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Bay Area leaders take aim at policing reform

Original post made on Jun 9, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd's death two weeks ago, many of the nation's leaders, including those in the Bay Area, are calling for a change in law enforcement.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 6:07 PM

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 9, 2020 at 7:12 pm

The American Aboriginal Indian is by far the most abused, most raped, must lynched people in
American history. There is no outcry, no protest, no support for this ongoing diminishing people.


Posted by Matt Sullivan
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 9, 2020 at 8:07 pm

Michael,

I agree with you about the European colonists treatment of indigenous peoples in the Americas.
But we also brought African slavery to this hemisphere about the same time. It's about time we reckoned with both.


Posted by Matt Sullivan
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 9, 2020 at 8:09 pm

This is the first thing of value that Swalwell has done since he was elected.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 9, 2020 at 8:32 pm

Matt:

Columbus rounded up American Indians on his first visit to America. He took them back to his homeland as slaves.

Slavery on the American continent begin with Columbus, setting an example, that fueled the early settlers to also (green light) kidnap African people, bring them to this country.


Posted by Bill Jones
a resident of California Reflections
on Jun 10, 2020 at 6:01 am

Meanwhile in Chicago, NY and LA, shootings and murders are going off the charts. Setting dubious records. Blacks shooting each other in droves. Reaction from clowns like Swalwell and his ilk? Lets deball or get rid of police departments all together. That will make communities safer. Unbelievable. No, black lives do not matter to Democrats and other liberal fools.


Posted by SAM
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 10, 2020 at 8:43 am

Give it a rest on black on black crime. Bill, we know how you feel. Most of us are looking for solutions. Look a your own race’s history of violence and I suspect you will find periods of murder and criminal behavior between people of your own skin pigment. Let’s look at how we can improve the current situation. We can start by removing the elements of institutional racism in our society that continue to disenfranchise black people.


Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 10, 2020 at 8:52 am

So here we are full circle.

First its the slave owners. Now its the Indians.

Tell us what you want, instead of just complaining about both.

If you want all of America to revert back to "ownership" by Indians and reparations for Black Americans, then just say it.
Then, when you have liquidated all your possessions in favor of both, maybe THEN, we will take you seriously.

But not until YOU GO FIRST. Otherwise, you don't believe in what you pontificate.

So...go ahead, put your money where your mouth is.

Dan


Posted by Lawful
a resident of Las Positas
on Jun 10, 2020 at 8:59 am

Stop over reacting and come up with more unnecessary laws. If citizens (all colors) should obey officers' commands, don't resist arrest, and don't confront officers for the sake of camera time, incident would be eliminated by at least 95%. This would achieve much better result than any laws restricting police action. Maybe come up with laws punishing looters and criminals more instead.
Media is is so fixated on police brutality, but why not look at those cases where protesters and citizens who are equally brutal to police officers - ie ran car into officer, ambush officer, etc...
I respect police officer who will be there when I call for help at all times of the day. Sure there are some bad officers, but don't let a few ruin for everyone else.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:22 am

I like the mandatory body cameras, I think that benefits officers and individuals.
I agree with the removal of a choke hold for a person in custody, no reason to continue to restrain when they are not actively fighting.

No mention of union reform, our political leaders are cowards. The union is one of the most significant barriers to removing poor behaving / performing officers. Strip the union of some of its power.

Swalwell you're a joke. Putting band aids on a laceration. If you're going to do something, do it right. Just more "I did X fodder" for your campaign, but still failing to deliver on the meaningful content......Is this strike 2 or 3 for you?


Posted by SAM
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:30 am

The question to ask is why this is an issue and how do we fix the problem? Ideas? Continuing with the status quo and deflection is not a solution.


Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:46 am

Something else is happening here.

6/10/2020 The Lull Before.

The Social Narrative is magically transforming itself to something less divisive and more community oriented. Clarifications are being constructed useful to a broader audience for achieving changes in police training.

