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RETIRED LT. DON EDWARDS
Born April 17, 1929
Appointed July 1954
Retired Oct. 22, 1978
Died Jan. 21, 2019
had been under hospice care for about four months as a result of several health
issues, the main one being Parkinson’s. He passed away at his Sacramento home
with his wife by his side. They were former residents of Reno prior to moving
to Sacramento about three years ago. A private service for family only is being
In a phone conversation with his daughter Kim, she said that Don had prepared the message below specifically for the Farsider after his passing. It reads like an obituary because we took the liberty of changing the tense from first-person to second-person ("He or Don" instead of "I").
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Don was born in Denver, Colorado. A veteran of WWII, he was an air-crew member in the USMC, serving from 1946 to 1950. He attended San Jose State and graduated in 1954 with a B.A. in Police Science. During his police career, he walked the Market Street beat from midnight to 8 a.m. as well as the S/E section of the city in patrol cars and on motors for 2 years.
When promoted to Sergeant, Don was assigned to the Detective Bureau and eventually became the first investigator assigned full-time to Homicides in 1968. A year later he started the first California Homicide Investigators Association which later became a nation-wide organization.
When promoted to Lieutenant he was assigned as the Commander of the Narcotics Division and implemented the first aerial surveillance program.
Don also attended the 92nd session of the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.
While assigned to the Training Division he was in charge of the Police Academies and also became an instructor at San Jose City College where he taught Advanced Methods of Investigation and Homicide Investigation.
He was also an aviation enthusiast with a commercial pilot’s rating and a certified flight instructor in gliders.
Don leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Marlene Edwards, daughters Kimberly, Stacey and Tamra, 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons and 4 great-grandchildren.
SERVICES SCHEDULED FOR ROD AVERY
Born Aug. 28, 1946
Appointed Nov. 29, 1971
Retired April 1, 1992
Died Jan. 20, 2019
We have no information about Rod beyond what appeared in his obituary that was in last Saturday’s Mercury News…
Steven Avery, Jr.
Aug 28, 1946 - Jan 20, 2019
Rod Avery passed away on Jan 20th of natural causes at his home in Pleasant Valley. Born in San Francisco, Rod moved to San Jose in the ‘70s where he spent his career as a Police Officer. Upon retirement, Rod moved to Placerville where he became a well-loved member of the community. Rod’s impact on the lives of those around him is impossible to summarize. He is survived by his wife Kristine, sister Doreen, 6 children and step-children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at the Pleasant Valley Community Hall on Sunday February 17th at noon. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favorite animal rescue charity in his name.
Valley Community Hall
4765 Pleasant Valley Grange Road
You can add your memories and/or condolences for the family using THIS link to the Mercury News.
Rod’s obituary was posted on two Facebook pages earlier this week: First on Ivan Comelli’s “Vintage San Jose Police” page; and again on Craig Clifton’s “10-7ODSJ” page. It generated the following comments…
• Jeff Dooley — RIP Rod
• Raymond Larry Lee — Sorry to hear about Rod.
• Tom Hamilton — Rest in peace
• Joseph Ryan — Rest in peace
• JC Carlton — We had so many great golfing trips, going to miss my friend! RIP Buddy!
• Mike Sterner — Lost touch with him over the years, thought of him often. Rest in peace, Rod
• Paul Gardner — Rod retired to Placerville and became a postal delivery person. He also poured wine at the wonderful wineries in the Sierra Foothills. Great guy, always seemed to have a smile on his face. RIP.
• Tom Brewer — Rod was a great guy. Worked several teams with him and in the old Crime Prevention Unit on Story Road. Such a terrific guy to work with. Always upbeat and great stories. Such a sad day for us who knew and worked with Rod. Rest In Peace my friend.
• Cyndy J Marino Broyles — RIP Rod. And thank you for your services. You will be greatly missed. Gone but never to be forgotten.
• Anthony Hernandez — Rest In Peace Brother!
• Ivano Franco Comelli — Thanks for posting, Bill. Rod always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say, even for Command Officers..
• Jeff Munks — One of the nicest people in or out of uniform I ever had the pleasure of working with. RIP, brother.
• Dennis J Dolezal — RIP Rod
• Micki Hippeli — Always enjoyed his smile and humor. Hell of a good wine pourer too.
• Harry Stangel — R.I.P. Rod!
• Chris Galios — One of my golfing partners, RIP Rod.
• John Kensit — RIP Rod. Positive thoughts for family and friends during this difficult time.
• Jeff Dooley — RIP Rod
• Robert Serpico — RIP Rod. Last time we crossed paths was up where you worked in Wine Country. I remember you telling me to retire as soon as was possible, since there is way more to life than Police work. And you were spot on! Miss you buddy.
• Ron Mozley — Always a smile and a positive gesture. Old School SJPD. Great guy. RIP Rod.
HOWARD DE SART (SANTA CLARA CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT.)
We are including this obituary from last Sunday’s paper about Howard because he was well known by many SJPD personnel, both from his career at the Sheriff’s Office and his activity with Region 37 of the IPA (Int’l. Police Assn.).
Aug. 30, 1935 - Jan. 12, 2019
Howard Douglas DeSart resident of Diamond Springs, CA. Former resident of Campbell CA. Howard was married to Martha DeSart for 65 years. He retired from the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office in 1987 after 30 years of service. He started the International Police Association in 1991 for region 37. He was very active in the Walter P Chrysler Club. Survived by his wife Martha DeSart, daughters Diane, Adrianne, Susan and Linda. His sister Shirley and grandchildren Shannon, Aaron, Adam and Alicia. Great grandchildren Akayla, Elora and Talon.
Messages can be added to Howard’s guest book by clicking on THIS Mercury News link.
JAMES BENEDICT PAGE
March 21, 1930 — Jan. 22, 2019
We lost our second legend in a month from the San Jose City College Law Enforcement Program this past week. Jim Page, a colleague of George Payton’s, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. For many of us hired by the San Jose Police Department and neighboring agencies from the mid ‘60s to the mid ‘90s, we were fortunate to have been instructed by those two men.
Jim was born in San Francisco on March 21, 1930. He attended Saint Theresa’s Grammar School and, after graduating from Saint Peter’s High School, he joined the Marine Corps. where he eventually served as a Captain in the Korean War.
