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SMC Domestic Violence Investigation Protocol. For Those Who Matter.

 

 

 

 

The County’s domestic violence investigation protocol was enacted for a purpose. First and foremost, for authorities to communicate / convey the seriousness and importance they, police, and prosecutors ostensibly regard the matter. Second, and perhaps most importantly, to ensure victim, witness and suspect statements are recorded, so when they go sideways, respectively, they can be impeached.

Typically, most prosecutions of domestic violence cases boil down to the victim’s statement coupled physical evidence -injuries. Frequently, because of the relationship which exists between the victim and suspect, the victim, over time, becomes uncooperative -given time to reflect on the event, its effect on the suspect, their (the couples’) relationship going forward, and the greater family unit. Hence the need, urgency, and importance to record party statements, contemporaneous to the assault.

When the victim does become uncooperative, his / her recorded statement is essential to the prosecution.  This is ostensibly why District Attorney Wagstaffe promotes the protocol, to be able to confront & impeach parties, when they become uncooperative, and ensure consistency & the integrity of the investigations.

However, when the suspect involved is a person who matters, one who is politically connected, it appears district attorney Steve Wagstaffe is only interested in directing and managing the result, one which benefits that individual versus the people. As district attorney, Mr. Wagstaffe has absolute discretion, in deciding whether or not to charge individuals with crimes, and is immune against civil suit, no matter what he decides.

There have been two recent examples of Steve’s handling of domestic violence investigations, in cases involving persons (suspects) who mattered. The first case was one in which a sheriff’s lieutenant, Lieutenant Kristina Bell, had ostensibly assaulted her spouse and seized her cell phone, so she could not summon help. The second case was one in which retired Redwood City Police Officer James McGee had ostensibly assaulted his girlfriend then refused to come out of his residence and speak with authorities, resulting in a seventeen hour plus standoff with police, evacuation of neighbors, and deployment of a S.W.A.T. Team.

In both instances, the involved police agency, the Redwood City Police Department, had dropped the ball –failing to arrest Bell and not following the County’s domestic violation protocol. This is particularly troubling, since Redwood City’s Police Chief, Dan Mulholland, is newly appointed and, since assuming the responsibilities of the position, shown deference to persons who matterfailing to treat ALL citizens equally.

Add to that, District Attorney Wagstaffe has been all to eager to accommodate Chief Mulholland -not pursuing charges against Bell, while reducing charges against McGee, from felony domestic violence to misdemeanor resisting, obstructing, & delaying arrest, using the excuse the victim had become uncooperative, a condition the County’s domestic violation protocol is supposed to address / prevent. Of course, district attorney Wagstaffe knows this, but, apparently, is counting on you, the public, not to know this.

What was the cost to Tax Payers for the 17.5 hour for the James McGee Standoff?

What is clearly becoming “the San Mateo County two-step”, a situation / phenomenon in which Chief Mulholland, District Attorney Wagstaffe and other county officials pursue their own personal / political interests, at the expense of others (the victims and public’s), does not bode well for public safety.

Chief Mulholland and District Attorney Wagstaffe have both let us down and violated our trust. We won’t forget! So much for taking domestic violence seriously.

In this next example Menlo Park Police Department did their job properly by arresting David Bohannon II twice, the second time for communicating with the victim. A 30 year old man named Matthew Graves is serving 4 years in Prison for making 1 phone call to his alleged victim, the exact same violation.

David Bohannon II arrested twice DV and R.O. violation.

SMCSO Lt. Kristina Bell DV article

By Michael G. Stogner

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Why I started San Mateo County News

Why I started http://www.sanmateocountynews.com. To inform the residents of important stories that affect the average citizen who lives in the County. To eliminate Prosecutorial Misconduct, Law Enforcement Misconduct. I didn’t want to be in the News and Information business, or to get scoops on big stories. Here is an example I shared this information with all Medias covering SMC, with the hope that some of the reporters/editors would cover the James (Jim) McGee (a former Redwood City Police Officer and member of the SWAT TEAM himself) Domestic Violence Arrest after a 17 hour standoff with San Mateo County Sheriff Office Swat TEAM on August 9, 2018.

