Sunday, October 3rd at 2:00 pm, Chinedu Okobi Remembrance Rally led by the San Mateo NAACP, Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, Island United Church, Justice For Chinedu, the families of victims who died at the hands of law enforcement, community leaders and members.
Location: 400 County Center Building, Redwood City, California.
San Mateo County Residents don’t know very much about Chinedu V. Okobi’s Homicide, and that is exactly what the Government wants. When I say government I’m also including the Media/Newspapers.
Chinedu Valentine Okobi, is San Mateo County’s George Floyd, the difference is the world saw George Floyd Murdered because of a very brave 17 year old girl who videoed it and placed it on the internet before Law Enforcement, Elected Officials could get there hands on it. That is what happened in San Mateo County.
First lets start at the Top with Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, He is a LIAR, that is NO SECRET.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos Omits Community Service Officer (CSO) Joseph Gonzales name. He was Very Involved.
Chinedu Valentine Okobi, was a 36 year old Father, Son, Brother, Moorehouse College Graduate, who was simply walking on the sidewalk on a sunny afternoon in Millbrae, when SMC Sheriff Deputy Wang got attracted to him.
I will be joining this group of very good humans tomorrow. I remember when I first met them at a Board of Supervisor Meeting, I thought to myself, These are my People.
It’s been 14 days since the Homicide of Roger Allen who was shot and killed in a disabled parked truck on a residential street in your City of Daly City. You have refused to name the four Daly City Police Officers who were on the scene. You have refused to tell your Police Chief Patrick Hensley to provide the names of the Officers involved, Why?
This is not Transparency.
Yesterday x Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found Guilty of all three charges including murder of George Floyd.
Your behavior proves that San Mateo County is NOT Minneapolis. Think about the Black Lives Matter Resolution you signed.
October 3, 2018 San Mateo County’s own George Floyd was Chinedu V. Okobi he was killed by SIX San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on El Camino Real in Millbrae. Within hours Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos issued a partial list of those involved, he left out one of the most important person the CSO who sprayed O.C. in Chinedu okobi’s face after he had been tased 7 times, struck with extended baton and dog piled by the group.
It says Below is a list of names of San Mateo County Sheriff Office personnel who were involved in the critical incident. That is not true. CSO Joseph Gonzales is not named.
Yesterday in Columbus Ohio, a 16 year old girl was shot and killed by a Police Officer responding to 2 911 calls. The Interim Police Chief has already released the name of the Officer who shot and killed the teenager, He has also released the Body Worn Camera Videos. Congratulations to Columbus Ohio.
It’s been 14 days Daly City Elected Officials.
Release the names of the 4 Daly City Police Officers involved in the Homicide of Roger Allen today.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY CLOSED Tell all your family and friends.
The closures begin at SUNRISE TOMORROW July 3. The facilities will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, officials said. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputies will be stationed at the closed beaches and coastal trail to enforce the order as well as to monitor fireworks activity.
“Half Moon Bay is following the lead of Governor Newsom in closing Poplar Beach and its parking lot. If the potential crowds here are similar to previous holiday crowds we’ve seen, this kind of action is necessary for the protection of public health and safety,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Adam Eisen.
Mayor Deirdre Martin of Pacifica, announced the closing its beaches and parking lots from Sunrise Friday to Sunrise Monday, July 6. The following locations are affected:
Pacifica State Beach (Linda Mar Beach) and north and south parking lots,
Crespi parking lot in front of the Pacifica Community Center,
Rockaway Beach and north and south parking lots,
Sharp Park Beach
Esplanade Beach and Fisherman’s Lot in the 800 block of Palmetto Avenue
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos told the City of San Carlos Leaders “He could not recall an issue justifying spending money on an oversight system.”
Nobody is asking for a System. Carlos G. Bolanos has a history of misleading the public.
Here is just a short list of ISSUES that come to mind.
Sandra Harmon May 05, 2020 Killed by Sheriff Deputies, Deputy Dominguez firing 5 shots at Unarmed with Hands Up above her head. He Bolanos claims she fired her 2 shot shotgun at Dominguez while he was taking cover behind his patrol car which was parked sideways. Not a mark or scratch on the patrol car of the Deputy. He claims Deputy Dominguez did not turn on his Body Worn Camera and that is why there is NO EVIDENCE provided to prove Sandra Harmon fired ANY shots.
At the 8:02-8:08 mark you will see Sandra Harmon Unarmed with hands above her head and you will hear 5 shots being fired at her.
February 10, 2020 SAL Executive Director Barbara Bonilla was escorted out of her office and is being investigated for embezzlement. She was Sheriff Bolanos’s Campaign Manager in the 2018 election. She has resigned from the Sheriff’s office since Why? She she hasn’t been charged with any crime. She has been removed from State and National PAL Boards.
September 14, 2019 Redwood City Police arrested SMCSO Sergeant Luis Aquino for DUI and refusing to take both blood and breath test. Sheriff Bolanos and David Silberman refused to provide his Booking photo. San Carlos: An additional $50,000 was also approved for DUI services.
October 3, 2018 Chinedu V. Okobi Homicide in Custody just like George Floyd, No 911 Call, just a Moorehouse Graduate and father walking on the sidewalk in the middle of the day, No crime committed before Deputy Wang got attracted to him a large Black Man he was dead minutes later.
December 31, 2018 San Mateo County Deputy Heather Diaz Coroner “I have determined the manner of Death to be Homicide.”