“VICTORY HAS A HUNDRED FATHERS AND DEFEAT IS AN ORPHAN.”
JFK.

Several years ago, I recall reading a critique from a police academy training instructor that he had grown disenchanted with the academy goal of no longer holding “to serve and protect” as it’s main duty which he complained seemed to had been replaced by a militarized “control and contain.” The narrative today seems to reflect the academy instructor’s observations.

Police Chiefs are going out of their way to socially interact with their communities. Headline writers are tempering their usual inflammatory. There is a moment upon us where the path goes either way. Choose your path when both your heart and mind agree.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:59 am

We have three dead people in Pleasanton—all white, each in a mental health crisis. Taking these issues out of the hands of police is absolutely an answer. Take the funding for 5150s and give it to the number of people necessary per shift so that when someone is acting out there is a professional(s) on staff to respond and get the person what they need. This can/should be someone(s) trained for the action and who can arrive quickly to de-escalate.

For other issues, we are a growing community that is going to blend into a larger tri-valley. We should do everything we can to eliminate conflict—there are six areas from #8cantwait that we can do, and now. And we should consider expert oversight of police. They are the most expensive; they carry weapons; they are on our streets every day. They are here to protect us. The dynamic needs to shift away from anyone dying unnecessarily.


Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 10, 2020 at 10:08 am

"Continuing with the status quo and deflection is not a solution."

What is the status quo and who is deflecting?

Paste all the stats that you want and lets talk about your definition of "status quo".

Let's stop all this emotional bs and looting and rioting and killing, look at the statistics and let's talk about the problems, AGAIN!

I don't want to see a bunch of pandering politicians wearing African Kente.

I don't want to hear from the Democrats who are running our cities.

I don't want to hear from the Democrats who are hiring police officers.

I don't want to hear from Democrats who are training police officers.

I don't want to hear from Democrats who are exonerating and retaining bad police officers.

I don't want to hear from Democrats who encourage welfare on any communities.

I don't want to hear from Democrats who display their white guilt, yet continue all the policies above. Then blame OTHERS for the problems that they, themselves, created.


They've had over 50 years to run things and look at what they've done!

Racists. Every single one of them.

Dan


Posted by Olorin
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 10, 2020 at 10:39 am

Michael Savage, a well known radio and online host, once said a number of years ago that "liberalism was a mental disorder". At the time I considered that to be hyperbole. Now I realize that he was right.


Posted by Dave M.
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 10, 2020 at 10:39 am

Kathleen, I know of the Jacob Bauer case and John Deming cases but who was the 3rd person who died?

BTW, Jacob Bauer’s main cause of death was a meth overdose.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 10, 2020 at 11:58 am

Jacob Bauer had been on meth for awhile. He did not die because of it; he died because he couldn't breathe. The third person is Shannon Estill. While this case is more complicated, there is still reason to believe he would still be alive today.


Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:47 pm

"Most of us are looking for solutions. Look a your own race’s history of violence and I suspect you will find periods of murder and criminal behavior between people of your own skin pigment. Let’s look at how we can improve the current situation. We can start by removing the elements of institutional racism in our society that continue to disenfranchise black people."

"Institutionalized racism" is not a solution to anything. It's the typical excuse from "progressive" politicians who don't want to address the failures of their policies/being charge of city governments for decades where blacks have done poorly.

When kids are born out of wedlock/receive a substandard education/end up without opportunities and good paying jobs there are going to be problems later on - regardless of race. If there is any institutionalized racism, it's Joe Biden claiming that "you ain't black" if black voters don't do what they are "supposed to do" - vote Democrat.


Posted by steve milina
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 10, 2020 at 3:41 pm

I have noticed nobody has posted a response to Mr. Lawful's statement to basically respect the police as a possible arrestee or someone that might get a traffic ticket would expect to be treated. If everyone went along in a very cordial manner police and citizens, I would expect possibly much less grief on both sides of the coin. I am not condoning police brutality or racial profiling. If you do not like the way you are being treated ask for the Sargent to show up. If you do not like the way the Sargent is treating you ask for the Lieutenant. I am waiting for someone in Washington to tell the public at large to be as cooperative as possible with the PD. Also without unions of course unless you have the best boss in the world we'd be making peanuts.


Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 10, 2020 at 4:12 pm

@DH Dan

I think both the Elephant & Donkey are equal here.

Both need the support of law enforcement (and their PAC $$$) to get elected.

Talk about conflict of interest!!

Came across this statistic...

Over 10 years, from 2005 to 2014, only 48 officers were charged with murder or manslaughter for use of lethal force, though more than 1,000 people a year are killed by police in the United States.

That's 10,000+ people (BTW 6000+ who were white), and only 48 charged????

I suspect the number of convictions was close to ZERO.

The problem is the "get out of jail card" given to them called Qualified Immunity.

Bry


Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 10, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Came across this Facebook post about Alameda DA Nancy O'Malley...


While we applaud Nancy O’Malley for her condemnation of George Floyd’s death, O’Malley has done very little to address police brutality in Alameda County. Mr. Floyd’s death, like countless others at the hands of police forces around the country, is criminal. Police racism, misconduct, brutality, and inequity needs to be addressed and police need to be held accountable. O’Malley rightly says, “We join those who raise their voices against police brutality, racism and inequity”. Yet, she systematically failed to take corrective actions against police brutality in her own backyard.

O’Malley failed to hold police officers accountable for the killing of several African-Americans in Alameda County, including most recently Stephen Taylor in San Leandro, who was gunned down by police officers while in a mental health crisis and Kayla Moore, a mentally ill transgender woman killed by Berkeley police. In addition to being African-American, these people were suffering from mental health issues when they were killed by police officers. None of the officers were held accountable by Nancy O’Malley.

Our son, Jacob Bauer, was not African-American, but he was mentally ill and he was killed by the Pleasanton police in 2018, in circumstances eerily similar to how George Floyd was killed. Pleasanton police were called because Jacob’s mental illness was causing a disturbance in a grocery store. He left the store and was down the street when he was confronted by the Pleasanton Police Department. Pleasanton PD officers pinned Jacob to the ground, used a taser on him multiple times and continued to apply pressure to Jacob’s neck and chest after he told officers that he couldn’t breathe. An independent autopsy listed Jacob Bauer’s cause of death as asphyxia. After more than a year of investigation, Nancy O’Malley declined to press charges against any of the officers involved.

Jacob’s death was just 3 years after the 2015 death of John Deming Jr., a 19-year-old unarmed man in a mental health crisis who was acting erratically inside a car dealership. How did the Pleasanton PD handle that situation? They shot and killed John Deming Jr. The Pleasanton police officer involved engaged in a coverup of his excessive force that Nancy O’Malley declined to prosecute. Pleasanton settled the family’s civil lawsuit.

In the case of George Floyd, O’Malley says, “Mr. George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed African American man, was mercilessly and brutally killed by Derek Chauvin, a White police officer”. What about all of the mentally ill people, including several African-Americans who were brutally and mercilessly killed by police officers right here in O’Malley’s jurisdiction and she did nothing to hold her police officers accountable?

At best, O’Malley is a hypocrite, at worst she is using George Floyd’s death as a political platform for personal gain. Clearly, she is all talk, no action, and doesn’t care about addressing the underlying issue of police brutality in her own district.

John and Rose Bauer


Posted by Hypocrisy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2020 at 5:10 pm

A whole lot to go round.........................


Posted by Lou Stuhle
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 10, 2020 at 5:44 pm

Bryant, could you please point me to exactly where you found that? I'd be willing to wager that Mr. Sodergren would be interested to see it. I would imagine that the settlement that the Bauers received would prohibit such proclamations.


Posted by Carl
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 10, 2020 at 5:52 pm

OK, that explains why all of "Bryant Annenberg's" are so anti police, he is really John Bauer the father of Jacob. I am truly sorry for your loss, it has to be devastating under any circumstance to lose a child. While we are on opposite sides of the policing issues, out of respect for your loss I will not comment on any of your posts from this point forward.


