Continue to educate yourself on your rights and get active in the change."

Protesters worked in collaboration with the city's police department in order to ensure a safe and peaceful demonstration, with Pleasanton police providing officers to close off roadways in advance of the procession.

Chief David Swing, who is in just his second week with the Pleasanton Police Department, attended the rally and spoke briefly about his condemnation of Floyd's killing and expressed his support for the peaceful gathering.

"The death of George Floyd is reprehensible and wrong. The city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Police Department condemns the actions of those four officers in Minneapolis," Swing said at the gathering. "We are committed to transparency and to partner with the community so we can understand the needs of the community that we serve, and that starts with listening and seeing."

Friday marked the fifth sizable peaceful protests against racism and police brutality held in the Tri-Valley during the week, with the first held in Dublin on Monday, followed by one in Danville on Tuesday, one in San Ramon on Wednesday and one in Livermore on Thursday.

Then on late Sunday afternoon, hundreds of students and families from throughout the Tri-Valley took part in a caravan protest through central Pleasanton in support of racial justice.

Many participants held signs or decorated their cars to share their messages in support of Black Lives Matter and in opposition of racism, injustice and police brutality.

The two-hour-long car caravan began at the U.S. Post Office at 4300 Black Ave. and headed toward downtown. Participants reached major checkpoint intersections at Main Street and Bernal Avenue, Bernal Avenue and Valley Avenue, Valley Avenue and Hopyard Road, and Valley Avenue and Santa Rita Road. Police appeared to provide traffic control during the event.

The peaceful protest was organized by students from Amador Valley High School's class of 2019, in affiliation with Black Lives Matter.

"Organizers, participants, students seek to publicize the issue of racial injustice and police brutality in Pleasanton. Protesters want to denounce the presence of racism and complacency in our community. Organizers hope to demonstrate that participation in the movement for racial justice is possible without having to sacrifice health safety concerns," organizers said beforehand.

Comments

Nancy McGhee
Downtown
on Jun 5, 2020 at 7:48 pm
Nancy McGhee, Downtown
on Jun 5, 2020 at 7:48 pm
45 people like this

Proud of Pleasanton today.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm
87 people like this

This protest movement in Pleasanton today prevented essential workers from getting to their patients.

So who is the winner here?

Everyone not involved in protest movements are equally concerned with the same issues.

Preventing those essential workers from treating, preserving other peoples life's because of the protest movement is hypocritical.


Julie
Birdland
on Jun 5, 2020 at 9:08 pm
Julie, Birdland
on Jun 5, 2020 at 9:08 pm
72 people like this

Cmon Michael. Essential workers couldn’t get where? Why? Because part of Valley, Hopyard and Santa Rita were closed for a couple of hours?

Maybe your biggest show of support for these workers is to teach them how to use their GPS.

I am so proud of Pleasanton today.


Ptown mom
Avila
on Jun 5, 2020 at 9:45 pm
Ptown mom , Avila
on Jun 5, 2020 at 9:45 pm
56 people like this

Lol, Michael Austin. They could EASILY go around the protest to get to most any part of town.
Please don’t be so dramatic.


David
Golden Eagle
on Jun 5, 2020 at 10:04 pm
David, Golden Eagle
on Jun 5, 2020 at 10:04 pm
48 people like this

All Lives Matter


Mabry
Birdland
on Jun 5, 2020 at 10:21 pm
Mabry, Birdland
on Jun 5, 2020 at 10:21 pm
10 people like this

Please tell that to DJT David


David
Golden Eagle
on Jun 5, 2020 at 10:40 pm
David, Golden Eagle
on Jun 5, 2020 at 10:40 pm
8 people like this

Who is DJT Mabry?


mariposita
Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 5, 2020 at 11:27 pm
mariposita, Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 5, 2020 at 11:27 pm
39 people like this

I was incredibly proud of our young Pleasanton leadership today! They brought our community together to peacefully exercise our First Amendment rights and stand up for those in our community who need help to fight against systemic injustice. They gave this old lady's heart so much hope that things will get better. And they're right! We need to vote in the Fall!


Serena Connell
another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:57 am
Serena Connell, another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:57 am
30 people like this

The organizers of this protest should be so proud. Astonishing turnout, well-planned and coordinated march route, positive cooperation secured from police, nearly everyone wearing a mask, 100% peaceful. The nearly 9 minutes of silence at the end of the march was profoundly moving. We have a long way to go to achieve racial equity at every level of our society, but Pleasanton showed up and spoke up yesterday. Very proud of my community.


Bill Jones
California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 5:01 am
Bill Jones, California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 5:01 am
118 people like this

Poor misguided people. Seems BLM only matters on the extreme rare occasion when an unarmed black is killed by the police. Where's the outrage over the daily carnage in inner-cities across America with blacks killing blacks? >95% of black murders are committed by blacks. Blacks are 13% of the population and yet commit 53% of the murders in the US. Vast majority of these murders are black on black. I'm thinking black lives really don't matter to you hypocrites.

Spare me the righteous BS. The hypocrisy has set this country ablaze both literally and figuratively.


Resident
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:57 am
Resident, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:57 am
35 people like this

Well done, Pleasanton. You have shown what our town is about, and it is about being able to get together and peacefully speak up. Unfortunately there are the sour personalities who will try and find fault with the beautiful congregation you have shown. Perhaps because equality and justice for all goes against their petty agenda of hate. Just look the other way at these losers and keep on. You have done everything right!


