I recommended the Half Moon Bay City Council, City Managers and the City Attorney sue Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and his attorney San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman, for their refusal to provide the AXON LOG RECORDS to the Public. They are the only two people standing in the way of releasing the AXON LOG RECORDS which are bought and paid for by the Taxpayers of San Mateo County. They also contain the data that would confirm the Government’s Story that San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Dominguez’s Body Worn Camera was in fact turned off when he fired 11 shots at Sandra Lee Harmon on May 5, 2020 in Half Moon Bay. HMB chose not to file the lawsuit.
What do you do when the Government refuses to do their job?
The residents of San Mateo County are responsible for the behavior of their Government, Elected Officials and Appointed Staff.
San Mateo County Residents should be Thanking, David C. Eblovi of Half Moon Bay for doing what the City Government should have done.
Mark Melville has folded, he recently contacted San Mateo County News.com, to inform me that he will not be a candidate in the 2022 election. I wish him all the best, I remember when I first met him in Foster City, and I said the same thing I said to Sheriff Deputy Juan Pablo Lopez, when I first met him and he first announced he was going to run against Sheriff Greg Munks in 2014. I said “You are either very Brave or Very Naive.”
Now that that has been settled it makes room for another candidate and possibly more for the Election 2022. Candidates filing window is February 14, 2022-March 7, 2022.
At this moment there are 2 Candidates for Sheriff, both of them thought it would be great idea to Investigate the Sheriff Activities League (SAL) Embezzlement and Money Laundering Criminal Investigation. For a reasonable thinking person that would be a RED FLAG, non-starter, It would be known as a Conflict of Interest in most circles.
I look forward to see how things shake out. That leaves 7 months for the Residents to ask the questions they have for the Candidates, That is plenty of time.
If you ever want to know what the intention was, just look at the results. Public Comment is at 29:30 mark and Closed at the 30:12 mark Zero Public Comment. The Public did not know about this meeting, Why?
I recently wrote an article about a Daly City resident named David khan who claimed that the Daly City Police Department removed $80,000 Cash and some Gold coins from his residence. He even asked the Police Department to return it. I mentioned this case alone would be reason enough for Daly City Police to have Body Worn Cameras.
I was surprised by the questions the City Council members were asking about how the Axon Body Worn Cameras and the Dash Cameras and Audio systems worked, and data storage etc. The reason I was surprised is they sounded like this was the first time they ever thought about it or discussed it.
I recommend City Manager Shawnna Maltbie have a Axon Representative attend a Public Zoom meeting where he/she can explain why the Body Worn Camera of Menlo Park Police Officer Joshua Russell who interviewed several witnesses in the Chinedu V. Okobi Homicide, Failed to download those interviews he tried twice, all interviews were lost. That’s a Bad Thing.
I recommend City Manager Shawnna Maltbie have San Mateo County District Attorney Inspector Jordan Boyd attend a Public Zoom meeting to explain the Editing, and Caption abilities that he is skilled at and what software capabilities exist, Blurring, deleting etc. He received a copy of the Body Warn Camera Video of the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide Video within 24 hours. He never asked for the BWC Video of San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Dominguez, the Deputy who fired at least 11 shots at her himself. She was shot 8 times 3 fatal shots in her back. Deputy Dominguez fired at her while she was unarmed, hands above her head and her back was facing him.
I recommend City Manager Shawnna Maltbie have San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman attend a Public Zoom meeting to explain why he is Obstructing the Axon Log Records being released in the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide. You would think that an attorney employed by the public would want the Truth to be made Public. The Government has simply said the Deputy did not turn on his BWC. HMB City Council wanted the Axon Log Records made public, The City Staff did Not.
The Axon Log Records would prove the Governments Story, David Silberman, Carlos G. Bolanos, and Steve Wagstaffe don’t want it released.
The Axon Log Records are paid for by the Public, they are the Public’s record. Not David Silberman’s
San Mateo County Candidate for Sheriff 2022, Mark Melville has stated he will release the Axon Log Record the first day he is Sheriff.
After watching this Special Meeting I am making the recommendation that all Daly City Elected Officials and Staff be replaced. Here is why when you allow your Police Department to work in the shadows you can only do that if there is Transparency and Honesty I don’t mean Talking about it I mean doing it showing the public you can be trusted.