Following his military service Jim earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Counseling. He was then hired by the San Francisco PD, becoming a third generation SFPD Police Officer following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Jim was married to Patricia — “the love of his life” — for 63 years. Together, they had five sons known as “The Page Boys.” His family was his pride and joy!
Education was extremely important to Jim and the value he placed on it brought him to a career change after half a career with the SFPD. He became an instructor in the Law Enforcement Program at San Jose City College where he taught Campus Patrol and Defensive Tactics in addition to other law enforcement classes.
Many of his students learned how to interview for a police officer position and how to properly wear a police uniform. He also taught his students the importance of report writing, emphasizing how vital it was that every case begin with a clear and thorough report after the adrenaline rush and excitement of the case had diminished.
Jim was a no-nonsense guy with an old school philosophy from an era gone by. He possessed a fun personality with an Irish policeman’s sense of humor. He was a man’s man, a cop’s cop and a gentleman’s gentleman. He will be missed by his family, friends and students who had the pleasure of learning from him.
Jim’s funeral Mass was held in Pismo Beach on Monday, Jan. 28th with a Marine Corps, Three-Gun Salute beginning his service.
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Earlier today, the SJPOA and our law enforcement partners spoke out about the massive public safety crisis surrounding the unactivated warrants piling up at the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Please view some of the coverage
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Paul and Sean
and software maker refute union’s allegations that unreliable warrant
lookups are leaving officers in the dark in potentially dangerous situations
San Jose Police Officers’ Association president
Paul Kelly, second from left, speaks at a news
conference on Jan. 25, 2019 at the union’s North
San Jose headquarters, decrying an electronic
court case management system he contends is
putting officers at risk by providing unreliable
warrant information. He is flanked by Santa Clara
County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association interim president
Roger Winslow, Tracy Hern, vice president of the
Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers’ Association, and
Sean Pritchard, vice president of the San Jose union.
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Mercury News — Jan. 25, 2019
SAN JOSE — A group of South Bay police unions is sounding alarms over a new online court case management system they say has made it difficult to find bench and arrest warrants, endangering officers who are left in the dark when they stop potentially dangerous people.
“I want to express my outrage at the Superior Court administration for putting police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and all members of law enforcement, and the public we serve in danger,” Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, said at a Friday news conference.
Thursday, the San Jose Police Department sent out a staff memo informing them that an estimated backlog of 2,500 bench warrants issued in Santa Clara County for failure to appear at court hearings “are NOT active. This poses a substantial risk to officer and public safety.”
“Odyssey is used successfully throughout California,” reads a statement from the company based in Plano Texas. “We have investigated these claims and have verified that Tyler and our products are in no way involved in the issues you have presented.”
Undeterred, Kelly, flanked by leaders of the Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers’ Association, also announced they sent a letter to the State Auditor and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to scrutinize the county court’s decision to adopt what they deemed to be troublesome software.
Kelly said officers in San Jose were informed in the Thursday department memo that bench warrants can be activated manually upon request, and have been directed to contact the Sheriff’s Office on a per-case basis. Officers have been warned to only pursue this route for bench warrants with a high enough dollar amount to require jail booking; county guidelines set a baseline of $15,000.
The Superior Court issued a lengthy statement that wholly dismissed the criticism, and suggested that the objection showed a lack of understanding of how the warrant system works.
“There is no malfunction with the warrant process in Odyssey. This process is working and produces a warrant which is then ready for activation with the law enforcement agencies,” the statement reads. “The majority of the existing warrant backlogs are for low-level crimes referred to as misdemeanors. Arrest warrants or certain cases of concern are being expedited in the criminal departments for law enforcement agencies upon request.”
The Odyssey portal system, was implemented in the county’s criminal courts starting in November, and provides a sleek user interface to make it easier for the public to track down court records and calendars. For law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other court stakeholders, the system is part of a transition away from legacy internal systems like the Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC), the longtime electronic clearinghouse for warrant and and arrest information for county police agencies.
Odyssey has become increasingly familiar to court visitors in California, as it has been increasingly adopted by courts in counties across the state, including Alameda and San Mateo. Alameda County had significant trouble when implementing the system about two years ago, with the transition being blamed for errant arrests and jailings, inaccurate court records, mischaracterized rap sheets and a host of other problems.
But in San Mateo County, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said he hasn’t noticed any notable issues with incompatibility or looking up bench warrants. That could be a function, however, of bandwidth since Alameda County officials suspected their heavy caseload factored into their troubles.
The unions contend that sporadic and errant information officers get when running the records of people they encounter in the field puts them at risk because it leaves them unprepared. For example, they say, an officer could unwittingly approach a suspect who has a criminal warrant without a necessary level of caution because the officer is unaware of the suspect’s criminal history.
“It can get an officer hurt or killed in this county,” Kelly said.
Lt. Tracy Hern, vice president of the Sunnyvale union, said he has already experienced a glimpse of the problem when, as a traffic enforcement commander, he learned from a defense attorney that he missed a court appearance.
“The lawyer thanked me for not showing up to court, because of a (court) notice that I never got,” Hern said. “That’s just for traffic. Think of the potential for a more serious offense.”
The court statement Friday added that it is utilizing additional staffing and overtime to validate warrants “as quickly as possible,” but that acquiescing to the demands of the unions, returning to primary reliance on the 40-year-old CJIC system, “is not an option for the court.”
“The court and the county justice partners have planned on the decommissioning of CJIC for several years. This process involves many of the systems being replaced and modernized,” the statement reads. “A systemic change such as this through all case types is difficult for all involved, including process and cultural changes. The court has worked to address and resolve all critical issues raised.”
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Batch of Bay Area Police Misconduct Records Released Under New Transparency Law
By Lisa Fernandez — KTVU Channel 2 — Jan. 21, 2019
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) — For the first time in California history, certain records involving police misconduct are now publicly available because of a new state law, and 2 Investigates is shining a light on the findings throughout the Bay Area.
“This is huge for California, which has been the least transparent of all the states,” said LaDoris Cordell, a retired Santa Clara County judge and San Jose Police Independent Police Auditor
In the first batch of public records released to date, 2 Investigates has found:
• The Mountain View Police Department had “no sustained investigations” of its police officers after reviewing personnel records dealing with sexual assault, dishonesty and use of force over the last five years.