Grumpy
Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 7:27 am
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 7:27 am
64 people like this

Oh, nonsense about the “what about black on black crime”.

The police have a job: to protect and serve, not to beat and slaughter. It’s easy to see the difference. The police did wrong, to Floyd, and to many of the protestors and journalists this week.

And yes, what about black on black crime, when the victims of that know that calling the police may just get them attacked twice. That’s the real fear in the black community...that there’s no one who will protect you.

Frankly, by your statements, Bill, I suspect you actually don’t care about black victims of violence but would rather use them to prove a point. Stop with your armchair anger. If you really care about black on black crime, help. Or support those who do help. That’s the real hypocrisy.


Lisa Chilton
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 7:36 am
Lisa Chilton, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 7:36 am
44 people like this

I am the mother of McKenzie Reese - Lisa Chilton. I have never been more proud of my daughter, the other young people who put on the protest, and our community as a whole. The protest was peaceful! The Pleasanton PD were amazing! No looting, no vandalism, and no arrest! The speeches were fantastic - very inspirational. Our future looks bright - the kids we are raising are ready to continue the fight for justice!


tim
Amador Estates
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:24 am
tim, Amador Estates
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:24 am
1 person likes this

"students"


Bill Jones
California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:39 am
Bill Jones, California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:39 am
50 people like this

@grumpy Another emotional person who just can't deal with the facts. I'll type this slow. I don't know one person who defends the cop who killed Floyd. You're one of those people who ignore the facts instead basing your opinions on emotion. Do some research.

It's a simple question, why crickets from the Black Lives Matter crowd over blacks being murdered at an alarming rate everyday by other blacks? And please, try to come up with something a little more intelligent than "when the victims of that know that calling the police may just get them attacked twice." Say nothing that you can't back up with facts.


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:01 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:01 am
13 people like this

@Bill Jones

I’m confused by what your point is, Bill. Are you trying to argue that unjustified police violence resulting in deaths is OK as long as the number of people wrongly killed by the police is less than, say, the number of black on black homicides?


David
Golden Eagle
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:18 am
David, Golden Eagle
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:18 am
25 people like this

You are 100% right Mr Jones. As a teacher at a local high school and a person of color, I try to impart in my students that it is imperative they learn the true values that our country was built on. Hard work and determination will breed success while being eternal victims and wanting a handout will do the opposite.
I am proud of our city and mostly the youth for wanting to push themselves and those around them to strive for excellence. Are there injustices around? Of course there are. Can we be better? Yes we can. But we cannot separate ourselves into tribal hatred and lose sight that we are part of the very best nation in the world.
I cannot wait yo vote in the fall, we need to continue on our path!


Julie
Birdland
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:33 am
Julie, Birdland
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:33 am
13 people like this

Bill Jones,

Happy to talk about “Black on black” crime if you will acknowledge that a disproportionate number of black men are killed by police.

We can start talking about “your” issue by discussing (1) the black community’s fear of calling police (explanation in par. 1, above), (2) the systemic racism resulting in a disproportionate number of black households living in poverty and the studies that show that fewer socioeconomic opportunities lead to higher crime; and (3) the broken prison system that has historically led not to rehabilitation but disproportionality to recidivism.

Let me know if you’d like to see the studies, since this is apparently an issue you’re passionate about.


Praveen
Birdland
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:23 am
Praveen, Birdland
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:23 am
7 people like this

As a skin-tone challenged immigrant to this country, my close encounters with fellow Americans has invariably been kind, gentle and non-racist. That is why it is so bewildering and distressing to see the same tribalism that afflicts so much of the world.

Though the current occupier of the people's house near BLM Plaza may not agree with the adjective, this quote from the best president ever may be prescient: "—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—".

People can google their own stats on murder by race, but most are by someone from their own race. People kill people they know. Should not be used to justify inter-race killings.


Someone Who Cares
Bordeaux Estates
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:31 am
Someone Who Cares, Bordeaux Estates
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:31 am
12 people like this

Mr Bill, people like you are quick to point out black on black crime - yes, it’s wrong! Statistics show that there is more white on white crime than black on black. You sound somewhat educated. Please do your homework. We’ve had more white people shooting up schools (our children/babies - really), churches, synagogues, mosques shootings, serial killers - wow, the list goes on and on. It’s just not labeled white on white crime!


Rich Serrano
Foothill Knolls
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:09 am
Rich Serrano , Foothill Knolls
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:09 am
11 people like this

Everything else aside...where are the face coverings for all of the speakers? The Police Chief - his is missing, NONE of the speakers. AND most alarming is that they all used THE SAME megaphone so very close to their lips. So...save me the BS about the new face covering requirement set to go into effect Monday which requires masks while outdoors no matter what, unless more than 30’ from each other. All of these so-called “leaders” won’t follow the guidelines, why should I? The new police Chief And others should be ashamed of themselves.


MichaelB
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:16 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:16 am
11 people like this

"It is extremely important that Pleasanton and neighboring areas let our voices be heard because this is a predominantly white community and with whiteness comes a special privilege and power that is needed to ignite change," 19-year-old McKenzie Reese,"


It is extremely important to ignore this divisive (but predictable) "you must be prejudiced" rhetoric.

