A local Newspaper on the coast wrote an article yesterday about the Attorney Generals administrative review of the Sandra Lee. Harmon Homicide by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies on May 5, 2020 at 845 Main Street Half Moon Bay.
The City of Half Moon Bay did not ask the A.G.’s Office for an Administrative Review.
The City of Half Moon Bay did not ask for “an abuse of discretion review.” as reported in the article.
San Mateo County News.com has requested from the City of Half Moon Bay a copy of the August 5, 2021 Letter.
In an Aug. 5 letter to Half Moon Bay’s city attorney, Deputy Attorney General Geoffrey Lauter said the attorney general’s office “conducted an abuse of discretion review” at the city’s request. State law enforcement officials reviewed the county’s investigation and found that there was not sufficient evidence for further action from the state.
Sandra Harmon was shot at 14 times and struct 8 times 3 fatal to back killed by deputies in Half Moon Bay on May 5, 2020 Deputies said they acted in self-defense and that Harmon fired first. There is No Evidence she fired first.
Words are Important, an Independent Criminal Investigation is different from an Administrative Review. Why would anybody waste the Attorney General’s valuable time and resources requesting one. Nobody did.
Thank you, in advance for looking into this very important San Mateo County Homicide by Law Enforcement.
San Mateo County there is reason for hope in the Law Enforcement Homicides of Errol Chang, Yanira Serrano Garcia, Chinedu V. Okobi, Sandra Lee Harmon and Roger Allen. Did San Mateo County Grand Jury ever convene for any of the above homicides? I don’t think so, Why not? Even if they did A.G. Rob Bonta just proved why they are not that important.
Independent and thorough review of the evidence and the law. That has always been what is important.
Salvador Sanchez, 32 former Los Angeles police officer was arrested on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a firearm, according to a criminal complaint.
The A.G. has filed these charges after the Riverside grand jury heard evidence in this matter and concluded there was no basis for any criminal issues. This is the problem with Grand Jurys, the public rarely knows what evidence was presented to the jury.
“Where there’s reason to believe a crime has been committed, we will seek justice,” California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta said in a statement. “That’s exactly what these charges are about: pursuing justice after an independent and thorough review of the evidence and the law.
Last year, LAPD Chief Michel Moore and the city’s civilian Police Commission ruled Sanchez’s actions were out of policy and were weighing whether he should be fired.
“The decisions and actions of this officer cannot be justified and are inconsistent with the department’s core values, training and expectations of every member of this organization,” Moore said last year.
Salvador Sanchez killed 32-year-old Kenneth French and wounded his elderly parents during a brief confrontation inside a Costco in Corona in June 2019. French, who lived with his parents, had the mental capabilities of a teenager, according to relatives.
San Mateo County can use your help, Please Investigate Tim Singer, Errol Chang, Yanira Serrano Garcia, Chinedu V. Okobi, Sandra Lee Harmon and Roger Allen Homicide cases just to name a few.
Note: I’m not suggesting Tim Singer was killed by Police, but the Investigation into his Homicide was done by San Mateo County Sheriff Office, It was not investigated as a Hate crime and look to the 2 Death Certificates cause of death.
“One of the most important tasks ahead for public safety and our society is building and maintaining trust between our communities and law enforcement,” Bonta said.
