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Alameda County grand jury criticizes supervisors' handling of Urban Shield changes

Original post made on Jun 25, 2019

An Alameda County grand jury issued a report on Monday strongly criticizing the county Board of Supervisors for the way it handled the approval process of sweeping changes to the sheriff's controversial "Urban Shield" law enforcement t

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 24, 2019, 5:12 PM

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Posted by Velio
a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2019 at 11:48 am

How can it be racist or xenophobic and detrimental to communities of color. I thought that color didn't matter, aren't we all equqals in the eyes of God.
Just another idiotic decision by liberal justices.


Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 25, 2019 at 1:19 pm

Velio,

1) The Stop Urban Shield Coalition said that, not a justice.

2) Whether you agree or not with the training, the preparation focus against terrorist attacks, and not other types of situations, has to do with race. Given what is labeled terrorism vs what is labeled "land right disputes" or similar definitely has to do with race. Having SWAT called in for more and more scenarios is racially influenced.

But the Grand Jury is trying to say this attempt to balance these ideas may have swung too far, and lack of direction towards other exercises cost the county money it could have used for any type of training.

3) The Alameda County Grand Jury is made up of citizens volunteering their time, not judges.


Posted by ST
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

I find it hysterical that 2 people "liked" Velio's comments.

The article clearly states "But critics, including the Stop Urban Shield Coalition, have alleged that the training program is militaristic, racist and xenophobic, and has a negative impact on communities of color and immigrants."

The Grand Jury (not justices) strongly criticizing the county Board of Supervisors for the way it handled the approval process of sweeping changes to the sheriff's controversial "Urban Shield" law enforcement training program.

Perhaps you should read more carefully before spouting off.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 25, 2019 at 3:53 pm

sjd:

Citizens that sever on grand jury are not volunteering their time.
They are selected for juror service, instructed to appear on specific date.

They are informed by the judge when they arrive in the courtroom, that some among them will be selected to serve on the Alameda County Grand Jury.




Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 25, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Michael Austin,

This article is talking about the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury, which is voluntary. Criminal proceedings are random, the Civil Grand Jury is a voluntary position.

You can find more information about the process, and read the report this article refers to, at this link:
Web Link



Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

Civil grand juror candidates are generally recruited by a community leader, could be a council member, a county supervisor or an organization, or a neighbor, rarely is a citizen steeping up to volunteer his or her service for civil grand juror service. Once they agree to serve they are there for the duration. When I was selected to report, the judge did not identify the purpose was civil or criminal. The purpose was to select a "county grand jury". Perhaps, grand juror candidate may be selected from left over juror candidates not selected in the initial "first interview".


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