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Alex C. Hill R.I.P. Pedestrian struck by RWCPD Patrol Car September 18, 2019

By Michael G. Stogner

Alex Camron Hill 25 was struck by an out of control police car driven by Officer Angela Wittman responding to a call according to the Redwood City Department. He was reported to be in critical condition from that day. His identity has now been confirmed and he passed away October 2, 2019. My understanding is that his family has been involved and have requested privacy, which I understand completely.

Video of RWCP Patrol Car striking Alex Hill

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SMC Sheriff Sgt. Lou Aquino Arrested for DUI, by Redwood City Police

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: 11/21/2019 In 2010 I received a letter from a Brave Female Sheriff Deputy titled “Gross Misconduct in the San Mateo County Sheriff Office.” She was reporting Porn and Rape Video being shared and viewed on the County’s Computers. She identified the 45 Male Sheriff Employees who were on the e-mail list. Deputy Lou Aquino was the first name I saw. This could have been solved 10 years ago by firing all 45 Sheriff Employees. You can thank the Supervisors for failing to do their job.

Update: 11/14/ 2019 Illegally Appointed July 12, 2016 and Legally elected Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos has still refused to respond to my request or explain why he doesn’t need to. This is a big difference from his 2 emails to me advising me that he really wanted to talk to me in person. 

Update 11/4/2019: Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos & PIO Rosemerry Blankswade refuse to respond.

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>
Booking Photo of Sergeant Lou Aquino DUI arrest
To:SHERIFFS_PIO
Cc:Dave Pine,David CanepaDon HorsleyCarole Groom,Warren Slocum and 1 more…
Oct 28 at 7:27 AM
Hello Rosemerry,
Could you please provide me with that photo or an explanation as to why the Sheriff’s Office does not think they need to.
Can you confirm his Driver’s License has been suspended for refusing the chemical test?
Is he on Administrative Leave or is he on his normal duty?
Thank You
Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County News.com

Update: 10/24/2019 Congratulations to the Palo Alto Daily Post for their Front Page Story on Sheriff Sergeant Lou Aquino’s DUI Arrest on September 14, 2019. They are the only one of 7 Print Media in San Mateo County to inform the public. The San Mateo Daily Journal placed it on the Website version I asked Jon Mays if he published it in print copy he has not responded. Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and PIO Rosemary Blankswade refuse to even respond to my request for his Booking Photo.

Update 10/21/2019 There is no blood alcohol result because he refused to submit to a chemical test as required by law. This means for the ordinary resident your Drivers License is suspended for 1 year.

Update: 10/17/2019 Sheriff Bolanos and PIO Rosemerry refuse to even respond to my e-mail request for Booking Photo. Why? It’s public information.

Update: 10/02/2019 9:40PM The court appearance date is October 23, 2019

I know when you read the date below you are going to think this is old News and you are correct. I will say that I am the first News Media to inform the public about it, this is an example of a Those Who Matter case. Special Treatment, What the public doesn’t know won’t hurt them etc. No statement from Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, No statement and even more important No Charges by District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Why?

Steve Wagstaffe informed me this morning 10/02/2019 that his office has not received the case from Redwood City Police Department and that would explain why No Charges if it were true, so I sent RWCP an e-mail. Gary Kirk responded RCPD filed the case with the DA’s Office on September 23rd. On September 27th, we received a request for additional information for prosecution from the issuing DA. You may want to call them back to clarify the information they provided. The DA’s case number is 0811082.

September 14, 2019 The Redwood City Police Department arrested San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Luis Dejesus Aquino for DUI last week after he crashed a car (not his) the car belonged to San Mateo County Sheriff Lieutenant Victoria A. O’Brian.  Location of arrest was Broadway/Arguello St, which just happens to be where the DSA building is located. The arresting Officers transported him to First Chance in Burlingame where he was refused acceptance reason being he was to “Belligerent”. He was than transported to Maguire Jail where he was booked. He had attended a retirement celebration at the Deputy Sheriff Association (DSA) Building on Broadway Street Redwood City, prior to being arrested. So much for “Friends don’t let Friends Drive Drunk.” or “Let me call an UBER, Lyft or a Cab for you.” Better yet “I’ll drive you home.”

His attorney is Josh Bentley. You might ask why do you need an attorney if No Criminal charges are filed? Who called Mr. Bentley and When?

San Mateo County Sheriff Office has not responded to my Booking Photo Request.

Redwood City Police did respond to my inquiry of the DUI Arrest of Sergeant Lou Aquino and confirmed it. Thank you RWCPD.