Article in todays LATIMES
Bonta forms special teams Attorney general opens field offices to investigate fatal police shootings across state. By Patrick McGreevy SACRAMENTO — The state Department of Justice has opened field offices throughout California to investigate police shootings that kill unarmed civilians and has told law enforcement agencies that they must notify the state whenever such incidents occur, Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta said Wednesday. The actions, including the opening of investigative offices in Los Angeles and Riverside, were in response to a new law that took effect July 1 requiring Bonta’s office to independently probe all fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against officers. Bonta said he expected the two new teams, one for Northern California and one for Southern California, would investigate 40 to 50 fatal police shootings each year based on historic trends. “One of the most important tasks ahead for public safety and our society is building and maintaining trust between our communities and law enforcement,” Bonta said. “Impartial, fair investigations and independent reviews of officer-involved shootings are one essential component for achieving that trust.” The attorney general said 27 special agents and six supervisory agents would make up the California Police Shooting Investigation Teams. The Northern California office is in Sacramento. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), author of the new law, said he was concerned that the state Department of Justice had denied requests from some community leaders to undertake independent investigations of several high-profile police shootings. The state DOJ has traditionally deferred to county prosecutors, who have handled such cases after investigations by the law enforcement agencies involved. “Police shouldn’t police themselves, and the current system is fraught with conflicts of interest,” McCarty said during debate on the bill. He noted he had first proposed such legislation in 2015 and since then more than 800 people had been shot and killed by police in California. The measure, Assembly Bill 1506, was opposed by some law enforcement groups, including the California State Sheriffs’ Assn., which said it could result in duplicate state and local investigations and that the state DOJ lacked the resources and was not equipped to take on the new responsibilities. The measure “bypasses local investigatory processes, including established agreements to have outside agencies investigate officer-involved uses of force,” the association said in its opposition letter to lawmakers last year. On Wednesday, Cory Salzillo, the association’s legislative director, said in a statement: “The sheriffs continue to work closely with the attorney general and Department of Justice on the implementation of procedures for the authority described in AB 1506.” Under the law, the DOJ must investigate the fatal police shootings and submit a written report that states the facts of the case, its analysis, provides a conclusion on each issue raised by the shooting and recommends whether policies of the law enforcement agency should be changed. If the DOJ determines criminal charges are warranted, it would prosecute the officers. Bonta said his office would also continue to conduct “pattern and practice” investigations of law enforcement agencies if there appear to be problems beyond one incident. Those kinds of investigations, aimed at determining whether reforms should be pursued, are ongoing involving the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Vallejo Police Department. On Wednesday, Bonta formally launched the new investigative teams and released the guidelines and protocols his office would use in investigating fatal police shootings, saying his agency will make public its investigative findings, including explanations when a decision is made not to seek a criminal prosecution. Bonta said investigators would be deployed throughout the state with an emphasis on areas where there had historically been the most police shootings. The field offices will allow investigators to get to the scenes of shootings quickly, he said. The shooting investigation teams “will work in coordination with local responding agencies throughout the investigation of the officer-involved shooting, and members … will serve as concurrent, independent special agent investigators of these critical incidents,” the DOJ said in a statement. Once an investigation is completed, the case will be turned over to the DOJ’s Special Prosecutions Section within the Criminal Law Division for review. Administrative or civil investigations remain the responsibility of the law enforcement agency that employs the involved officers. Bonta was a state assemblyman before Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed him attorney general in March to fill a vacancy left by Xavier Becerra’s departure to become U.S. Health and Human Services secretary in the Biden administration. As a lawmaker, Bonta was a co-author of the legislation he is now implementing. He said during a news conference Wednesday that the investigations would not be easy but that he expected local law enforcement would cooperate. “I’m honestly not expecting a lot of pushback or tension or obstacles,” Bonta said. “We will be prepared for any that do arise.” Representatives of the LAPD did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the new state investigation teams. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will “enthusiastically work collaboratively” with the DOJ in investigating fatal shootings of unarmed civilians, said Capt. John Satterfield, adding that the “goal is to assist the DOJ in completing a comprehensive, fair and impartial joint investigation.” The state budget approved for the fiscal year that began July 1 includes $13 million to staff the investigation teams. The DOJ said before Bonta’s appointment that it would need $26 million to properly investigate the 40 deadly police shootings that the state averaged each year. He said Californians deserved an independent and transparent process for determining whether police officers acted properly when shooting unarmed civilians. He also said the issue was personal for him. “I’ve heard firsthand the hurt and the pain that too many families and communities feel in the moments after these incidents,” Bonta said. “I have witnessed the lack of trust that these investigations will be treated fairly by our criminal justice system.”
As some of you know Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez are doing their best to protect the residents of their community.
They both brought to the attention of SMC the NEED for a Chief of Police in Half Moon Bay. Captain Saul Lopez has that title but it turns out to be a pretend title. The Same is true for San Carlos, Millbrae and every city and town patrolled by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Yanira Serrano Garcia was killed by a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy within 20 seconds of him getting out of his patrol vehicle. He was responding to a Non Emergency 911 call. He tampered with evidence at the scene. There were false statements made by both the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.
If that sounds familiar it should the Homicides of Chinedu Okobi and Sandra Lee Harmon both had the same results. There were false statements made by both the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.
One thing has changed The City of Half Moon Bay asked Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman to provide to the public the AXON LOG RECORDS for the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide to verify the Governments Story that she fired first and Deputy Dominguez did not turn on his Body Worn Camera. That seems like a simple straight forward request. They both declined to do so.
