Minneapolis Police Department are releasing the Body Worn Cameras (BWC) from Police Officers who were involved in a Shooting that caused the death of a civilian yesterday. That is exactly how it should be done.
The Half Moon Bay May 5, 2020 Homicide of Sandra Lee Harmon by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies who claimed a Shootout was very different, so much so that the City Council asked the Attorney General to conduct an Independent Criminal Investigation of the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bolanos promoted a story that his deputy didn’t turn on his BWC and since has refused to provide the AXON Log Records which would prove his deputy’s story. Sheriff Bolanos did not ask his deputy to take a Polygraph Test regarding his alleged failure to turn on the BWC. Also Sheriff Bolanos released a highly edited and Captioned video 45 days later which does show that Sandra Lee Harmon was fired at while she was unarmed with hands above her head. She died from 3 FATAL shots in her back.
This should be the only subject that is Important for the City of Half Moon Bay Public Safety Subcommittee. The Sheriff is the Vendor of Law Enforcement.
Half Moon Bay City Manager Bob Nesbit and Deputy City Manager Matthew Chidester have shown consistently that they have no interest in the truth about Sandra Lee Harmon’s Homicide by San Mateo County Deputies on May 5, 2020 at 845 Main St. Half Moon Bay, California.
They both have been provided a tremendous amount of data by Citizens to know beyond a shadow of doubt that Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos is dishonest and they both continue to mislead the subcommittee and the public.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos told the public Sandra Lee Harmon was killed in a Shootout with two of his deputies. He said She fired first. His deputies have Body Worn Cameras and that shootout should be simple to verify right? Wrong the Sheriff casually says the one and only BWC that could verify the shootout was turned off at the time of the killing. Sheriff Bolanos knows Ms. Harmon was shot 3 times in the back all 3 shots were fatal, he omits that fact. He knows 3 of the 14 spent shell casings were moved and replaced in a location more consistent with the official narrative. He knows his deputy fire at Ms. Harmon while she was unarmed and her hands were above her head he fails to inform the public of that fact.
The Axon Log Records are the answer. San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman who’s daughter Sara is employed by Sheriff Bolanos has obstructed the release of the Axon Log Records multiple times. Why?
Candidate for San Mateo County Sheriff 2022 Mark Melville has stated “Absolutely he will release the Axon records as soon as he is Sheriff. He said the same thing about all Booking photos.
Bob Nesbit and Matthew Chidester have known this information for a long time and produced this meeting December 10, 2020. There is No Mention of Chinedu V. Okobi Homicide by San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018 in Millbrae. Why? Chinedu was San Mateo County’s George Floyd, No 911 call, No crime being committed, Sheriff Bolanos Issued 2 False News Releases that remained on the County’s website for 5 months. That is almost identical to the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide.
What did Sandra Lee Harmon R.I.P. and Andres Gaurdado R.I.P. have in common. They were both killed by Sheriff Deputies in their counties. Sandra was shot 3 times in the back and Andres was shot 5 times in the back all 8 shots were FATAL. Both Sandra and Andres had their Hands Up above their Heads when they were shot.
Who doesn’t want to get to the truth here? The list is long.
In San Mateo Mateo County the short list is Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Coroner Robert Foucrault, County Counsel John Beiers, Charles Joseph, and David Silberman who’s daughter Sara works for the Sheriff.
The issue is simple Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and others want the public to believe them when they tell lies. I want to believe the highest ranking Law Enforcement Officials in San Mateo County. We all want to believe the highest ranking Law Enforcement Officials in SMC.
They told us there was a shootout, Sandra fired first, the scared for his life deputy returned fire and she died. No mention she was unarmed, she had her hands up above her head with her back to Deputy Dominguez who all by himself fired 11 shots at her. No mention that 3 of the 14 shell casings were moved (Evidence Tampering) That’s a bad thing.
They told us it’s unfortunate but the scared for his life deputy didn’t turn his AXON BODY CAMERA on at the time of the killing.
The AXON LOG RECORDS of the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies on May 5, 2020 in Half Moon Bay belong to the Public. The Public paid for them.
Body Worn Cameras are for the Protection of both Law Enforcement Officers as well as the Public. They provide truth of what really happened that night in the parking lot behind the Pasta Moon.
San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman has a long history of representing Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos interests. Look what he did to former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez, he protected Sgt. Jason Peardon, or for former San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Mike Otte who not only lied, but committed Perjury in Hon. Judge Lisa Novak Court.
David Silberman is standing in the way of the Public verifying what they already suspect. Why?
Mark Melville Sheriff Candidate for 2022 less than 2 years from now has already said several times that he will release to the public the AXON LOG RECORDS that David Silberman is so adamant the Public will never see.
