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No Confidence in SMCDA Chief Inspector John Warren

By. Michael G, Stogner

San Mateo County District Attorney Chief Inspector John Warren

He is in-charge of the Investigation of Sandra Harmon death by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy John Baba and Deputy David Dominguez on May 5, 2020 just off of Main Street Half Moon Bay.

He was also the in-charge of the Yanira Serrano-Garcia death by Deputy Investigation June 3, 2014 also Half Moon Bay.

He was also SMCDA Inspector Jamie Draper’s Supervisor and he approved this Conclusion Summary of the Coroner’s Report in the Chinedu Okobi Death by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018.

He doesn’t mention the word Homicide. Jamie Draper says it should be noted that this information is contrary. NO IT ISN’T Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz is 100% correct.
“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 Deputies

Both Inspectors of San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office thought that Omitting the word Homicide and a deliberately misleading statement was fine.

That is why I have No Confidence in either one of them. I also think it is a criminal act to provide a false report in what should have been a Homicide Investigation.

San Mateo County should release the MAV videos and audio recordings of the death of Sandra Harmon, they should have done it the first day.

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San Mateo’s Peaceful Protest, BLM, George Floyd R.I.P. Chinedu V. Okobi R.I.P.

By Michael G. Stogner

Did anybody mention Chinedu V. Okobi’s name that night? He was killed on El Camino Real, in Millbrae in the middle of the afternoon, by six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018. San Mateo County Coroner ruled the manner of Death a Homicide on December 31, 2018. Chinedu Okobi had committed No Crime, when Sheriff Deputy Wang became interested in him. Yes Chinedu was a Black man walking on the sidewalk.

Chinedu Okobi and George Floyd were both killed by law enforcement and both deaths ruled a Homicide. The difference is a brave 17 year old girl who videoed the Murder and put it on the internet for the world to see before it could be destroyed or edited.

Police response was at times unnecessarily intimidating,

I knew I wanted to publish this letter as soon as I read it, in my opinion it is addressed to the wrong people, The five Supervisors couldn’t care less what the residents think or feel. It should be addressed to ALL San Mateo County Residents.

Here it is:

Good morning San Mateo City Council Members, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Chief Barberini, and Sheriff Bolanos –

On Wednesday evening, June 3, I attended and spoke at the Black Lives Matter Protest in San Mateo. From the moment I walked up to City Hall, witnessed the speeches, and marched from City Hall to the San Mateo Police Department, I was inspired and proud. That is, until SMPD and related police forces showed up unprovoked in masses in riot gear to greet the peaceful protesters. 

Shortly after 7pm, when the protest was scheduled to end, a group of Sheriff vehicles – marked and unmarked – sped down Franklin Parkway towards the hundreds of individuals, families, and children still standing peacefully in the street. As had been specifically planned in coordination with SMPD, the protest was scheduled to end at the San Mateo Police Department with a time of silence and reflection. Instead, when the riot forces began rushing to the scene, people were forced to quickly make way while at the same time fearing what these forces had come to do. I personally witnessed an older gentleman literally jump out of the way of a sheriff car backing up into the driveway. Children were running into the arms of their parents in tears. This as multiple law enforcement officers jumped out of their cars, either dressed in or grabbing full riot gear to don, displaying batons, bright-colored zip tie restraints, rubber bullet guns, and other riot paraphernalia. This was nothing more than an unprovoked, blatant show of force which negated the otherwise positive nature of the demonstration. 

Three of the people standing on Franklin Parkway were me, my husband Rob, and my daughter Kaiya. Prior to this incident, Kaiya had been jumping up and down on the curb, collecting new rocks, and galloping through the street like a horse without a care in the world. This changed in one moment, when she then dove into my arms in hysterics. There have been very few times where I have been so afraid for my life, and never a time when I have been so afraid for the life of my daughter. There is no way to describe what that moment felt like for me, and my 22 month old daughter doesn’t have the words to describe what it was like for her. I’ll never know how much this first real interaction with law enforcement impacted her. 

San Mateo Police Department released a statement indicating there were “additional challenges” and therefore a “supplemental group was deployed.” SMPD further stated, “Fortunately, at no point did these officers, or any other personnel have to employ any use of force and no arrests were made.” That bare statement reflects a generally negative set of expectations for what everyone agreed would be a civil, peaceful demonstration. No mention of the blatant and unnecessary display of force. No recognition of the impact on the peaceful protesters who lined the streets. Could it have been worse? Absolutely. But should we strive to do better? I thought that was the commitment SMPD made in their letter to the community denouncing George Floyd’s death and that was reiterated during the Town Hall earlier this week. Actions speak much louder than words. 

