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  • Re: Update on Special Meeting

      Posted: 9 years 50 weeks ago
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    Kathleen,
    Thanks for being the Guardian Angel for the officers in blue. Being a victims advocate, you are the voice for those who cannot attend these meetings. I am glad you pointed out the reference of the SJPOA president speaking with the critics of the police. The idea of a Police President speaking with critics is another example of the leadership of the POA.

  • Re: Update on Special Meeting

      Posted: 9 years 50 weeks ago
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    Hi Kathleen,

    Thanks again for your support of the police and victims.

    If anyone wants to get sick to their stomach please read this new hit piece by Raj towards our officers. It is, in my opinion, absolutely destructive and disgusting.

    http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=06a051...

  • Re: Update on Special Meeting

      Posted: 9 years 50 weeks ago
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    Thanks for the update Kathleen. Sounds like Raj wants to keep everyone believing that Bobby is a racist unwilling to work with others. What a jerk.

    Let's see if the City starts including the stakeholders you've listed. I think the city has caved into chicken littles like Raj for way too long now.

  • Re: Conflicted Feelings

      Posted: 9 years 50 weeks ago

    Kathleen,

    Thank your for your eloquent article. I am deeply concerned with the agenda that the Mercury News is spearheading in the name of “sunshine reform”. I have written about it before and I believe the Mercury News has it out of the DA’s office and the San Jose Police Department. This has been demonstrated in the inflammatory language used in its recent articles.

    In my opinion the Mercury News has no respect or concern for the victims of these crimes and the tremendous effort it even took for people to report them. I have been on the street for sometime and worked with numerous victims and witnesses. The greatest obstacle is getting people to report what the saw, experienced, and felt. The last thing they need is the Mercury News and other news outlets reporting their names and locations.

    It the “tainted justice” series that the Mercury News ran I read a lot of substance about the suspects and their plight and how the Mercury News felt their Due Process rights were disregarded. I did not recall seeing much if any of the victims of those crimes, their feelings, how the crimes affected them, how the crimes affected their family, how the crime will live with them for the rest of their life.

    I have concerns with some of theses Council Members who believe all the information should be released. Apparently they or members of their family have not been victims of crimes, especially a violent person crime. They should take a step back and stand on their merits and listen to their constituents not media outlets, it is okay to say, and “I disagree with your position and will not allow it”. I commend the mayor for listening to both sides and making an informed decision.

    The comment by “P.O” brought up a good point; the Mercury News consistently cites it “sources”. Why don’t they name those “sources” in the spirit of “sunshine”? The Mercury will not name them for the same reason Law Enforcement should not disclose them, their safety and protections. That is very hypocritical perspective “practice what you preach”.

    I would formally request an investigation who is disclosing personnel information to the Mercury News based on their “sources”. My understanding that could be a violation of Federal and State privacy personnel laws. A fine example what the issue with Sgt. Manion and Officer De-Arigo. The Mercury News obtained information that the Department had started the processes to fire them before the officers were informed. Where is the accountability and protections for the employees? Where are the safeguards? That is not “Sunshine” it is “Sensational Journalism”.

    Thank you and good day

  • Re: Five Questions

      Posted: 9 years 50 weeks ago

    Ed,

    You get right to the point with your questions. Let's see how the councilmembers measure up with theirs.

    Many of them don't understand what your pointing to here. It would be good for them to focus on these issues.

    Perhaps you could send directly to them.

  • Re: A Rose By Any Other Name

      Posted: 9 years 50 weeks ago
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    I simply want to know, why shoot to kill? It may be difficult for a regular, average person to aim and shoot a limb in close proximity under those circumstances, but aren't officers trained for this?

  • Re: Conflicted Feelings

      Posted: 9 years 51 weeks ago
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    I would agree to all sunshine clauses as long as the MURKEY news did the same. How many times have we heard. "Sources tell us" Let it all out! MURKEY News I challenge "YOU" to reveal your sources. We know you read this blog. Do not hide behind the Constitution when you need it. Your attacks are no better than someone who graffites the walls of our great city. Go sell your proganda someplace other than San Jose.

  • Re: Conflicted Feelings

      Posted: 9 years 51 weeks ago
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    Kathleen,
    The whole country is heading in this direction. The Mercury news claims are one way to try and drum up sales. They are against everything the Police do. I wonder if the Mercury news will be taking bailout money? They seem to be after All unions in the city about cost to tax payers with Pensions. This Mercury News reporting is failing. Tell everyone you know to stop the delivery of the Mercury. Do not shop with the advertisers. Once they become fair and balanced we might go back.

  • Re: Conflicted Feelings

      Posted: 9 years 51 weeks ago

    A couple of things:

    1) I have said this before, and I will say this again, I think it is a gross conflict of interest for Mr. Robinson, the Managing Editor for the Mercury News, to be on a city task force where news is created that his paper will write about. He is supposed to be in the business of WRITING about the news, not going about creating it. He represents the Mercury News, not his own views.

    2) I am happy that Council Member Herrera acknowledged that victims rights groups and the POA needed to be included on these meetings, and that their input was vital to this process.

    3) I feel for the Pham family, and I pray for them that they truly understand what it will mean if those tapes are released, as opposed to their family having a chance to listen to it privately. I am sure it is hard enough dealing with the tragedy their family has suffered without having society view this tragedy through the lens of our press, and give judgement.

    I strongly agree with Kathleen's statement on the Public's right to know vs. individual's right to privacy. One of the Supreme Court Justices stated during a ruling that an individual's right extends only so far as it does not infringe on someone else's rights. That means you cannot run into a crowded theater and yell, "Fire". For me, that also means victims of violent crime have a right to privacy, and that right should be more important than the Mercury News' right to hear, and write about the Pham 911 tapes.

  • Re: Conflicted Feelings

      Posted: 9 years 51 weeks ago
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    The Merc is only concerned with selling papers and stirring up controversy in order to boost circulation. Their thinly veiled "1st Amendment" rights speech is easy to see through when at heart everyone knows that if any further "sunshine" is let in on police reports, that accessability will be quickly abused. Once Pandora's box is opened, it will never be able to be closed..

    Clearly the desires of the politically motivated few should never truimph over what is just, resolute and legal. If politics prevail over common sense in this issue, any victim or honest witness will continue to be on the losing end forever...and honest police work will suffer horribly. The Merc will also solidify itself in it's tabloid news status with new and inventive ways to cut, paste, and twist around officers written reports for all the world to see with no repercussions whatsoever. All of this to "inform the public", and keep with their anarchistic news reporting style.

    Hopefully now that you have seen the true colors of the Merc's agenda Kathleen, you can spread the word knowing what they, and their little "activist" following are truly all about.