I live in Monterey County now, I attended the Court Sept. 27, 2018. None of the people below did. Welcome to San Mateo County.

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  • Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>
    To:Michael Stogner
    Sep 24 at 3:57 PM

    No, there is a single charge of 148 PC.

    From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Monday, September 24, 2018 3:57 PM
    To: Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>
    Subject: Re: RE: RE: RE: Jim McGee case

    Is there a DV charge?

    On Monday, September 24, 2018, 2:18:00 PM PDT, Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org> wrote:

    Yes, our office has filed one count of 148(a)(1) PC.   I do not see a docket number in the court’s Odyssey system yet.

    Karen

    From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]

    Sent: Monday, September 24, 2018 2:00 PM
    To: Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>
    Subject: Re: RE: RE: Jim McGee case

    Hello Karen.

    Just checking is there a case number yet? and have Any Charges been file as of today?

    Thank You

    Michael

    On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 8:51:59 AM PDT, Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org> wrote:

    The next court date for McGee is in two weeks, not one.  It’s 9/27.

    From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:31 AM
    To: Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>
    Subject: Re: RE: Jim McGee case

    Thank You

    On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 8:23:47 AM PDT, Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org> wrote:

    Not yet.  The DDA was waiting for some information that she did not receive in time for today’s court date.  Apparently the DDA and defense attorney have agreed that they will postpone the McGee’s first appearance for one week.

    Karen

    From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]

    Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:06 AM
    To: Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>
    Subject: Jim McGee case

    Good morning Karen.

    Did your office file and charges against him?

    Thank You

    Michael G. Stogner

    San Mateo County News.com













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James “Jim” McGee Arrested for Domestic Violence, after a 17.5 hr. Swat Standoff.

The District Attorney’s Office and the Redwood City Police Department should be audited. To see if the San Mateo County Domestic Violence Protocol was followed.

Update: Sept 28, 2018 The District Attorney’s Office has not assigned a Prosecutor to this case yet.

Update: Sept 27, 2018 Defense Attorney Josh Bentley represented James McGee in court this morning and I am glad he did. I drove up from Monterey County to cover this important court case. I was prepared to sit for hours in that court until the M’s were called. It was not listed on the electronic monitor at all, not only was it not listed at the Courtroom on the 8th floor. It also was not listed with the Bailiff for the Court. So had Josh Bentley not showed up and asked Judge Finigan to handle this case where the defendant wasn’t there, and it wasn’t on his calendar when the District Attorney’s Office had 45 days to put it on the calendar, In other words jump to the front of the line and it was over in just minutes. I personally thank Josh Bentley for that benefit. That is getting things done even if the judge didn’t have a clue what the case was about and in all fairness how could he. A 17 hour standoff with the Swat Team, DV Violence Victim etc, turns into a simple resisting arrest.

Update: Sept.26, 2018 Case number 18-SM-011603-A. Sept. 27, 2018 8:30AM Court Date.

Update: Sept. 24, 2018 There is No Domestic Violence Charge and only one count of 148(a)(1) PC. There is still No Case number on the Court Calendar. The residents of San Mateo County should be demanding an Audit of the District Attorney’s Office and include the County Domestic Violence Protocol, was it followed, Who is responsible for enforcing it. What about the Victim?

Update: Todays 9/12/2018 Court date has been continued for 2 weeks. Next Court date or cording to the DA’s Office is 9/27/2018. Still NO charges filed by the District Attorney’s Office, not even the Domestic Violence charge he was arrested for.

August 9, 2018 at 2:00AM the Redwood City Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting Domestic Violence with injuries. When police arrived they found a woman in the front of the home located on Windsor Way. She was taken to the Hospital. The police, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Swat Team, a Helicopter and who knows how many first responders spent the next 17 plus hours communicating with one of their own to get him to comply with the orders to come outside. The entire neighborhood was effected by this military response to a former RWCPD Swat Team Officer refusing to comply with orders to come out. Some neighbors were forced to stay in place and some left their homes for safety.