Posted by SAM
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 10, 2020 at 6:54 pm

"it is time to remove the names of traitors like Benning and Bragg from our country's most important military installations,"

"These bases are, after all, federal installations, home to soldiers who swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,"......"The irony of training at bases named for those who took up arms against the United States, and for the right to enslave others, is inescapable to anyone paying attention. Now, belatedly, is the moment for us to pay such attention."

"We do not live in a country to which Braxton Bragg, Henry L. Benning, or Robert E. Lee can serve as an inspiration. Acknowledging this fact is imperative. Should it fail to do so, the Army, which prides itself on leading the way in perilous times, will be left to fight a rearguard action against a more inclusive American future, one that fulfills the nation's founding promise,". - General David Petraeus


Posted by chris sanchez
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 10, 2020 at 7:53 pm

I will hold comment on some of the reform measures mentioned for the time being. I have a bigger question and I am asking for myself and many others of our representative :
CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL

I recently heard you tell Martha MacCallum , 6/10/2020 Fox News (national television broadcast) , that you believed there was in fact “systemic racism in police departments”. I know you read these (or should), so I am calling on you to answer three questions:

1. SPECIFICALLY by name, which police departments do YOU claim to have knowledge of this “systemic racism”.

2. Do you know of any in the area you represent?, or in the Bay Area?

3. Please provide in detail the facts that lead you to believe how that “systemic racism” manifests in those departments.

I and others are awaiting your response.
Respectfully, this matter is too important for you not to provide adequate explanations of your recent claim.
Thank you


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 10, 2020 at 8:22 pm

Please, would somebody who loves to throw the words and phrases, “systemic racism,” “institutional racism,” “America is racist,” “police brutality is systemic and out of control,” and more, provide context, data, or something. These terms are a myth. As Shelby Steele wrote: “Racism isn't dead, it’s on life support from the Democratic Party.

Many of you want to talk about Indians, slaves, slave trade, statues, and more, but you don’t want to talk about the inconvenient truth that Democrats owned slaves, they fought for slavery, opposed the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, they opposed several civil rights acts- LBJ had to sign the bill that was brought by Republicans and a few Democrats. Democrats opposed women’s right to vote, they created and revived the KKK, they support Planned Parenthood that has killed over 18 million black babies since Roe vs Wade.

Democrats won’t apologize, take a knee, or prostrate themselves. What say you about that?

So what are we really talking about?


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 10, 2020 at 8:53 pm

Jake:

Your anger, your hate, and your misconception, your misinterpretation of facts will be the death of you!


Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:13 pm

@chris sanchez

There has been an established history of racism among many police departments in the country including, yes, in the Bay Area. You may recall the scandal involving racist text messages among members of the SF police department a few years ago which was widely reported in the news:

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"More racist text messages uncovered among San Francisco police officers", LA Times, 4/27/16

"Newly disclosed text messages in which a trio of San Francisco Police Department officers referred to minorities as “barbarians,” “cockroaches” and other slurs should trigger an even larger review of past criminal cases for signs of racial bias, according to the city’s public defender."

LA Times: Web Link
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Posted by Lou Stuhle
a resident of California Somerset
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:25 pm

Chris makes an excellent point...

Mr. Swalwell, please let us know if systemic/institutional racism was a problem when you were with the alameda county DA's office and if it was, what did you do to combat it? also let us know if the alameda county sheriff's office (of which your brother is a deputy) is part of the problem.

we're waiting...


Posted by Excellent point, Chris
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jun 10, 2020 at 9:58 pm

Didnthe make near similar sweeping claims about Trump and Russia ? Without facts....


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 10, 2020 at 11:11 pm

@Michael Austin

Very hateful Michael, it must have struck a cord in you. People like you don’t want to have a conversation, you want to lecture. Your party has a lot of apologizing to do, but they distract, deceive, project and blame. Read up on history before you become accusatory. Talk facts not myths. You might understand and be better for it. Anything less, and you are fooling yourself.


Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 11, 2020 at 6:21 am

"You may recall the scandal involving racist text messages among members of the SF police department a few years ago which was widely reported in the news:"

There were racists within the department sharing racist jokes, but not a systemic racism issue with regards to ACTIONS.

They were FIRED or QUIT, due to being found out.

This was a success, fool.

Racism exists. Systemic Racism (top to bottom), not so much.

Even you can't be that dumb.

Dan


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 11, 2020 at 6:48 am

Jake:

I am a conservative Republican.


Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 7:06 am

“There were racists within the department sharing racist jokes, but not a systemic racism issue with regards to ACTIONS. They were FIRED or QUIT, due to being found out.“

No, not all SFPD officers who have engaged in the exchange of racist messages were fired or quit:

“San Francisco Police Chief Releases Officers’ Racist Texts” -NY Times

“Police Chief Gregory P. Suhr on Friday announced that all officers on the San Francisco force would be required to complete anti-bias training as he released nine pages of racist text messages between three officers that further tarnished the image of a department under federal investigation.”

“The text messages released Friday use crude and strongly disparaging language against blacks and other minorities and were discovered as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers......They come a year after a scandal involving 14 officers who also exchanged racist messages. An attempt to fire some of the 14 was rejected by a Superior Court judge, who said the statute of limitation had expired. MOST OF THOSE OFFICERS REMAIN ON THE FORCE.”

Furthermore, attempting to argue that these histories of writing ugly, blatant, vulgar racist text messages doesn’t throw into question the ability of these particular officers to treat all citizens of all races equally and fairly defies common sense.


Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 7:33 am

Trump’s isolation increases as more and more prominent Republicans and leaders distance themselves from him. In just the last week or so, the list has expanded to include former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, former National Security Advisor Colin Powell, and now the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley:

“Top general apologizes for appearing in photo-op with Trump after forceful removal of protesters“, CNN

“America's top general is apologizing for appearing in a photo-op in combat fatigues with President Donald Trump after the forceful dispersal of protesters outside the White House last week, saying the move was a "mistake." Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also said that he was "outraged" by the killing of George Floyd and added that the protests it sparked spoke to "centuries of injustice toward African Americans."“

“..... "As senior leaders, everything you do will be closely watched. And I am not immune. As many of you saw, the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week. That sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society," Milley, said in a pre-recorded speech to a group of graduates from the National Defense University released on Thursday.
"I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it," he added.”


Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 8:34 am

@ CARL

I can assure you that I am NOT John Bauer

Keep posting!!!!


Posted by A Ray of Hope
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:49 am

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has vacated part of a finding that cleared five West Virginia police officers on qualified immunity grounds in an excessive force lawsuit, which was filed by the estate of a homeless black man shot 22 times.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled this week that shielding five Martinsburg police officers for their actions during the summary judgment stage of the lawsuit “would signal absolute immunity for fear-based use of deadly force, which we cannot accept.” The panel sent the case back to U.S. District Court for further proceedings.


Posted by Bill Jones
a resident of California Reflections
on Jun 11, 2020 at 6:02 pm

@sam What's with people like you? One black killed by a white cop? BURN IT ALL DOWN. WHITES ARE RACIST. 7-8 thousand blacks killed by other blacks annually? Move along folks nothing to see here. Facts are, blacks commit a disproportionate amount of the crime in the US. Is that whitey's fault? Nah. I don't know any white person anywhere who would be responsible for the carnage taking place in the black hoods all over the country.


Posted by SAM
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 6:20 pm

Still no ideas......Solutions Bill! You are the smart one.


Posted by Bill Jones
a resident of California Reflections
on Jun 12, 2020 at 6:24 am

Solutions? For what? There's just no statistical evidence showing there's systemic racism in police forces around the country or in general for the white population. I thought Democrats were all about science. Guess not when statistical analysis doesn't fit the agenda.

