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"[T]he only good n[igger] is a dead n[igger] and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other n[igger] from coming in the area."
-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
and "a [P]hony."
and "a [P]hony."
Published: September 12, 2011
Posted: 12/17/2010 03:00:00 AM PST
Updated: 12/17/2010 06:41:54 AM PST
An East Palo Alto council member who has been censured twice by colleagues says he has never been appointed mayor in his six years on the council because the city's mayoral selection policy is "racist and evil." A. Peter Evans (pictured left) who was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, read aloud from a memo he sent to council members hours before their Dec. 7 meeting to select the next mayor. Evans noted that although he served as vice mayor in 2006, his colleagues the following year scrapped a policy that traditionally led to mayoral appointments through rotation and replaced it with one that called for selection based on a majority vote of the five-member council. At its meeting last week, the council voted 4-1, with Evans dissenting, to make Carlos Romero its new mayor.
"This racist and evil policy has violated my electoral and civil rights," said Evans, who is African-American. "My right to serve my constituents and the city as mayor and vice mayor must be restored and not denied by fellow council members." In the e-mail, Evans also said he plans to protest the policy by leaving each meeting after roll call. But he didn't follow through with the threat at this week's regular council meeting.
"Unfortunately, we have a council member that wants to play the race card," Carlos Romero (pictured left) said in an interview. He said Evans is "volatile" and called his allegations "patently false," adding that both the council and the community it represents are diverse. Council Member David Woods, who served as mayor in 2010, is also African-American (C.J.: This does not mean the decision to not appoint Evans was not a racist one. Ward Connerly served as a UC Regent.).
This week, City Attorney Vincent Ewing sent a letter to Evans stating that his allegations are "factually and legally inaccurate."
"Nothing in the City's Municipal Code, nor in the Government Code vests you with an 'electoral or civil' right to be voted into the position of Mayor by your fellow council members," Ewing wrote. "Nomination and election to that position is discretionary and rests among council members." "Notably," Ewing told Evans in the e-mail, "you did not complain about the said policy or its predecessor policy" when named vice mayor four years ago. Evans countered that the rotation policy was changed when it would have been his turn to be mayor. As a result, he wasn't selected.
The previous mayoral selection policy stated that it is "the desire of the City Council to increase the opportunities for each Councilmember to serve as Mayor or Vice Mayor by establishing the practice of annual rotation of both offices."
It went on to say that "the Councilmember who has served during the preceding year as Vice-Mayor shall be selected as Mayor," by a majority vote of the council. The new policy does not mention a rotation of leadership or suggest an ascension from vice mayor to mayor.
Evans, who voted against the change in wording at the time, said the council has deliberately excluded him from the top post, partly because of his strong connection to the city's African-American culture and community. Evans was side-stepped from the post in 2007 when the council was preparing to censure him for allegedly making offensive and racial remarks to city employees. In 2009, Evans received another rebuke for allegedly making disrespectful comments to a city employee during council meetings.
Evans said he doesn't believe his sharp, brusque manner should prevent him from being given a turn as mayor. "One person against four can't be controlling and polarizing," he said. His actions on behalf of city residents are what got him elected and re-elected, he added.
Resident Ora Johnson is among Evans' fans, some of whom spoke on his behalf at last week's meeting. On Thursday, she called him, "a good man" who makes time to talk to residents and has even offered financial assistance at times to those in need. "People say he has issues, but we all have different sorts of issues," Johnson said. "But people have to understand that Peter is for the good of the community."
October 28, 2010
The San Diego police officer killed in an apartment shootout was identified Thursday as Christopher Wilson, a 17-year veteran. Wilson (pictured above, center) was killed Wednesday night in the Skyline neighborhood, where five suspects were holed up in an apartment. Two of the suspects were killed and three were arrested. A U.S. marshal and county probation officers accompanied by San Diego police officers went to the apartment building Wednesday night to serve a warrant for probation violation.
Police had recognized a person inside the apartment as a suspect in a case of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Acting Assistant Police Chief Jim Collins of the San Diego Police Department. As authorities entered the apartment, the five suspects barricaded themselves in a back bedroom and exchanged gunfire with the officers, wounding Wilson. The officers scrambled out of the apartment, and Wilson was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
A SWAT team was assembled, and hours later, using tear gas and a flash-bang grenade, officers stormed the apartment, exchanging gunfire with the people inside, officials said. Once inside, police found a man and woman in a back bedroom, both dead and carrying handguns. It was unclear how they were killed. Three others were arrested.
A Belgian Malinois police dog was treated at a veterinary hospital and expected to return to duty soon.
A San Diego police officer was killed late Wednesday during a shootout in the Skyline neighborhood in which two other people also were killed and three arrested, police said Thursday. In an exchange of gunfire inside an apartment, a San Diego police officer was killed and a police dog wounded (This is great news!).
The incident began when a U.S. marshal and county probation officers, accompanied by San Diego police, went to an apartment building to serve a warrant for probation violation. Police had recognized a person inside the apartment as a suspect in a case of assault with a deadly weapon, according to San Diego Acting Assistant Police Chief Jim Collins.
A SWAT team was assembled, and hours later, using tear gas and a flash-bang grenade, officers stormed the apartment, exchanging gunfire with the people inside, officials said. Once inside, police found a man and woman in a back bedroom, both dead. It was unclear how they were killed. Three other people were arrested.
The dead officer is described only as a 17-year veteran of the department.
[Updated at 10:30 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the police officer killed was a 15-year veteran. He has been identified as Christopher Wilson.]
Daddy's Shining Star!
October 22, 2010Update!