SMC Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos has refused to provide me with the Booking photo. He has remained Silent on Sheriff Sergeant Lou Aquinos’ arrest. Here is what he was saying just two weeks before the arrest.

“Labor Day should be a time for friends and family to come together to enjoy the last days of summer,” said Sheriff Carlos Bolanos. “We need commitment from our community members that they’ll keep the streets free of drunk drivers so that everyone can have a safe holiday. This is a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior,” he said. 

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. “Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Sheriff Carlos Bolanos. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. That’s why, during the Labor Day holiday, we will make zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses,” he said. 

San Mateo County Sheriff Det. Rosemerry Blankswade Press Release 2 weeks before Sgt. Aquino’s Arrest.

 

 

 

 

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Redwood City Police Chief Dan Mulholland, Asleep at the Wheel

Update: October 5, 2019 The Victim of the September 18, 2019 crash passed away October 2, 2019. His name Alex C. Hill age 25. His family has been involved and has requested privacy.

By Michael G. Stogner

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Chief Dan Mulholland

The outcome was both predictable and, I dare say, inevitable. The 20th Century “Good-Ol-Boy” policing model Chief Mulholland has brought to Redwood City is on full display and has but one outcome, bad -resulting in recurring problems. The Kristina Bell matter, a San Mateo County Sheriff’s Lieutenant who was the Suspect in a Redwood City domestic violence case, should have raised serious questions about Chief Mulholland’s judgement and ability to lead. Bell was given a pass,(Not arrested, Gun not removed, young child present) while other Redwood City residents engaging in similar conduct would have gone to jail. San Mateo County Domestic Violence Protocol Violated. Who knows this the Redwood City Council, San Mateo County Supervisors, County Manager, County Counsel. Just to name a few.

Now, we have a tragic incident. On September 18, 2019 Angela Wittman an on-duty Redwood City Police Officer, en route to a hot call, lost control of her marked patrol car, struck a pedestrian, and collided with other vehicles.

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The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision and the results are pending, but I can say, with confidence, Chief Mulholland bears responsibility, in the matter.

Let’s look at the patrol car which was involved in the collision. It was a Ford Crown Victoria sedan, a vehicle last produced by Ford, in 2011, meaning this patrol car was at least 8 years old. It was a high mileage “run-out” car, a worn-out vehicle being operated well past its salvage / replacement date.

Law enforcement duties place heavy demands on vehicles, including frequent use, exposure to the elements, prolonged idling, stop and start city driving, quick maneuvering, high speed braking, and frequent loading of their suspension. This hard driving police work causes tremendous wear and tear on vehicles.

Regular inspections, repairs, and replacements, in a police vehicle fleet, are required, to maintain safety and efficiency. Chief Mulholland’s lack of attention to updating this old, driven into the ground, vehicle, disregarding industry replacement standards, speaks volumes about his leadership ability and suitability for the job.

When officers are saddled with high-mileage dilapidated cars such as this, ones far beyond accepted best practices, what did Chief Mulholland think would happen? I submit, a tragedy such as the collision described was both inevitable and foreseeable.

And let’s look at another aspect of the collision. Aside from the officer’s vehicle being a run-out, it was also a canine car and being operated as such. A deck had been installed where the rear seat would normally be and there was an adjustable partition governing access between the front and back passenger areas. Meaning, depending on how the partition was adjusted, the police dog could have the ability to physically influence the officer’s driving, either by chance (sliding or moving around, when the vehicle was underway) or by design, becoming excited, say in a high-speed response, and deliberately touching the driver or vehicle’s controls. Is this an industry standard or best practice and could the potential for mishap not be foreseen?

With a workforce of just 77 line officers, what training does Chief Mulholland give his officers, specific to high-speed & defensive driving, and how often? Further, how often does this training include instruction specific to the organization’s policies and procedures -it’s one thing to have policies & procedures, but quite another, to ensure they are trained to, monitored, and enforced? Remember, such driving is a perishable skill and, in that light, I would suggest it be given yearly. What do Redwood City PD’s training records show, Chief?

Finally, what is Redwood City PD’s policy, on using a canine unit to respond to an emergency call? Say, for instance, exceeding the speed limit, traveling at high speed, going Code 3 (with red lights and siren), etc.? Shouldn’t Chief Mulholland have given this issue some thought and enacted polices which would have governed / restricted the use and manner in which canine units respond to such situations? Better yet, with twelve sergeants, four lieutenants, two captains, and one deputy chief, shouldn’t one or more of those persons have been on-duty and supervised / managed the police department’s response, that September day?

