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SMC Sheriff Sgt. Irfan Zaidi Qualifies as a Brady Officer. Is He on the List? Who controls the list? Is there even a List?

The law enforcement profession requires integrity and trust and an officer who lies violates that trust and tarnishes the integrity of the profession.

October 3, 2018 at 1:00 PM Millbrae, California, Chinedu Okoki a 36 year old man was walking down the sidewalk on El Camino Real. Within 10 minutes he was Tasered 7 times, sprayed in the face with O.C. spray as six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees were on top of him. He was completely limp, unconscious, and never made a sound again. He died there on the spot in the Custody of the Sheriff’s Office.

San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Zaidi was not one of the Six Sheriff Employees involved in the In-Custody Death of Chinedu Okobi. Nineteen days later, On October 22, 2018 he filed an Official Report with the District Attorney’s Office making knowingly false statements.

” I directed Deputy Lorenzatti to remove the metal handcuffs from the suspect which she did, and the suspect was placed on his back. The Fire Department and AMR promptly began CPR.”

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe on March 1, 2019 provided a video that he and his Team produced for the public it can be found on his website. The placing Chinedu Okobi on his back and CPR starts at the 18:50 mark. The video shows Deputy Lorenzatti did Not remove the handcuffs.

SMCSO Deputy Lorenzatti made an official statement on 10/04/2018 3:50 PM. to Inspector Eric Suzuki.

“They were like, well let’s get him on his back and start CPR, So then I, you know helped em, bring him to his back.

Question? “Okay and were his Handcuffs off at that point?”

Answer: No they were still on.

Eng. #37 Mazza Statement: “When decedent was lifted onto the gurney, a police officer cadet or trainee removed the Handcuffs from the decedents wrists.”

AMR #94 Retanubun Statement: “They put the decedent on to a “Mega Mover” when noticed the decedent still had handcuffs on.” “Saw police cadet nearby who assisted them with the removal of the Handcuffs.”

AMR #37 Uhland: “So they laid the decedent on his back with the Handcuffs still on his wrists.”

AMR #94 Pham: “Decedent was on his back with Handcuffs on when he arrived.”

AMR #37 Holman: “When they rolled the decedent over to remove the Handcuffs, she noticed several scrapes on his hands and a few small abrasion on his back.” “She was unsure if the injuries were there prior or if caused by the CPR application.”

According to Wagstaffe’ Video, Chinedu Okobi was placed on his back at 18:26 mark.

CPR starts at 18:50 mark with Handcuffs On and Hands behind his back.

Handcuffs Removed at 28:47 mark after almost 10 minutes of Chest Compressions.

What caused Sheriff Sgt. Zaidi to file this Bizarre False Official Statement?

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s Video and Data made public March 1, 2019

LATIMES Article June 6, 2019

Note: 300 Deputies on the list. Sheriff Alex Villanueva, has called the Brady list a “fake list” and says it was the result of corrupt investigations designed to retaliate against certain deputies.

Should deputies’ misconduct be disclosed to D.A.?