The City of Half Moon Bay then sent a letter to the Attorney General of the State of California requesting an Independent Criminal Investigation of the Investigators.
One good way to reduce the public attendance is to Notice late and put Public Comment at the end of the meeting.
This is the City response after tabling the Jimenez-Rarback Report last week. Three of the council members want more discussion from the public, more listening sessions. They don’t think 7 years since Yanira Serrano Garcia’s Homicide by a sole San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy with No Plan on how to handle the Non Emergency Medical 911 call by her brother Tony Serrano is enough to take corrective action. Of course it is.
The Jimenez-Harback Report called for the creation of a Chief of Police for Half Moon Bay. A position with authority that answers to the City council. That seems like a strange request since Half Moon Bay has Sheriff Captain Saul Lopez who has attended many recent Zoom meetings he is identified as the Chief of Police of Services.
Joaquin Jimenez and Harvey Rarback have discovered what many in San Mateo County Government have known for a long time. The city has absolutely No say in how Sherif Carlos G. Bolanos provides Law Enforcement/Public Safety Services.
The Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide May 5, 2020 is a perfect example. Sheriff Bolanos told the world there was a Shootout and Ms. Harmon fired first at Deputy Dominguez. Of course if that Official Statement were true nobody would blame Deputy Dominguez for returning fire causing the death of Ms. Harmon. He told his Sergeant he fired 5-6 rounds. He actually fired 11 rounds, He failed to mention he fired at her first, and also while she was unarmed with her hands above her head and her back towards him. Ms. Harmon was shot three times in the back all Fatal. He also failed to mention he did not turn on his Body Worn Camera.
The AXON LOG RECORDS keep a precise record of all devices involved in a Critical Incident, example when they were turned on/off.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman are the lead opposition for making the AXON LOG RECORDS Public.
Those Records would prove the Government’s Official Statement to be true, Why won’t they release them?
The City of Half Moon Bay has requested those records and have been denied.
The Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting is set for June 24, 2021 5:00 P.M. at the Library
I recommend Half Moon Bay Invite Hon. Judge Lisa Novak, Rachel A. Quintana and Retired San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Michael Otte to attend a future meeting.
Receive a presentation on the report from Councilmembers Jimenez and Rarback, receive public comment, discuss the report, and provide further direction as necessary.
There is no fiscal impact from receiving this presentation. However, the report is comprehensive and would have fiscal impacts on the City if implemented.
This action supports the Healthy Communities and Public Safety elements of the Strategic Plan.
On May 28, 2021, the City Council received a report from resident David Eblovi entitled The Jimenez-Rarback Report on Policing and Public Safety in Half Moon Bay. At its June 1, 2021, Council meeting, Council directed staff to agendize an item for the June 15, 2021 meeting to receive a presentation on the report.
Two guest speakers have been invited by Councilmembers Jimenez and Rarback to discuss the Report and add their voices to the general conversation about public safety in Half Moon Bay. Dr. Greg Woods will focus comments on ethics and accountability in policing, and Sergeant Carl Tennenbaum SFPD (Ret.), will focus comments on the benefits of civilian responders to low-risk calls. Their bios have been provided to the Council under separate cover and are on file with the City Clerk.
At the beginning of the item, staff recommends that the mayor present protocols and an agenda for how the item will go including approximate times for various sections. The item will conclude with Council deliberation and direction.
Thank You Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez for getting this Important Conversation on the Agenda. It should have been on in 2014 when Yanira Serrano Garcia was killed by a San Mateo Cpinty Sheriff Deputy within 20 seconds of him exiting his patrol vehicle. He had ZERO Plan, He Tampered with the Evidence. That is exactly what happened at the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide May 5, 2020, NO PLAN and Tampering with the Evidence.
Two Council Members are finally doing what every Elected Official in SMC should have been doing for years.
He might consider working for the Chamber of Commerce, he is Hosting a Big Party June 15th in Colma.
I recommend that he name the Daly City Police Officer that killed Roger Allen on April 7, 2021 that would be more inline with what a Supervisor should be doing for his constituents. He could take a stand of Demanding Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and County Counsel Attorney David Silberman releasing to the Public the AXON LOG RECORDS of the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide on May 5, 2020 in Half Moon Bay.