This is not a situation in which you need to wait for other people to determine what happened and why in order to determine right and wrong, and understand the right thing to do. In this letter and in my prior discussions with many of you, I am describing the actions of our local law enforcement, which are not in dispute, and explaining how they were received by attendees including my own family. This is an example of our system functioning as intended, and of your collective complicity. 

No one on our City Council looks like me. To be honest, not many people in our city look like me. I have shared my perspective, as a black woman in our city, as the ONLY current Black Elected Official in our city, and I have been told – subtly or overtly – what every other black person in our country is told – we don’t believe you, and we need to wait for the white men in power to tell us what really happened. 

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so disappointed. Please know that if you truly stand with Black Lives Matter, actions like these and the insistent failure to acknowledge them directly and seemingly intentionally miss the point. If you believe my life matters, that means you believe me and my experience. You think it is valuable and that my story is ALL you need to denounce these scare tactics, and blatant displays of force.

Councilwoman Lee recently had a rock thrown through her window. She recounted that terrible event from her perspective, she told her story, and action ensued. No one said, we are going to wait until we have all the evidence before we are going to speak out. Why is this experience so different?

I’m asking for two things: 

To the San Mateo City Council and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, I am asking you to take a stand. To publicly address and denounce these scare tactics and blatant displays of force utilized by law enforcement at the end of the evening. 

To Chief Barberini and Sheriff Bolanos, I am asking for ownership. A lot went well, and you have repeatedly shared that. Own what didn’t go well and make reparations.

Shara Watkins

Remember this was a Successful Peaceful Protest in the middle of a Pandemic. Congratulations to all involved.

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SMC Elected Officials get Involved Now.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Elected Officials Now is the time to get Involved. This can be solved in MINUTES take care of this, Send Sandie Harmon Home.

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I was the first News Reporter to report about Sandra Lee Harmon being killed by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies in Half Moon Bay, California. I reported it at 10:37 PM. The Sheriff’s Office First tweet was at 11:19 PM.

My article May 5, 2020 10:37 PM

Lets make this happen.

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San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Release the Video and Audio.

By Michael G. Stogner

May 5, 2020 Sandra Lee Harmon a Mother and a Wife who suffered from Mental Health Issues was shot and Killed by Sheriff Deputies in Half Moon Bay, California. That we know, and that’s about all we know.

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

There is NO reason for the residents of SMC to trust anything Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos an Elected Official says after the October 3, 2018 Homicide of Chinedu Okobi by six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees. Sheriff Bolanos issued 2 News Releases that day, both contained False Statements. He issued a 3rd News Release March 1, 2019 which contained even more False Statements.

All Five San Mateo County Supervisors are OK with all of the False Statements by Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos mentioned above.

If the Videos and Audio from AXON actually contained the evidence that confirms what Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos says happened, you can bet he would have made it public on May 5th and there would be no reason to have to trust him, it would answer all the questions. A simple video of her firing her Shotgun at Deputies first and Life Saving efforts provided after she was shot multiple times while reaching for her shotgun that somehow was on the ground.

That would go a long way for Public Trust and Confidence in Law Enforcement. A Citizen Oversight Committee with Subpoena power would be an improvement also a County Wide Policy to make Videos and Audios from remote Mic. public within 24 hours of all Deaths by Law Enforcement.

What time was the SMC PERT TEAM dispatched?

What time did the SMC PERT TEAM arrive on scene?

Release the videos and audio Now.

This what happens when The Sheriff’s Office, The District Attorney’s Office have 5 months to edit and add suggestive captions. Notice they only mention 5 Sheriff Employees instead of the 6.

District Attorney’s Video of October 3, 2018 incident.

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Her name was Sandra Lee Harmon. It could have been Errol, Yanira, Chinedu and many others.

By Michael G. Stogner

Sandra Lee Harmon



San Mateo County Supervisors do your job, Supervise.
Release the Videos Today.

It’s been 5 days since Sandra Lee Harmon was killed. The names of the Deputies involved have not been released, the Videos, Audios, 911 call transcripts, name of Hospital, who provided life saving measures and for how long. What type of Shot gun, single barrel? Double barrel? How did it get on the ground? Did she comply with the orders to Put the gun down? Did she fire first? the video and audio would solve that question?