Did Chief Mulholland ever consider these things or was he asleep at the wheel?

This is the 21st Century and, so far, Chief Mulholland has demonstrated backwards 20th Century performance. Chief Mulholland has a fifty-one million dollar budget for an agency with just seventy-seven actual worker bees. To supervise and manage this workforce, he has twelve sergeants, four lieutenants, two captains, and one deputy chief. To say the agency is top-heavy would be an understatement. Yet, even with such a lopsided ratio of supervisors & mangers to workers, Chief Mulholland managed to provide the resulting outcome.

The public’s expectation is for Chief Mulholland to be responsible, display good leadership, ensure the public’s and his staff’s respective safety, and be a good steward of the monies entrusted to him.

With a fifty-one million dollar budget, a workforce of just seventy-seven officers, and, beside himself, a dedicated staff of nineteen (supervisors and managers) to oversee the police department’s operation, how could the described circumstances ever have been allowed to exist and last week’s tragic event to have happened?

I submit, Chief Mulholland was behind the wheel and that last week’s tragic accident was both foreseeable and avoidable. It’s time to hold Dan Mulholland accountable and him not offload the blame! The buck should stop with him.

Note: Article on SMSCO Lt. Kristina Bell Domestic Violence Call

It’s been 12 days since a pedestrian was struck by a RWCPD Police car. It has been reported that he was in critical condition, Redwood City Police and CHP who investigated the incident refuse to identify both Officer and Victim, Why?

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Parliament, San Mateo County, RICO, Facebook, Sealed Records, Judge Raymond Swope etc.

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San Mateo County Superior Court Hon. Judge Raymond Swope.

This is nothing new or shocking for the residents of San Mateo County, Iv’e been reporting about this for 19 years. Look no further than Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez, Jody L. Williams and x CEO Vungle Zain Jaffer criminal cases.

Mark Zuckerberg = NO SHOW

Not much coverage in San Mateo County by the 7 advertising businesses, Mark Simon Climate rwc, Jon Mays San Mateo Daily Journal, Dave Price Palo Alto Daily Post, Dave Boyce The Almanac, Clay Lampert Half Moon Bay Review, San Jose Mercury News, SFGATE, etc.

Yesterdays hearings 11/27/2008

Parliament TV

 

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District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s findings, in Ramsey Saad Redwood City police use of force death, questioned.

Wait for it….. wait for it!  There it is, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s pass for the Redwood City police officers responsible for the August 2018 death of 55 year old Ramsey Saad, the 2nd of three such deaths, under similar circumstances, at the hands of San Mateo County officers, this year.

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Slight of hand

In an apparent slight of hand, Wagstaffe released his decision not to charge the officers involved, by way of a proxy, Redwood City Police Chief Dan Mulholland -with his (Wagstaffe) providing a six-page letter stating no charges would be filled, and Mulholland, in-turn, conveniently passing it on to the press.

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Redwood City Police Chief Mulholland

Chief Mulholland

This letter was given to Mulholland, on the eve of the November 2018 election, immediately before the weekend. Undoubtedly cognizant of press cycles, Wagstaffe had timed the disclosure, to limit media exposure and public attention.

Wagstaffe’s findings can not be relied upon

Wagstaffe’s decision was never in doubt, it was foregone, and only a matter of timing its announcement. The disclosure was artful and designed to provide the appearance of a thoughtful measured process. Bravo, Steve!

Results predictable

The results of Wagstaffe’s review were predictable, could be foreseen, and will most certainly be repeated. From district attorney to the district’s chief enabler, covering for institutional, organizational, and executive misconduct / corruption. Defending the indefensible, the district attorney’s office is clearly open for business, for the politically connected.

No checks & balances

Steve projects confidence, obviously believing he can sell snake oil to anyone or, another analogy, sell ice to eskimos. And he has a right to this belief, to a certain degree, for he has no credible adversaries, no persons to keep him in check. The County has a private defenders program, versus a public defenders office-the only one in the state (of 58 counties).

The significance is the private defenders program, historically, assigns cases through a panel to obedient attorney’s, ones who sell / market pleas to defendants, rarely file opposition motions or take cases to trial, and routinely, with regularity, funnel clients to state prison, county jail, and probation. Just look at the District Attorney’s conviction rate (win-loss record), it’s to die for -is the envy of other bay area counties.

This relationship between prosecution and defense has also dulled the senses and oversight of the County’s judiciary, with judges not being challenged (by the defense, the private defender’s program) to make significant calls on the law.