Exactly how have whites or "white communities" in the Bay Area (known for its left wing politics) either condoned and/or ignored what happened to Floyd? The response after Floyd's death was almost universal - regardless of race. It was condemned. All of the police officers involved were immediately fired, criminal charges brought against all of them, and even Trump called for the federal government to investigate for civil rights violations.


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:23 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:23 am
8 people like this

@Michael B wrote “ The response after Floyd's death was almost universal - regardless of race. It was condemned. All of the police officers involved were immediately fired, criminal charges brought against all of them, and even Trump called for the federal government to investigate for civil rights violations.”

That would be fine if this were the first time that something like this happened - but it’s not. You’re a bit behind the curve and have a lot of catching up to do.


Bill Jones
California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:23 am
Bill Jones, California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:23 am
48 people like this

@Julie Crime statistics as reported by thr WSJ whom btw is no friend of the Trump administration. Washington Post also also reports the same statistics. Tucker Carlson this week also layed out the same statistics with news and police body cam video to lay more facts on some of the cases. Find it in YouTube. Rather compelling laying waste to the BLM narrative.

Web Link


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:31 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:31 am
11 people like this

@Bill Jones

Your quoting of crime statistics has no relevance to the issue of the wrongful deaths of blacks while under police custody.

You can stop waving your Red Herring around.


MichaelB
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:42 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:42 am
8 people like this

"That would be fine if this were the first time that something like this happened - but it’s not. You’re a bit behind the curve and have a lot of catching up to do."

So can we count you in as part of the "everyone is prejudiced" crowd too? Not fine.

When are you going to "catch up"? Exactly what percentage of/how many other law enforcement officers actually do what was done to Floyd? The officer in question (Derek Chauvin) had numerous accusations of misconduct made against him but nothing was done and he was repeatedly let go. I guess this had absolutely nothing to do with what happened?


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:50 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:50 am
7 people like this

@MichaelB wrote “ Exactly what percentage of/how many other law enforcement officers actually do what was done to Floyd?“

A very small percentage. What is your point?

@MichaelB wrote “ The officer in question (Derek Chauvin) had numerous accusations of misconduct made against him but nothing was done and he was repeatedly let go.”

So? What is your point? That the problem here is specific to the Minneapolis Police Department?

When writing your posts, please clearly state what your points are.


Bill Jones
California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:02 pm
Bill Jones, California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:02 pm
23 people like this

@wombat Well golly gee whiz, certainly don't want the facts to get in the way, now do we? Wow. Terrible way to go through oblivious to the real world around them exasperated by severe reading comp issues. <flick>


Grumpy
Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm
19 people like this

Actually, Bill, I’m not being emotional. But I can see I hit a chord with you. Fascinating...

There are no crickets. Black on black crime has been well studied by the very institutions advocating for social change. But they’ve found the unsurprising: most violent crime is immediate family or thereabouts. Such as, say, domestic violence. Good luck finding an advocacy group among the black community for domestic violence. Or do you need me to link to you all the resources for victims of domestic violence From organizations that also support the tenants of the Black Lives Matter movement? How about the risk of calling the police for help? Much ink has been spilled in the press on those stories. Do you really need me to link to them here when Google already makes it easy to find?

The fact is that whites and blacks are just as violent. We’re all human, and there’s the same good and bad in each of us in turn. But you want to make some argument that blacks are unusually dangerous, it appears, so that you can claim that the police ought to be cracking down on them. And if that is your motivation, it’s disgusting. So let’s hope I’m wrong there and you’ll be able to prove your good intentions.

By the way, if you plan on accusing me of being stupid, good luck winning that argument in any satisfactory way. You just make yourself look like an even angrier person that you seem to be.


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:12 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:12 pm
7 people like this

@Bill Jones

Facts? You haven’t posted any facts which are relevant to the George Floyd case.


Grumpy
Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:12 pm
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:12 pm
Like this comment

Ps, “for domestic violence” means “in support of domestic violence”.

Too bad the edit function has been removed and the text box shrunken to minuscule with this new format. Perhaps the publishers will be able to address it with their web team.


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:21 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:21 pm
4 people like this

@Grumpy wrote “The fact is that whites and blacks are just as violent.”

The real correlation with violent crime in the US is between socioeconomic conditions and violent crime. In short, there is a correlation in their country between people of low income and low educational levels and high violent crime rates. That correlation holds regardless of the race of the low-income/low-educational level people. Take a look at some of the poor, mostly white communities in southern Washington state and their high crime levels. Take a look at some of the poor, mostly whIte communities in West Virginia or many parts of the South and their high crime levels.


Matt Sullivan
Stoneridge
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm
Matt Sullivan, Stoneridge
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm
29 people like this

This is amazing! Its easy to think that Pleasantonians live in a bubble immune from the rest of the world but this proves that theory wrong. Congratulations to the young people that organized this event and to all of the 2000 people that attended. And to city government (who I routinely criticize) and the police that helped to facilitate a peaceful protest. As someone long involved in civic events in this town I never thought something like this could happen. I do think this is a turning point for our society and for the first time in a long time I have hope for the future!


Grumpy
Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:33 pm
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:33 pm
5 people like this

Wombat, you and I agree and are saying the same thing. The correlation is with socioeconomic status. However, many people do advance the bad faith argument that black on black violence is the real problem, so they can pigeonhole the issue and justify the continued disparate and poor treatment of the black community.

We know what that argument really means.


Grumpy
Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:35 pm
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:35 pm
3 people like this

Matt, it’s a pleasure to agree.