September 27, 2010
SAN JOSE, CA – Most fathers would have taken him aside for a quiet chat. But when one police officer found out a 15-year-old boy had slept with his 14-year-old step-daughter, he took things a little bit further. The unnamed California motorcycle cop went round to the youth’s house in uniform and staged a fake arrest, claiming that he was being detained for sexual assault. As his parents looked on, the officer handcuffed the boy and gave him a five-minute dressing down about his conduct before letting him go. The policeman has now been put on administrative leave whilst an internal investigation and a district attorney probe are carried out.
The case has echoes of the 2000 comedy ‘Meet the Parents’ in which Robert De Niro plays a retired FBI officer who quizzes the man who wants to marry his daughter on every aspect of his personal life. But this real-life version has divided opinion as to whether or not the officer went too far or was just doing what most fathers in his position would do.
The officer drove to the boy’s house on his police motorbike and went inside where mobile phone footage taken by one of the boy’s parents shows him standing in the middle of the room lecturing the youth.
On the footage the officer says to the boy: ‘It does not bode well for you. Do you know what that means? No? ‘Not a good thing that the person you had sex with is a cop’s daughter. The district attorney will probably file charges.’ The family’s lawyer said the officer’s behaviour amounted to ‘scared straight’ tactics that went too far.
‘He made comments like, ‘You don’t mess with a cop’s daughter.’ That’s a show of authority, that’s inappropriate,’ the family's attorney said. ‘Applying force, applying handcuffs, threatening the young man with things such as rape in prison. ‘He acted like a cowboy. He lost it, he came in and he abused his authority.’
Lawyers for the policeman have suggested that the boy’s parents were complicit either by giving their permission or doing nothing to stop the tirade. The Police Officer's Attorney said: ‘At no time did you hear the parents of the young man objecting, getting upset, crying. So the video is absolutely exculpatory from the cop’s perspective,’ she said.
‘The officer was essentially invited to use ‘scare straight’ tactics, and there were no objections to the lecture or the handcuffing. ‘Everything was done in the spirit of reaching a troubled young man who is heading down the wrong path.’ She added that early in the video the boy’s stepfather advises his handcuffed son: ‘Use your head. Think about what he is talking to you about. Listen to his words. Replay them in your head.’\
The boy’s parents filed a complaint with the police and both the boy and the girl were cited for unlawful sexual intercourse. The misdemeanour, for minors who are close in age and have consensual sex, is rarely prosecuted. None of the adults have been identified to protect the identities of the two minors.
San Jose Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said the officer may have violated some of the force policies which relate to conduct involving personal feelings and policing ones own neighbourhood, but could not comment further. Should the district attorney file criminal charges the officer could face jail for false imprisonment.
Palo Alto P.D.! Chief Lynne Johnson
November 4, 2008
UPDATE: On November 20,  the City of Palo Alto announced that its controversial police chief will retire on December 19 [,2008]. Chief Lynne Johnson sparked protests and a November 9 march on the city when she stated that she had instructed officers on her force to make "consensual contact" with African American men to counter a crime spike in Palo Alto. Her remarks were quoted in news reports worldwide and the topic of racial profiling became a much discussed issue at subsequent city council meetings. It's ironic that African-Americans will now foot a portion of the taxes used to fund Ms. Johnson's pension.
Palo Alto Police Chief Lynne Johnson reveal[ed] at a meeting [October 30, 2008] that she instructed [Palo Alto Police] officers to stop African-Americans [in the City of Palo Alto] and "find out who they are.''
False statements by the Mayor
Palo Alto Mayor Larry Klein called his police chief's statements "unacceptable.''
"I don't think Palo Alto wants to be known as some place that has racial profiling,'' Klein said. "It's against our core values. It's unacceptable, unconstitutional and un-American.''
In an interview with the MediaNews, Johnson said her remarks — which were captured on videotape — were misinterpreted. She apologized in particular for her comments about stopping anyone "wearing a do-rag.'' She denied instructing her officers to make stops based on race.
"I haven't actually instructed my officers in this regard at all,'' she said." They know what to do.''
"We do not want to create an environment of fear for people of color in this community, absolutely not,'' Johnson said during the community meeting at Palo Alto City Hall. ''But on the other hand, we have to do due diligence in trying to apprehend the suspects who are doing this.''
After the meeting, Johnson told KGO-TV that she "instructed her officers to make contact with African-Americans in Palo Alto'' because several suspects were identified as African-Americans. Descriptions of suspects involved in the string of recent robberies were vague, she said.
"When our officers are out there and they see an African-American, in a congenial way, we want them to find out who they are,'' Johnson said.
"The one suspect around the California Avenue train station is wearing a do-rag,'' she said in the interview." If my officers see an African-American who has a do rag on his head, absolutely the officers will be stopping and trying to find out who that person is.''
Johnson, 57, is a 33-year veteran of the department. She joined the force after graduating with a psychology degree from San Jose State University, and rose from field training officer, research analyst, watch commander, sergeant and lieutenant. She was the department's first female captain and assistant chief, and was named chief in 2003.
Johnson's remarks re-ignites a bitter community debate about a 2002 case in which a pair of rookie police officers beat and pepper-sprayed a 59-year-old black man who refused to identify himself. In that case, Johnson was praised by many residents for launching a months-long campaign to improve relations between law enforcement and African-Americans.
East Palo Alto Mayor Patricia Foster said she was "outraged'' by Johnson's comments.
''This is nothing new. Palo Alto Police has always acted this way,'' said Foster. "This is the first time that the Palo Alto police chief has had the nerve to put it into words.''
The issue of racial profiling is so prevalent, said attorney Michael Risher of the ACLU of Northern California, ''that unfortunately it doesn't surprise.''
''Stopping people based on the color of their skin is just plain wrong,'' he said. "If the robbers had been described as young white men wearing Stanford University baseball caps, I just can't imagine the Palo Alto police stopping everyone who matches that description.''
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