Justices seem split on ruling that bars sheriff from giving officers’ names to prosecutors.
By Maura Dolan and Maya Lau
The California Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over a ruling that barred the Los Angeles County sheriff from giving prosecutors the names of deputies who have committed misconduct.
During a hearing, the state high court weighed an appeal of a decision that prohibited the sheriff from giving the district attorney the names of deputies with a history of bad behavior, including lying, taking bribes, tampering with evidence, using unreasonable force or engaging in domestic violence.
By law, prosecutors are required to disclose to defendants exculpatory evidence, including information that could diminish the credibility of police officers who worked on a case.
Several justices suggested Wednesday that prosecutors need the information to fulfill their constitutional duty to disclose potentially exonerating information.
That position has been endorsed by defense lawyers, prosecutors and the California attorney general.
Justice Goodwin Liu noted that prosecutors ultimately bear liability for failing to disclose favorable evidence.
If the prosecution is unaware that such evidence exists, convictions — even valid convictions — may eventually be overturned because of a failure to disclose, he said.
“The prosecution can’t take an ostrich-like approach to this very important duty,” Liu said.
But Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye suggested that the Legislature, not the court, might want to take steps to ensure that exonerating information is disclosed to the defense.
She said one possible remedy was to give trial judges sealed lists of law enforcement officers who have a history of misconduct. The judges could review those lists privately in chambers to determine whether the officers’ records were relevant in the case and should be disclosed.
“Doesn’t delivering the list directly to the court under seal … meet the problem without intruding overtly on the officers’ privacy?” she asked.
Justice Ming W. Chin also repeatedly asked whether that path, if carved out by the Legislature or by the court in a future case, could resolve the problem.
The case before the court stems from a lawsuit filed by the L.A. deputies union to prevent former Sheriff Jim McDonnell from turning over to the district attorney about 300 names of deputies with a history of misconduct.
A divided, Los Angeles-based court of appeal ruled in 2017 that the list must be kept secret, even in pending criminal cases in which errant deputies were expected to testify.
The state high court’s decision, due in 90 days, would affect law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
The case pits the privacy rights of law enforcement officers against the constitutional duty of prosecutors to give the defense evidence that might cast doubt on a defendant’s guilt, reduce a potential sentence or diminish the credibility of prosecution witnesses.
That duty stems from a landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brady vs. Maryland, which said suppression of evidence favorable to the defense violated due process.
At issue is only whether the names can be turned over to prosecutors, not whether they would become public.
But the presence of the names on a list means deputies could be one step closer to having their disciplinary files scrutinized by a judge and their police work called into question during a court proceeding.
Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar noted that the constitutional duty to disclose evidence favorable to the defense trumps state law intended to protect the privacy of law enforcement officers. He suggested the court could “harmonize” the laws.
He called the case “very challenging,” but also noted that “the Brady responsibility is on the state.”
Justice Joshua P. Groban expressed skepticism about the union’s legal arguments.
“You are saying as long as we can bar the door and keep the law enforcement agency from sharing that with the prosecution, then there is no Brady violation?” he asked the lawyer for the union.
Justice Carol A. Corrigan noted that officers whose names were on a list would have less privacy protection than others.
But she also said that a state law intended to protect officer privacy while allowing some disclosures may be hindering the release of information a criminal defendant is entitled to under the Constitution.
Under the system in place for four decades, defense attorneys and prosecutors may ask a trial judge to review an officer’s personnel file to determine whether there is evidence that must be disclosed.
But without knowing an officer’s history, a defense lawyer may not be able to persuade the judge to undertake a review.
“There are cases in which legitimate and material evidence is eluding their review,” Corrigan said.
Justice Leondra R. Kruger asked whether there were legal safeguards that could be imposed to protect officer privacy after the names were disclosed to prosecutors.
Aimee Feinberg, representing the state attorney general, said courts could issue protective orders to ensure the officers’ names were shielded from the public.
Geoffrey S. Sheldon, who argued for Los Angeles County, said he felt “good” about how the hearing went.
“I’m cautiously optimistic that we will prevail in the case,” he said.
Judith Posner, representing the union, said she couldn’t predict the outcome.
“There were a lot of interesting and probing questions on both sides,” she said.
Police departments in at least a dozen counties, including San Francisco, Sacramento and Ventura, have had a regular practice of sending prosecutors the names of so-called Brady list officers.
California’s strict laws protecting officer personnel files — which underpinned the appellate court’s ruling for the deputies union — were dramatically altered by a new transparency law that opened up records of confirmed cases of lying and sexual misconduct by officers, as well as shootings and serious uses of force.
SB 1421, which went into effect Jan. 1, allows the public to see many of the documents at issue in the L.A. County sheriff’s case.
But the new law does not apply to the broader range of misconduct that could put an officer on a Brady list, including domestic abuse, sexual harassment, racial discrimination and bribery.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who ousted McDonnell in a stunning upset last fall, has called the Brady list a “fake list” and says it was the result of corrupt investigations designed to retaliate against certain deputies.

By Michael G. Stogner

 

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Chinedu Okbobi Murdered by 5 San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies. Dave Pine, Warren Slocum, Don Horsley, David Canepa, Carole Groom, Mike Callagy & John Beiers Couldn’t care less.

October 3, 2018 Chinedu V. Okobi was guilty of Walking While Black in Millbrae, California. For this crime he was Murdered. Who knows this, lets start with Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, Coroner Robert Foucrault, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, John Warren, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, Senator Jerry Hill, Millbrae City Council, Millbrae City Manager and Attorney. Town of Woodside elected officials and Town manager and attorney. Half Moon Bay Elected Officials, Manager& Attorney, San Carlos Elected Officials Manager & Attorney. The seven Editors of the papers aka advertising businesses.

I know of only one SMC Elected Official who has publicly asked, Do you think Chinedu Okobi was Murdered? That was Sabrina Brennan, San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner.