• The Berkeley Police Department also said it had no sustained findings. In addition, city officials said they didn't need to go back retroactively to release records but they were doing so in "good faith." This issue is under dispute with many open records activists including the ACLU.
• The Vallejo Police Department also found no sustained findings of sexual assault or dishonest by officers in five years. In regards to use of force, police did release the name Officer Zach Jacobsen, who fatally shot 21-year-old Angel Ramos on Jan. 23, 2017. At the time, police said Ramos was allegedly holding a knife and attacking a 16-year-old. However, the department released only his name, saying they would need more time to fulfill the records request.
• The Emeryville Police Department fired one officer for lying in that time period. And they released the names of the officers stemming from two-high profile shootings on Feb. 3, 2015 at Home Depot where two were injured and the Sept. 27, 2017 fatal shooting along Interstate Highway 80 of a San Leandro man who was wanted for the 2015 death of another man in Fairfield. Full reports on these cases likely won’t be ready until March.
• The San Mateo County Sheriff had five investigations that are potentially applicable to the new law within the five-year period, but Chief Deputy County Counsel David A. Silberman said on Friday that his office needed about a month more to compile the records.
• In addition, the Bay Area News Group and KQED found that a veteran Burlingame police officer was fired last year after the department found he offered to help a woman charged with DUI if she would have sex with him. The San Mateo County District Attorney is now considering reopening a criminal case against him.
• The East Bay Express reported that the Fremont Police Department had eight sustained findings of police misconduct in 2017; four from citizen stemming from complaints and four that were internally generated. The exact nature of those reports were not made public.
The trickle of California Public Records Act responses so far from the departments in the first two weeks of January come in the wake of a new law written by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) mandating that police release certain personnel files on officers, where sustained findings have shown them to have lied or been involved in sexual assault. The records of officers involved in shootings and other uses of force where death or great bodily injury is a result also have to be disclosed, even if the shootings were have found to be justified.
Other departments around the Bay Area are working to comply with the many requests made by 2 Investigates into their relevant personnel records.
A “sustained finding” means that an Internal Affairs unit or an outside oversight body decides that there is sufficient evidence to clearly prove the allegation made in the complaint. The officer then gets some form of discipline and that record goes into their personnel files. In California, that file has been private until now. Other states have made these files public for years.
While the release of these police misconduct records is an important milestone for the state of California, some critics say that the information is only moderately valuable.
Only a handful of police departments in the Bay Area - Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto, Richmond and Berkeley - have independent oversight commissions, meaning that non-police employees review complaints against the department.
So when departments, such as Mountain View, say they have had no sustained cases of lying or sexual assault under the new law, SB 1421, the public has to take that with a grain of salt, Cordell said.
“They have no independent oversight,” Cordell said of departments that do not have outside police oversight boards. “They just police themselves. Of course they’re going to say, ‘We did nothing wrong.'"
Many police agencies dispute her allegations.
Within the last five years, Emeryville police fired one officer after they found out he lied about his aggressive tactics during DUI stops, said Capt. Oliver Collins. The department’s Internal Affairs unit ruled that Officer Josh Patterson used non-approved takedown methods while arresting one person suspected of drunk driving. “And then we took it a step further, and found two other cases, a pattern,” Collins said. The officer was fired in 2014. “No cop here wants a bad cop,” Collins said.
Mountain View police also disagree with Cordell’s accusations, arguing that the city’s process for investigating any claims against officers is thorough and complete.
A Channel 2 Investigation of public records request dating back to Jan. 1, 2014 revealed that the police department had zero findings of dishonesty, sexual misconduct, or excessive use of force.
While Cordell questioned the department’s too-good-to-be-true findings, senior city attorney Leslie Jensen said the department has had no public complaints about officers and no department-initiated investigations related to the new law over five years.
“We have had no officer-involved shootings in the last five years,” added department spokeswoman Katie Nelson. In addition, 2 Investigates looked at five years worth of federal lawsuits against police officers in Mountain View and did not find any related to sexual assault or dishonesty.
Nelson explained that even though the department doesn’t have an outside police auditor, the “Professional Standards Unit” investigates complaints, and forms a board of review, comprised of a police captain, a police officer whose rank is higher than the employee being investigated, a police supervisor, a member of the police union and someone appointed from the city manager’s office, usually someone from Human Resources. In a case of sexual misconduct or dishonesty, the police chief would brief the city manager and then possibly, the city council.
But Cordell questioned out loud: How many Mountain View residents know that they can file complaints about the police? "My guess is that if you were to do a random sampling of people on the street, they wouldn’t have a clue, especially people of color," she said. "In San Jose, I spent more than half of my time doing outreach, letting people know about our office and how to file complaints."
The issue of releasing this personnel records has been hotly contested with some police unions, especially because the law is retroactive.
Attorney Michael Rains of Pleasant Hill had sued on behalf of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies’ union to try to block access to all existing police misconduct throughout the state. Rains argued that the the law means the public should only get access to records about future police shootings and serious misconduct cases, not past ones.
But the state Supreme Court refused to hear that argument.
Separately, the Los Angeles Police Protective League also filed suit, saying that a release of the records retroactively would violate privacy rights. A hearing for that is set for Feb. 5.
Meanwhile, some other departments, such as Inglewood and Long Beach in Southern California, were shredding old records before the law took effect on Jan. 1., though the agencies said the decision was made simply because the documents took up too much space.
In response, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies in the state instructing them to preserve all records that might be disclosed under the law.
“SB 1421 gives us the opportunity to shed light on the police violence that plagues our communities, " said James Burch, policy director, at the Oakland-based Anti Police-Terror Project. "Although law enforcement have made it clear that they will fight transparency every step of the way, we remain steadfast in our commitment to seeing this legislation implemented as intended.”
This new transparency law has already been applied in Rio Vista…
Reveal ‘a Hidden World’
—Until new law, most police officer discipline was confidential—
By Sukey Lewis, Nadine Sebai, Alex Emslie and Thomas Peele
Mercury News — Jan. 30, 2019
RIO VISTA — Katheryn Jenks, a slight 56-year-old woman, called 911 around 3 a.m. on a Sunday in September to report her car alarm going off. Within minutes, she was handcuffed and sitting in the back of a Rio Vista police car, bleeding from a deep, gaping wound on her right forearm where a police dog bit her.