Roger Allen Homicide is a recent example. Who was the first Officer on the scene? Why was she/he there? How did the next 3 Officers get there and when? Who reached into the parked vehicle? Who trained your Officers to do that? Who is the Officer that fired her/his weapon into the vehicle with occupants in it?
Since none of these questions have been answered or even been asked by the Daly City government, I say replace them.
This reminds me of 2010 I was contacted by a very Brave Female San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy she sent me a report titled. Gross Misconduct at the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department. It was a report of 45 male SMCSO Employees sharing Porn and a violent Rape Video on the County Computers at the 400 County Center Building.
“Mr. Stogner I have sent this letter to you because you are the only person who has shown the courage to stand up to a corrupt county government.”
That was the first sentence.
San Mateo County Residents have got to elect good human beings that all. Never mind if they have ever been elected before. The less endorsements fro elected officials the better.
I’ll give one example Daly City Police Chief Patrick Hensley at the 28:52 mark says: “We do not have that funding in our budget.” He’s talking about $270,000 per year.
I would say to him, Chief that is the wrong answer, and thank you for your service. Shawnna Maltbie should be interviewing for a new Police Chief if she hasn’t already started.
Make San Mateo County Safer, get all law Enforcement on the same page and make sure it is the right page.
Shawnna Maltbie is the City Manager of Daly City, which is one of 20 Cities and Towns in San Mateo County, California. She is the reason Daly City Police Department doesn’t have Body Worn Cameras at least since 2019. She is the reason the names of the Four Daly City Police Officers who were involved in the Homicide of Roger Allen a Black man sitting in the passenger seat of a disabled truck 21 days ago. That’s right Shawnna Maltbie has refused to identify the Police Officers who work for her. She is also responsible for the ZOOM Meeting which took place on April 26, 2021, she was on that meeting that had over 130 members of the public including Family Members of the Deceased Roger Allen. She is responsible for placing Public Comment at the end of the Agenda instead of at the beginning that is a neat little trick to make the public suffer by waiting several hours to speak and it is the easiest way to suppress Those Who Don’t Matter the general public. She also added a residential address requirement to the register in advance trick. Why would the public who is her employer have to sign up in advance to speak at a Public Zoom meeting? It’s not like the Maltbie Family hasn’t been running the Government Meetings in San Mateo County for many years.
During the April 26, 2021 Zoom Meeting, the majority of speakers asked for the names of the Four Daly City Police Officers to be publicly identified. That is a very Low Bar to get over. There wasn’t one speaker who didn’t want that to be accomplished and they wanted it to be done NOW at that meeting.
Shawnna Maltbie wife of San Carlos City Manager Jeff Malbite who is the son of John Maltbie who was San Mateo County Manager for years. Shawnna had a different plan, She was going to allow Daly City to name those 4 DCPD Officers in a Press Release today Wednesday April 28, 2021. Why?
Those Who Matter are not bothered by the public being upset with them, they control the data, they control the media, they control who gets elected, who gets investigated, who gets criminally charged, who gets county money for special programs.
Today is different for Those Who Matter.
Shawnna Maltbie, Stephen Stolte, and Patrick Hensley are the first 3 Employees who should be FIRED Today.
Name the Officers Involved in Roger Allen’s Homicide Now. Any Elected Official and Staff should be asked what their position is on releasing the names of Officers involved in Homicides of Civilians the day of the Critical Incident.
Every Elected Official and Staff member in Daly City is on the Wrong side of this one. I’m not surprised.
Roger Allen was shot and killed in Daly City on April 7, 2021, Four Unidentified Daly City Police Officers were involved.
Daly City Police Chief Patrick Hensley has chosen to Not Identify his 4 Police Officers. Why?
Daly City Manager Shawanna Maltbie supports her Police Chief in Not Identifying the Involved Officers. Why?
Daly City Assistant Manager Stephen Stolte, supports his Police Chief in Not Identifying the Involved Officers. Why?
Day City Mayor Juslyn Manalo supports her Police Chief in Not Identifying the Involved Officers. Why?
Daly City Vice Mayor Glenn R. Sylvester supports his Police Chief in Not Identifying the Involved Officers. Why?
Daly City Council Member Raymond A. Buenaventura supports his Police Chief in Not Identifying the Involved Officers. Why?
Daly City Council Member Pamela DiGiovanni supports her Police Chief in Not Identifying the Involved Officers. Why?
Daly City Council Member Rod Daus-Magbual supports his Police Chief in Not Identifying the Involved Officers. Why?