There is a slight possibility that the Sheriff’s Office story is true but the past behavior in Homicide by Law Enforcement (Okobi) is the example the residents of San Mateo County should Not believe anything Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos says or provides in a News Release.

The only fact that we know is that she was killed by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies in the back parking lot of 845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California early evening on May 5, 2020.

San Mateo County Sheriff Office issued a tweet “Upon arrival, Deputies gave her multiple verbal commands to drop her weapon. She did not comply and fired her shotgun at Deputies. Deputies returned fire, striking the woman.  Following lifesaving efforts on-scene, she was transported to the hospital and succumbed to her injuries.”

If that sounds familiar it should, Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos Press Releases. Always make the deceased look guilty.

October 3, 2018 the Sheriff Office News Release issued just hours after the Chinedu Okobi Homicide by SIX San Mateo County Sheriff Employees.

“The deputy exited his vehicle to contact the suspect and the suspect immediately assaulted the deputy.” ” The suspect was also transported to the hospital where it was later learned that he died. Both of these are completely False statements remained on SMC website for 5 months.

October 3, 2018 Sheriff’s Office issued a second News Release where they Omitted the sixth SMC Employee CSO Joseph Gonzales.

Sheriff’s deputy Mehn Trieu arrived at the scene alone and fired a single shot within 20 seconds of exiting his vehicle. After he met with his attorneys he made this statement. Seeing “Yanira SerranoGarcia put the fear of God in him.

Errol Chang was killed by Daly City Swat Team called by Pacifica Police. They got tried of waiting, ordered into the tiny house.

San Mateo County residents you have 5 elected people who are responsible for this result reoccurring. They are the Supervisors.

Her family is requesting financial help at this time Bringing Sandie Home.

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SMC Sheriff’s Office PIO Rosemerry Blankswade.

By Michael G. Stogner

Det. Rosemerry Blankswade

PIO is Public Information Officer San Mateo County Sheriff Detective Rosemerry Blankswade is the Spokesperson for Sherif Carlos G. Bolanos. She must be extremely busy, doing something more important than Informing the public.

Public Information would include Press Releases to inform the Public.

May 5, 2020 Half Moon Bay about 7:40 PM in the parking lot of the Pasta Moon Restaurant San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies Killed Sandra Lee Harmon a 56 year old mother who was suffering with mental health issues according to her daughter.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has issued only a simple tweet so far,

No Press Release Period.

Sherif Office News Room

Public Trust is earned, Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and Detective Rosemerry Blankswade can not be trusted to tell the truth. Chinedu Okobi Homicide by Law Enforcement October 3, 2018 is a perfect example.

The names of the Deputies should have been made public that night, the Videos and Audios should be released to eliminate any false narrative. Some print media has already started, Shootout, Shotgun Wielding etc.

San Mateo County Residents know this is Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos Mental Health Policy.

Update: The Sheriff Office has just produced a Press Release after my article. As you can see it’s dated 5/7/2020

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San Mateo County’s Mental Health Reality, Vincent Valencia Case.

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Liz Valencia with son Vincent Valencia

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: March 17, 2020 8:30 for imposition of sentence.

Vincent Valencia has a Court Date January 27, 2020 8:30 AM in Superior Court in Redwood City California located at 400 County Center Building.

1. Case #19-SF-008911-A 212.5(C) Two Felony Counts Robbery, 417(A)(1) misdemeanor brandishing a knife, and 148(A)(1) misdemeanor resisting arrest.  It is a Redwood City Police Department case with an offense date of July 3, 2019.  The case is set on March 17, 2020 8:30 before Judge Greenberg for imposition of sentence.

 

2. Case #19-SF-003527-A Section 69 Felony resisting an executive officer. It is also a Redwood City Police Department case with an offense date of March 7, 2019.  It is also set on March 17, 2020 8:30 for imposition of sentence.

 

On Monday, January 27, 2020 Mr. Valencia pleaded nolo contendere to the charges above on condition a maximum of 5 years, 4 months state prison and the court will consider less at time of sentencing.

Vincent has been arrested more than 100 times in the last 10 years. Think about that.

What could possibly cause that? Mental Heath Issues come to mind.

