Why? Seven months after the alleged hearing, the reason I say that is there is no record in the court files of the Preliminary Hearing on January 31, 2018. I had to ask Deputy Chief Karen Guidotti if it in fact took place. Here is her response e-mail.
Monthly Archives: August 2018
Update August 31, 2018 My comment is now online at SMDJ.
I submitted this comment about 7 AM today. If anyone else is being censored by this advertising business send me you comments and I’ll publish here.
Supervisor David Canepa leaves out some important history about Seton funding and staffing the YES on Measure A campaign back in 2012. The 1/2 cent sales tax estimated to produce $60M per year and last for 10 years. It produced over $80M. That was the measure the Grand Jury reported on stating the County Leaders lied to the voters about a deficit that didn’t exist. https://www.sanmateocourt.org/documents/grand_jury/2012/structural_deficit.pdf
Here is todays opinion by San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa. He should also disclose how much money Seton received since the Measure A campaign 2011-12.
“Feared for his life and his partner’s safety.” That is the green light to murder.
LA Times article August 29, 2018
Former cop convicted of murdering Texas teen
Rare guilty verdict follows long series of high-profile acquittals of officers who killed black men and boys.
“I’M JUST so thankful,” said Odell Edwards, the victim’s father, pictured hugging Dallas County Dist. Atty. Faith Johnson after a jury found a since-fired police officer guilty of murder in the death of Jordan Edwards. (Rose Baca Pool Photo) JORDAN EDWARDS, 15, was in a car leaving a party when the officer shot him in the head. (Inform) FORMER Balch Springs Officer Roy Oliver, center, said he fired his rifle in fear for his and his partner’s safety, but video showed the youths’ car was moving away. (Rose Baca Pool Photo)
By Kurtis Lee
A former police officer in Texas has been found guilty of murder in the high-profile shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards — a rare victory for civil rights activists seeking justice for the dozens of African American men and boys who have been killed by police officers in recent years.
As Judge Brandon Birmingham read the verdict Tuesday against Roy Oliver, who worked in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, sobs came from the gallery of the packed courtroom. The last time an on-duty police officer in Dallas County was convicted of murder was in 1973. Oliver could be sentenced to life in prison.
“I’m just so thankful,” Jordan’s father, Odell Edwards, told reporters. “Thankful, thankful.”
Daryl Washington, an attorney representing the family, said the verdict meant more than justice for Jordan.
“It’s about Tamir Rice. It’s about Walter Scott. It’s about Alton Sterling,” he said, naming victims of police shootings in recent years. “It’s about every, every African American, unarmed African American, who has been killed and who has not gotten justice.”
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted a link to a news story about the conviction, saying that Jordan’s “life should never have been lost.”
On the night of April 29, 2017, Oliver fired an MC5 rifle into a Chevrolet Impala carrying Jordan and others, including two of his brothers, as it pulled away from a high school house party. Jordan, who was struck in the back of his head, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police initially said the vehicle had backed up toward Oliver “in an aggressive manner,” but body-camera video showed the car was moving away from him and his partner. Days after the shooting, Oliver, who had served in the department for six years, was fired.
Jordan’s stepbrother, Vidal Allen, was driving the car the night of the shooting.
“I was very scared,” Allen testified. “I just wanted to get home and get everyone safe.”
Oliver, 38, has said he feared for his life and his partner’s safety.
“I had to make a decision. This car is about to hit my partner,” Oliver testified in the trial. “I had no other option.”
After a weeklong trial, it took the jury one day to reach a verdict.
Jordan’s death echoes other police shootings involving black boys and men. But no convictions were handed down in most of those cases.
In November 2014, Cleveland police got a 911 call about someone brandishing a pistol near a park — the weapon, the caller said, was “probably fake.” But in an incident captured on camera, a police cruiser pulled into the park and Officer Timothy Loehmann jumped out and opened fire. Within seconds, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who had a toy gun, was dead.
Even before Tamir’s death, the U.S. Department of Justice had been investigating the Cleveland Police Department. A month after his shooting, it released a report saying Cleveland police displayed a pattern of using unnecessary force.
A year later, a grand jury decided not to indict Loehmann in Tamir’s death, saying the since-fired officer had reason to fear for his life.
In September 2016, in Columbus, Ohio, police shot and killed Tyre King, 13, who was carrying a BB gun while running from police. A grand jury declined to file criminal charges against the officer who killed him.
And in May 2017, an Oklahoma jury acquitted an officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher, 40, as he stood with his hands above his head on a rural highway.
Those cases and others illustrate the difficulty of convicting police officers. The law in most places gives them the benefit of the doubt.
Prosecutors usually have to show that an officer knowingly and intentionally killed without justification or provocation. A fear of harm has been successfully used as the justification for many shootings, even when the victim turned out to be unarmed.