It’s been 16 days since the Homicide of Roger Allen, America is demanding change in Policing, Colin Kaepernick risked his career to stop Police Officers from killing Black and Brown people and abusing their authority. Yesterday Columbus Ohio Police released Body Worn Camera Video and the Identity of the Involved Officer within HOURS of a shooting death of a 16 year old Black girl.
Why are Daly City’s entire Elected and hired Staff on a different page then the rest of America? They can’t be racists can they? No of course not they signed and supported the Black Lives Resolution less then a year ago. If they are not racists what could it possibly be?
Could it be as simple as “Those Who Matter.”
I spoke to the Supervisors of San Mateo County April 20, 2021 asking them to make a Public Statement calling for the release of the names of the 4 Involved Daly City Police Officers. Supervisors David Canepa and Warren Slocum sponsored the County’s Black Lives Matter Resolution below. You will notice the Supervisors don’t mention Chinedu V. Okobi who I say is San Mateo County’s George Floyd Homicide by six Sheriff Employees. Why?
I would have expected the “Showboater” Supervisor David Canepa to have made a PUBLIC Statement on this obvious topic 16 days ago, he has remained silent.
· At a Special Meeting this Wed., July 22, 5pm, the Daly City Council will consider potential adoption of a Resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to reaffirm the City’s commitment to racial equity. Register to join the zoom meeting at http://bit.ly/specialmeetingjuly22…
Black Lives Matter Resolution
Posted by kchaiken on Jun 24th 2020
There are moments in history that we look back on as breaking points for social change. I believe that, at this moment, we are facing one of these breaking points. Our nation is in collective anguish at the murder of George Floyd and the countless other Black persons who have been the victims of police violence.
San Mateo County is not exempt from this anguish nor are we exempt from responsibility, but we have the power right now to make a change. We have heard from our community and from protestors across the nation that enough is enough. We need to take concrete steps to address this injustice. That is why I proposed and voted in favor of the San Mateo County Black Lives Matter Resolution.
Although this resolution does not yet outline any specifics, it is a commitment that will serve as the foundation for a whole new set of anti-racist policies and a re-evaluation of our current policies to root out injustice, biases, and systemic racism. These policies will not just serve to benefit members of our Black community, but all people of color, and by extension our entire County.
This resolution is also a key component of our overall work to promote equity in San Mateo County. I want to make it abundantly clear that the County of San Mateo cares deeply about creating an equitable and just community for all.But, it is not possible to have equity for all, until Black Lives Matter.
Hay momentos en la historia que consideramos puntos de quiebre para el cambio social. Creo que, en este momento, nos enfrentamos a uno de estos puntos de quiebre. Nuestra nación está en angustia colectiva por el asesinato de George Floyd y las innumerables personas Afroamericanas que han sido víctimas de la violencia policial.
El Condado de San Mateo no está exento de esta angustia ni estamos exentos de la responsabilidad, pero tenemos el poder en este momento para hacer un cambio. Hemos escuchado de nuestra comunidad y de manifestantes en todo el país que ya es suficiente. Necesitamos tomar medidas concretas para abordar esta injusticia. Es por eso por lo que propuse y voté a favor de la Resolución de Asuntos de Vidas Negras del Condado de San Mateo.
Aunque esta resolución aún no describe un plan detallado, es un compromiso que servirá como base para un conjunto completamente nuevo de políticas antirracistas y una reevaluación de nuestras políticas actuales para erradicar la injusticia, los prejuicios y el racismo sistémico. Estas políticas no solo servirán para beneficiar a los miembros de nuestra comunidad Afroamericana, sino a todas las personas de color y, por extensión, a todo nuestro condado.
Esta resolución también es un componente clave de nuestro trabajo general para promover la equidad en el Condado de San Mateo. Quiero dejar en claro que el Condado de San Mateo se preocupa profundamente por crear una comunidad equitativa y justa para todos. Pero, no es posible tener equidad para todos, hasta que “Black Lives Matter”.