Liz is a Mother who has exhausted every single avenue available to her and Vincent to assure his safety and well being, to No Avail.

Redwood City Police Department and San Mateo District Attorney Office have chosen to target him as a Soft Target which he is.

Any and all Concerned Citizens please just know about Vincent Valencia before he becomes just another statistic.

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SMC’s Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle (TASER) Forum.

The real topic of Excessive & Unnecessary Use of Force was not broached.

February 11, 2019 San Mateo County Supervisor’s Committee on Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle (TASER) Forum. Supervisors Don Horsley, Warren Slocum, Dave Pine, Dave Canepa, Carole Groom thought that this would satisfy the Good and Concerned Citizens of San Mateo County and would be a lot easier than actually Supervising Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos that they Illegally Appointed on July 12, 2016, and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe who is refusing to release the videos and audio recordings which contain stupid statements by the 5 deputies “do you want water.”

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Ginny Kraus (holding up sign) has said from day one “This will NOT go away.” She means it.

This is just a small sample of the citizens that have been showing up consistently for 132 days requesting/demanding honesty from the Elected Officials of San Mateo County. They understand that accidents happen, sometimes in custody deaths occur by accident, It’s what was done right after a death that makes the difference. How many seconds after Chinedu stopped breathing was CPR administered and by who and for how long? This information is what the recordings will provide to the public. D.A. Steve Wagstaffe is refusing to release those recordings.

J.R. Stone KRON video 58 second mark

Chindeu V. Okobi was Murdered by 5 San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies on October 3, 2018 on El Camino Real, Millbrae, California. All 5 Deputies failed to handcuff him when he was tased. Instead one officer backed away, another raised an extended baton, not one got on the ground to handcuff him before he composed himself and got up to save his own life and run away. He did not accomplish that as they continued to torture him to death, after passing according to Ebele they grabbed him like a bag of garbage sat him which caused his head to lean forward closing his airway which assured his death. No CRP given.

So many great people attended the meeting several who have lost relatives to excessive and unnecessary force which is protected in San Mateo County. I would like to thank the majority of Sheriff Deputies who ignored their Union President D.J. Wozniak’s call to arms to show up in force to intimate the public. I saw very few of the deputies there.

DSA President call to arms

2/11/2019 Committee on Taser Meeting Video

 

By Michael G. Stogner

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SMCSO DSA President D.J. Wozniak can’t say Chinedu V. Okobi’s name.

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Chinedu Valentine Okobi

EXCESSIVE & UNNECESSARY USE OF FORCE
Chinedu V. Okobi was murdered October 3, 2018 on El Camino Real in Millbrae by 5 San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies. One of them Sgt. David Weidner not represented DSA.
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He is upset that 40 residents came and spoke at the December 4, 2018 Board of Supervisor meeting and used the M word Murder.
He is upset that the Supervisors formed a Committee on Tasers to meet Feb. 11, 2019 6-8PM in the Supervisors meeting room 1st floor of the 400 County Center Building. He is not the only one upset at the Supervisors, this Committee and subject matter is not at all important to the murder of Chinedu.
EXCESSIVE & UNNECESSARY USE OF FORCE is the only topic that is important. That is what Steve Wagstaffe, Carlos G. Bolanos, Carole Groom, Dave Pine, Don Horsley, Warren Slocum, David Canepa are all distracting the public with the Committee dog and pony show. If this “Committee on Tasers” Charade sounds familiar it should 2008 the BOS did a similar performance.

Ethics committee in works

Elected county officials suspected of wrongdoing or unbecoming conduct can be investigated by a five-member ethics committee with the authority to recommend their removal, according to an ordinance unanimously endorsed yesterday by the Board of Supervisors.

The board created the independent citizens review panel on Tuesday after revisiting an earlier proposal by supervisors Jerry Hill and Adrienne Tissier. At its July 22 meeting, the board cautiously backed the idea but asked for some fine-tuning of language to avoid the panel embarking on what Supervisor Mark Church characterized as a “witch hunt” against officials.

The approved proposal defines “serious official misconduct” based on an existing San Bernadino ordinance and allows the board to determine an allegation is unfounded before calling together the review panel. The passed ordinance also suspends the panel’s investigation when necessary as not to conflict with any criminal proceedings.

Although having such a review panel will help the county deal with questionable situations if needed, the goal is to never have them arise, Hill said.

