Recent comments

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago

    James,

    Thank you taking the time to express what I have been feeling as a result of the series of attack on the department. The Mercury news has been printing these articles that a designed to be inflammatory and biased.

    It boggles my mind that the Merc is still seeking comments from the community activist "De-Bug, ACLU, Asian Law Alliance, Etc". What real world law enforcement experience do these folks have to give them credibility to comment on law enforcement practices? They seem to have all the answers, but I have not read any solutions they want to offer. In the recent events (Daniel Pham Shooting, use of force incident downtown, etc) what would they have done different or how "should" those events been handled?

    Use of force is never pretty or "sexy". Force is violent and to the third party observer may be disturbing. As James stated the force is something that entrusted to police officers to prevent escape, overcome the resistance and safely take into custody. It is something officers can go for days, weeks, or months or sometimes years (depending on assignment) without having to use.

    Again, James thanks taking the time to write your thoughts and observations, please keep it up.

  • Re: Overreacting

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago
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    Very well stated. I would love to see Sean Webby, John Woolfulk, Raj, the IPA and her staff, politicians, the local ACLU director, head of LaRaza, etc etc etc, come to our force options simulator at the training unit, and see/video their reactions to suspects in different violent scenarios, and then agree to publish these videos in both the Mercury and You Tube. I think this should be a public, open ended invitation made in media outlets to these people so that it is well publicized and open to the public. I would love to see our POA sponsor such an event so these Monday morning quarterbacks get a taste of what we go through on a daily basis for 30 years.

  • Re: Inclusion Lacking in Stakeholders

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago

    Community Vigil

    TONIGHT: Thursday, Nov. 5th, 2009

    6:00 PM

    Corner of Story and King Roads (Plaza de San Jose)

    Program

    6:00 PM-Gather at Story and King Roads (Plaza de San Jose)

    6:30 PM-Procession to Sunset Plaza (Site of incident)

    7:17 PM- Walk to MACSA Youth Center

    8:30 PM- Program Concludes

    Please come!

  • Re: Inclusion Lacking in Stakeholders

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago
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    Thanks Kathleen for reinforcing what we all know as members of SJPD and residents of this city. I thank God everyday knowing that the 99.9% who support the police will probably vote out the dead weight on the council soon here. I personally am tired of the council being wishy-washy on every issue put in front of them. Or just blatently bowing down to "community activists" who DO NOT represent what the communities and residents of this city think and believe. The only reason these "sunshine" groups or task forces don't include representatives from SJPD, is they know that they would get a dose of reality. They also wouldn't be able to push their agendas to sell papers, and a vote would be establised to overturn their activist agendas. One only has to look at the sunshine task force is chaired by the lead editor of the Merc to prove that point! What a joke! It's activist corruption at it's best!

    Maybe instead of blaming the police for trying to resolve the deep seated social problems of it's residnets in less than a 5 minute contact, these "activists" should focus on intervention, preveniton, education , and informing the public about what to expect when the police show up at your house. Dispense info in evry community, every language, and to all ages. I'm sure that information would lower calls for service, possibly save lives and catch more crooks!

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago

    With all of the City Council's talk of accountability, I also have to wonder about the City Council member who lied and filed a false I/A complaint. Was he subject to any form of discipline? Was the public informed of the incident in the interest of 'sunshine'? I mean, if police officers are expected to be held to a higher standard, what about our elected officials?

  • Re: Inclusion Lacking in Stakeholders

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago

    Good article Kathleen. I just read that the Mayor and Council caved in and are making the cops release the 911 tapes of the Pham case. Where does Chirco get off saying that the cops would "modify" the information? For almost 8 years she's been a lame duck Council Member going along with the majority and now she's a Police expert? Glad she's off the Council next year.
    I feel sorry for the cops. Releasing these tapes will keep people from reporting crimes. The publics right to over victims or witnesses right to privacy know that is plain BS!