Matt Sullivan
Stoneridge
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:43 pm
Matt Sullivan, Stoneridge
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:43 pm
Like this comment

Grumpy - same here!


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 2:16 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 2:16 pm
13 people like this

White on white crime is destroying our communities. Something has to be done!


Hypocrisy
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm
Hypocrisy, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm
26 people like this

Where was the community outrage/questions/concerns over the Bauer incident?


Bill Jones
California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 2:52 pm
Bill Jones, California Reflections
on Jun 6, 2020 at 2:52 pm
29 people like this

Got off the original point, folks. We can argue crime another day although there's little argument about who presents the greatest danger to communities.

Apparently "Black Lives Matter" only applies to the black killed by a white cop. Very rare occurrence. "Black Lives Matter" doesn't apply to the 7000+ other blacks killed by other blacks. Never hear a peep about such carnage.


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:46 pm
8 people like this

@Bill Jones

Crime and violence in low-income black and other low-income communities in the US is very much in the news. Don't know why you would think otherwise if you read the news.

But what does that have to do with the subject of wrongful deaths of blacks while under police custody? Why do you think that the two subjects are connected? Please, if you have a logical argument then present it. Otherwise, you're just waving around a Red Herring.

- - - - - - -

Red Herring: "Red herring is a kind of fallacy that is an irrelevant topic introduced in an argument to divert the attention of listeners or readers from the original issue."


Olorin
Val Vista
on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Olorin, Val Vista
on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm
5 people like this

Matt Sullivan posting about something other than Costco or city matters, Who woulda thunk it.


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm
42 people like this

Oh fer cryin' out aloud.

We have The Three Stooges, Grumpy (Moe) Wombat (Larry) and Matt Sullivan (Curly because Shemp is heaps smarter than you) all agreeing.

No doubt, all you white boys (I'm allowed to be racist against white dudes, right?) are pretty satisfied with your self-righteous defense of black on black crime.

You all three have put up a weak defense of what's been happening.

The George Floyd incident was one of the few times that the WHOLE country rallied around the issue of a cop killing a black american. This could have been a turning point in relations between blacks, and every other culture within the United States.

But it went the OPPOSITE WAY. Riots, looting and killing of innocent civilians AND cops.

There was a golden chance to come together and BLM and Antifa blew it, big time. You think that the majority watched the riots and decided that this was the world they want to live in? Pillaging and killing?

You are as delusional as you are blind to what the rest of the population thinks.

Bill Jones is right with his stats. You'd rather engage on such superficial argument as "socioeconomics" when you forget, the "socioeconomics/" of the black community is based on the "liberal" welfare programs started under FDR and solidified under LBJ.

The Democrats moved blacks from unpaid labor to paid placidity all within 150 years. Then they have the unmitigated GALL to use socioeconomics as an excuse for black on black crime?

This is truth. You traded one plantation, for the other. And what's funny is, you don't even realize it.

You guys are consistently wanting to babysit cultures that don't want anything to do with you. You've done nothing good for black americans and a great many of them can't stand you. But you will continue to patronize them from the safety of your homes in Pleasanton. You are absolutely disgusting.

Kneel down boys, that is the only position you deserve.

Truth.

Take your White guilt elsewhere kiddies. Nobody, and I mean nobody wants to hear you pontificate about what's needed in white, brown or black culture.

Dan


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 5:35 pm
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 5:35 pm
10 people like this

@DKHSK

You write posts which are mostly filled with personal attacks and venom, and you wonder why no one takes you seriously.


Gary Schellenberg
Birdland
on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:28 pm
Gary Schellenberg, Birdland
on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:28 pm
15 people like this

What happened to freedom of speech. When I say all lives matter, somehow I am deemed to be racist. Just think about that...all lives matter


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:41 pm
13 people like this

@Julie of Birdland, "I am so proud of Pleasanton today".
@Ptown mom, of Avila, "don't be so dramatic".

I ask both of you to please read the commentary posted by Hypocrisy, another Pleasanton neighborhood.

Then return here express yourselves regarding that incident, Hypocrisy identified.


Olorin
Val Vista
on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:58 pm
Olorin, Val Vista
on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:58 pm
12 people like this

I'm proud of America on June 6, 1944....or have we all forgotten all those brave men...those Band of Brothers


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 6, 2020 at 7:05 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 6, 2020 at 7:05 pm
13 people like this

Olorin:

D-Day is always on my mind, I prepare to remember before memorial day every year.
My family lost eight family members in that war.


Ornithology
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:21 pm
Ornithology, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:21 pm
16 people like this

The majority of ALL races of people agree that this death, at the hands of an officer, is appalling.

And those involved in peaceful protests have every right to do so.

I also believe strongly that this country is decent, and that police officers do an amazing job for ALL.

I pray this rhetoric of defunding police fades and cooler heads prevail.

Minority communities NEED police more than ever. Those of ALL races that live in areas of low crime will never truly understand how some communities fear walking their streets.

Yes, there are bad cops. And bad doctors, and bad (fill in the blank). Those are the ones we all must work to remove from any position of authority.

But to not understand the VALUE of the Majority of law enforcement personnel, and the SACRIFICES they make daily to keep YOU safe, is a recipe for anarchy and living in fear.

Step back for a moment and really think your thoughts through.

