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  • Re: Unfair Criticism

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago
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    Thanks so much for your support Chief. Rather than try to say something to pacify the media and special interest groups it is extremely refreshing of someone of your stature speak the truth.

  • Re: Unfair Criticism

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    Joe McNamara gets it right. Thankfully, someone who doesn't have to be PC or bow to the Mercury News can comment on this with expertise and by looking objectively at the facts. McNamara has done the city, not just the police department, a great service with this commentary. Let's hope the Mayor and other denizens of City Hall actually stop and listen to someone who knows law enforcement rather than the activists who have another agenda.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    I am a San Jose Police Officer. I know what it's like, first hand, to deal with the day to day dangers involved with being a police officer. However, my question is if Mr. Webby has any idea what kind of backlash he is creating from citizens reading his disturbing, fictious, slandered journalism (in which he gets paid to do from the Murky News).

    We are taught as officers in the basic P.O.S.T police academy 835a of the California Penal Code: "Any peace officer who has reasonable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed a public offense may use reasonable force to effect the arrest, to prevent escape or to overcome resistance. A peace officer who makes or attempts to make an arrest need not retreat or desist from his efforts by reason of the resistance or threatened resistance of the person being arrested; nor shall such officer be deemed an aggressor or lose his right to self-defense by the use of reasonable force to effect the arrest or to prevent escape or to overcome resistance."

    This type of training and knowledge is essential for police officers. I work patrol and have several contacts with people each day. At any point during my shift, just one of these contacts could potentially be harmful to myself or a fellow officer. Law-abiding citizens do not normally interact with the types of suspects that we come in contact with. Most law-abiding citizens have no idea what it is like constanting having to keep your guard up so that you can go home to your family at the end of the night. One crutial mistake - where an officer becomes lackadaisical during a contact with a suspect -could quickly turn deadly.

    I would think that Mr. Webby would have some sort of understanding of what we, as police officers, are faced with. Mr. Webby has been on ridealongs; he has interviewed police officers - yet, he seems to forget to include the facts in all of his articles. He makes every story heavily biased that the San Jose Police Department is full of rogue street cops with batons and tasers. Mr. Webby also seems to forget about all of the good officers do for our community. (I guess if the words on the paper aren't controversial, then it don't bring in the dollars.)

    The biggest concern for me is not that Mr. Webby is trying to make our community distrust our agency or our policy & procedures. It's also not a concern for me that he seldom includes all of the facts or mitigating circumstances leading up to the reason for force used. 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.

    I commend those of you who have been in situations where you dodged serious injury or death, because you applied the force necessary to go home at the end of the night. I do not want officers to have to be reminded each day that part of your powers as a police officer includes the application of force when the circumstances permit. So Mr. Webby please keep in mind, the only injury you could potentially sustain is a writer's cramp. Police officers protect you and your family, and are exposed to every kind of danger. I hope you think of who your first responder would be if, Heaven prevent, you ever needed our help.

    Remember, the majority of our community loves and trusts our police department - but then again, for journalists, there's no thrill in writing what does not sell newspapers. Good luck and I hope your articles get you your well deserved promotion attempt, Mr. Webby.

    Take care and be safe.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    Who or what the hell is Robillard?

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago
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    I was reading todays FREE online edition of the Mercury opinion hit piece hit written against the SJPD by Sean Webby and John Woolfolk. I almost puked when I read the following statement, "But Davis' department also has been criticized for excessive secrecy, heavy-handed downtown policing, and excessive arrests and uses of force over minor incidents — most recently in the videotaped BEATING and stun-gunning of an UNARMED San Jose State student FROM VIETNAM." To use such obviously biased and inflammatory words is disgraceful. To throw in that he is from Vietnam, implying that is part of the reason he was "Beaten" is absolutely, utterly, and completely wrong. These 'reporters' should be ashamed for trying to start a race riot to sell newspapers. I urge anyone who still subscribes to the Mercury to cancel their subscriptions. I too would like to set up scenarios such as we do for the recruits at the acadademy of in-progress crimes and let these reporters respond and allow them to be video taped so we can all see their reactions of how they respond and what force they use. They have to be masters of this considering all the Monday morning quarterbacking they do...it cant be that tough...right Sean? Our administration and city council needs to start speaking up on our behalf as Chief MacNamara did on the recent Bobby Lopez interview. Thanks to the former Chief for that with his great credibility. Right now our troops are a pretty down and discouraged bunch.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    Excellent article, James. The majority, overwhelming majority that is, of San Jose residents are proud to have such a great department protecting and serving us. We are supportive of our Officers. I know I am. The Merc is so inaccurate in its reporting. I'd love for Webby to "get the other side of the story". The Merc takes the words of criminals over normal, law-abiding citizens...HELLO MERC, credibility? I'd like to take a tour of the Merc production office, i'm convinced there are a bunch of 10 year olds locked in there writing stories...well Webby may be 9.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    There are two types of individuals for whom violence is an integral part of daily life; cops and criminals. Yet not all those who live by violence are themselves violent people, which statement is to my mind not even paradoxical.