In August 2017, Rio Vista police entered another home and an officer quickly put a man who lived there in a potentially deadly choke hold. “Don’t kill me,” the man yelled after the officer threw him to the ground. That officer, John Collondrez, was fired. Natalie Rafferty, the officer and K-9 handler who ordered Jenks’ arrest, has been notified by the department that she, too, will be terminated, according to documents released to the Bay Area News Group and KQED under a new state law that unseals some internal investigations and police disciplinary records.
The records released by Rio Vista are among the first in the state to show officers disciplined for violating use-of-force rules and for dishonesty. Although it remains to be seen whether such misconduct is rare or widespread, one expert made it clear that the disclosures offer a glimpse into what “has been a hidden world” in California, where most officer discipline was confidential for decades until the new law took effect Jan. 1.
“Police discipline has always been shrouded in secrecy,” said Samuel Walker, a criminal justice professor at the University of Nebraska. “It’s very good that the public knows about these things and as more and more records are released we will get a better picture of the patterns; what are some of the recurring problems?”
These firings are the latest bombshell to hit the 14-member police department in Rio Vista, a Solano County city of 9,000 nestled alongside the Sacramento River. A former chief and at least seven officers have left the department or been fired since 2016, and Mayor Ronald Kott said additional administrative investigations are occurring in what appears to be a major shakeup.
“The seriousness of the sustained allegations cannot be overstated,” the investigator of Collondrez’s case wrote in a report. “Honesty and integrity are the foundations of the law enforcement profession and failing in either is severely detrimental to the department’s ability to maintain the public trust.”
A call to 911
Jenks had called police seven times between Sept. 22 and the day of her arrest to report that her car alarm was going off, that someone was trying to break into the vehicle, and her garden hose had been tampered with. Sometimes she hung up, and she sometimes didn’t answer when dispatchers called her back. Officers never found anything suspicious.
Rafferty and her partner, rookie Officer Man Ly, had a plan ready if she called again, records show: They would arrest her for abusing the 911 system. They got their chance Sept. 30.
Jenks appears defiant in body-camera footage captured as the officers talked to her on her porch about the calls. Jenks insisted that she called 911 to report an emergency and told the officers they were there to serve and protect her. She cried out for her boyfriend, David O’Reilly, when Ly told her to put her hands behind her back and attempted to handcuff her. She fought back and yelled for help, kicking at the officers.
“Why are you picking on her?” O’Reilly asked, appearing in the doorway. “She hasn’t done anything.”
More Rio Vista officers arrived and wrestled with Jenks in her front yard. Suddenly, Rafferty’s police K-9 “Rio” appeared in the darkened fray, clamping down on Jenks’ arm and opening a gruesome wound deep in her muscle tissue as she screamed in pain. Rafferty is then heard calmly issuing a one-word command in German for the dog to release, ending the attack.
Rafferty later told investigators that a button on her equipment had been accidentally pushed during the tussle, opening a door on her police vehicle that allowed the dog to get out. Jenks said she still has nightmares about being attacked by a dog.
“All I could think was, ‘Oh my goodness, do I still have my arm?’ ” Jenks said in a recent interview. “He didn’t rip. He bit straight through.”
Katheryn Jenks cries Thursday while recalling the
night she was bitten by a police dog and arrested
on her front porch after calling 911 about a
possible prowler outside her home in Rio Vista.
The internal investigation into Jenks’ arrest found that Rafferty put false information in police reports to bolster a felony charge against Jenks, including that she had bitten the officers. Rafferty and Ly submitted photos of alleged bites, but an investigator found the claim that the woman’s bites hurt them was “patently false.”
Rafferty also disobeyed directions to submit only misdemeanor charges against Jenks, the investigation found, and submitted a felony resisting arrest count.
Ly no longer works for the department. Rafferty was served on Jan. 16 with a notice of the department’s intent to fire her. She can still appeal the firing. Both she and her lawyer declined to be interviewed.
Chief Dan Dailey said he referred potential criminal charges against both officers to the Solano County District Attorney, alleging perjury and falsification of a police report. DA Spokeswoman Monica Martinez said the office did not receive the referral.
Jenks still faces charges on six misdemeanors — for unlawful 911 calls, battery on each officer and resisting arrest. She is due in Solano County Superior Court in March.
In the other case, a veteran Rio Vista officer’s misconduct so tainted a drunken driving hit-and-run investigation that the suspect couldn’t be charged. A sergeant noticed major inconsistencies in a police report of the incident and raised concerns to the chief.
Information from the victim in the case pointed officers Collondrez and Anthony Costa to a Rio Vista home a few minutes after 9 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2017, and the officers noticed a dent in a truck parked outside.
Collondrez and Costa went inside without a warrant or permission, and when the suspect, who this news organization is not identifying because he was never charged, refused to go outside, Collondrez shoved him against a wall and put the man in a potentially deadly choke hold, investigators found. Body-camera video shows the hold lasting about 20 seconds.
Collondrez later told investigators that he had intended to apply a carotid, or “sleeper,” hold. When done properly, the hold constricts the blood flow to the brain by applying pressure to both sides of the neck, causing a brief loss in consciousness.
The internal affairs investigation found that the officer lied about discovering keys in the suspect’s pocket and investigating the scene of the collision, which actually occurred in Sacramento County, not Rio Vista. Collondrez, the report says, did neither. The investigation also found he used excessive force, made an improper arrest and didn’t seek medical care for the suspect, which department policy requires.
Collondrez, the former head of the Rio Vista Police Officers Association, twice appealed the city’s move to fire him. He resigned on Sept. 19. The former officer is now a security consultant for Uber. A company spokesman wrote in an email Monday that Collondrez’s firing from Rio Vista is a concern, and they are “reviewing the matter.”
Neither Collondrez nor his attorney agreed to be interviewed. “You are on a witch hunt to find dirty cops,” Collondrez wrote in a Facebook message. “I am not that.”