The most recent case that ended in a conviction came last year when Michael Slager, a former officer in North Charleston, S.C., was first tried on murder charges in the April 2015 shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who fled after being stopped for driving with a broken taillight. But after those proceedings ended in a mistrial, Slager pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The last Dallas County police officer convicted for murder while on duty was Darrell Cain, who shot and killed 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez after forcing him to endure a version of Russian roulette while handcuffed inside a patrol car.
There was no immediate reaction to Thursday’s verdict from local or national police groups.
John Fullinwider, a longtime Dallas activist and co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality, said Oliver’s conviction came as a surprise.
“I expected to see an angel fly over City Hall before I saw this murder conviction,” he said. “This is a victory, but we really need independent federal prosecutors in all fatal police shootings.”
Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney who represents the Edwards family, said the conviction was justice for the country.
“We’ve seen time and time again, no charges, let alone convictions, in these high-profile shootings,” he said. “It is my hope that this is a turning point in the fight against police brutality against blacks.”
This is serious information, get a cup of coffee close the door and take the time to educate yourself. No other News site will offer this information.
Cheers to the most legendary crew, ever.
“Tim, we have been friends since the call from Melbourne and still are in my book. I have worked in an industry filled with so called visionaries for 25 years. The lesson I have learned is there are less than I can count on one hand. You’re on the hand by far.”
“Your firing is shady. I came to zoox because I was thrilled to work on the project you created. I heard you say often: “we are doing it because it’s the right thing to do.” A leader choosing actions that are right instead of easy/cheap is rare and you were an excellent example.”
“It’s weird driving in today remembering that yesterday actually happened. Thank you for treating everyone at Zoox, from coordinators to VPs, as your friend. I’m grateful for having had almost 2 years working for you… this sucks and my heart is breaking”
“Hi Tim, I’m sure you are getting a flood of messages right now. I just want to let you know that I enjoyed every moment of getting to work with you. You are a visionary and the lessons I’ve learned under your mentorship will stay with me for life.“
“Hey Tim. It feels strange to reach out to you like this. I really liked working with you, for Zoox. I would not be here wouldn’t you have had that vision and iron will to make it a reality. It’s you who allowed me to make this amazing journey and change in my life possible.”
“I am not sure how I am supposed to work for a company where my creative mentor for 3 years, no longer works.”
“Tim… Its been just a few months since I joined the Zoox family… Honestly, you don’t know how much you’ve inspired me just with your talks.. Especially after listening to you during Zoox connect, I strongly believed. I sincerely wish you’re back with us to keep inspiring us“
“Tim, I’m not done making magic. Let me know when it’s time for the next adventure. I’ll follow you into battle anywhere.”
“W T F — B.L.”
“So grateful to having been at leastpart of the ride I have huge respect for you. You are a truly visionary, not on par with obviously the part of the company that could make such decision. Sending you lots of supporting energy”
“Hi Tim, I am deeply shocked about the news at Zoox. Sadly people making this decision are not acting from their heart or passion, but exactly like you said, from fear. So sorry for the rest of the awesome crew and for the future if Zoox.”
“Dude I still can’t believe that happened today. My thoughts are with you man, this really bites. I’m still in shock. I’m really sorry to see it play out this way”
“Horrified at the news tim. We’re here if you need us. You are the core of Zoox. Madness.”
“I still remember the day when you interviewed me on the park benches next to the firehouse. You have been an inspiration and a positive force in my life. Please let us know if you need anything.”
“Tim…. Its been a total joy working with you! I’ll keep pursuing your vision 100%. It and you are the reason I joined and continue to work my ass off. Keep on keeping on, brother.”
“It’s been a pleasure working with you, I was enamored by the idea of Zoox and it was why I chose to join the wild ride”
“Hey Tim, I was shocked to hear the news, I can’t imagine what it must feel like. I’m certain you will land on your feet – your vision, intellect, and determination got you and us this far.”
“Well that’s a load of cosmic rubbish. Sometimes I hate Silicon Valley.”
“Could the board rehire you in three months because they can’t do Zoox without you? Could you change your last name again, wear a different hat, then you submit your application and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org?”
“Glad you’re ok and surrounded by your followers. Nobody will ever replace you.”
“TIM!! I’m so sorry. I’m in shock. I can’t even imagine how things are for you. I hope you are ok. Please let me know if I can do ANYTHING!”
“My dear son, no matter what happens I am so proud of you and so honoured that you are my son. I am 100% rock solid with you and for you. With all my love, Daddo xxx”
“Please let me know if I can do anything for you! I will not be able to believe it! I am sorry! We are on the way!”
“Sad news – it was your vision that attracted everyone and made Zoox what it is.”
“Crew’s on their way. I’ll head back up this evening and come by… where ever you’ll be at.”
“I have no words. Just got off the call. You dreamed up this company, you built this company, you brought me into a role that was super close to you and trusted me to see it through. The creative team is your family and I’m here to chat, drink, etc with you when you’re ready.”
“Hi, I’m sorry about what is happening, I wish I could be there with you. I’ll be back in town Sunday, let me know when you want to catch up soon.”