“CRUSH THE LIFE OUT OF HIM”

That is what this brave SMC Employee said

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Why should these Good & Concerned Citizen have to continue to tell the Supervisors to do the job they were elected to do and they took an Oath to do. Their silence means they are OK with the Murder of a man who committed no crime, was unarmed, and any mental illness had NOTHING to do with his Murder.

The other group of San Mateo County Employees who is void of a leader is the entire San Mateo County Sheriff Office all 800 of them. Shame on You for your Silence.

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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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Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos’s Leadership Release the Videos Now.

San Mateo County Resident’s and all elected leaders have been warned since April 21, 2007 about Carlos G. Bolanos’s corrupt morals. Of course Chinedu Okobi was murdered in broad daylight, notice the outrage of the residents of San Mateo County. The false PR statements to the Advertising Businesses aka Newspapers.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is not investigating this “In Custody Death.” What a surprise, This should be investigated by the Attorney General’s Office. Carlos G. Bolanos is counting on his best friend and supporter Steve Wagstaffe to find no criminal act by the SMC Sheriff Deputies who were back to work in no time simply transferred to Transportation duties.

Yanira Serrano Garcia was shot and killed within 20 seconds of a SMC Sheriff Deputy getting out of his patrol car. Steve Wagstaffe and John Warren cleared him of any criminal actions. That was a mental heath no emergency 911 call. Again SMC residents are fine with that.

** Here’s how you can help: Call DA Wagstaffe to demand justice for Chinedu Okobi: (650) 363-4636. Office hours are M-F 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm PT**

Two days ago, I watched the police videos of my brother’s October 3 murder. They were shocking, not just because I sat next to my mother as we watched my little brother getting tortured to death in broad daylight while he begged “Someone, please help me!” and cried out “What did I do?”. They were shocking because they contradicted, in every single particular, the statement that the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Officereleased and to which San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe referred in multiple news outlets after my brother’s murder. They were shocking because the District Attorney, his investigators and the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office have had access to these videos for weeks and have done nothing whatsoever to hold Sergeant David Weidner and Deputies John DeMartini, Alyssa Lorenzatti, Joshua Wang and Bryan Watt accountable. They were shocking because District Attorney Wagstaffe has allowed statements that he knows to be false to remain in the public record. They were shocking because my brother’s mental illness had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with his killing.

The video of my brother’s murder starts out with a dash cam view of my brother, walking calmly down the sidewalk, carrying bags. It’s notable, because the view shows other people walking-it’s broad daylight, so there is nothing particularly interesting or sinister about a man walking down the street, holding bags, heading somewhere. He is dressed normally, and doesn’t look disheveled or as if he’s in crisis.

The deputy driving the car says something like who is this guy, and then speeds up to get alongside my brother.

Lie #1: According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office and District Attorney Wagstaffe’s statements, my brother was “running in and out of traffic”. My brother was not walking in and out of traffic when the deputy noticed him. He was walking on the sidewalk, as people do.

Based upon the audio of the first deputy who made contact with my brother, that deputy was also not responding to any calls about anyone “running in and out of traffic”, so there was no basis to stop my brother other than what that deputy saw. The video shows the deputy was driving down the street, noticed my brother walking down the sidewalk from about a block away, and decided to stop him.

When the deputy pulls up alongside my brother, he shouts at him and asks him what he’s doing, tells him he needs to question him. My brother quietly answers (it’s inaudible), and then walks to the intersection, looks out for traffic, and crosses the street.

At that point, the deputy calls in a Code 3. A Code 3 means “Emergency, send back-up.”.

Lie #2: At no point was the deputy in danger, there was nothing about a man crossing the street at an intersection that was an emergency. He was in a car, and my brother had crossed the street away from him. The deputy, within 2 minutes of having seen my brother, has dramatically escalated a situation that didn’t need to even be a situation and has then lied about being in danger and there being an emergency, which he knows will result in other deputies coming in hot.

The next cut of the video shows my brother, as he has crossed to the other side of the street. The first deputy speeds across the street to cut him off, another police car speeds up in front of my brother. Deputy Alyssa Lorenzatti charges out of the car. At this point, my brother drops his bags and puts his arms up in the air. Deputy Lorenzatti rushes into him, he twists to the side and moves his hand up to avoid being hit or to avoid inadvertently hitting her.