If you think over 17 hours for one of their own seems like a long time you are correct, but that is nothing, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and Chief Deputy DA Karen Guidotti have refused to file any charges as of Sept 10, 2018. You talk about favorable treatment, think about having over 30 days to communicate with the victim to have her really think about her future and what’s best for her and the alleged abuser. Financial considerations of course. This is where the Fixer shines, behind the scenes he communicates the reality to the victim, she will never win in court in SMC. It won’t be the first time a victim has heard that statement before.

San Mateo County has a Domestic Violence Protocol it includes an Emergency Protective Order, a 30 day Court appearance to convert the EPO to a Restraining Order. I asked the DA’s Office the status of the EPO & RO here is the response.

Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>
To:Michael Stogner
Sep 10 at 11:42 AM

Mr. Stogner:  No charges have been filed yet.  Yes, his court appearance is still set for the 12th.  I won’t be commenting on the facts of the case until a filing decision is made.  You may feel free to reach out to me daily to see if/when charges are filed.

Karen

From: Michael Stogner [mailto:michaelgstogner@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2018 11:31 AM
To: Karen Guidotti <kguidotti@smcgov.org>
Subject: RE: James A. McGee Charges Update

Hello Karen,

Is his court date still set for the 12th.

Was there an EPO issued? and was it converted to a R.O.?

What are the charges?

Thank You

Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County News.com

Note: Sept. 12. 2018 I went to the court house James McGee’s name was not on the docket at all. Usually all parties come to court on the official court date and than continue. That is not what happened in this case.

Chief Deputy Karen Guidotti should explain to the residents of San Mateo County this statement. “Yes, his court appearance is still set for the 12th.”   

My reporting is facts based if anyone would like to comment please do.

By Michael G. Stogner

Here is the Palo Alto Daily Post Article, written 22 days after my article. What I was warning about the victim not being protected and communicated to looks like it has taken place. This is why the DA records a statement that night of the 911 call.

Ex-cop in 17½-hour standoff may get charged with a misdemeanor

September 23, 2018 2:09 pm

James McGee

BY EMILY MIBACH

Daily Post Staff Writer

A retired Redwood City police officer who was in a police standoff for 17½ hours could walk away with a single misdemeanor charge, much to the chagrin of San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

James McGee, 54, was arrested at his home on the 700 block of Windsor Way on Aug. 9 after a woman there called 911, reporting that she had been a victim of domestic violence.

While McGee was booked into jail on a charge of felony domestic violence, Wagstaffe said the alleged victim isn’t being completely cooperative with the prosecutor handling the case, making it difficult to have enough evidence to charge McGee.

If he isn’t charged with domestic violence, the only possible charge McGee would face is a misdemeanor for resisting arrest due to the 17½-hour standoff.

“He could walk out of this thing with a misdemeanor, and that strikes me as amazing,” Wagstaffe said.

Wagstaffe said the California District Attorneys Association has lobbied in the past to create a law that would classify long standoffs with police as felonies, but Legislators turned down the idea.

Standoffs can get expensive

“But you think of the hundreds of thousands of dollars going into overtime for standoffs like this, and it is surprising it’s not a (bigger) crime,” Wagstaffe said.

McGee is expected to make his first court appearance in about two weeks, depending on how long Wagstaffe’s investigation takes. He is out on $50,000 bail.

Calls to McGee’s lawyer, San Carlos attorney Josh Bentley, were not returned yesterday.

McGee was a Redwood City officer from 1985 to 2013. Last year, he received $126,369 from his pension, according to Transparent California, a website that lists pension data for retired public employees.

The standoff on Aug. 9 began at around 2 a.m. when the alleged victim called police.

The woman was outside of the home when police arrived, and McGee was inside, refusing to come out, according to police.

Neighbors were evacuated and police surrounded the home.

Authorities negotiated with McGee throughout the day, and he eventually communicated with them. He was arrested around 7:30 p.m.

McGee was booked into jail “without significant injuries to anyone.”

The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries, but was released after a short period of time.

 

 




 

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