    Violence is a tool. Political anxiety and tension occurs when the reality of violence collides with the illusion of tranquility. Just because violence is not an answer to everything does not mean violence is not an answer to anything. The logic of violence is crude but simple; reaction against transgression deters those who might otherwise follow suit and commit or contemplate committing other acts of criminal violence.

    No one has the answer, but one thing is certain: A police officer has little choice in the matter. It is a cop’s duty to deal with conflict and violence. When violence comes to him or her, they must face it down. And when it tries to hide, they must go in after it and they must succeed. Crime is a battle we may never win but if we keep fighting it, neither will we lose.

    There is a wide gulf between brutality and properly directed violence. Not all violence is bad or inappropriate. Violence and indignation in the cause of public safety is righteous wrath. Police officers must never be afraid to embrace violence and to use it, rather than to shrink from and avoid it. To do the former is a cop’s job; to do the latter is merely faint-hearted politics.

    People like Mr. Webby will never understand. He can sleep safe in his bed at night because there are cops out there in the gloom of night, in the rain or in the cold, regardless of whether or not it’s a weekend, a holiday or their kid’s birthday, patrolling the streets and alleys, prepared to use violence, if necessary, to protect Mr. Webby from those societal predators that would attack him with criminal violence. Sleep well Mr. Webby, and if you are awakened some night by the sound of breaking glass, don’t forget to call 911.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    I will probably get flogged for this but I noticed that the guys who admitted to shooting the two kids on Halloween night are Hispanic. Almost every article on crime I read no matter where in California it is there is, there are always "Latinos" involved. Is that racial profiling by all cops or is that a fact of life Garza, Raj, Sklyer, and others want us to ignore?
    Yeah the day we actually start talking about the "underlying problems" everyone like Raj spouts is the day pigs will fly. Our Mayor and Council need to talk about drug and alcohol addiction in our city, crimes coming out of poverty, and one small thing called following in your parents foot steps for starters. It's BS to place the blame on cops for bad parenting and entitlement attitudes these thugs put off.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago
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    James,
    You make some very valid points. It is always easier for unskilled, uneducated civilians to stand in judgment over something they know nothing about. My Father fought in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart. When he came home after two long years of fighting in the war, he was met at the airport by protestors calling him "Baby Killer." I remember the look of devastation on his face when he heard that chant, read newspapers decrying the war, and how he felt about being treated like that by the very people he fought to protect. I guess that experience has taught me that even when I think I know a better way to do things, unless I have first hand experience in that area, I should probably just keep my big mouth shut.

    Thank you all for your service and dedication to our City. You are brave men/women who deserve respect, and appreciation. Please stay safe out there.

    "A Police Officer's Prayer"

    Lord, I ask for courage ~
    Courage to face and conquer my own fears ...
    Courage to take me where others will not go ...

    I ask strength ~
    Strength of body to protect others,
    and strength of spirit to lead others ...

    I ask for dedication ~
    Dedication to my job, to do it well,
    Dedication to my community, to keep it safe ...
    Give me, Lord, concern for those who trust me,
    and compassion for those who need me ...
    And please, Lord, through it all,
    be at my side ..."

    By

    Author Unknown

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 10 years 4 weeks ago

    The Police Officer's Prayer
    to St. Michael
    Police Officer's Prayer to St. Michael

    Saint Michael, heaven's glorious commissioner of police,
    who once so neatly and successfully cleared God's premises
    of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional
    eyes on your earthly force.

    Give us cool heads, stout hearts, and uncanny flair for
    investigation and wise judgement.

    Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and
    law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores,
    strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.

    You know, Saint Michael, from your own experiences
    with the devil that the police officer's lot on earth is not
    always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so
    pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the
    devil, and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.

    And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your
    heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the
    throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all
    the people. Amen.