They grab him, rip off his jacket. He tries to run, asking, “What’s wrong? What did I do?” That’s when Deputy Joshua Wang tased him. My brother falls in the street, on his back, crying. He has the presence of mind to keep his hands in the air, even as Deputy Wang holds the taser and continuously sends volts of electricity through his prone body. He is not fighting, just crying in pain. I will never forget the visual of his hands, waving above his head, open, begging. He begs them to take the taser prongs off of him. He tries to pull them off himself.

Lie #3: My brother never attacked any of the deputies. He did not assault anyone. My baby brother, as big as he was, didn’t even defend himself.

The deputies keep shouting at him to turn over on his stomach. They electrocute him again. He screams. At no point does anyone tell him why he was stopped, what they think he has done, whether or not he is under arrest. When there is a break in the torture, my brother staggers to his knees, tries to run away. A deputy pulls out his baton, strikes, they tase him again. My brother goes down. At some point, my brother tries to run across the street, they chase him, they tase him, they pepper spray him, they jump on top of him while he is prone. There is audio of Sergeant Weidner saying “Stay on top of him, stay on top of him, stay on top of him.” Someone asks if my brother is still breathing. Sergeant Weidner keeps cheering them on, telling them to stay on him until they have crushed the life out of him. Someone shouts “I see blood!” Then it’s over.

My brother has clearly died, right there on the sidewalk, in broad daylight. One of the deputies immediately declares it a crime scene. A deputy asks another, solicitously, if he wants water. Killing my brother is thirsty work, apparently. What not a single one of those deputies does is give my brother CPR. None of them tries to help him. They express no shock or remorse at the fact of his death. It’s all very casual. They prop his body upright, like an over-full trash bag. His head hangs forward, airways occluded. No one follows even the most basic life-saving procedures. There is no mercy or compassion for my little brother. If they had killed a dog the way they killed my brother, there would be outrage.

Lie #4: My brother died on the scene, not on the way to the hospital, not at the hospital. They didn’t even pretend to try to revive him.

The dash cam audio captures the ham-handed development of their narrative. If it were a movie with a happy ending, it would be funny, it’s so hapless. Someone says something about my brother having a lot of drugs in him. Someone adds that all of the drugs are why my brother fought them so hard. Meanwhile, the only thing my brother was fighting was death. And those deputies made sure that he lost.

Now that I have seen the video, I am so angry. It was always wrong, it was always a tragedy, but now, knowing that there wasn’t even the pretense of police stopping him “for his own safety”, seeing the way they tortured him to death for simply walking down the sidewalk-this is a crime.

These deputies have been trained in the use of tasers (and if they have not, then it is criminally negligent that they were allowed to use lethal weapons without training) and they used them repeatedly on my brother, then held him down until he died, then failed to offer any medical assistance. They knew that their actions were likely to result in my brother’s death. And they did it anyway.

I am angry at myself for believing any of the lie put out by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. I knew that my brother didn’t “attack” or “assault” deputies, but because of his mental illness, I believed it was possible that he might have been in crisis and acting erratically. None of that would have justified him being killed, but there isn’t even a reason, at all, that my brother was stopped. My brother’s medical history has nothing at all to do with why he was stopped and killed.

I am angry at myself for believing that District Attorney Wagstaffe was acting as an impartial defender of the public. He had access to this evidence, yet he released a statement that he knew or should have known to be false. If he had not seen any video, he knew it existed, and he should have seen it before releasing a statement that he claimed was factual. If he made the statement in error, it is an egregious, unconscionable error with material impact on due process, and one that an elected servant of the people with his 40+ years of experience in office should not ever make.

My brother deserves the same consideration and commitment to justice from District Attorney Wagstaffe that any homicide victim would receive. The fact that the perpetrators were sworn to protect and serve means that they should be held to an even higher standard, that they have violated the public trust. District Attorney Wagstaffe and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department should be eager to demonstrate that the actions of Sergeant David Weidner and Deputies John DeMartini, Alyssa Lorenzatti, Joshua Wang and Bryan Watt do not reflect the standards of San Mateo County or of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s force, by disavowing them unequivocally.

Our family and our community demand justice. Citizens, especially those who are unarmed and who have committed no crime, should not be tortured to death with impunity by those sworn to protect and serve.

–We call on District Attorney Wagstaffe to release the videos that we were shown to my family to the public, exactly as they were shown to us-it has been 45 days since my brother was killed, and Assembly Bill 748 requires that they be released to the public within 45 days.