Rio Vista City Manager Robert Hickey said he stands by the findings of the investigations and the police chief.
“Who guards the guardians?” he said. “I take that very seriously, and I’m willing to ensure that investigations go forward as needed.”
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Should San Jose Park Rangers be allowed to carry a sidearm? The City Council says no, that San Jose cops will be there to hold the Rangers' hands when they sweep homeless encampments (metaphorically speaking).
Guns for Park Rangers — But Police Join Patrols
By Emily DeRuy <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Jan. 30, 2019
San Jose park rangers who say they need to be armed to do their job safely are set to be disappointed, at least for now.
In addition to answering questions from park visitors and maintaining trails, rangers have been tasked with patrolling creek areas where homeless people live. But amid complaints from some rangers that sweeping homeless encampments and patrolling parks and creek embankments has become increasingly dangerous, the city is making some changes to its ranger program.
Instead of sending park rangers in to those areas alone, police officers recently began accompanying them on joint patrols. And moving forward, says a joint memo from Jon Cicirelli, the acting director of the parks department, and Eddie Garcia, the chief of police, rangers’ duties “no longer include unaccompanied enforcement or encampment related work in the creeks and waterways. This work will now occur in partnership with the police department.”
The latest change comes as the two-day federally mandated homeless count began in Santa Clara County on Tuesday.
The city is also considering giving rangers body cameras, which San Jose police began using several years ago.
Now, police officers volunteer to patrol with park rangers and are paid using money from vacancies in the rangers program. In a memo posted Tuesday, Mayor Sam Liccardo said he supported the move toward joint patrols and suggested the budget be adjusted to expand the patrols and make them standard, not optional.
According to Liccardo’s memo, nearly half of the police department’s street crimes unit’s felony and misdemeanor arrests and more than half of its warrant arrests in the first five weeks of patrols occurred on trails and in creeks. Yet half of the joint patrol shifts are vacant because police officers don’t sign up for them.
“Homeless residents in the creeks appear particularly vulnerable, and suffer too-frequent assaults and victimization,” Liccardo wrote.
The decision to not give park rangers firearms hasn’t gone over well with some rangers, who already have body armor, batons, handcuffs and pepper spray. “We have been lied to and failed by our non-sworn, non-law enforcement management, and they’ve failed the people of this city as well,” said Blake Whisenhunt, a San Jose park ranger, in a letter to the City Council. “If there are hoops to jump through to arm us appropriate to the level of training we receive, just tell us when to jump and how high.”
In a separate letter, the Parks Peace Officer Association of San Jose pushed back at Cicirelli and Garcia’s joint memo, saying rangers want to continue to perform law enforcement activities. “The new generation of peace officer park rangers employed by are highly trained law enforcement officers who specialize in protecting the public and natural and cultural resources. has recommended a course of action that would completely hamstring our parks peace officers and relegate them to nothing better than a security guard.”
Long term, the city is considering creating a parks police unit to focus specifically on crimes that take place in the city’s parks and undeveloped park land. But that likely won’t take place for at least several years.
Hi again, you
Bud Bye here. If Steve D’Arcy is serious about a 50th Anniversary Celebration for PAB, I and the newly formed nine person Metro Unit were there. I led the Governor and his security detail up the ramp to the speakers’ area. Sorry I can’t remember what other Metro officers did, but I can tell you who the survivors are: Keith, Tannehill, Kracht and Esparza. Wittenberg left the PD, but as far as I know is another survivor of the original nine. Maybe they can remember what their assignments were and what they saw. I have SJMN articles I can retrieve if desired. I do remember that at least one produce item, maybe more, hit the governor’s car as it left the PAB parking lot after the ceremony.
As always, I sincerely thank you for what you do for us,
Good hearing from you, Bud. To your former coworkers, what do you guys remember about the grand opening of the PAB?
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First, THANK YOU so much for publishing week after week after week. There surely is a place in Heaven for you two fine gents. I think I’ll name my next two kids after you!
I just found out about a website that deals with the inequities of Social Security that affects many in our group. I’m sure you are aware of:
1. Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)
An amount up to half the value of your pension can be cut from the Social Security you have earned in other work in which you paid the required FICA taxes.
2. Government Pension Offset (GPO)
If you are married to someone who is earning Social Security, you will probably lose all Social Security spousal or survivor retirement benefits due to you from taxes paid by your spouse during the marriage.
I’ve known of his issue for years and all I could do was write to legislators, none of whom responded. Now there’s a group to work with. I will apply for Social Security in one year. I just turned 65 on Jan. 27.
There is a good chance of getting some action on the federal level for this issue so I’m reaching out to you kids to get this published for all retirees, etc. Here’s the website. I signed up for the mailing list and will delve deeper to get involved.
Jim Giambrone, Jr. #1815, Retired Oct. 2004 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Heaven? Kids? What have you been smoking, Jim?
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THIS IS A STUNNER
(Mercury News publishes an anti-Kamala Harris opinion.)
Kamala Harris’ Rhetoric Doesn’t Match Her Record
By George Skelton — Los Angeles Times
Mercury News — Jan. 25, 2019
California Sen. Kamala Harris promises to “fight for the people” if she’s elected president. She hopes to catch fire with Democratic liberals.
The word “fight” was mentioned four times in her brief prepared announcement of candidacy Monday. “The American people need someone who is going to fight for them,” she proclaimed.
But her rhetoric doesn’t match the record.
Liberals — or progressives, whatever you want to call them — may be disappointed if they look closely at Harris’ tenure as state attorney general. She wasn’t exactly a firebrand crusader for progressive causes when the slogging got tough.
Harris’ most striking failure to lead was her refusal to take a stand on two separate ballot measures to repeal California’s broken, expensive death penalty that exists in name only. California hasn’t executed anyone since 2006, and only 13 in the last 40 years. As of last month, there were 741 convicted murderers stacked up on San Quentin’s death row. The primary cause of death for California’s condemned killers is old age.
So whatever anyone believes about the morality of capital punishment, California’s system of nonexistent executions is a huge waste of tax money for the special treatment of first-degree murderers.
In 2012 and 2016, there were initiatives on the ballot to repeal capital punishment and move everyone off death row to the general prison population for life without the possibility of parole.