In the long run, these officers are being punished and held accountable. EVERYONE wants that. Protest ....but also work to keep peace in the process. Looting stores does NOTHING to advance the cause of justice and actually does the opposite.

Build upon this moment and hold wrong-doers accountable... as well as work to improve our systems of government that we need to keep us ALL safe.


fackchecker
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:35 pm
fackchecker, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:35 pm
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For what its worth, the Police Chief was wearing a mask. He took it off when he spoke and then I saw him put it again afterward he finished speaking. I don't see an issue here.


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:38 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:38 pm
21 people like this

"You write posts which are mostly filled with personal attacks and venom, and you wonder why no one takes you seriously."

Yet here you are Wombat, responding to me.

Personal attacks and venom are all you, Gumpy and Matt Sullivan deserve. You advocate failed policies and you're bereft of any real ideas. Just like the rest of the leftist "progressive" Democrats.

Want to know how I know what I said about you three hit its mark? Because you wouldn't/couldn't respond to the points in my comment.

You could have explained why the policies of democrats over the last 60 years have been beneficial to the black american, but then we both know it would be superficial claptrap that could easily be debunked.

And you're right...I'm pissed at what's happened over the last week and I have a lot of venom to spew, rightfully so, IMHO.

Have a nice evening, race hustlers.

Dan


chris sanchez
Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:42 pm
chris sanchez, Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:42 pm
43 people like this

Perhaps I can shed some light on the divergent passions and opinions I have read so far, in regards to the killing of Mr. Floyd. I'll try and cover some of the main points by name, perhaps to shed a little light on this subject.

Let me first give the required disclaimer that Mr. Floyd, regardless of his background and actions at the time, did not deserve a death penalty at the hands of this cop. The officer was clearly out of policy. Although it has been defined by most as an act of deliberate racism (presumably by the race differential of the kneeling officer, I believe his back up had some other ethnicities) , might I suggest that we do not know yet what was in the minds of these officers. MAYBE we should wait until the investigation is completed? I do believe that American jurisprudence requires that?

"Grumpy" , your reference to the police role being to "protect and serve" is absolutely correct. In California (despite the opinion and musings of your governor and you ) that is exactly what they do. Police officers put on the uniform and go to calls to help ALL people, regardless of color.

For you (and many on this blog) this incidence of police brutality (death) is an extremely rare event in US policing. In 2019 police officers used deadly force against whites in greater numbers than blacks. This is also where the point arises regards blacks and proportionality of crime committed. Blacks commit a very disportionate amount of the violent crimes (and murders) in this country. This is an important point because when these perpetrators are contacted/arrested, the potential for violence with the police is also disportionate. One can easily extrapolate (and it is true) that contacts and arrests of perpetrators for violent crimes is a whole different confrontation than for those persons having committed lesser non-violent crimes. The actual numbers and reality support this assertion.

Also, my experience with the issue of blacks "being afraid to call the police" does not support your comment. Maybe you are referring to the unfortunate black "victim" of the shooting/stabbing/robbery etc. who sadly all too often is unable to call the police, because they are deceased!

A quick point regards the socio-economic roots of violent crime and race. Its not that simple, there are actually more whites (in straight numbers) in poverty in this country than blacks. We can argue all the "factors", however the numbers don't lie, it is still blacks involved in more violent crimes and homicides than whites by a large margin. All police departments must report such statistics to the FBI annually, which is the Uniformed Crime Reports.

JULIE, I think the above paragraphs speaks to your comments as well. Additionally when you refer to "systemic racism", the system we are talking about is the police department. I have acknowledged the Minneapolis officer was wrong and out of policy. In California policing, I have not seen the "systemic racism" you refer. In fact I have seen huge progress since the 60's, in hiring, training, policy and implementation. I can tell you that California Police Officers are some of the most open mined people I know, willing to do a difficult and dangerous job in ALL minority communities, for all the right reasons. Please note I am speaking of those that "actually do the job" not sitting (as some of our politicians and others do) behind their gated communities, while criticizing the very people that ensure their status and safety. Do bad things happen, yes they do. As long as we recruit from the human race, mistakes and bad things will happen. To believe the hype (by regular and social media) is to be ignorant of the true scope of this problem.

"Someone who cares" , you made the point about more "white on white crime". I don't know if you are including crimes such as littering on your neighbors yard, but in terms of "Violent Crime" (Homicide, Assault, Rape, Robbery), you are not correct. The numbers are available if you do your research. With respect to the mass shootings you make reference to, bingo, you are absolutely spot on. Most have been committed by "whites". While I cannot explain that phenomenon, I will readily own that one and we all should. The numbers sadly do not lie. If we can own that crime and admit its source perpetrators, why cannot we do the same with violent crime and blacks? I give no excuse or pass to the first, why do we the latter?

"Wombat" I think I laid out the relevance of the black relationship to violent crime above, since you were asking "what is the point"? Perhaps the other incendiary prong of the concern is the whole "BLM" issue. I get the semantics argument about why "BLM" should stand alone and the "All lives matter" comments are considered irrelevant. Let me talk about that point. Putting aside the issues of supporting violence, death to cops etc. espoused by "BLM", which is their message also, consider this: People (including many blacks) see the carnage in this country occurring within the black community and beyond, NOT committed by the police, but instead (to use a popular term bantered around these days)"systemic" violence in the black community, literally destroying them from within. They ask as do I, that claiming the term "BLM" against the backdrop I have just mentioned, where VERY (comparatively) little is being done, is grossly hypocritical. Not to mention that it seems to dismiss the other victims of homicide, particularly those at the hands of blacks!