–We call on District Attorney Wagstaffe to release recordings of any calls made to 911 prior to any deputy contact with my brother, per earlier statements that the sheriffs were responding to him walking in and out of traffic. If they do not exist, we call on the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney Wagstaffe to inform the public and to retract the earlier false statements.

–We call on District Attorney Wagstaffe to update the public on the status of the investigation, and justify the wait for a charging decision.

–We call on District Attorney Wagstaffe and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office to remove the appearance of collusion and retract the false statement that was made on October 3, claiming that my brother “immediately assaulted” the deputy, as it has been shown to be false by the police’s own evidence.

–We call on District Attorney Wagstaffe to investigate the deputies’ previous records-of the five deputies, four were transfers to San Mateo County, and the other has not been on the force up to a year. Transfers are correlated with a higher percentage of police misconduct.

–We call on District Attorney Wagstaffe to inform the public of any police misconduct records for any of the five deputies, per Senate Bill 1421. The public deserves to know whether Sergeant David Weidner or Deputies John DeMartini, Alyssa Lorenzatti, Joshua Wang or Bryan Watt had any previous incidents that precipitated their transfers, and which should have been taken into consideration before they were given free reign to kill citizens in San Mateo County.

–We call on the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department to inform the public about taser use policies. San Mateo County Sheriff’s taser policies state:
1. Tasers are not to be used if/when officers also utilize restraint techniques that will impair respiration.
2. Tasers are not to be used on a fleeing subject, when there are no factors justifying deployment other than the subject is fleeing
3. Tasers may be used to “overcome active resistance from dangerous, violent, or potentially violent subjects who are lawfully arrested or subject to lawful arrest, or who demonstrate intent to cause immediate harm to individuals other than themselves.”

The video demonstrates a violation of every single one of these policies.

–We call for the immediate sanction of Sergeant David Weidner and Deputies John DeMartini, Alyssa Lorenzatti, Joshua Wang and Bryan Watt to demonstrate that San Mateo County will not tolerate the misuse of tasers by law enforcement. This is the third such death in San Mateo County in only ten months, and District Attorney Wagstaffe cannot continue to give law enforcement a license to kill unarmed citizens.

–We call for the immediate release of the taser records, which will allow us to know how many times my brother was electrocuted, by whom, and for how long.

–We call on San Mateo County to issue an immediate moratorium on the use of tasers, given that my brother was the third unarmed person in 10 months that law enforcement has electrocuted to death in San Mateo County.

–We call on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to refuse to approve any budget requests for the purchase of tasers until it conducts a public/expert review process, beginning in December of this year on the impact of tasers, and institutes an independent review body to determine whether tasers should be carried by law enforcement in San Mateo County at all.

–We call for the creation of a permanent independent police review body, as there are in San Francisco and San Jose counties, to investigate officer-involved killings and use of force. Independence builds trust that the process is fair and unbiased, a trust that this investigation has stolen from my family.

No mother should ever have to watch her child get tortured to death, and especially not by people whose duty is to protect and serve. And no District Attorney, elected by the people to uphold the law and seek justice on behalf of the people, should sanction the extra-judicial torture and killing of unarmed citizens who have committed no crime.

 

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San Mateo County News Endorsements for November 6, 2018 Election.

San Mateo County News is making only a few.

Based on the San Mateo County Democratic Committee Endorsements and lack of Endorsements. The Tell all was the SMCHD endorsement. Once you see that you realize that something is Very Wrong with this Organization.

The SMCDC aka “Those Who Matter” endorsed one person and only one person for San Mateo County Harbor District when there were two endorsements possible. I’m sure he is a wonderful person but two things stood out for me. He is a Sheriff Deputy who endorsed his boss Carlos Bolanos for Sheriff. He might be a victim and felt he had to I don’t know.

What I do know is the Edmundo Larenas who in 2016 received 175,054 votes did not endorse Carlos Bolanos for Sheriff with very good reason. He has done an outstanding job of representing the average citizen/resident aka the Taxpayer by standing up to questionable billable hours by the Law Firm that represents the SMCHD.

San Mateo County Harbor District VOTE Edmundo Larenas & Nancy Reyering

 

Pacifica City Council Vote Adonica Shaw Porter

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Adonica Shaw Porter

San Carlos City Council Vote John McDowell

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John McDowell

Vote No on Measure W

San Mateo County News.com is a News and Information site for the average citizen/resident/taxpayer. I recommend you google search each candidate/measure to make up you own mind who to vote for. I’m just pointing out the Glaring dishonesty coming from this one organization.