The relationship between Wagstaffe and county law enforcement executives is mutually beneficial and self serving, he covers for them and, in turn, they return the favor, with their political support & acquiescence.

When officers and public officials who matter commit crimes such as domestic violence, unnecessary and excessive use of force, sex crimes, etc., the results are often managed by county law enforcement executives, with the complicity and aid of Mr. Wagstaffe, resulting in distinctly different outcomes from the general public.

Use of force resulting in death foreseen

In the instant case, officers allegedly responded to a disturbance call involving Saad, a person with known mental health issues. Rather than collaborate with his supervisor and peers and come up with a strategy to address the situation and reduce the possibility of violence / injury, Officer Poveda drove directly to the scene, contacted Saad, and became involved in a physical confrontation with him. Poveda tased Saad, twice, and shocked him multiple times. Officer Poveda, according to Wagstaffe, was eventually able to handcuff Saad and thereupon joined by three other officers (the Calvary).

According to Wagstaffe, Saad [while handcuffed] continued to struggle with the officers who had come to Poveda’s aid. Eventually one officer placed a knee [on Saad’ s back] between his shoulder blades, while the two other officers present controlled his mid-body and legs, according to Wagstaffe.

Saad died and a medical examiner from the San Mateo County coroner’s office determined the cause of death to have been “a cardiac arrest occurring during physical exertion, physical restraint and tasering”, this according to Wagstaffe’s letter.

Wagstaffe anecdotally included Saad’s height and weight, in his letter, apparently to portray him as menacing. Yet he did not include the heights and weights of the four trained Redwood City Police officers who were involved.

In tasing a person multiple times, physically struggling with him, and finally placing a knee on his back, as he lay handcuffed facedown, restricting the movement of his chest, torso and legs, is it possible his breathing had been severely diminished, causing him to die from asphyxia? Just asking, Steve.

Did you present this information to the medical examiner who conducted Saad’s autopsy, Steve? Just asking. And how much did the officer placing a knee and on Saad’s back weigh? Again, just asking.

Aren’t officers specifically trained not to lay a large handcuffed prisoner on his/her stomach, Steve? Could such acts go towards an officer’s intent, Steve? Just asking.

DA Wagstaffe as an enabler

Under the circumstances, couldn’t Saad’s death have been foreseen, Steve?

It appears, I can confidently predict what your conclusion will be, in these situations, why can’t you foresee that your actions or rather lack of action is ensuring such events will continue to occur, in San Mateo County, with, I might add, some regularity, unabated?

I submit, by continuing to give officers a pass, in such instances, DA Wagstaffe is an enabler, significantly contributing to both the cause and tragic outcome of such events.

Not an honest broker

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe holds the public’s trust, he is supposed to be independent and an honest broker, one the public can count on to speak truth to power. Three officer use of force deaths, this year, alone, and counting, ALL involving persons of color, individuals with known mental health problems, multiple applications of a taser, and forceful positional restraint!

Come on, Steve, there’s a problem with the use of force by officers, in San Mateo County! They’re killing persons with regularity, Steve! It’s not a product liability problem, you can’t keep covering up for that which is so obvious.

Call for transparency & full disclosure

In order to establish the truth and garner public trust, I would ask DA Wagstaffe to provide a complete copy of his office’s investigative report into Saad’s death, the autopsy report, the death certificate, the computer aided dispatch (CAD) printout for the event, the involved recorded 9-1-1 call(s) involved, and the recorded Redwood City Police radio communications involved in the event.

It is believed the public’s interest, in this matter, far outweighs that of the decedent, the San Mateo County District Attorney, the Redwood City Police Department, and the San Mateo County Coroners Office. The fact that this is one of three such use of force deaths, in the county, this year, involving persons of color who suffered mental heath issues make such disclosures even more important, if the district attorney wishes to establish transparency and the public’s trust.

By Michael G. Stogner

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Redwood City Council refuses to respond.

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Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>
To:dhoward@redwoodcity.org,Ian Bain,jgee@redwoodcity.org,smasur@redwoodcity.org,jseybert@redwoodcity.organd 2 more…
Nov 14 at 8:37 AM
Good morning Redwood City Elected officials,
I had hoped I would have heard from one of you by now 6 months after writing this story about San Mateo County Sheriff Lt. K. Bell and the Redwood City Police Department ignoring the DV Protocol, after receiving a 9-1-1 DV call. Not Attested and Gun was not removed. A young child was present.
You will notice I was the only reporter to cover the Lt. Bell story.
James McGee 17.5 hour standoff Domestic Violence call. Favorable treatment again by your Police Department.

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