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT, AND REAFFIRMING THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO’S COMMITMENT TO RACIAL EQUITY
WHEREAS, as America contends with the consequences of 400 years of systemic violence and abuse towards Black people and Black communities; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors acknowledges that Black Lives Matter; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors is committed to the health, safety and equitable treatment of County residents, and strive to bolster the overall wellbeing of the County by fostering the rights of people of color who have been historically disadvantaged by structural racism; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors acknowledges that over the course of the past few weeks, we have been again reminded that police brutality and general disregard for Blackpeople’s lives is prevalent within the United States as evidenced by the horrific video depicting the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and Rayshard Brooks by an Atlanta police officer; and
WHEREAS, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are only the most recent evidence of a long and ongoing history of racial violence against Black people and Black communities; and
WHEREAS, racial inequity remains prevalent in San Mateo County; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors stands in solidarity with the hundreds of County residents who have exercised their right to protest against racism, inequality, and police brutality in the last few weeks; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors stands in solidarity with the Black community and all communities of color, and
WHEREAS, we hold ourselves, our institutions and our government to the highest possible standards of equity and justice;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, State of California, hereby declares its support of the Black Lives Matter movement and will work to continue to address the root causes of racial inequity in our community by using an anti-racist, racial equity focused lens to assess current and future policies and programs.
I say this based on my personal experience of dealing with Half Moon Bay City Manager Bob Nesbit and Deputy City Manager Matthew Chidester in trying to get to the truth of the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies on May 5, 2020. Those two in my opinion did everything possible to obstruct that goal. I even recommended the City Council file a lawsuit against the Sheriff, District Attorney and County Counsel to release the AXON LOG RECORDS, they chose not to. Half Moon Bay City Council was very disturbed by the Homicide and wanted answers, and even went so far as to contact the Attorney General to Criminally Investigate the Sheriff, District Attorney Investigators and the Homicide. Again the City Managers intervened in the creation of the watered down wording of that letter.
One of the main differences I see between the Murder of Roger Allen and Sandra Lee Harmon is Daly City Mayor and the Council Members are fine with the Murder of another Black man in San Mateo County. Just like Millbrae was with Chinedu V. Okobi’s Homicide by six Sheriff Employees. That was not the case in Half Moon Bay ALL Council Members were very upset and they said so.
Everybody knows the names of the 4 Daly City Police Officers should have been made public on April 7, 2021 the same day Roger Allen was killed. That is Transparency. Who is responsible for the behavior of the Daly City Police Chief? If it’s not the City Manager, and it’s not the Mayor, that leaves the silent City Council.
What did San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy (30 year Police Officer) say? Nothing
What did the Board of Supervisor’s say about Roger Allen’s Homicide by DCPD? Nothing
Mark D. Melville candidate for Sheriff of San Mateo County 2022 said “The police department should be conducting their own investigation to ensure all department directives were followed in handling said incident.” “There is no reason for the PD to withhold the names of all personnel involved in said incident.”
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told me,
“There are four officers involved in the Daly City shooting. It is the responsibility of the police chief to disclose the officers’ names, with the proviso that my office will disclose the names at the time of announcing the decision in the case. So at least for now that inquiry goes to Chief Patrick Hensley at DCPD.”
“Only one officer fired his weapon and he is on administrative leave. “
Than You, Colin Kaepernick.
I recently revisited the 2016 postgame interview when I was first asked about not standing during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” One of the reporters inquired about the reasoning behind my dissent. “There’s a lot of things that need to change,” I replied. “One specifically is police brutality. There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. Cops are getting paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”
The unnamed Daly City Police Officer who killed Roger Allen is on paid leave. City Managers, Mayors and City Council are responsible.
The Attorney General of the State of California should by Investigating Roger Allen’s Homicide. Everybody knows that.
Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Jonathan Lucas has announced he is Conducting an Independent Inquest into shooting death by a Sheriff Deputy of 18 year old Andres Guardado. He was shot in the Back 5 times.
Sandra Lee Harmon was shot and killed by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies in Half Moon Bay on May 5, 2020. She was shot 3 times in the back all 3 shots were fatal. She was shot a total of 8 times out of the 14 shots fired by the two deputies. Deputy Dominguez fired 11 shots and Deputy Baba fired 3 shots. If you add 11 plus 3 you will get a total of 14 shots fired.
During the Special Meeting Half Moon Bay City Council held on September 15, 2020 District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said 11 shots were fired. That is a BIG Difference. What would make him say that obvious False statement. At the 50:47 Mark “We did find 11 Casings” “We found 11 shots and 11 casings and that is exactly, I think that confirms where we were.””That is the answer to that.”
That statement all by itself should be reason enough for the Attorney General of the State of California to open an Independent Criminal Investigation in the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide.