By Michael G. Stogner Co-owner of San Mateo County News.com

 

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Return the flag you removed

Editor,

During and after the Civil War, mostly through the effort of American women, the soldiers’ graves from both sides of the conflict were decorated with flags. The practice continued to grow in popularity in America as a means to memorialize and honor those who served in the military and gave their lives for their country. Finally, in 1971, Congress took action to distinguish the last Monday in May as Memorial Day, a federal holiday.

In San Carlos, there stands a statue called “Balancing Act.” It is often decorated for whatever holiday it happens to be, or for fun, when one of the teams like the Giants or Warriors are in the play-offs.

On Friday, May 25, I noticed the statue had no decoration for the Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, I endeavored to do something about it and went to Judy’s Flags in Belmont and bought an American flag to put in the statue’s hand.

Normally, whatever decoration is placed upon the statue is removed after a week or so by whomever put the decorations up in the first place. To my surprise and chagrin, when I passed by the statue on Tuesday morning on my way to the Plantation for coffee, the flag was removed.

Whoever took it upon themselves to remove the flag, one request: please put it back on the statute as it was or return it to me at the Plantation. Your removal of the flag was not necessary and not appreciated.

Matt Grocott

San Carlos

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San Carlos Councilman Ron Collins response to Mark De Paula’s request to watch a 3 minute video.

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

Update May 22, 2018 The Union listened to Mark De Paula’s 3 minute presentation.

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Good and Concerned Citizen Mark De Paula has invested his own Money and Time over the years to get to the truth about what really happened at 3474 Eldon Street Las Vegas, Nevada on April 21, 2007 9:30 PM. He personally flew to and spent 3 days in Las Vegas meeting with FBI and Las Vegas Metro Police.

I don’t how much time or money Ron Collins spent to get to the truth over the 11 years.

I do know that his response is pretty bizarre to a simple request to view a short video.

This is a good insight for San Carlos Voters/Residents when you take the time to go to a City Council Meeting to make your contribution, public comment to make your City better and this is the type of human being who is listening.

Dear Mr. De Paula,
I will not be withdrawing my endorsement for Sheriff Bolanos.  Really, 11 years ago?  And you connecting him with sex trafficking of minors?  Are you saying he’s a child sex trafficker? That’s an  irresponsible accusation, and diminishes you.  At what point do you get beyond these kinds of incidents?  Clearly 11 years is not enough for you.  Shall it be 15, 20, or never?  Get over it, and please do not email me again, or ever talk to me should you get elected to the San Mateo City Council.
Ron Collins
Ron Collins
San Carlos City Council
650.802.4161
City fo Good Living
Note to Ron Collins, Mark De Paula is not running for City of San Mateo Council. Mark DePaula simply asked you to please withdraw your endorsement of Carlos Bolanos if you did endorse him and please watch a 3 minute video. Why are you so Hostile about this topic?
Update: Mark Melville Candidate for Sheriff 2018 did invest 3 minutes of his time to watch Mark De Paula’s Presentation to the Board of Supervisor on March 13, 2018 during Public Comment. “I watched Mr. De Paula’s presentation it proves that Former Sheriff Greg Munks and Carlos Bolanos are Liars.”
Ron Collins has blocked Mark De Paula from e-mail. I bet he wishes he could have blocked whoever sent him this e-mail.
Subject: Carols Bolanos and You
If you are receiving this email it is because you or a friend have endorsed a man who has either a) As a career lawman stood outside an obvious illegal brothel while his boss, the Sheriff of San Mateo County had sex with a probably minor sex-slave inside, or; b) Waited inside the brothel for his turn at the child sex-slaves while his boss was busy in one of the bedrooms.
There is no upside for you here. Add in the fact that it has now been alleged by an apparent SMCSO Deputy that Bolanos and Munks offered false IDs and were arrested and taken downtown before being bailed out by Gallagher, Kearnan and Sanchez and then add in the fact that the people who bailed them out appear to have been promoted ahead of grade and position up to the point of retirement as Assistant Sheriffs.
Carlos Bolanos is a toxic waste heap that is going to devour you if you remain supportive of him. Several smart local politicians have already pulled their endorsements of him. You must do the same or you risk deservedly and ignominiously going down with him in the fallout of your support for law enforcement officers who facilitated or solicited child-slaves in the service of their “needs.”
Dump Bolanos now. It is the only even remotely smart political choice you have. And announce it to the world when you do. Anything less and you risk being associated with Carols Bolanos forever.

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