Solutions lie within the black communities themselves. Family structure is completely broken down with 70% of black children growing up in fatherless homes. Who's your daddy? Black kids going to the worst schools in the country. Something like 75% of black kids can't read beyond 8th grade level. Democrats keep them there being owned by the teachers unions.

In short, solutions will have to come from within the black communities. Nothing whitey can do about their issues. Clean up your act and quit voting for Democrats.


Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 12, 2020 at 8:57 am

@Bill Jones wrote “There's just no statistical evidence showing there's systemic racism in police forces around the country or in general for the white population.“

“Statistical evidence”? As opposed to evidence like actual racist text messages among police officers that were discovered in the SFPD? You’re saying that the racism among those officers in the SFPD didn’t need to be discovered by finding actual racist text messages but that the racism there could have been discovered using “statistical evidence”?

What sort of statistical evidence are you talking about which would be evidence for or against systemic racism in police forces?


Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 12, 2020 at 9:04 am

@Bill Jones wrote “In short, solutions will have to come from within the black communities. Nothing whitey can do about their issues.“

Well, actually “whitey” set the whole process in motion by enslaving blacks en masse, bringing them into this country in chains, breaking up their families, whipping them, raping them, forcing them to work with no pay and live like slaves for owners who had the power of life or death over them. What we have here in America is a legacy of that. What you have here is a case of extreme denial.


Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 12, 2020 at 11:36 am

6/12/2020 A Friend Asked Me This Morning About BLM.

Rich You have your finger on the pulse. How do we turn this around ? Is it too late? How do we get back the country we protected and loved?

My Response:

My Friend,

Know that all the protests have elements that are working to control the outcome. There are dark extremes only working to depose POTUS.

Define carefully what it is you want.

Try to resolve it down to a sentence.

HOW TO ASK YOUR QUESTION

Assume you have been placed in limbo and that you will remain there until you can formulate an answer to the question, "What is it that is most important that you want in your life?"

Each of us has to ask our own question. There are no wrong answers. One is either being authentic or inauthentic with oneself. It's a starting point in all that follows.

MY ANSWER TO MY QUESTION IS TO "SEEK TRUTH"

I believe there is an important truth contained within the protest of BLM....the need to reform police training and modify police responses.

These seem to be police training techniques generated over the past few decades as our warriors return from our endless wars and go into police services and police training academies. We've gone from "to serve and protect" to a more militarized training of "control and contain." We picked up all the military toys from HLS, from Flash-Bang grenades, tear-gas, to facial recognition software and drones. Is there a policing format more attuned instead to an imagery of Mayberry USA instead?

HOW TO GET THERE

FROM THE POLICE
(1) Police chiefs are tasked to be more transparent all the time.
(2) They need to go out of their way to distance themselves from negative images and unacceptable outcomes.
(3) They need to be authentic in speaking about good response versus unacceptable responses.

FROM THE PROTESTERS - DEMONSTRATORS

(1) Contained within the protests are well meaning, good people, seeking peaceful reconciliation.
(2) BLM protest, for example, either works to remain on the peaceful side of all the movements going on, or they will be swallowed into oblivion of the staged and coordinated chaos.
(3) The goal of the chaos and violence is to depose POTUS over creating changes in police techniques. BLM must resist being subsumed into the chaos and violence and loss of their peaceful message.
(4) BLM must therefore remain peaceful and committed to one thing, peaceful resolution of modifying police response tactics.
(5) If the leadership of BLM truly comments to peaceful resolution by aligning with black Baptist church leaders, together with such other churches as resolve is shaped, and POTUS, and his new Round Table action cabinet composed of several black leaders. BLM 's peaceful protest will not have been in vain.

But the starting point to all this is to ask your main question of yourself being authentic to yourself. Then find a role you can fulfil your self-chosen role and reach the end result you want to see.