The City of Half Moon Bay should sue San Mateo County for the AXON LOG RECORDS today. They should not hesitate, what the council has done so far with asking the A.G. to Investigate the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide is Historical, and they have requested from Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos the AXON LOG RECORDS, that Mark Melville has said he will gladly provide to them when he becomes Sheriff of San Mateo County.
Citizen David Eblovi has informed the City of Half Moon Bay that he will sue the County for the AXON LOG RECORDS if he has to. Don’t make a Citizen do the work the City should do.
After the Public gets the AXON LOG RECORDS, and if it turns out the story provided by the SMC Government is false, David Silberman should be fired.
I asked the only Candidate for San Mateo County Sheriff in the 2022 Election a direct question about the Axon Log Records that Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos is refusing to make public in the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide of May 5, 2020 in Half Moon Bay.
Candidate Mark Melville’s answer:
I can assure you unequivalently, I will release said records…..There is absolutely no reason not to release the records….Transparency…!!!!
On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 7:47 AM Michael Stogner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: Somebody has asked me, to ask you and I think you have already answered but this is a little different. When you are elected Sheriff of San Mateo County will you release the Axon Log Records in the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide right away.
Thank You Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com
The David Khan Misdemeanor Case #20-NMOO6433-A is the Perfect example of why the Daly City Police Department should want to use Body-Worn Cameras. I’m listing Items 7&8 only he is demanding the return of.
22 Ounces of gold bullion and small pieces of gold.
Cash approximately $80,000 (Eighty Thousand) or more.
Does the Daly City Police have the above Items? if so when will they be returning them to Mr. Khan?
In 2015-16 the San Mateo County Grand Jury Investigated the Law Enforcement Agencies using Body-Worn Cameras.
Based on it’s investigation, the Grand Jury concludes that the body-worn cameras would be advantageous for all San Mateo County law enforcement agencies as well as the individuals they encounter.
The behavior of both Residents and Police Officers improves when their actions are being recorded on video.
The Body-Worn Videos must be made available to the Public before they are edited/captioned like the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide in Half Moon Bay May 5. 2020. San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos refuses to make the AXON LOG RECORDS available to the Public.
Every Resident of San Mateo County should be asking the same Question.
This Open Letter was published today in the Half Moon Bay Review.
Nov 25, 2020
Dear San Mateo County Sheriff Bolanos,
As you are well aware, your deputies wear a Body Worn Camera system whenever they are on patrol. The taxpayers of San Mateo County bought these camera systems for your deputies so that in the case of contentious incidents, like one here in Half Moon Bay on May 5, we would be able to review for ourselves what actually happened; this as opposed to simply being given a narrative from your office with no way to validate its authenticity.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any video for the May 5 shooting of Sandra Harmon from the deputy who initiated the encounter and who fired the bulk (11 out of 14) of shots at Harmon, including the fatal shot to her back. Your office says this is because he turned off his camera before approaching the RV behind Pasta Moon (against procedure) and, oops, we’re sorry about that. You haven’t even bothered to give us a reason his mobile camera and audio was “off” as well.
I’d like to believe you. I’d like to believe the deputy’s version of events. But as someone famous once said: Trust, but verify. As it turns out we actually can verify at least one part of your story — whether the BWC was in fact turned off by the deputy prior to the encounter. The company that makes the cameras and hosts the video files also keeps a log file for every camera, basically forever, allowing a review of the status of any given camera at any given time.
Thus we, the public and your employers, can know if the statement that the cameras were off is in fact true or false, and your office has control of the file that will enlighten us.
Yet you refuse to do so. Not less than four Public Records Act requests, including one from the city of Half Moon Bay itself, have been rebuffed by your attorneys. Most curiously, if the video confirms your version of events, then it would seem to be in your interest to release it to the public at the earliest possible opportunity. Yet you have not done this.
Which makes most people wonder what you are hiding?
I’m not writing to ask you for the log file again. You’ve already refused quite stridently in previous requests. Instead, I’m writing this letter to ask you firmly but respectfully to provide the entire community, here in the Opinion page of the Review, an answer as to why you won’t release the log files.
Please don’t say they are confidential. They are not. On footage from other BWC in use that day you released the actual video. If the video the cameras record isn’t confidential, then how can you possibly argue that a simple file with numbers and times that indicate the status of the cameras at any time is confidential?
Please don’t say you don’t want to set a bad precedent. That would be an insult to the communities you serve.
Please just tell us the truth and tell us why you won’t release the log file to the public.
Thank you in advance for your prompt response to this message.
Chinedu V. Okobi is San Mateo County’s George Floyd.
October 19, 2020 there was a Zoom Meeting that was hosted by two Councilmembers of the Town of Portola Valley.
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos was just one of the panelists.
