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Sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter, gun assault for 2018 fatal police shooting in Danville

Original post made on Apr 22, 2021

Contra Costa DA has charged county sheriff's deputy Andrew Hall with felony counts of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a semiautomatic weapon for fatally shooting Laudemer Arboleda in downtown Danville in November 2018.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6:23 PM

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Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Apr 22, 2021 at 9:52 am

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More Liberal (removed)! If these pure political driven actions continue we will be unable to convince any good people to join the Police Departments!


Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 22, 2021 at 10:41 am

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"This is the first time in county history that the DA's office has filed criminal charges against a police officer for their actions during a shooting, according to Becton. "


Not surprising given Becton's complaints about the legal system being "flawed", "prejudiced", and in need of "transformation". We aren't going to be safer when the criminals are treated like victims, know they can get away with more offenses, and won't be held accountable for them - for so called "equity" reasons.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 22, 2021 at 10:47 am

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From the article: “the need for a continued focus on de-escalation training and improved coordinated responses to individuals suffering from mental illness”

“Good people” would love to join the police department. The problem is the lack of serious training for dealing with people who are mentally ill. Our police officers are trained in military style tactics, have urban assault vehicles, and can be sent to calls in multiple numbers. This is us, our families, that are being shot and killed. We need to do better so we all are safe and protected, especially from death. I believe we are slowly taking the right steps in that direction.


Posted by paine
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 22, 2021 at 12:10 pm

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The "good people" must not be showing up for job interviews Kathleen, Pleasanton PD has listed police officer candidates on their employment opportunities page for months now.


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 22, 2021 at 12:17 pm

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Two and a half years to decide to charge the police officer. Smacks of current political correctness rather that justice. I would say that anyone who commits a crime must be mentally ill otherwise they would not do the crime. Get the crazies off the street.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 22, 2021 at 12:40 pm

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This is absolutely political if they originally said it was defensive initially - shame on the DA for that.

With that said, this officer seems to have at least two recorded incidences of using the ultimate form of defense in both cases. When you only have two police shootings in Danville from the same officer, when there are multiple other officers employed / on shift / reporting to calls its right to lean in.

Said differently if you were to blindly poll 20 officers would they respond in the same manner? Not likely - there's more than a lesson to be learned here.

At a min, officer Hall should be thanked for his service, and while he may have been accurate and right in accordance to his current training and actions, it would be wise to pursue an alternate career outside of law enforcement.


Posted by VAB
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 22, 2021 at 1:34 pm

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I remember the Rodney King situation where he being a strong individual was very difficult to apprehend and contain. The police in LA threw a net over him, realizing that this technique wouldn’t work if you were facing an armed person, but in cases where it could be applied why isn’t it? Certainly would be much better than shooting the subject, using choke holds or the knee on the neck.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 22, 2021 at 4:27 pm

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Paine, the good people are unlikely to apply when you have a police force that isn’t sufficiently trained.


Posted by Kevin
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 22, 2021 at 7:29 pm

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I agree with Kathleen. We don’t need military style training for police officers. We also need to raise the bar on who can become a police officer and raise the pay level to attract more qualified candidates. Skin color should not define how you are treated by police. White people behaving the same way get very different treatment from police.


Posted by paine
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 23, 2021 at 7:30 am

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What military training are you talking about? This is confusing me. Isn't officer training regulated by the state of CA? And I don't think its training that prevents people from doing this job, and "raising the bar" to what? I'm noticing a lot of buzz words and anecdotes but no real substance in this thread....


Posted by Kevin
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 23, 2021 at 8:47 am

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Paine, no buzzwords here.

Training - improve police training on de-escalation and dealing with mentally ill.

Raise the bar and pay more - what is the buzzword here. I am sure you guys consider this at your place of employment. Do I hire anyone who can fog a mirror or raise the job requirements along with pay so I can get more qualified candidates.

Just because you don’t agree, don’t call it buzzwords.


Posted by paine
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 23, 2021 at 9:03 am

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Raise the bar does not specify any details whatsoever. It's vague and ambiguous. What requirements would you have of our police officers? And how would you improve their training?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 23, 2021 at 11:00 am

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Paine, there definitely is need for deep training (change the culture/trends) in de-escalation and treatment of those with mental illness. There are families in our community who are afraid for their mentally ill family members. That should not be the case, here or anywhere else.


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 23, 2021 at 12:52 pm

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"deep training (change the culture/trends)" What in heavens name does that mean specifically.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 23, 2021 at 4:05 pm

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PPD has had training on de-escalation. I am suggesting the training needs to go deeper into the culture of policing to cause real change. For trends, I’m encouraged there will be others to help officers with the mentally ill.


Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm

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Above us only sky
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You may say I'm a dreamer
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And the world will be as one


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 23, 2021 at 8:33 pm

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John, you described America, before the May Flower!


Posted by Kevin
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 24, 2021 at 6:52 pm

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Does Danville police carry stun gun?


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