So what should we do? My suggestion is to first trully educate ourselves to facts and reality. Not be swayed by hype, politics and social media. Understand what our police departments and officers are actually doing on the streets of our communities. That's not to say we can't always improve, but let's acknowledge the tremendous progress that has been made and the great work done every day. Let's teach our kids as "David" mentioned in his contribution to this blog, the ethics and values he is passing to his students, bravo David.

When Colin Kapernick, took his knee, he was allegedly doing so against police brutality. I remember quite well the socks he wore while kneeling, that depicted police as a "Pig caricature". I don't think that if Tim Tebow took a knee with a caricature of a badly drawn black man he would have been given a pass, I think they would have called him racist. Im sorry, I digress. Heres my point, one of the local police departments offered to Colin, the chance to come to their station, witness and participate in training and go on ride-a-longs. Transparency at its best, he declined. Let's not exhibit the cowardice and hypocrisy of Colin, but instead get involved with your local police, learn , observe, maybe even participate in the "citizen's academy" (offered by many departments) and I believe you will begin to understand that what happened to Mr. Floyd, was tragic and an anomaly.

I will close by saying, I don't mean to sound harsh against our black brothers and sisters, I am just giving a reality check to the current events. I always hear "we need to have a discussion about race". I have had many! I have stood up for ALL people in my career as a law enforcement officer in a major police department, shoulder to shoulder with MY brothers and sisters (of all races) to defend and speak for all people including Mr. Floyd....

what are you doing besides talking?? .......Stay safe....















DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:51 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 6, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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"What happened to freedom of speech. When I say all lives matter, somehow I am deemed to be racist."

Because idiots in our culture deem it to be so.

You must kneel to others to show your guilt because you have the wrong skin color.

You are guilty, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Truth - in their eyes.

Dan


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:10 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:10 pm
34 people like this

Chris Sanchez,

Good post.

Grumpy, Wombat and the rest of the white liberals posting here will not respond in the way you think they should.

They don't do reason when it comes to the sacred cow of racial politics.

They're stuck in their faux paternal plantation manager role and they have everything to lose by letting anyone roam free from their policies and old ways of thinking.

Truth.

Dan


Cosmic-Charlie
Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:38 pm
Cosmic-Charlie, Downtown
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:38 pm
10 people like this

Chris, an astute analysis! Thanks for that post.


David
Golden Eagle
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:38 pm
David, Golden Eagle
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:38 pm
16 people like this

Dan,
Your insight is quite succinct and spot on. Glad to hear the voice of reason amongst all of the virtue signaling that has overrun our communities.
Well said.


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 12:38 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 12:38 am
33 people like this

David,

"all of the virtue signaling that has overrun our communities."

Virtue signaling is EXACTLY what all these White liberals are exercising.

Take the leftist liberal Democrat Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey.

Mayor Frey was easy to dismiss Trumps calling him out for weakness. Saying, amongst other things that “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. This is a difficult time, yes, but you better be damn sure that we’re going to get through this.”

That was early on, right after the initial riot. The media and left hailed this as "courage" against "orange man bad".

Meanwhile, after this trading of words, his city was decimated. Businesses burned, and innocent people were being killed. Hell, he even allowed a police precinct to burn down to appease his rioters.

After that, this liberal Mayor had a real problem on his hands. He knew that the rioters were carrying on too far, so he had to clamp down. And he did.

At a rally today in Minneapolis, he addressed the crowd that had gathered to listen to BLM B.S. and when the crowd started chanting "defund the police", this leftist Mayor refused to cave in to the mob.

What was his pay back?

This: Web Link

The mob shamed him. Making him walk through them like a chastised school child. Hurling obscenities and water bottles and screaming at him.

His early virtue-signaling was all for naught. He wasn't woke enough for them.

The leftist on this thread have no idea what and who they are dealing with. They will never be woke enough.

And they are to be mocked, viciously, ruthlessly and often, by us on the right. Just like they've done to us in the past, and to each other now.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, they wanted this "war" (metaphorical Gina), and now they have it.

Trump just allowed them to bring it to the surface.

Dan


Wow
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 5:45 am
Wow, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 5:45 am
2 people like this

some lives matter and aome dont.


Bill Jones
California Reflections
on Jun 7, 2020 at 5:49 am
Bill Jones, California Reflections
on Jun 7, 2020 at 5:49 am
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@wombat "Crime and violence in low-income black and other low-income communities in the US is very much in the news. Don't know why you would think otherwise if you read the news."

Where's the outrage?


Wow
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 6:01 am
Wow , Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 6:01 am
11 people like this

yea but not one of you who continually post on here have mentiined Mr Dorn. Thank you Mr Dorn for serving our xountey and defending are liberties. RIP Mr Dorn.
Will any of you organize a protest against the perp when he/she/it is identified. I doubt i. Will the "students"? Do they even know who Mr. DORN IS ?
NOW YOU ALL GO ON HER AND WAX POETIC ABOUT HOW WONDERFULL YOU ALL ARE IN THIA FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE. BUT NIT INE OF YOU HAVE MENTIONED THIS MAN WHY? I will let you answer or remain silent. WOW


David
Bonde Ranch
on Jun 7, 2020 at 6:41 am
David, Bonde Ranch
on Jun 7, 2020 at 6:41 am
24 people like this

I heard many many times from certain people, "No Justice, No peace," " it is ok to loot since damage is repairable." "you are a racist, since you do not support this movement" blah blah....