Back to the title of this article. I have personally received an official copy of the Coroner’s Report of the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide. Missing from it was the Diagram of the bullet strikes to the body. Normally I wouldn’t care about this document missing especially since the Report states 3 Fatal Shots to the back. It wasn’t until District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe made a couple of Bizarre statements about Ms. Harmon being shot in the back especially since the Video that Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos provided the public shows her being fired at while she is Unarmed with her hands above her head and her back to Deputy Dominguez which is an illegal act. He ignores that fact, and says, “I do not believe that to be the case.”
Why do we allow the District Attorney to say “He Believes” something, instead of What does the Evidence Prove?
Update December 1, 2020 The Deputies refuse to Testify
Sheriff’s officials won’t testify in inquest Deputies, detectives take the 5th in the inquiry into Andres Guardado’s death. THE KILLING of Andres Guardado inflamed tensions. Above, deputies at a protest in August at the home of the deputy who shot and killed Guardado. (Dania Maxwell Los Angeles Times) By Alene Tchekmedyian Four Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials are refusing to testify in the coroner’s inquest into the deputy shooting death of Andres Guardado, invoking their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination even though none of them have been accused of a crime. Deputies Miguel Vega, who opened fire, and his partner Chris Hernandez, as well as two homicide detectives investigating the case, have indicated they will not answer questions about what led up to the shooting of the 18-year-old Guardado, who was shot five times in the back in an incident that generated weeks of large protests. A Sheriff’s Department spokesman said each person made the decision on the advice of his legal counsel, not at the direction of Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Legal experts said the move shows a refusal by the Sheriff’s Department to cooperate in a proceeding that Villanueva dismissed in a radio interview last month as a circus stunt. “I’m sure what they’re thinking is, ‘We don’t know where this is headed. We don’t know who this is going to target. We don’t know if they’re going to claim there’s some kind of cover-up. We don’t know enough not to assert our 5th Amendment right,’ ” said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson, who was not surprised by the move. “I think you can take it for what it is: No one is volunteering from that sheriff’s office to cooperate in that inquiry.” She added: “It was clearly coordinated. It was clearly designed to protect them, and to make it more difficult to make findings that could be used against them or others.” Mike Gennaco, a policing expert who used to oversee the Sheriff’s Department, said he was surprised that the two homicide investigators would not testify. “I find that remarkable and disappointing,” Gennaco said. “They were fact-finders, and there’s no allegation that there was some sort of conspiracy to cover up the facts.” The coroner’s inquest, the first of its kind in nearly 30 years, was being conducted Monday so a hearing officer, retired Judge Candace Cooper, could determine the cause and manner of death. The coroner’s office has already determined that Guardado died by homicide on June 18 when he was shot five times in the back. The official autopsy report, released in July, determined that all five gunshot wounds were fatal. Still, the coroner’s office said it ordered up the inquest for an independent review of the findings in the highly scrutinized case “in the interest of public transparency.” The hearing came amid heightened tensions between Villanueva and county officials who accuse him of stonewalling oversight and rebuffing efforts to hold him accountable. Four witnesses did testify in the morning: the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, a coroner’s investigator who responded to the scene and wrote a summary of the incident, and two firefighters who tried to save Guardado’s life. They answered questions from county attorneys, offering a glimpse into the aftermath of the shooting that the public normally wouldn’t get until a civil or criminal trial. Kevin Young, a deputy medical examiner, testified that the location of the bullet wounds indicated Guardado had his back to the gun when he was shot, and that he could have been on his knees or lying prone on the ground. Young said Guardado would have been able to move his hands and arms after he was struck by the first gunshot. A journalist with L.A. Taco who interviewed a witness whom county officials couldn’t locate and the forensic pathologist who conducted a private autopsy for Guardado’s family testified in the afternoon. In video interviews, the witness told the journalist that Guardado was on his knees with his hands behind his head when he was shot. The coroner’s office subpoenaed investigative documents from the Sheriff’s Department, which provided them to the hearing officer under seal. Before making her findings, Cooper will also review the department’s earlier news briefings on the shooting investigation. Cooper said she wouldn’t make a finding Monday and adjourned the hearing, leaving open the possibility of calling more witnesses. It’s unclear when the proceedings will resume, or if there will be an effort to compel the four sheriff’s officials to testify. Not much of what was presented publicly Monday was new. Lt. John Satterfield, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said the “overwhelming majority” of information presented Monday came from a briefing the Sheriff’s Department held months ago. “If +90% of what was learned today…was (publicly) actually released by the sheriff months ago, how is he stonewalling accountability?” he said in a text. The inquest was recommended by the Board of Supervisors earlier this year amid nationwide protests over police brutality, with Guardado’s shooting reigniting calls for accountability and transparency within the department.