HOMICIDE PROTOCOL* 36 year old male involved in a physical altercation with San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies. March 1, 2019 District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe confirmed it was a Homicide at the very end of his Press Conference where he announced no criminal charges would be filed. KQED, CBS5, and San Mateo County News.com all reported Homicide.
One ISSUE was the many False Statements provided to the Public by Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos per his News Releases dated October 3, 2018 and March 1, 2019.
June 3, 2014 Yanira Serrano killed by Deputy within 20 seconds of getting out of his patrol car. It was a non emergency 911 call for medical assistance.
2014 Lets not forget what Carlos G. Bolanos and many others have done to destroy former Sherif Deputy Juan P. Lopez since he filed to run for Sheriff of San Mateo County. Smuggling a Cellphone and Drugs to a gang member in Jail. Sure he did, 100% False Charges.
2009/10 San Mateo County Sheriff Male staff 46 of them sharing Porn and Rape video on County Computers.
April 21, 2007 Operation Dollhouse, Las Vegas Nevada
Regarding Citizen Oversight and or an Audit of his work
Sheriff Bolanos said he was open to but felt removed accountability from leaders of organizations. I have no idea what that means
“I believe they’re dysfunctional primarily because you have people who are not experts in certain fields making determination on what is appropriate or not,”
“With me as an elected official the voters have the greatest civilian oversight and can replace me with someone else.”
How would the voters ever know what he is doing or how he is doing it without an Audit.
As many elected officials in San Mateo County are speaking out about the Murder of George Floyd and what an outrage that was, which it was, I’m curios as to why they never spoke out about the Homicide of Chinedu Okobi by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018, on El Camino Real, San Bruno/Millbrae. December 31, 2018 San Mateo County Coroners Office ruled the manner of death to be a Homicide same as George Floyd. March 1, 2019 San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe held a Press Conference where he announced no charges would be filed against the 4 Deputies and 1 Sergeant he did not mention the sixth Employee the CSO. He announced that the Coroner of this county labeled Chinedu Okobi’s death a Homicide. How is it that he filed no charges? The SMDJ reporter was sitting in front of me at that meeting where D.A. Wagstaffe said it was a Homicide. Her article the next day left that FACT out of the story.
How is it that a Belmont former Mayor and Councilmember doesn’t mention San Mateo County’s Homicide by Law Enforcement of Chinedu Okobi that occurred less than 2 years ago in her own backyard? Remember there was NO 911 call he was simply a Black man walking on the sidewalk when Deputy Wang got attracted to him.
Her letter in todays SMDJ, A world in transition
Mr. Floyd slowly died before our eyes and I cried. Mr. Arbery was hunted on video. Mr. Brooks was shot in the back and Ms. Taylor’s death occurred around the first shelter-in-place orders of COVID-19 in her home. The list is painfully growing.
These murders are shocking. We should be shocked. The circumstances of their deaths are horrifying. We should be horrified. The frequency of these killings captured on film is alarming and seemingly unprecedented.
For the first time in modern history, the entire globe was deeply affected one way or another by Mr. Floyd dying at the hands of individuals paid to protect and serve. We will never know what the man was thinking the moment he held his hand deep in his pocket and pressed his knees in the crease of Mr. Floyd’s neck. He was so calm and confident staring into the camera; the sunglasses on his head never even shifted for a full 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Mr. Floyd painfully knew his fate; he called for his mother and acknowledged out loud, “I am about to die.” What may feel like an “unprecedented” frequency of deaths is nothing new to Black Americans; it is part of our existence. Even in 2020, a sinister belief fought by generations of Black Americans revealed itself unfiltered once again. We are not equals, but presumptively perceived as dangerous, inferior and criminals to some. Our skin color is seen before our humanity.
Although I have given my daughter every social and economic advantage I could afford to help protect her from a lifetime of unconscious bias and cruel racism, the day of reckoning always comes. I wanted to at least protect her youth. I was wrong. My focus should have been on preparing her to change the world, not just her world. It’s my responsibility to show her how it’s done.
So to dismantle the hate and disarm the oppression, I must produce results for all and chip away at exclusionary rhetoric at the local level. I am reminded of this at the beginning of every City Council meeting, where we stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance. There is no lasting path to improving our everyday lives unless we fight for “liberty and justice of all.” The democracy we have inherited is fragile; it fades and it frays. But, it has the resiliency to evolve and embrace; it is worth working hard to nurture and improve. And, we each have a part to play to sustain the improvement. America cannot be owned by one culture, one religion, one language, one idea and one way. We must live as a community working together — loving, living and learning.
The excellence of this nation lies in the ability of individuals to repair its faults. Educate yourself on the lives of others. Demand change of yourself and those around you. Have difficult conversations. Protest in the forum that feels right, but do so safely. Eradicate your own cynicism. Vote. Trust your voice and your actions will make a difference.
As a mayor and member of a city council, I have learned that democracy is slow, incremental and difficult work that requires dividing up a small pie for many people with different tastes and priorities. With the abundance of problems to solve, let’s not be the “10-day nation” MLK feared.
As a leader, as a mother and as a friend, I implore you to continue the fight for justice for each other and for our children. We have the ability to write the next chapter. Standing on the shoulders of our ancestors, we can succeed where many have only dreamed. While I am weary, I am resolved with hope and passion to make this a better world for all. I invite you to join me in this journey.
Davina Hurt is a member of the Belmont City Council and the city’s immediate past mayor.