Since everyone knows San Mateo County has an International Airport within a couple of miles from this party, maybe it would be a better communication to warn about the Delta Variant also known as B.1.617.2, was first identified in India but has since been found in 60 countries, including the U.S. and United Kingdom, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, said.
The Delta variant is believed to be even more transmissible than the Alpha variant, or B.1.1.7, which was first identified in Britain and has become the dominant strain in California and the U.S.
Another option would be to explain the County’s Involvement in the 9 month study in 2019 called the Crimson Contagion Exercise of 2019.
As a Private Victim’s Advocate in San Mateo County for the last 21 years. This 12 page Defendants Reply below by San Mateo County’s Finest is why I recommend whenever asked by a loved one or family member who has just lost a relative to a Homicide by San Mateo County Law Enforcement. First I say I am Not an attorney, then I say before you do anything else start interviewing a Law Firm to represent you. Don’t wait to grieve take this action first, then start crying and asking all the normal questions.
Missing from this filing is San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman, Why? He and the San Mateo Counsel are responsible for refusing to provide the Public with the AXON LOG RECORDS in the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide in Half Moon Bay May 5, 2020. Also missing is San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy, he was called twice from the crime scene that night for some reason. I’ve never seen that before.
It is because of this exact type of misbehavior by Government that HMB Council Members Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez Report on Policing and Public Safety in Half Moon Bay is on the agenda for the June 15, 2021 meeting by ZOOM. No other Elected Officials in all of San Mateo County have stood up to protect the Residents of their community like these two are doing right this minute.
I recommended the City Council of Half Moon Bay file a lawsuit against Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman because they were the only two people refusing to release the Axon Log Records of the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide by Law Enforcement Incident. I informed the council that Candidate for Sheriff 2022 Mark Melville said he would. They chose not to do that for some reason.
Re: Axon Log Records Question for Sheriff Candidate
Somebody has asked me, to ask you and I think you have already answered but this is a little different.
When you are elected Sheriff of San Mateo County will you release the Axon Log Records in the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide right away.
Thank You Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com
The Axon Log Records would confirm or prove false the Story that the Government has told the public.
Why wouldn’t San Mateo County County Counsel Attorney David Silberman want that released?
The Official Story is very different from the Evidence. Several High Ranking Government Officials and Staff are involved in the False Story about the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide on May 5, 2020.
From the Civil Lawsuit: SMCDA Wagstaffe “The Axon Body Worn Camera Logs had NEVER been checked to see if Deputy Dominguez had actually turned the camera on because Deputy Dominguez had been taken at his word on this issue.”
A reasonable person would expect the Sheriff, District Attorney, and County Counsel Attorney to CHECK the Axon Log Records to confirm Deputy Dominguez was telling the truth.
I know for a fact that San Mateo County District Attorney Inspector Rick Decker, asked a woman I was assisting, to take a Polygraph Test after she filed Felony Charges against her ex husband who was a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy. She agreed and passed with flying colors.
Nobody asked San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Dominguez to take a polygraph test when a woman with mental illness was shot in the back three times all fatal with hollow point bullets.
I found it interesting that the City of Half Moon Bay is being represented in the Civil Lawsuit by San Mateo County Counsel. The same Government Attorneys that are refusing to release the AXON LOG RECORDS. Sounds like a conflict of interest.
If you are a San Mateo County Resident and you believe the AXON LOG RECORDS should be made available to the Public, I recommend that you Vote Mark Melville for San Mateo County Sheriff 2022.
I hope Attorney General Rob Bonta is paying attention to “Those Who Matter” in San Mateo County.
Tonight the City of Half Moon Bay Council voted 4 to 1 to place the Jimenez-Rarback Report on the June 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda. Harvey Rarback said this is a Beginning of a Conversation. Joaquin Jimenez spoke about safety for the residents of Half Moon Bay. He said it perfectly “if you even think about your safety you are not safe.”
Half Moon Bay is a City that is being forced by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office to discuss having a Police Chief or not.
This is a conversation that is taking place all across America, this is the right time for this. Now it is time for the public to get involved.
It should be noted: Mark Melville Candidate for San Mateo County Sheriff 2022 has read the Jimenez-Rarback Report and has no objections to it. That means in 12 months the Residents of SMC can have a different Sheriff and that means Half Moon Bay will not need to create a new position of Police Chief.