Harris declined to take a position on either. The first proposal failed narrowly by 4 percentage points, the second by 6.4.
In 2016, there was a contrasting initiative sponsored by law enforcement groups to expedite the death penalty. Harris stayed neutral on that proposal, too. It passed by 2.2 points.
Harris had a nice-sounding rationale for remaining on the sidelines: The attorney general has the ministerial duty of writing the official title and summary for ballot propositions.
If she were to take sides on a measure, the argument goes, it could taint her title and summary in voters’ minds. Moreover, it might provide grounds for a lawsuit contending that the author of the measure’s description was biased.
Nonsense. If the title and summary are biased — and they increasingly seem to be that way — they’re likely to be challenged in court, regardless of the attorney general’s political position. Unfortunately, Harris’ successor, Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra, also is remaining neutral on ballot measures. As did Harris’ predecessor, Jerry Brown.
But prior to Brown, all the attorneys general took positions on propositions and wrote fairly straight-shooting descriptions of them.
After all, an attorney general is elected by the people to not only be the state’s chief law enforcement officer, but to point the way on law enforcement and lead.
Clearly, Harris’ motive in not fighting for the death penalty repeal was that she wanted to avoid making political enemies.
An attorney general relies on a good relationship with law enforcement. And most police chiefs and sheriffs support the death penalty. Harris was politically ambitious.
Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t support the repeal measures either, although a failed fight to abolish capital punishment was what first got him into politics when his father was governor in 1960.
As lieutenant governor, Gov. Gavin Newsom supported both death penalty repeals.
“It frustrates me no end,” Newsom told me in 2015, referring to those politicians who didn’t utter a peep. “I get the politics, but …” Brown, when asked last month why he didn’t endorse the ballot measures, told the Sacramento Press Club that “the essence of leadership is knowing when to hold and when to fold, when to move forward and when to stay still.”
What the termed-out governor didn’t say was that in 2012 his “soak the rich” tax increase was on the ballot, and in 2016, he was pushing a proposition to overhaul criminal sentencing by reducing prison time and allowing earlier parole for inmates who behaved. He calculated that thrusting himself into the death penalty fight might jeopardize those efforts.
Harris talks about the need for criminal justice reform, but she didn’t support Brown’s sentencing rollback, Proposition 57, which voters approved. She took no stand. Same thing in 2014 with Proposition 47, which reduced several felonies to misdemeanors. It also passed.
Come on! An attorney general should speak up on important law-and-order proposals.
Lara Bazelon, a law professor and former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent, wrote in a New York Times opinion piece last week: “Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent.”
It’s not fighting when you stay silent. George Skelton is a Los Angeles Times columnist.
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Even Kamala’s hometown newspaper is cool about her running for President…
How a San Francisco Cop-killing Case Could Haunt Kamala Harris
By Joe Garofoli <email@example.com>
San Francisco Chronicle — Jan. 24, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at a news conference
at Howard University in Washington, Jan. 21, 2019.
Sen. Kamala Harris is pinning her presidential hopes in part on her career experience as a prosecutor. But while “Kamala Harris: For the people” is a catchy slogan, it could cause problems in that nuance-free whirlpool known as a presidential campaign.
Start with the controversy around Harris’ first major decision as San Francisco’s district attorney: deciding not to seek the death penalty for a gang member who fatally shot police Officer Isaac Espinoza in 2004.
Harris’ Democratic primary opponents probably won’t bring it up, as they all oppose the death penalty, just as Harris does. But should the California Democrat survive the primary battle, you can bet President Trump’s first TV attack ad will include some version of this riff: “As San Francisco’s district attorney, Kamala Harris refused to seek the death penalty for a gang member who killed a police officer.”
“At some point, Harris will have to respond to that,” said Markos Moulitsas, founder of the influential DailyKos progressive blog. “How she handles that will go a long way to determining how far she goes in the campaign.”
On MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday, Harris said she “absolutely” would welcome a national debate on the death penalty with Trump.
“We are talking about a system that creates a final punishment without any requirement that there be DNA to prove it,” Harris said. “It is a system where it has been fundamentally proven to be applied to African American and Latino men and poor men disproportionately for the same kind of crime.”
Harris said that in her experience as a prosecutor, it was not a deterrent to crime.
“Nobody ever stood there and was about to pull the trigger and then decided, ‘Hmm. Is this going to be life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty?’ ” Harris said.
She didn’t mention the Espinoza case in her new memoir, “The Truths We Hold” — a forum that would have allowed her to explain her reasoning on her terms. Now, Harris will have to spend time on the campaign trail explaining the nuances in some of her stances as a prosecutor — starting with what happened on the night before Easter Sunday in April 2004.
Espinoza was on patrol in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood when David Hill, a gang member, shot him to death with an assault rifle. Espinoza, 29, was a popular and charismatic officer who had turned down chances to transfer to a safer part of town. He told family members it was because he wanted to serve “the good people who live there.”
Three days after Espinoza was slain, Harris said she would not seek the death penalty.
Harris’ decision was both surprising — and not. She had campaigned as a death penalty opponent and said she would not seek capital punishment in any trial if she won. The stance wasn’t controversial in San Francisco, where 70 percent of voters typically oppose capital punishment on state ballot measures and juries almost never send convicts to Death Row. Her opponent, then-District Attorney Terence Hallinan, opposed it, too.
The surprise was that the rookie district attorney made her announcement so soon after Espinoza was gunned down. Typically, prosecutors wait weeks after an arrest to make such decisions.
“I want to be very clear,” Harris told reporters when she said she would seek life without parole for Hill. “In the city and county of San Francisco, anyone who murders a police officer engaged in his or her duties will be met with the most severe consequences.”
The most severe consequence would have been death. At the time, prosecutors in California had sought the death penalty in nearly every one of the 90 cases since 1987 in which a police officer had been killed, according to a Chronicle investigation at the time.
Law enforcement officials were outraged by Harris’ call.
“I’m sorry, I just think (this crime is) as bad as it gets and deserves the punishment as bad as it gets, and that’s the death penalty,” California Highway Patrol Commissioner Dwight “Spike” Helmick, current president of the California Peace Officers Association, said at the time.
Gary Delagnes, then the head of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, said that “in most cities in America, this would be a death penalty case.” But he added that life without parole “is as much as we can expect in this town.”