Posted by Naveed Khan
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Jun 12, 2020 at 11:55 am

My concept of Police reform is a more ethnically diverse police force and a less policing. The priorities should shift dramatically, emphasis should be on uplifting the society, ending homelessness, ending drug addiction, providing jobs, skills training, improving vocational education. That is in my perspective is the sign of a healthy society.


Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 12, 2020 at 12:38 pm

@ Lou Stuhle

Livermore Independent
Letters to the Editor (mailbox)

Have not seen any news reports that the case has been settled.

Where did your info come from?

Bry


Posted by Hypocrisy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2020 at 2:41 pm

@Bryant

The Deming civil case was ultimately settled, "out of court", for a relatively small financial payment.

It appears the Bauer civil case is still progressing.


Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 13, 2020 at 6:57 am

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Doctors Fauci, Birx, Redfield are scientifically killing millions. Black Lives Matter (BLM) needs to continue to focus on their primary nonviolent Police retraining mission. I believe that goal will succeed and must not be diluted. The comments I’ve posted early offers strategies to the end.

However, BLM members, Independent members, need to contact The White House after listening to what’s going on in the murder-for-hire vaccine industry where Black youth and children will be the next unintended target. The vaccines have a 4 to 1 deadlier likelihood on blacks.

You need to consider, when you play in the big leagues like BLM, the stakes are so high that unbelievable levels of deception and high crimes are committed to misdirect. Dr Mikovits is not misdirecting. She never has. She’s slaying the dragon with science.

This is more than politics. Taking a stand always starts by placing you in the minority to be demonized, but when your heart and mind come together on a subject such this, as you already know, you take on courage in the interest of truth. Please invest time, in listening to this interview.

6/13/2020 Interview of Dr Judy Mikovits. A top world class expert in Virology

16:00 minute mark The vaccine was inflaming the problem. There is then a review in understandable layman language on the many infection problems with vaccines and how best to prevent the virus burst by maintaining a strong immune system. Judy’s science translates across to CV-19. Don’t treat it with a vaccine, keep the infection muted with a strong immune system and antibiopics.

33:00 minute mark: You’re given scientific insights to the pure money driven evil of the CDC. Doctors Fauci, Birx and Redfield responsible for killing and destroying millions of families especially black children with Vaccines, ... and outlines the science and testifies to Fauci’s actions and role And his financial conflicts of interest never disclosed to the public. The worse CV-19 is the greater his reported profit. Hard to believe I know.

5/13/2020 I see the Youtube version has been already removed inside of 24 hours. It’s a good example of unconstitutional denial of free speech on a public square platform, I will try and post a workaround. I’m reading Dr Mikovits books, “Plague” and plan to read her second book “Plague of Corruption.”

44:00 minute mark:
5/13/2020 “Flue vaccines are loaded with corona virus” 44:00 minutes.

Here’s the tinyurl: Web Link">Web Link

Here’s the direct link that keeps getting cut:

I found this workaround to the blocked YouTube, an audio of the coverage of the same interview blocked by YouTube. Web Link">Web Link


Posted by PPD needs to ban carotid restraint
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2020 at 7:41 am

The PPD needs to ban the chokehold/carotid restraint now. The San Ramon Police Chief just banned it so why can't the Pleasanton Police Chief?


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 13, 2020 at 8:19 am

I will refrain from commenting any more on this page because it has fallen to the depths of stupid, uniformed, lacking in an actual conversation (the term most Democrats use to ad nauseam), and facts that most people like to side step. That said, I suggest a good book by one of my treasured authors- Malcolm Gladwell, called ‘Talkings To Strangers.’ Unfortunately it parallels the actions we have witnessed, but the victims are not of the same character- Sandra Bland. Pay attention to who and what is supported by ‘proactive policing.’

Have a good day kids.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2020 at 11:12 am

Weird anti-vaccine garbage again, this time from "Rich Buckley" and "a resident of Livermore". Is this just irresponsible trolling, or do you seriously believe that? There are even people now saying 5g causes COVID-19.


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