By Michael G. Stogner
The reason I said I’m not surprised is Don Horsley is dedicated to supporting Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos the employer of his son. Some readers might recall that I am the citizen that saved San Mateo County Tax Payers at least $250,000 when I encouraged Supervisor Don Horsley to get back on track and keep his political campaign promise that he reneged on which was to not accept the Supervisor salary if elected. The reason I was so interested in it was he said it several times sitting next to me when we both were campaigning for Supervisor.
When asked by Bay City News whether they supported a new citizens’ oversight body, only one of five of the county supervisors, former Sheriff Don Horsley, responded to say that he unequivocally opposed the idea.
“I just don’t think that having an oversight body adds anything other than more conflict and I don’t think it would have solved anything” in Chinedu Okobi’s case, Horsley said.
October 3, 2018 News Release: Below is a list of the names of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Personnel who were involved in the critical incident on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. Deputy John DeMartini, Deputy Alyssa Lorenzatti, Deputy Joshua Wang, Deputy Bryan Watt, Sergeant Weidner. OMITTED from this list is the SIXTH Employee Joseph Gonzales, Why?
Supervisor Don Horsley is unconcerned with Dishonest behavior by the Sheriff.
One thing Supervisor Don Horsley refuses to address is why did Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos produce this False statement on October 3, 2018. “The deputy exited his vehicle to contact the suspect and the suspect immediately assaulted the deputy.”
This subject was never mentioned over the radio, on the video, or in any reports. Where did Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos get this FALSE INFORMATION and why did he approve it and allow it to remain on the County’s website for 5 months until I asked Steve Wagstaffe about it at his March 1, 2019 Press Conference. He told me “You’ll have to ask the Sheriff Bolanos.”
Horsley said that he thinks that the sheriff’s office has been transparent through the investigation and was unconcerned that it took five months for the inaccurate information to be corrected. It was not inaccurate information it was FALSE INFORMATION approved by Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos.
“I think it was good of them to correct the statement,” he said.
The Sheriff’s Office did not correct the statement they simply removed it from the Website and produced another false statement dated March 1, 2019
Horsley said that in addition to the use of force policy changes, the sheriff’s office has added implicit bias training and the county has expanded its mental health outreach.
“It’s understandable why the sheriff’s deputy thought they had to stop him,” Horsley said.
Stopping a person is one thing Killing a person and offering NO CPR for almost 10 minutes is something entirely different.
Chinedu Okobi was killed while In-Custody by SIX NOT FIVE San Mateo County Sheriff Employees.
San Mateo County Coroner’s Office ruled Chinedu Okobi’s death a Homicide.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe at his March 1, 2019 Press Conference confirmed it was a Homicide. He said “The Coroner of this County Labeled it a Homicide.” He went on to say Homicide occurring during interaction with that individual.” That means the SIX Sheriff Employees.
Supervisor Don Horsley knows all of this information and he is Unconcerned.