The ordinance, which still requires a second reading to become official, also can’t retroactively address the matter which sparked its formation — the April 2007 detention of Sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos in an undercover brothel sting in Las Vegas.

The pair were in town for a law enforcement race and told police they mistakenly went to the raided home because they thought it was a legitimate massage parlor.

Neither was charged with a crime and the supervisors said they had no discipline authority. Approximately a year later, Hill revisited the issue of official oversight for elected county officials.

Hill and Tissier suggested an independent ethics committee as an alternative to less viable oversight ideas such as letting the Board of Supervisors remove fellow elected officials. Not even a county charter amendment gives the board authority to remove an elected official and the state constitution doesn’t allow the board to discipline an official to any less degree.

While the committee itself can’t take action, its independent nature removes the politics from the process and can spark into action the grand jury, which does have the authority to recommend an official’s removal.

The citizen’s review panel of individuals will include either retired judges, former county or city administrators, former grand juror foreperson, or former county counsels, city attorneys or district attorneys. Selection would be random and Brown Act — California’s open meeting law — requirements enforced.

The San Bernadino County charter — the one most often referenced as a San Mateo County template — allows a four-fifths vote of the Board of Supervisors to remove any other county officer for “flagrant or repeated neglect of duties,” “misappropriation of public property,” “violation of any law related to the performance of the official’s duties” or “willful falsification of a relevant official statement or document.”

While the ordinance has survived a legal challenge, it has never been used.

Michelle Durand can be reached by e-mail: michelle@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102.
Here is D.J.’s recent email to the Union members.
As you all know, the District Attorney has not yet announced if he will or will not prosecute 4 of our members for the death in custody in Millbrae last October. While I’m disappointed his decision has taken so long, we are confident our members did nothing wrong  and are fully prepared to defend our members if any charges are filed. The DSA stands behind our members and the actions they took that day in Millbrae. I’m confident that if the DA’s office wanted to move forward with any charges, we would prevail in court.
NOTE: I think every San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy knows the above statement by D.J. Wozniak sounds really good, but in reality look what D.J. has done for Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez.
While the DA’s office weighs its options, the NAACP and the National Black Lives Matter movement have taken a particular interest in the Sheriff’s Office. They have activated their base via social media and have inundated the Board of Supervisors with thousands of calls and emails asking them to remove Tasers from San Mateo County Law Enforcement.
While I had hoped they would simply ignore these anti police activists, they have not.   Unfortunately,  Supervisor Pine and Groom have given these people an audience and formed a “taser committee” where they’ll will be looking into Tasers, policies surrounding them and researching deaths related to Tasers.
This is baffling because the decision to deploy Tasers is not made by the Board of Supervisors, it is the decision of the Sheriff.
The committee plans on holding a public meeting to “discuss Tasers”. The meeting is tenatively scheduled for February 11th at 1800 hours.
Once the meeting date/ time is confirmed, I will be asking all DSA members try to attend the meeting.   I’m not asking you to speak or participate in the conversation as  I find it unlikely that any of activists attending are open to listening to anything we have to say.   We simply don’t want the entire audience to be full of anti police activists and having normal rational people in the audience will be helpful.
Here is what I have one in response to these events:
  • I have had numerous conversations with Sheriff Bolanos on this issue and made it crystal clear that the DSA does not support removing Tasers from our members.   The Sheriff has has told me that he supports that decision and believes in Tasers have their place in the use of force policies of the Sheriff’s Office.
  • I have met with the board members individually.  I have explained how valuable Tasers are to public safety. I have explained how high in the use of force continuum Tasers are and how restrictive our policy and procedures are regarding their use.    I explained to them that the calls/emails they are receiving are not from people in San Mateo County. The people calling are part of the social media army of the Black Lives Matter organization and know nothing nothing about use of force issues and know nothing about Tasers and their use in law enforcement and most importantly, have no idea about the events in Millbrae resulting in the death in custody.
  • Sheriff Bolanos has authorized me to create a “use of force” day for the County Manager, County Council and Board of Supervisors.  Working with the training unit, we will give the BOS training on Tasers and run them through various scenarios, with and without Tasers so they can see their value in public safety.
I ask that any of you who happen to have a conversation with Sheriff Bolanos, convey your appreciation for his stance on this issue and supporting the DSA.
I will obviously keep you posted on any developments with this “Taser Committee”.
By Michael G. Stogner

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San Mateo County Snake Oil, Cures All That Ails You. Come Get Some!

