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Dublin: Group criticizes release of woman in overnight hours before her death at BART

Original post made on Aug 2, 2018

An advocacy group and family members of a 26-year-old Berkeley woman found dead at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station early Saturday morning are criticizing the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for releasing her from jail overnight, just hours before she was found dead.

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Posted by Tell it like it is
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 2, 2018 at 10:54 am

I guess her way of connecting to people and loving and caring for them was through theft, burglary, and vandalism. I’m sure her victims felt loved and cared for. Grand theft, no less. Since when is that “low level criminal activity?”

Posted by Well.....
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm

Well..... is a registered user.

Do we have to blame the PD for EVERYTHING? She obviously had money, why didn't she get on a train and go home? She CHOSE to spend that money on drugs and OD. How is that the fault of the police? If she had asked, they would have allowed her to use a phone, or called for her to get her a cab or a ride home. She wanted to shoot up, so she did. It could have happened anywhere, it just happened to be at the BART station. If it happened on the BART would people be blaming them for running trains at night? Personal responsibility people! She was not a sweet little princess left alone with no money in the cruel world. She was a drug addicted thief. She would have kept preying on society indefinitely. Why did her "family and friends" not come for her or try to get her into rehab? These people always come out of the woodwork AFTER the event; they don't seem to get involved BEFORE the person ends up dead or kills someone else. If you see a family member or friend who needs help, DO SOMETHING; don't come out after the fact for your 15 minutes of fame.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

Tragic. She should not have died and its unfortunate she chose to overdose instead of see the freedom as a chance to make better decisions moving forward.

This isn't a release policy issue, its a personal accountability one.

Posted by HT
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 2, 2018 at 9:02 pm

I really can not believe the comments so far. A young woman died. Can you be a little sensitive here. I want all the facts to come out and then we can see what happened and best way avoid these things in the future. This is a tragic story. Look at what this poor young woman has been through. If we want to prevent crimes, like the ones she comitted, we need to provided support for people so they can make better choices in their lives. She might have been feeling remorseful, hopeless and lonely being released from Jail at 1:30 at night and it looks like she may have been volnerable and perhaps sought solice in drugs. Her life did not need to end this way. Please have a little compassion. I am ashamed at the ignorance in my community that feels the need to comment on this story with so little understanding or compassion. If you don't like people blaming the police then you really should not be blaming the victim here. Lets get the facts and improve the system together instead of blaming!

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 2, 2018 at 9:22 pm

You're right that facts should dictate the conversation. And if foul play were involved, regardless of this womans past, we should call seek justice for her.
And if this is the result of her own actions we should condemn the family and organization seeking to blame anyone but the person responsible.

Posted by dd
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 2, 2018 at 9:57 pm

I live in Dublin, the city the jail is in and I had NO IDEA they released people 24 hours a day! In the middle of night? There is NO public transport. She would have to walk to BART and wait for the earliest train which is around 4:15am in the morning. That is almost 3 hours from release after being incarcerated for 11 days.

Why are we releasing these people in my city with no way to leave? This is horrible, this jail is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, not a big city.

Posted by idrownkittens
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2018 at 11:41 pm

dd -

They release inmates 24 hours a day, but do not throw them out of the lobby. If the former inmates want to stay inside until bus service and BART are running, that's their prerogative. Imagine the outrage if the jail was caught intentionally holding people hours longer than they were supposed to...

This is a damned if you do damned if you don't situation for the jail.

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