Why are the Pleasanton Police Department always so forceful? On or off duty, they seem to find any reason they want to enforce their ways on us. So many times over the past 10 yrs I have heard horror story after horror story of inapropriate actions taken by the department. Another such incident recently came to my attention today. It happend a few months ago, but still as relivent as any, considering I know it will happen again and again. A co-worker of mine and her significant other were having a cocktail, at the "infamous" y'all come back, on hopyard, sharing a parking lot with el balzo. A few officers use this as there spot to get intoxicated and roudy, due to there dating the bartenders. on or off duty you will find these officers there. I know I have, acting inapropriately, rudely, and aggressively. Starting arguements and causing problems. I know if anyone else acts like these officers, they would have spent the weekend in jail. Is there a double standard for police now, to where they can act and do anything they please. Staring fights, and making people feel helpless. With the people that are suposed to protect your rights, violating those rights, where are these citizens to turn? To the department which is violating these rights? I don't think so. Or should we simply employ the help of the county deputies. Their deputies do have jurisdiction in Pleasanton. Maybe that's are next choice.
So here is the scenerio. My co-worker and her significant other were having a cocktail, at the y'all, one off duty officer starts and argument with her male friend, attempting to get him into an altercation, knowing he could do what he wants with no consequences, or charges, in fact the oposing party would probably have charges brought to them. This officer dates the bartender, and made it clear he was a "cop", this is his girlfriends bar and they aren't welcome. Very territorial I must say. At that moment, she attempts to sign her bill and leave. Continuing the argument, the officer tries to push them further. So deciding the wisest thing to do would be leave, they drop some cash on the table, and head for the door. Before they knew what happend, the off duty officer tackles her friend to the ground from behind, a small scuffle ensues, as they try to get out of there without having to continue the fight. They manage to scramble out of there as the intoxicated officer attempts to pull him back to the ground, to pound on him.
Why did this happen? The officer is in his late 20's - early 30's. approx. 5'10, 180lbs, short brown hair. I understand that younger people often are a little more aggressive in general than the older police, but this is simply unacceptable. Unfortunately this isn't the first time this type of thing has happend here. I have been a resident of Pleasanton for 22 years. The past 10 years, things and attitude within the force and the officers has changed. To serve and protect, not to single out and attack. I have also heard of bogus charges that happen to these young adults, they spend a nite in jail, are released and of course the charges are dropped. It seems they are simply encouraging false arrests. Pleasanton has such a low crime rate, because of the citizens within the city. They care about their community, and their property. Not because of an over aggressive police force. We really need to focus of efforts, on improving this situation. They keep making the police force larger in pleasanton, but is that even needed. I don't think so. If anyone has any stories like this I would like to hear about it. Someone needs to. I am also curious of what the community reading the Pleasanton weekly, thinks of this, and what as a community should be done.