For these people, could you show your genuity? why do not you put a sign in front your house, opening your door and welcoming looters? Why do not you move to the unpriviliged community to show your solidarity? Why do not you give up your privilige by dropping out of the top schools like Berkeley and leaving the opportunity to the unpriviliged one?

If you cannot do above, you are a hyperctite, period!


Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 7, 2020 at 8:27 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 7, 2020 at 8:27 am
7 people like this

Trump’s response to the George Floyd incident has (together with Trump’s behavior for over the past three years) has resulted in a stunning announcement by Colin Powell, a former US Army general, US Secretary of State, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

“Colin Powell: Trump has 'drifted away' from the Constitution” -CNN

“We have a Constitution. And we have to follow that Constitution. And the President has drifted away from it," Powell, a retired general who served under President George W. Bush, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
The comments from Powell, the first African American secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, add to a growing list of rebukes made in recent days by former top officials who have expressed discontent with Trump's strongman approach to the protests sparked by the death of Floyd, a black man who was killed in late May by a white police officer in Minneapolis.”

CNN: Web Link
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Wow
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 8:44 am
Wow, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 8:44 am
7 people like this

He has to support biden or " he aint black" good to know i can hire white men only now as biden has made it perfectly acceptqble to hire people based on their sex or race.
Hos supporters clearly agree with this as well.
" im gonna have a women as my vp" you cant make thos up the dude wants to be president whike he saus he will violate the laws and the constitution by discriminating against people who are not women. I think he also said sonething about a black women. So all you who support biden are sexist pigs and most likely racist.
You have been exposed . M
# Some lifes matter some dont
If your offended by this welcone to America





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Wombat
Downtown
on Jun 7, 2020 at 9:08 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Jun 7, 2020 at 9:08 am
3 people like this

@Bill Jones wrote “Where’s the outrage?”

No, Bill. Let me remind you of what you wrote concerning black on black violence. You wrote “ Never hear a peep about such carnage”. I pointed out that that’s not true. Now you want to change to “Where’s the outrage?” even though you still haven’t responded to my request for you to show the relevance of black on black violence to the subject of race-related wrongful deaths of people while under police custody.


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 9:13 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 9:13 am
31 people like this

"has resulted in a stunning announcement by Colin Powell, a former US Army general, US Secretary of State, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:"

Oh gee, ANOTHER former republican comes out against Trump!! <---sarcasm

That you chose to go this route instead of debating the specific points in anyones comments shows how empty you are of any thought and ideas.

It's the same ol' thing with you Democrats.

BTW, have you ever wondered why Colin Powell never ran for office? It might be because he knew that pictures would surface of him cavorting with REAL RACISTS: Web Link

and here: Web Link

Colin Powell, like James Mattis, the Bushes and all the rest of the RINO's that bash Trump have done NOTHING to move the republic forward.

EXCEPT COMMITTING UNNECESSARY WAR.

Dan




DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 9:55 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 9:55 am
27 people like this

Colin Powell Presidential Endorsements:

2008: Obama
2012: Obama
2016: Clinton
2020: Biden

Yeah, let care about what this "Republican" says.

Dan


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 10:32 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 10:32 am
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DKHSK,

Not everyone agrees that Derek Chauvin did anything wrong. Some people believe he is an honorable man and will vigorously defend him.

"Jack Burkman, Jacob Wohl, Fundraising To Defend Derek Chauvin In George Floyd Killing."

Web Link


Bill Jones
California Reflections
on Jun 7, 2020 at 10:44 am
Bill Jones, California Reflections
on Jun 7, 2020 at 10:44 am
21 people like this

@wombat First, hilarious you citing CNN as a source.

You just can't answer the question, can you? I'll narrow it for you a bit. Where are the BLM thugs in Chicago every Monday morning after another weekend of black on black mayhem and death? Black lives don't really matter to the BLM thugs, does it?


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 10:45 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 10:45 am
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"Not everyone agrees that Derek Chauvin did anything wrong."

So what! Who cares what they (especially provocateur Jacob Wohl) think about this situation.

Oh that's right, only liberals listen to racists.

I'm shocked you aren't on here bleating about how the protestors weren't practicing social distancing. But then I guess you're just selective about things like that, aren't you.

Dan


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:01 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:01 am
8 people like this

Bill Jones,

"You just can't answer the question, can you?"

Not directly. He never does.

He also calls himself an "Ivy league-trained 'scientist'"

LOL!

So full of it.

Dan


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:13 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:13 am
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"I'm shocked you aren't on here bleating about how the protestors weren't practicing social distancing."

I was doing that more on twitter. That is terrible. There could be some serious outbreaks. They really shouldn't be gathering in large crowds at all. That is stage 4. 110,000 dead in the US already. A friend of mine from high school has it. Not hospitalized (last I checked. No answer on phone or text), but seriously sick. No underlying health problems. It is quite worrying.


Bryant Annenberg
Downtown
on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:23 am
Bryant Annenberg, Downtown
on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:23 am
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@ Chris Sanchez

You stated that it is the job of law enforcement to help people.

So why didn't PPD help Jacob Bauer?
PPD was contacted numerous times by the family & his employer.