 

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For over a year there was a pattern of police use of force deaths, in San Mateo County. This pattern culminated, in the October 3, 2018 Millbrae death of 36 year old pedestrian Chinedu Okobi.

Despite what would appear to any reasonably objective observer, an escalating body count, Mr Wagstaffe, as District Attorney, did nothing to address / curb the situation. And now, his administration is seemingly poised to render a decision blaming Okobi’s death, on something other than the unnecessary & excessive use of force by officers. This is a familiar pattern with DA Steve Wagstaffe, with his having blamed previous deaths on the decedents -their respective acts & medical conditions.

Most recently, he went on television saying he was not going to speculate on the Okobi case, that he had to get all the facts, before rendering a decision on the matter. Yet, instead of keeping his word, he went on camera and questioned the product liability aspect of Tasers, a device repeatedly used by officers, in their confrontation of Okobi .

Mr. Wagstaffe ignored a year long prologue of police use of force deaths, in his very jurisdiction. And then he told us he was not going to release videos, in his possession, ones which depict exactly what had happened, in the most recent death, that of Mr. Okobi.

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Just as his office had excluded two African American’s from serving on the jury in the Tracey Biletnikoff murder case, a matter in which he had been criticized by the appellate court. This was a Murder Conviction reversed because of Wagstaffe’s behavior. “During jury selection, the prosecutor, Stephen Wagstaffe, peremptorily struck the only two African-American members of the jury pool… We hold that a comparative juror analysis, in combination with other facts in the record, demonstrates that the prosecutor’s purported race-neutral reasons for striking at least one of the jurors were pretexts for racial discrimination.”

He now says he is not going to release the videos and audio recordings of Chinedu’s murder to the public, his employers, so that they can see them.

The People do not need an interpreter, to understand what they are seeing for themselves, Mr. Wagstaffe.

Okobi’s mother and sister were shown the videos and audio recordings, and here is what his sister, Ebele, said about them:

It’s readily apparent you are struggling to shoehorn your narrative of what occurred with the facts and, in so doing, you have passed the rubicon of truthfulness, leaving honesty & integrity behind, and entering a sea of deception -familiar territory for yourself, a directed or desired outcome.

The taint and stench you and your cadre have brought to the office of district attorney is palpable and, I submit, can not be removed, without your & their removal.

Felony fraud resulting in the diversion of over 2 million dollars of public monies being characterized by your office as sloppy accounting practices, at San Mateo County Transit, is but one / just one example of DA Wagstaffe’s aversion to the truth. False debits are not errors or sloppy accounting, Steve, they are intentional criminal acts.

Here is the letter from Albert Serrato falsely declaring that no crimes were committed in the SamTrans fraud brought by 3 whistleblowers, who were accountants and risked and lost their own jobs.

The bias you have demonstrated, when it comes to Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and former Sheriff Greg Munks, excusing their abhorrent behavior & giving them a pass, when they were detained by Las Vegas metropolitan police and the FBI, in a human trafficking investigation, one in which they had gone to a home being used as a whorehouse in a rundown residential neighborhood with Asian indentured sex-slaves, at least one of whom was a minor, and a cache (3,500 tablets) of illegal ecstasy drugs, is reprehensible and not in keeping with the public’s trust, Steve.

In that unguarded moment, in what you thought would be a confidential email to the duo, you expressed your support and consoled the two that the matter would soon pass and become yesterday’s news. This provides a rare glimpse into the flawed (real) character & thinking of who is District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Here are those emails, #ThoseWhoMatter:

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The fact that Okobi’s killers are back at work, armed, with unfeathered contact with the public & custodies alike, is testament to the fact DA Wagstaffe has cleared them and communicated this information to Sheriff Bolanos. Yet he is still massaging his findings to the public, delaying what he has obviously determined -that the officers’ use of force resulting in Okobi’s death was justified (reasonable) and that he and his office are going to do nothing about it, giving them a pass.

You are a snake oil salesman, Steve, selling the public adultered versions of the truth and being a shill for morally corrupt county officials. Release the videos, so we can see just how much!

If you as the reader are asking, “How on Earth is Steve Wagstaffe still the District Attorney of San Mateo County.” You are on the right track. The short answer is that you are responsible for him being there. He can only be recalled or voted out. He has full immunity for anything he does.

By Michael G. Stogner

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