Most of the panelists mentioned George Floyd’s name who I think any reasonable person who watched the video of him being murdered by a Police Officer would want that to stop. But most did not mention San Mateo County’s Chinedu V. Okobi who was killed by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018 on El Camino Real, Millbrae/San Bruno.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos mentioned George Floyd Tragedy, not Homicide by police. He then mentioned “A Tragic Incident in Millbrae. Tasers ” No mention of Chinedu V. Okobi the 36 year old Father of a daughter, A Moorehouse Graduate, minding his own business simply walking while black on the sidewalk at 1PM in the afternoon. No 911 call, No Crime committed, No Guns, No Drugs etc. He was Tased 7 times, struct with extended baton, dogpiled by Six Sheriff Employees and finally sprayed in the face with O.C. Spray by the CSO Employee who was left out of the Sheriff’s and District Attorneys Press Release.
Sheriff Bolanos went on to say “I don’t believe that individual was killed by Taser.” That individuals name he is referring to is Chinedu V. Okobi, he can’t say it. He doesn’t mention the O.C. Spray to the face at close range after being tased 7 times, and dogpiled by Six.
Sheriff Bolanos went on to say that “AED’s are now in all Sheriff Patrol Vehicles.” I say so what, if you don’t use the AED what difference does it make how many you have. Sheriff Bolanos knows that his Six Employees didn’t provide any life saving measures for the next 8 minutes to Chinedu V. Okobi after he was handcuffed and sat up with his head slumped forward assuring his death. An AED was ONSCENE and not used.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe provided a highly edited and captioned video 5 months after the Homicide, which provides NO Evidence of Life Saving Measures being provided to Chinedu Okobi. When the EMT finally got to Okobi he was flatlined, they provided Chest compressions for another 8 minutes while he was handcuffed behind his back, they only took off handcuffs to put his dead body on the gurney. Sheriff Bolanos knows all of this.
Here is the Video you will notice no mention of the SIXTH Sheriff Employee. Remember “Just because somebody says something is true doesn’t mean that it is.”
That in it’s self is Historical for any City in San Mateo County, to Question Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s Version of events in the Shooting Death a Homicide of Sandra L. Harmon on May 5, 2020 at 845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California.
September 28, 2020 Letter to The Honorable Xavier Becerra and Supervising Deputy Attorney General Joyce Blair.
I’m just going to talk about Bullet Point 1 and 4
#1 The first deputy turned off his body camera in violation of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office policy.
The City was asked to Identify the Deputy so the public would know who the City was talking about. They chose not to.
Just because somebody says something is true, doesn’t mean that it is.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe have told the world that Sheriff Deputy Dominguez turned off his Body Worn Camera BWC. To this day that is all that it is. The WORD of the Sheriff and District Attorney. There is NO EVIDENCE provided (AXON LOG RECORDS) to prove that statement to be TRUE. As a matter of Fact, the San Mateo County Counsel has done everything possible to make sure the AXON LOG RECORDS do not get released to the PUBLIC. Just ask John Ullom.
#4 Although the Deputies have said that they fired at Ms. Harmon form some distance away from her, certain pistol shell casing were found very near Ms. Harmon’s body. In addition there were inconsistencies in the location of casings recovered at the scene.
You wouldn’t know from reading Bullet point #4 that the subject was Tampering with Evidence at a Crime Scene. Specifically the moving of and placing 3 Pistol Shell Casings from one location to another.
This Tampering with Evidence at a Crime scene is kind of a Big Deal.
The 3 Pistol Shell Casings caused 2 Bullet Holes that was never mentioned in the Official reports. This alone changes the ENTIRE OFFICIAL REPORT.
I’m sure you don’t remember me, but I was the San Mateo County Resident/Citizen that reported the Criminal Conduct by Law Enforcement in the Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case back in 2015. Specifically the Hacking of two Computer Systems one the State of California and the other the Federal USPS. You recommended I file it with San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe which I did. He of course couldn’t investigate it because of Conflict of Interest and sent it back to you. You did not investigate it.
I reported it to the Board of Supervisors at the Public meeting. They thanked me for my comment.
As you might be aware I have communicated with a few of your DOJ Investigators in the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activity League Embezzlement and Laundering Investigation involving former Sheriff Employee Barbara Bonilla who was the Executive Director of SAL. According to HMB Chief Saul Lopez that is still a Ongoing Investigation.
I will be forwarding you my personal request as a citizen to please conduct an Independent Criminal Investigation in the Sandra L. Harmon, Chinedu Okobi (San Mateo County’s George Floyd case) and Yanira Serrano Garcia cases. They are all Homicides by Law Enforcement of SMC Sheriff Office.
The similarities are Tampering with Evidence, False and Misleading Press Releases, Edited Videos with false and misleading Captions, Filing false Police Reports etc.