Recent comments

  • Re: It's Never the Barking Dog

      Posted: 10 years 3 weeks ago

    Kathleen,
    What you said is right on. Too bad these groups can't see the Murkey News is playing them. I wouldn't hold my breath on those honest talks happening. That would require work on these community activists and city's part. It is easier to hang the problem on the cops and make em jump through a million dumb hoops.

    Let's not hold these thugs responsible for the crimes they commit. Let's ignore the fact that these three immigrants were breaking the law and going after the cops when they were shot or tased. That way the Murkey News and these community leaders can avoid holding their own people responsible for their actions. We wouldn't want them to police their own and educate themselves on how to act when a cop tells them to do something, would we?
    And Herhold/Webby at the Murkey News need to get over themselves. What egos. These guys could care less about the facts with the BS they try to peddle to us. I am so sick of this BS. I don't know how cops put up with this crap. If I had to go to work everyday and put up with this I don't know if I would.

    On a side note Kathleen, you and Ed Rast should work together more often. He gives the numbers and you give the rest. Nice teamwork.

  • Re: It's Never the Barking Dog

      Posted: 10 years 3 weeks ago
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    Thanks Kathleen for your excellent comments and I agree that "we must look deeper into the complexities of what the problems are, if indeed we are truly going to create the change we so desperately want.",

    We look forward to your addressing " the real underlying problem or problems, resolution to a conflict can’t be achieved. I believe this holds true regarding the subject of policing issues, the alleged disproportionate arrests of Latinos, and the use of force so highly reported in the media." for which you have more community knowledge than many of us.

    Most importantly the entire community should be involved, not just a few, in the discussions and carefully listen to the community's feelings, concerns and opinions as well as correct misinformation.

    We should also continue not cut our successful nationally recognized crime and gang prevention programs and continue to develop community based solutions that work in San Jose

  • Re: Understanding the Problem

      Posted: 10 years 3 weeks ago

    This is only the tip of the iceberg on this topic but I deeply appreciate your presenting factual stats. There are many reasons surrounding the arrests of certain groups and those issues need to be addressed in open honest communication with all stakeholders included. Differing cultures hold different beliefs about the Police, drinking, what constitutes a good time, how to treat women and children, etc. Until we address those beliefs and discuss the resistance to assimilating to U.S. customs and laws change will never occur. Addressing that issue alone will take some very honest and willing participants who are serious about wanting change.

    A few other aspects that need to be addressed are the perspective of youth toward the Police, generational bias being passed on to youth, using the race card to avoid personal accountability, the media misrepresenting the facts and creating great divides in the community in an effort to sell ad space and papers, entitlement attitudes, politicians caving into special interest groups, lack of inclusiveness of stakeholders in discussions, the list is endless.

    One thing remains certain; we can’t keep scapegoating the Police for the high arrests of members of the Latino community, and we can’t keep allowing one group, or the media to steer the course of resolution if any.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 3 weeks ago

    Mike P. is a little late when he writes “The concern I have is the way his articles are now making some officers second guess their actions and second guess if they are justified in applying force when reasonable and necessary. I would like to know what Mr. Webby would write if, Heaven prevent, an officer got serious injured or killed because they were hesitant to apply force to a suspect because they did not want to be criticized by a local newspaper journalist the following morning.”

    It would seem that the Mercury News has already seen the type of restraint from the police for which Mr. Webby has been clambering. The results were what police officers have been warning of all along. A police officer was slashed when he confronted a knife wielding suspect who was carrying 2 knives, in the parking lot of the Fry’s Electronics on Brokaw Road. The story was posted in the SJ Mercury News on June. 07, 2005. Whereas the suspect came away unscathed following his use of deadly force against a police officer, the suspect undoubtedly now will have the opportunity, and maybe even be encouraged, to try it again.

    I am conspicuously NOT second guessing the officers’ actions at the scene. I wasn’t there and I am not that arrogant. One wonders though what influence the incessant media pounding might have had on the officers’ use of force decision making process. Did the media’s constant excoriation of all police use of force influence the officers to take greater risks than they are legally and morally required to take? I'm sure the media are overjoyed whenever a police officer is attacked with deadly force (if he’s injured, all the better since it makes for good copy) and then responds only with less lethal force. It’s too bad that the criminals don't play by the same rules.

  • Re: Understanding the Problem

      Posted: 10 years 3 weeks ago

    My compliments to Mr. Rast. He made these numbers quite understandable and he made the case that the newspaper maybe wrong quite strongly. I'd like to see a response from the reporter if possible. But the results seem quite clear to me unless someone is using bad data.

  • Re: Community

      Posted: 10 years 3 weeks ago
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    Thank you for your hard work and dedication Mr. Lopez.

    It's hard to take the opinion of the majority when they are silent. Unfortunately, less that 1/2 the population exercises their right to vote and far fewer make their opinions known on local topics such as these. That leaves the divisive opinions of the highly opinionated few on the extreme ends of both issues. This faux controversy fuels the media and becomes a cycle of "Man Bites Dog!" headlines.

    While I think that everyone should be able to have an outlet for their frustrations and opinions, the City Council lends too much weight to the vocal minority who continually "demand" change. These community activists cannot be placated, and no matter how seriously their claims are taken they invariably demand more... and more. Surely a line needs to be drawn somewhere.

    We live in a Democracy, a time tested system of carefully crafted checks and balances in which change is introduced slowly and carefully, so as not to upset the balance. If we look to history, there are logical and sound reasons for how and why police are trained and expected to serve their duty. I've attended the Citizen Academy and I think it should be expanded to most of those who wish to participate- it's a phenominal way to learn how and why police expect compliance. This Academy and the Ride-A-Long program are under-utilized in my opinion, it's one of the best way the police can bridge the gap of understanding. Ignorance is a curable disease after all...

    Let's not be afraid to speak out for those who remain silent and let's not shun our duty to explain the legal and reasonable actions our Officers take when they defend ourselves.

  • Re: Unfair Criticism

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago
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    Chief McNamera, Thanks for the excellent report on reporting by the Mercury News. So many things have changed since you left. Your support of the officers is gone. Your very capable command staff is all but gone. The moral is all but gone. It took a person like you who has left for many years to step up for his officers. Sadly not one command officer has had the courgage to say what you have said. Thank you again.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    Mike P, the summary of a well-articulated point of view from an officer who understands the laws and touches on the actuallity of what Mr. Webby is controversially igniting. Thanks.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago
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    That is why I suggested they agree to post the video on You Tube, so we can all see for ourself how the Monday morning qb's do.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    I second the force options simulator idea, however, I surely don't want to read a biased article about the experience in the Murky News.

    Then again, do you really think that is going to change a thing? This is what these people do for a living. Hate on law enforcement.