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Pleasanton council approves action plan for policing policy review

Original post made on Jul 15, 2020

The stage is set for a community listening session on policing in Pleasanton next week after the City Council unanimously approved staff's recommended police review action plan on Tuesday evening.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 1:22 AM

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Posted by Wendy
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 15, 2020 at 9:12 am

I would like to commend all the Pleasanton residents that submitted comment cards for last night’s city council meeting. Although not all 60 individuals were able to speak, possibly due to technical issues what I did hear from many were thoughtful statements, especially from many of our younger citizens. Police reform is an important issue and knowing that our city leadership and PPD are listening and wanting to improve is a step in the right direction. As a middle-aged white woman I have had only positive interactions with the PPD, but as mentioned by multiple speakers we need to consider everyone in our community, not just ourselves. Those with mental health issues, people of color, and folks with housing insecurity are at a greater risk in every community including Pleasanton. With appropriate changes we can make Pleasanton safer for all. Reallocating funding for greater mental health crisis interaction and social services will not only help the most vulnerable, but will keep our community including our police officers safer. The sooner we can actually make constructive changes the better.

Posted by Fix what isn’t broken
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 15, 2020 at 9:31 am

In case you missed it, I will sum it up for you. A bunch of high school kids indoctrinated by their liberal teachers want to defund your police department. Despite having a 95% approval rating from Pleasanton citizens, some of these kids want to radically revamp the police department to accommodate the 5% who do not like the police and alienate the rest of you. Our city council is prepared to fold whichever way the wind blows. This is a knee jerk reaction to a problem our city does not have. Police reform is not needed in Pleasanton. Additional funding for support services for homeless and those with mental health issues would be warranted and the city has the budget to accommodate this.

Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

We need a professional police force in town. It is time for changes. The Pleasanton police seems to go out of its way to receive media attention (negative) or go out its way to joke about serious matters on its Facebook page. I think they believe they are writers for a comedy show.

I for one have a big problem with the Pleasanton police sending Bay Area news stations surveillance videos of juveniles in order to get the public's help in identifying them for minor violations. The police seem to have no problem with this; however, aren't juveniles supposed to have some sort of privacy? Also certainly this was not an incident with a kidnapping or murder or something. It was vandalism of the Walnut Grove playground.

The Pleasanton police sent the footage to KRON and other media outlets including seemingly all Bay Area television stations --- Web Link

If they wanted help identifying these individuals, could they have walked in the surrounding offices of the two schools in the area and see if the staff knew who they were? Of course they could.

Instead, the Pleasanton police seems to go out of its way to achieve media attention. They broadcast these videos all over the Bay Area for .... a playground vandalism incident at a school? Absurd.

Not only that, but the Pleasanton police made unprofessional jokes about the PG&E outages throughout California, marked up hand drawn maps and posted them on Facebook, that then was broadcast internationally. I'm sure elderly residents who rely on electricity for oxygen thought that the Pleasanton Police's jokes about PG&E outages were just hilarious.

Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 16, 2020 at 8:15 am

The last public speaker...Lada Lumkin ??? ended the meeting with an infinite amount of class and compassion.

Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 18, 2020 at 9:09 am

Vlada Lipkind

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