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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.”
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.
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.
By Michael G. Stogner
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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.
By Michael G. Stogner
December 11, 2018 She also took the time out of her busy life to request the release of the videos and audio recordings of the Murder of Chinedu Oboki December 4, 2018. Why would Good Citizens have to ask Dave Pine, Warren Slocum, Don Horsley, Carole Groom and David Canepa to do their job. Why wouldn’t they have done this themselves as soon as they became aware of the murder of an unarmed man who had committed no crime by 5 Sheriff Deputies in the middle of the day in Millbrae, California.
The recordings will confirm the “CRUSH THE LIFE OUT OF HIM.”statement by Sgt David Weidner to his four deputies.
You would think Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, D.A. Steve Wagstaffe, County Manager Mike Callagy, County Counsel John Beiers, the above Supervisors and every Elected Official in San Mateo County would want to know the truth about Chinedu Okobi being Murdered.
To this day I know of only one elected official who has bothered to ask, Do you think Chinedu Okobi was murdered? That was Sabrina Brennan.
Kate Amoo-Gottfried’s comments to the SMC Board of Supervisors 12/11/2018:
Why are Supervisors Dave Pine, David Canepa, Don Horsley, Warren Slocum, & Carole Groom County Manager Mike Callagy, and County Counsel John Beiers protecting the Six San Mateo County Employees responsible for his death.
To read the full statement of Chinedu’s sister, Ebele Okobi about the police video and audio of her brother’s murder, click the link below:
If you want to see the 5 Supervisors interested or excited about a subject just look up any of the “Revenue Enhancement” meetings where they use taxpayer money for consultants and think tank people for the word crafting for Measure W etc.
Photos from December 4, 2018 Board of Supervisors Public Comment.
Rabbi Steven Weil wrote a meditation on suffering after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In it, he quotes the Talmudic theologian, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who theorized that Judaism’s approach to suffering rests on three pillars. The first is accepting that suffering and evil exist. The second pillar demands active, steadfast resistance to evil. The final pillar calls for faith that resistance will eventually be rewarded, even in the face of defeat.
There is also a Christian tradition of standing in the gap. It refers to being an intercessor, a go-between, a person who takes the weight, who intercedes on behalf of another for mercy, or salvation, or justice.
I am not, despite my wonderful mother’s very best efforts, a person of religious faith. I am, however, a person of conviction, and I am thinking of this because this week, over 50 people stood in the gap for our family, for justice, when they attended the San Mateo County Board of Supervisor’s Meeting. Social justice activists, veterans, Morehouse alumni, faith leaders, my Facebook colleagues current and former, employees of other tech companies, San Mateo county citizens-a coalition of people with the courage and conviction to stand in the gap.
One of the items for review during that Board meeting was a request from the San Mateo County Sheriff for a $4 million contract to Axon Enterprise. This was notable, because Axon is the manufacturer of tasers. While the revised stated purpose is for body cameras, the resolution authorizes the Sheriff to amend the term and the services provided without review, and waives the normal proposal process for any changes carrying a cost of $100,000 or less. The resolution was passed.
That a county in which 3 unarmed citizens were killed with supposedly non-lethal tasers within 10 months would allow a resolution giving the Sheriff a $100,000 blank check for the purchase of more tasers, before its coroner has even returned a report on the last killing-it certainly feels like defeat. That a county in the process of investigating its third taser killing, after having imposed no sanction at all on any of the officers involved in the first two, would allow all six deputies who killed the third victim back to work-that certainly feels like defeat. That the San Mateo County Sheriff would go one step farther and actually assign one of those deputies to work on the day of the Board of Supervisors meeting so that friends and family of the most recently deceased would see him on their way in-that certainly feels like defeat. That those deputies were back at work before my mother could get a permanent marker for my brother’s grave-that certainly feels like defeat.
When I watch those clergy, friends, colleagues, concerned citizens stand in the gap-I take heart. When I hear from many of the thousands of people who have called and written District Attorney Wagstaffe to demand transparency-I take heart. When I hear from so many people who had previously lived lives untouched by police brutality tell me about how they are getting and staying proximate, I take heart.
I am not a person of faith. I am convinced that the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, but not through magical thinking. It bends ONLY when we fight for every single inch.
As Frederick Douglass said-
”Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted.”
I am so grateful to those of you who resist.
**To get proximate, to help-
1. You can call DA Wagstaffe (try doing it once a week!) to demand justice and transparency-ask him to assure the public that the outside investigator is truly independent : (650) 363-4636. Office hours are M-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT.
2. If you are interested in doing more-DM me, or reach out to any of the social justice orgs below.
Anti Police-Terror Project
Faith in Action Bay Area
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Color Of Change
Congregational Church of San Mateo United Church of Christ
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City – UUFRC
Pacifica Social Justice
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
Trinity Presbyterian Church, San Carlos
Woodside Road United Methodist Church
University AME Zion Church
Peninsula Democratic Socialists of America
By Michael G. Stogner
These are my people, Honest, Concerned & Committed This is what San Mateo County, California needs. They would fire County Manager, County Counsel and audit Carlos Bolanos and Steve Wagstaffe.
SMC District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe refuses to release the Video and Audio of Chinedu Oboki being Murdered.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe argued that releasing the video now before the entire investigation is completed wouldn’t give the public the whole story and all the facts. It’s been 63 days that is long enough to stall.
It would however answer the questions a large Faith Group is demanding the answers to. Did the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office Lie to the Public.
For this reason the Recordings and Videos should be preserved and copied NOW. The 5 Supervisors should each have a copy.
Was there a 9-1-1 call. Did Chinedu assault a SMC Deputy as the Sheriff’s Office Claims and the DA’s Office has promoted that story, How many times was Chinedu struck and where with the expandable baton the Sheriff’s Office failed to mention. How many of the six times he was tased were from the same weapon, and for what length of time and voltage. Was he tased by 2 separate tasers at the same time. If so what would be the combined effect on Chinedu. After he was murdered by the 5 San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies, the video and audio would show the public the care those 5 Deputies gave by declaring it a crime scene and giving NO CPR.
These are the reasons Steve Wagstaffe is not releasing the recordings.
By Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County Supervisors, Refuse to Release the Video and Audio of Chinedu Oboki being murdered.
The public speakers mentioned murdered, Release the recordings today. Remove the appearance of collusion. All 5 Supervisors refuse to release the recordings.