“There is no point in putting a disco ball in the elevator now. If you’re not the CEO of Zoox – nobody will have as much fun. I am in complete shock and sad. Are you ok?”
“Would love to grab a beer with you at any time Tim. You are a true visionary. A sad day for sure.”
“For what it is worth, you were the reason I came to Zoox. I would love to work with you again. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do or help with in the future.”
Drinks at my house 5:30pm team.
By Michael G. Stogner
Real life is much more exciting then reality t.v. Please join me.
Update: Continued to October 3, 2018
Hon. Judge Mark Forcum continued this motion for the third time which makes the 4th time it has been continued since filed May 1, 2018. He claimed his court had a murder trial going in it. The Lopez Motion will not take very much time at all 2 hours max and most likely 30 minutes should do. One star witness SMCSO Lt. Andrew Armando he will either take the fifth or testify he committed a Felony. Those who Matter don’t want that to happen before another case set for September 10, 2018 goes to trial, reason being as soon as Lt. Armando has his day in court the other case gets DISMISSED. It’s not good when Search Warrants are obtained by a criminal act.
Monday August 27, 2018 9:00AM Courtroom 2H Hon. Judge Mark Forcum will preside in the former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case which is approaching 4 yrs in SMC’s criminal justice system. You might recall District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe holding a press conference charging Deputy Lopez with smuggling a cellphone and drugs into the jail to a gang member inmate. Mr. Wagstaffe did not hold a press conference when a judge who finally heard the DA’s case threw out those charges, the DA and the Sheriff’s Office knew there was no evidence that connected Juan P. Lopez to those charges. That didn’t stop them or even slow them down. You would think that would cause a normal person to review/audit their own work to answer the question, How did we get it so wrong? Not the case.
Lt. Andrew Armando has been promoted twice since he obtained the Search Warrant to get his hands on Deputy Juan P. Lopez’s cellphone. He was Detective on the date he committed perjury to Hon. Judge George Miriam. After that he was promoted to Sergeant and a short time later promoted to Lt. now in charge of Internal Affairs.
Juan P. Lopez and his supporters knew from the very beginning that Armando’s sworn statement to the judge was a lie. 4 years later he will be on the witness stand.
The residents of San Mateo County should ask how many Search Warrants was SMCSO Detective Andrew Armando and District Attorney Inspector Jordan Boyd involved in since 2013. I know of one case 80 Search Warrants were issued. Think about that when an entire case is started with a lie, the amount of suffering caused and many guilty pleas to end the nightmare of the legal process in SMC.
By Michael G. Stogner
Update: The PADP reports “The officers spent a few minutes struggling with the man.” That man’s name was Ramsey Saad R.I.P.
August 13, 2018 A neighbor called 911 at 7:20 PM to report an alleged assault and threat to kill an 83 year old woman. When police arrived at 523 Lanyard Drive Redwood Shores, they saw neighbors restraining Ramsey Saad 55 the son of the alleged victim. A total of 4 police officers arrived and arrested Ramsy Saad, during the arrest he was tased 3 times and he stopped breathing at the scene. It’s not clear if he ever started breathing again from that moment. The District Attorney’s office said he was pronounced dead at a unnamed hospital which could be true but it looks like he was dead at his home. Timeline still to be determined how many minutes from officers arriving on scene to Mr. Saad stopped breathing? It should be noted that no weapon was mentioned in this case.
His 83 year old mother was not seriously injured.
“This was an individual who had been suffering mental health problems,” Steve Wagstaffe,
Officers Oscar Poveda, Matthew Cydzik, Brian Simmons and Daniel Di Bona were placed on administrative leave until the DA’s Investigation is complete.
Update: August 7, 2018 Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti ” NO Charges have been filed yet.”
Redwood City Police had another Domestic Violence 911 call on August 9, 2018 involving a retired RWCPD Officer named James McGee, The call at 2:00AM a female victim was found in the front yard of his home on Windsor Way, and she was taken to the hospital. Here is where the story is very different, The Police and Swat Team waited over 17 hours for James McGee to come out of his home. He was only arrested for one felony count of D.V. The District has not filed any charges yet, Chief Deputy Karen Guidotti expects to have charges filed by Sept. 7, 2018. His next court appearance is Sept. 12, 2018
Update: As of Sept 10, 2018 The District Attorney’s Office has file ZERO Charges against James McGee.
I’ve reported about the April 22, 2018 Redwood City Police Department receiving a 911 call for Domestic Violence in the San Mateo County Sheriff Lt. Kristina Bell case. They did not arrest her or search home for guns and after being at her home for hours just walked away, and she went back to work the next day as if nothing had happened. That is a Violation of the Domestic Violence Protocol by the RWCPD.
Domestic Violence calls are very dangerous, San Mateo County has a D.V. Protocol in place and all Police Departments have signed on to it.
These three case should be Audited, the Mayor of Redwood City and the City Manager should demand it. Compare each with the County Domestic Violence Protocol.
RWCPD does not wear body cameras, they should, body cameras are a win/win for the public and the police officers.
By Michael G. Stogner