The Mercury News should be ashamed of itself. This weekend, I found myself on the receiving end of an attack piece in the form of a Mercury News op-ed authored by former police cadet Elyse Rivas. I was not given the courtesy of a phone call or opportunity to respond to Ms. Rivas’s lies. In her opinion piece, Rivas clearly and unequivocally stated that I told the recruits in her class on their first day of work that they should quit. These are her words from the op-ed, “he told us that it would be better for the Department and for us if we would just quit, right then and there.”
To be clear, I never said that or anything like that. In fact, upon follow-up questioning by Mercury News reporter Eric Kurhi, Rivas herself now says that she could not say I used the word “quit”. In the op-ed, she says I did, upon further questioning, she’s not sure??? This stinks. Here is a statement from two officers who escorted that academy class that day and heard my discussion with the recruits.