No help given.

Yet, when Raley' s calls to report a man in crisis, and acting erratically, PPD arrives, Torture him, and the put him into a wrap so tight he cannot breath and then denies him medical attention as he is visibly turning blue, not to mention not following numerous PPD policies (btw, if followed, Jacob Bauer would still be alive), your OK with that.

Maybe not if you took the time to know the real truth.

However, I doubt it.
See, the problem is the "wall of blue", which you've addmitted you are part of.l

It's easy to admonish the actions of PD in Minneapolis, but when something similar happens on your own turf, there is no limit on the lies the wall of blue will tell to protect their own.


Hypocrisy
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:35 am
Hypocrisy, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:35 am
15 people like this

And those of you who are so outraged over the concept of "defunding" the police might want to take a closer look at what (even) PPD actually have in their cupboards....................


David
Golden Eagle
on Jun 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm
David, Golden Eagle
on Jun 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm
40 people like this

Why can't the idea of "systemic racism" incorporate into its argument the cultural practices of various communities? When 72% of Black children are born to single mothers, without the emotional and financial assistance of the men who fathered these children, poverty is more often than not the end result. The influence of a father in the home cannot be underestimated. It is the strong bond created by Jewish families that has held that culture together for centuries during their incredible history of discrimination and persecution. Black children were over represented in the family court and juvenile court systems. As a school counselor I never encountered ONE Jewish child in foster care.

As I worked in education and counseling for years, the statistics were glaring. Many incarcerated males did not have strong father figures and most did not have fathers in the home. We cannot have an honest discussion about race in America or anywhere else for that matter, without asking tough questions about culture. How about this, we all are responsible for our own lives and what happens in them. Work hard and strive for success, and more importantly, strive to respect the law and never get involved with the police.


DKHSK
Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
on Jun 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm
5 people like this

"There could be some serious outbreaks."

In those crowds of rioters?

Let's hope so.

Dan


MichaelB
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 7, 2020 at 6:10 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 7, 2020 at 6:10 pm
7 people like this

"I do think this is a turning point for our society and for the first time in a long time I have hope for the future!"

I agree.

So called "progressives" will be exposed for all to see for the rationalization of lawless/uncivilized behaviors and their subsequent silly ideas on how to "fix" it (defunding police departments, confiscation of guns from the law abiding, no bail, etc.). People of color living in cities and poor neighborhoods (that these same people claim they are trying to help) will suffer when criminals realize they can get away with whatever they wish.


chris sanchez
Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 7, 2020 at 6:53 pm
chris sanchez, Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 7, 2020 at 6:53 pm
21 people like this

Regards "Bryant Annenberg"

I had intended my last blog as something helpful to this issue. Then I read your rantings Mr. Annenberg. Normally I would let stand the tone and context of your tirade speak for itself, which is fairly transparent as to its authenticity and accuracy, however there were just a couple of points I felt compelled to correct, for the benefit of other readers.

I will not respond to the name calling, I think we are all grateful Mr. Annenberg that you did not go into law enforcement!

With respect to the officers in Minnesota, I said that the officer kneeling on Mr. Floyd's neck "was out of policy". In this case I didn't need to see the entire video and I am not codeming him, in fact if one reads my comments, I state that jurisprudence requires we wait for final judgement. Also I am in fact familiar with use of force policy in California and Minnesota. Kneeling on the arrestee's neck, for that length of time, while he is pleading for air, is NOT policy in either state. Mr. Annenberg you allude that this was an "elitist" opinion, and I would offer the correct word phrase might be "experienced opinion", based upon my 32 years in law enforcement.

I have been on all sides of this event, hundreds of times in REAL life, both as an arresting officer AND as a victim of physical assault, including chokes, knees etc. I won't draw this out with additional statement of training, experience and study; suffice it mr. Annebnberg, my observations come from experience and truth.

I believe you also have mischaracterized my comments re Mr. Bauer and the Pleasanton Police Officers in that event. Your insinuations of me and "the blue wall", cogently highlight the very prejudice that brought this entire discussion to the blog in the first place! Additionally, your criticism of PPD, regards the role of "helping people" and what YOU think they should have done for Mr. Bauer, also puts a spotlight on your lack of insight into the actual police role in our society.

I stand by my opinion that you are uniformed and rather than exchange further comments, I instead have a challenge for you. I challenge you to attend The Pleasanton Police Citizen's Academy, which although I am not familiar with their specific program, I have seen it with other departments and know that it can be a transformative experience for participants. I would also ask you to go on a couple of "ride-alongs" with Pleasanton Police.

I believe that if you did the above, then we could have better informed (and hopefully civil) discussion of these important events. It might help calm your emotions, and understanding can begin.

Good luck


Jake Waters
Birdland
on Jun 7, 2020 at 7:08 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
on Jun 7, 2020 at 7:08 pm
8 people like this

@Chris Sanchez
Kudos Chris. Well put and well said.

@Bryant Annenberg

Bryant, you just got schooled. Take his advise.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 7, 2020 at 7:24 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 7, 2020 at 7:24 pm
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Relevant Data, although data may be ten years old:

The cost of living in Pleasanton is 45% higher than the California average.

The cost of living in Pleasanton is 103% higher than the national average.

Pleasanton housing is 276% higher than the national average.

California general sales tax is 42% higher than the national average.

California state income tax is 55% lower than the national average.


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