  • Re: Inclusion Lacking in Stakeholders

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago
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    As a long time officer I think Kathleen has made some extremely valid and important points. The women and men I have the privilege to work with are some of the finest people I have ever known. These officers are men and women made up of every ethnicity and race. I have never seen a suspect singled out because of their race and to think there is some conspiracy amongst a rainbow coalition of police officers is beyond ludicrous. Unfortunately, there are many individuals and groups that make their own living by making victims out of minorities for their own self serving interests. These include the Mercury, Sean Webby, John Woolfolk, Raj, the ACLU, the IPA, etc etc etc. If not for the controversy they create they would not have jobs. 99.9% of the citizens know we are honorable and decent people the make up the SJPD. We should not completely change the way our department has been run, making us the safest big city in America, to pacify the .01% that will always hate us or just because the Mercury prints hit pieces filled with distortions and mistruths, and now a city council and mayor that are jumping on-board to be politically correct.

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago

    There are certain things of which one could say “it never gets old” but unquestionably Sean Webby’s tedious “cop bashing” is not only old, it’s rancid. Webby has never been one to let the truth get in the way of a good story and he fails to realize that statistics are not a valid form of argument when it comes to a field as diverse, variable and fluid as police work. Facts and the truth often have really nothing to do with each other because, as Webby so often proves, one can pick and chose the facts one wishes to consider and exclude those that don’t support the preconceived conclusion at which one wishes to arrive.

    In his most recent attempt to smear SJPD officers, the thin veneer of objectivity completely melts away when Mr. Webby fails to include statistics showing the number of contacts wherein minority members of the community were contacted by police and the encounter ended up as a positive, trust building incident where no force was used. Mr. Webby fails to include the number of times that SJPD officers extended a frightening amount of restraint in situations where an officer would have been justified in using a higher level of force but chose instead to put him or herself at greater risk by using a lesser level of force, such as using a baton or a taser against a suspect armed with a knife, an axe or a club? If the facts don’t fit, you must omit!?!

    Mr. Webby claims that community members are too frightened to contact Internal Affairs and make a complaint?!? On May 18, 2007, an experienced street cop contacted a drug dealer. The suspect admitted that he was on parole for drug trafficking. The suspect was dissatisfied with his police service and was given directions and referred to Internal Affairs, by that officer. After the suspect left the area, probable cause was developed indicating that the parolee drug dealer was again engaged in drug sales. The suspect did, however, in fact go to Internal Affairs to make a complaint following the contact but when the officer went to arrest the suspect, THE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT COMMANDER AND THE COMMAND STAFF FROM THE CHIEF’S OFFICE REFUSED TO ALLOW THE ARREST OF THE FELON!. The officers were forced to wait outside until the suspect, one wanted for felony drug charges, made his complaint and left the Internal Affairs office!!! Not only are citizens encouraged to make complaints against officers but felons are even granted “sanctuary” in the Internal Affairs office while they do it!!! FOR CRISSAKES MR. WEBBY, LOOK IT UP!!! Refer to SJPD case #07-138-0615).

    Aristotle wrote that ethos, i.e., ethics, includes not only doing the right thing but also telling the truth and telling your story for the betterment of the community. Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” tells us, and “us” includes journalists, as well as Mr. Webby, to “Know your enemy as well as you know yourself and you will never fear to lose one-thousand battles.” If you want to be a journalist, Mr. Webby, you must know both sides of every issue, not just the surface, not just those facts that support your preconceived biases, so you can argue either side with equal tenacity regardless of your personal prejudice.

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago
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    Cancer of the Brain? Check your attached radio gear to your hip an side of face. I don't like the idea of being taped everytime were on duty. However in this case I am sure the officers were using force necessary to have the suspect comply. Unfortunatly we will never be able to tell. This case if it goes to a jury, they will decide. With the Mercury news writing every chance they get against Police and the use of force. Do you trust a jury or a camera. Again I am not supporting the system. My understaning is the ACLU is also againt this camera system. HMMMMMMM

  • Re: Jumping to Conclusions

      Posted: 9 years 49 weeks ago
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    F and B,
    The video camera is not just an "idea", it is a reality. Even if an officer is perfectly justified in the use of force a video taken out of context, like most all of them are, is used against the officer by the press, defense lawyers, and those groups that already hate the police. We already have recording devices called digital voice recorders which is the same device used in the case you refered to above. I would also like to see a study showing these devices which are worn right next to our brain for 10 hours a shift are perfectly safe and not going to have any health effects, ie cancer, the same concerns that have been raised about cell phones and blue tooth devices. Lastly, how long do you think it will be until these devices are not just used to record a specific call, but are mandated to be turned on for an entire shift?