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Pleasanton council to decide whether police should continue using military equipment

Original post made on Jun 7, 2022

The Pleasanton City Council is set to introduce an ordinance Tuesday to approve a policy that would allow the Pleasanton Police Department to continue using military or specialized equipment.

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Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Jun 7, 2022 at 9:17 am

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Leave the Police Department alone. We have a great force! If it ain't broke don't screw with it!

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 7, 2022 at 10:41 am

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Civilian Know Nothings:

We have a group of civilian people, city staff, city council members, with no military experience, with no police experience, with no formal education in law enforcement, insisting on instructing highly trained, highly educated, professional police officers with what equipment and tools are necessary to enforce the law.

Posted by Nicki
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jun 7, 2022 at 11:04 am

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I agree with with Willy and Michael 100%. Let's not go down the slippery slope direction of the "defund the police" lunacy of LA, SF, NYC, etc. Leave them alone.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 8, 2022 at 9:00 am

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We have three dead people and have paid millions for mistakes. We don’t have to defund nor take away their toys; we do need to train the police to handle those suffering from mental illness.

Posted by Just the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2022 at 11:32 am

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And there it is, another mental health comment from Kathleen! Kathleen, once and for all, we get your message and the issue is being addressed. The police are adopting a mental health response unit! Again, mental health is not an excuse to commit crimes or fail to comply with a police officer's commands. People with mental illness do not wear a sign on their forehead stating "I have a mental illness." The Pleasanton Police Department is well trained and in the incidents you continue to reference, the individuals were given an opportunity to cooperate and not resist. They were given the chance to tell police they were suffering from a crisis. Had they done either, the end results would have been very different!

STOP making ridiculous comments. The Militaristic equipment IS not toys for the police department. They are viewed very seriously and the officers who utilize them are trained to do so. This equipment enables the police to do their job more safely, gives them an opportunity to provide a second chance to someone who may or may not be experiencing a mental health crisis, and provide an extra measure of safety to the public they serve. The officers of the Pleasanton Police Department care about their community and are committed to keeping it safe. If you aren't sure, try approaching them and having a conversation with them. Even better yet, enroll in and attend the citizen's academy. You might be enlightened and gain a greater respect and understanding of what they do and how difficult their job is.

I would say until you have done so, stop making irresponsible comments but it appears you can't help yourself. I hope you try to see things differently and work with the police and not against them.

Willy, Michael and Nicki, thank you for supporting your police department. I am sure feel better knowing their community supports them.

Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 8, 2022 at 11:52 am

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Support the local police. They have a tough job to do. Kathleen has the same old tired comments. No one pays attention to her anymore.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 8, 2022 at 3:18 pm

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Just the facts and John, first my apology for saying toys. Secondly, I support the police, just not the errors. People in a mental health crisis don’t know they are in a crisis. Many believe they are fine and don’t need help. They also cannot follow police orders because they are in crisis. I understand new protocols are being put in place. And last, I had a family member who was a police officer. I know it is a difficult job.

Correct me if you think I’ve made an error, but don’t ridicule. I try not to do it to others.

Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 8, 2022 at 6:33 pm

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"People in crisis do not know they are in crisis" There in lies the problem. While they are in crisis they are unpredictable and can kill, maim, cause massive property damage etc. Add drugs or alcohol and you have a time bomb. Police may make mistakes but are generally trying to protect the public and themselves. You, Kathleen are the one constantly criticizing the police for, as you say now you have a relative who is a police person and you understand their problems. Kind of like "my best friend is a (fill in the blank minority} BS. Enough of your constant criticism, we now your stance live with it. Good day and good bye.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 8, 2022 at 10:01 pm

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They should use it more.
Start with mail thief's
Then catalytic converter thief’s

Do not pass go, no $200, game over