Sandra L. Harmon was shot 8 times 3 fatal shots to the Back on May 5, 2020 in Half Moon Bay, California. The world was told it was a shoot-out and Harmon Fired First, End of Sad and Tragic Story. Then came the CITIZENS.
This is Not breaking News, If you are one of the 760,000 residents of San Mateo County you can ask any of your local Newspaper Editors who have known about this since September 15, 2020 why they chose to Not report it. So that makes the Sheriff, District Attorney, County Counsel, and Newspapers not mentioning Sheriff Deputy Domingues fired first.
Think about that for a minute.
I recommend that the Eblovi Family of Half Moon Bay, California get a Citizen Award from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. They presented their Investigation Presentation to the Public on a ZOOM meeting held by the City of Half Moon Bay on September 15, 2020. That meeting is still not available on the City Website Why? (City Managers Bob Nesbit and Matthew Chidester) but it is in this article.
Here is what I would tell you if you were of a mind to listen.
I would show you a photograph, one of several, showing a 56-year-old woman being shot fatally in the back with her hands raised above her head. If you were interested we could go through the images, taken at 30 frames per second and unintentionally released in full resolution by the district attorney’s office. If we did, you would see that after she has already been fatally wounded and her gun is on the ground, as her arms are still in the air and her back is still toward the deputy doing the shooting, he takes one last shot at her.
We can see these things in such detail only because, in the process of releasing the case material to the public, an individual working for the DA’s office released a full-resolution video copy of the incident instead of the much less clear version released previously on June 19 in an attempt to conceal the truth from the public.
Yet those aren’t the only things I can show you. There is an image of three 9mm shell casings taken from the body-cam videos. Casings that disappeared (and then reappeared elsewhere) in the crime-scene photographs taken roughly an hour or two later. And, no, let me stop you there. They were not “inadvertently moved” by first responders as one of them is under a two-by-four board and next to a parking bollard.
Then we can go look at a 9mm bullet hole in the building directly adjacent to the crime scene that is still there for anyone to go look at if they are so disposed. That hole, and the 9mm casings, speak to an entirely different story than that put forward by the Sheriff’s Office and the DA. That probably explains why none of them appear in the official report on the shooting.
The casings and bullet hole were there because the deputy in question fired at Sandra Harmon first, from just behind the RV where all this happened. They were moved to hide the truth of what happened from public view.
I can also show you a detailed timeline, both the version that they propose (which does not work) and the actual one, where Harmon does not fire until she has already had three rounds fired at her.
What no one can show you is the body camera footage or even the log files for the deputy’s two camera systems because the DA and Sheriff say they A.) don’t exist and B.) they don’t have to release them anyway.
Last week the Half Moon Bay City Council did a noble thing, voting unanimously to forward the matter to the California attorney general for review. Many probably thought the fight for the truth was over at that point.
But the AG rejects the vast majority of referrals for being beneath their attention. Yet if the manslaughter of a private person with mental health issues isn’t enough to get that attention then what is, you ask.
Here’s the problem: The city is moving quickly to put a draft of the letter in front of the Public Safety Subcommittee tonight — the day you are probably reading this — so members can approve it and send it on its way to the AG. The letter will go without any of the evidence I have detailed above.
Call me silly, but I’d like to think of Half Moon Bay as a place where you cannot kill someone illegally without being held to account. No matter who you are. So far, the Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s office have worked effectively and with great intent to keep the facts of what happened here on May 5 from the public. Were it not for a few slip-ups, they probably would have succeeded.
It’s up to the people who live here in Half Moon Bay to decide whether we are going to sit idly by and let this travesty pass like so many others, or stand and say, “No more, not in my city. This must stop.”
I will be forwarding the information I described above, and much more, to the AG, hopefully as an appendix or attachment to the letter that is sent to the AG, but, if not, as a stand-alone packet from me personally as a citizen. Hats off to the council and specifically to Mayor Adam Eisen for getting the DA to come visit us, setting up this unprecedented (for us) chain of events in an attempt to hold our law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions.
David Eblovi is a resident of Half Moon Bay.
All San Mateo County Residents should be thanking the Ebloivi family for this work they have done.