The toughest political blow for Harris happened at Espinoza’s funeral. She was sitting in the front of St. Mary’s Cathedral when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the city’s former mayor, rose to address the congregation. Indirectly, she called out Harris.
“This is not only the definition of tragedy, it’s the special circumstance called for by the death penalty law,” Feinstein said. The congregation, filled with uniformed law enforcement officers, stood and roared approval.
Afterward, Feinstein said that if she had known Harris opposed the death penalty, she wouldn’t have endorsed her for district attorney.
At the time, Feinstein’s statement rocked the political establishment. She was the state’s most powerful politician, the rare pro-death penalty Democrat, and Harris was three months into her political career.
But Feinstein’s scolding was also odd, since Harris never hid her opposition to the death penalty during the campaign. And Feinstein told the Los Angeles Times last year that she herself now opposes the death penalty.
Hill eventually was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
For Harris, the political damage from the case was swift and lasted years. No police unions endorsed her 2010 campaign for state attorney general, in which she barely defeated Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. Soon after taking statewide office, however, she sought to repair the relationship. She traveled the state to try to reach out to law enforcement groups.
Her outreach got results: Several rank-and-file unions endorsed her 2014 re-election, including the Peace Officers Research Association of California, which advocates and provides training for 64,000 public safety officers.
But Harris’ death penalty stance remained complex. She promised voters that she would uphold state law as attorney general, and she successfully appealed a federal judge’s 2014 ruling that the death penalty was unconstitutional because of its lengthy appeals process.
Harris argued that the judge’s ruling “undermines important protections” for defendants. A progressive critic of Harris, University of San Francisco law Professor Lara Bazelon, called her reasoning “unfathomable.”
“It’s like she was trying to provide a legal argument to the liberal anti-death-penalty crowd,” Bazelon said.
Harris still smarts about the initial political blowback to her decision in the Espinoza case. As she told Maddow on Wednesday, there were “high-level elected Democrats who said the case should be taken away from me because I would not seek the death penalty.” Among those Democrats: then- Sen. Barbara Boxer.
“I did what I believed was the right thing to do,” Harris said. “And the killer of that officer will be in prison for the rest of his life.”
But that is unlikely to be the end of the story.
Joe Garofoli is The San Francisco Chronicle’s senior political writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I WILL NOT COMPLY
This item from “Law Enforcement Today” that was posted on a cops’ Facebook page this week is drawing lots of attention…
On Gun Control: I WILL NOT COMPLY
Posted by Dan McIsaac — Dec 16, 2018
I will not comply.
The New Jersey Attorney General has banned large capacity magazines. They have refused to rule out door-to-door enforcement and wide-spread confiscation.
There’s something residents need to know.
I will not comply.
Liberal politicians are coming for our guns and ammunition. It starts slowly, like forcing you to turn in magazines that you paid for and have been legal until now.
Do they really believe we’re going to knock on doors and disarm our fellow citizens? Do they expect us to put our lives on the line to enforce unconstitutional orders?
I will not comply.
I might be an officer in New Jersey. But you will never know my name because if you did, I would lose my ability to provide for my family.
The truth is that I could be an officer anywhere. In your town or city. In your state. You will never know who I am, but you know me. I am your neighbor. I am your friend. I am your protector.
All you need to know is one thing. No matter how many anti-gun orders you decide to make, no matter how you use the media to get your message out, no matter how you try and politicize police departments…
I will not comply.
My oath isn’t to politicians. It’s to serve and protect. It’s to defend the Constitution. It’s not to be a pawn. My oath is to the country and Her people.
Last week, New Jersey banned active police officers from possessing their duty weapons while off duty. Apparently they’re going to change that thanks to media and union pressure.
The union. A collection of those who, in many cases, have traded their spines for a few pennies. They never should have allowed this to happen.
New Jersey “leaders” have also made it clear they don’t recognize the provisions of the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). It’s an act that allows retired officers to carry our weapons.
Our Attorney General says it applies only to those who carry firearms in interstate commerce, and that if we aren’t leaving the state immediately, it doesn’t count. That’s NOT why it was created.
But you can’t expect these liberal elitists who have never been shot at to understand that.
The point of it was to protect us and our families from criminals looking to get revenge and to protect those of us who have become targets thanks to the war that was launched on us by liberal politicians. It was to allow us to be able to respond quickly. Because unlike those who sit on their high horses, we actually run TOWARDS gun fire and danger.
Now New Jersey officials won’t recognize that law.
I will not comply.
New Jersey’s law over gun magazines with a 10-round limit went into effect on December 10 and there’s no exception for law enforcement, meaning that we’re all breaking the law by carrying our assigned duty weapons while off duty.
Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo issued a memorandum to us as a reminder that the prohibition of the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines didn’t just apply to our neighbors, it also applied to us when we are off duty.
I will not comply.
In May, the city council in Boulder, Colorado voted to ban possession of high capacity magazines, bump stocks and so-called assault rifles. They grandfathered in people who already own the rifles. But they said in order to continue legally owning them, residents are required to “certify” their guns with the police by December 27.
Residents have been told there is no database of gun owners being made (like anyone buys that).
But they ARE keeping a record of the number of rifles reported.
So far, the number reported is 87. Officials say there are duplicate certificates in that count, making the true number even lower.
There are more than 100,000 people in the city, and CBS News puts gun ownership in Colorado at more than 34 percent.
That means there’s still somewhere around 34,000 firearms that aren’t certified.
It’s worth pointing out that Colorado has about 5,300 uniformed members of the Army National Guard.
Does anyone think patriots like me are going to truly just hand over or report our weapons to be listed on a database?
Do these officials believe officers like me are going to ultimately go to war with our own neighbors over confiscation?
I will not comply.
My brothers and sisters, please don’t confuse those of us who hold the thin blue line with those who are trying to destroy it.
I am not alone. We are with you. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the streets.
We will NOT comply. Tell everyone. Enough is enough!
—By Sergeant A. Merica
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STORIES OF THE WEEK
Frank Feldman, what a guy!
From the Archives
A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by. He gets in and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank."
Cabbie: "Frank Feldman. He's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman all the time."
Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody."
Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star. And you should have heard him play the piano! He was an amazing guy."
Passenger: "Sounds like he was somebody really special."
Cabbie: "Oh hell there's more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order, and which fork to eat it with. And he could fix anything. Not like me, I change a fuse and the whole street goes dark. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything right."
Passenger: "Wow, some guy then."
Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made mistakes, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel special. He would never argue back, even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! I never knew him to make a mistake! No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman."
Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?"
Cabbie: "Well. I never actually met Frank. He died, and I married his wife.
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last trip to Victoria’s Secret
From the Archives
A husband walks into 'Victoria's Secret' to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife. He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price; the more sheer, the higher the price. He opts for the most sheer item, pays the $500, and takes it home.
He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs, put it on, and model it for him.
The wife takes the negligee upstairs, looks at it and realizes it’s so sheer that it might as well be nothing at all. She decides that instead of putting it on, she’ll model it in the nude, then return the negligee the next day and keep the $500 for herself
She then appears naked at the top of the stairs and strikes a pose.
The husband says, "Good grief, you'd think that for $500 they'd at least iron it!"
He never heard the shot.
The funeral is next Thursday at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to the NARH (National Association for Retarded Husbands) are preferred.
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a Crab Feast
From the Archives
A passenger who boarded an airplane in New Orleans with a box of frozen crabs asked a blonde flight attendant to take care of them for him. She took the box and promised to stow it in the crew’s refrigerator. He added that he was holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen and mentioned in an arrogant manner that he was a lawyer and threatened what would happen to her if she let them thaw out.
Shortly before landing in New York, the flight attendant used the intercom for the pre-landing briefing throughout the cabin, then added: “Would the lawyer who gave me the crabs in New Orleans please raise your hand?
Not one hand went up, so she took the crabs home and invited her friends over for a feast.
Moral: 1) Lawyers are not as smart as some people think they are; 2) Blonde flight attendants are smarter than some people give them credit for.
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Trip to Rome
From the Archives
A woman was at her hairdresser getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:
"Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"
"We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"
"Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they are always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?"
"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Teste."
"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it’s gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump."
"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope."
"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. “You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant up on the balcony. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."
A month later, when the woman returned to the hairdresser to have her hair done, the hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.
"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot. The hotel was great, too! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling job and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"
"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope."
"Actually, we were quite lucky. As we toured the Vatican a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! As I knelt down, he spoke a few words to me."
"Oh, really! What did the Pope say?"
He said: "Who f--ked up your hair?"
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
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When you are the Dude Perfect guys you know you have reached the pinnacle of success when the NFL hires you to promote this coming weekend’s Super Bowl by performing an assortment of AMAZING trick shots in the Super Bowl Stadium. (7:32)
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The woman in this clip received from Mike Thompson apparently borrowed a Tesla from a friend and thought she would fill it up with gas before returning it. Half of the humor comes from watching her search for the gas spout; the other half comes from listening to the guy in the car behind her who is CAPTURING her on video. (3:25)
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Besides David Byers and I, do any of you find this Archie Bunker segment from “All in the Family” funny? You won’t know until you watch it, so go for it by clicking HERE. (Carroll O’Connor died on June 21, 2001 from a heart attack.) (4:18)
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Lip Sync Law Enforcement Challenge Update
For a relatively short entry, these guys and gals from the FONTANA (CA) PD did a good job. They were animated and seemed to be having a good time. Score: 9:0. (3:50)
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The captain in this entry from the PUYALLUP (WA) PD seems to be going through a daymare (a nightmare that occurs during the day) as he walks his way through the town and his department after paying for and getting a receipt for a lip sync challenge. There’s almost a plot to this video which makes it easy to follow. Score: 9.2. (9:53)
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We think there is a good probability that the CLEVELAND (TN) PD cop who organized his department’s entry may be Cuban and that he talked his friends into lip syncing to a song about Havana. But that’s only a guess. Score: 8.7. (2:30)
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Cops and firefighters from WARWICK (RI) combined their talents to produce this entry, and they did a pretty good job with lots of variety. They are certainly worth a look and a thumbs up. We gave them a 9.3. (7:04)
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This entry by the NORTH BRANFORD (CT) PD has all the ingredients for a superb challenge: beautiful imagery, community participation, good music variety and high quality video production. What’s not to like? We’re giving them a 10. (6:47)
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Are you a true Baby Boomer? Take THIS quiz received from Alice Murphy and prove it! (I missed three questions.)
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Hope for Paws Update
Posted on Jan. 24, 2019: A couple of volunteers helped Eldad rescue a scared and homeless Maltipoo that he named BUDDY. If you were unfamiliar with the breed, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger; neither have we. (6:47)
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Back on June 6, 2015, Eldad and Lisa received an invitation from the Costa Rica Dog Rescue organization to fly down and volunteer with their team for a week. This video documents the first of two trips. The second trip that took place a year later will be included in next week’s Farsider. Click HERE to watch this first trip. (17:12)
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Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. Or if you don’t want to wait for it, MOVE the cursor to the 1:10 mark. (2:24)
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For military aviation enthusiasts, this story about an intense dogfight that was classified Top Secret for 50 years is recommended viewing by Mike Thompson. It’s about a Navy pilot (E. Royce Williams) who destroyed 4 Russian Migs during the Korean Conflict. At the 8:16 mark, when WILLIAMS boards a P-51 for a ride-along, the audio is silent for the rest of the video. (10:07)
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Some pundits talk about the extreme weather as if it was something new and unique. Nothing could be further from the truth. This week The History Guy presents a short review of an 1888 weather event that became known as The Great White HURRICANE of New York City. (5:12)
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This week Allec Joshua Ibay resurrects the attack on the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11 using actual audio of THAT infamous day. (10:20)
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It goes without staying that I’m proud of all my brothers and sisters in blue, not just the guys and gals I spent 30 years working with, but the members of the USAF blue that accounted for four years of my younger life as well. The Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team may not get the plaudits of the USMC Silent Drill Team, but they aren’t too shoddy. Have a LOOK. (3:16)
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We ran this clip about an automaton back in 2014 when it first went viral, and it is such an amazing device that we decided to run it again. Imagine a doll that can actually write that was created in the 1770s when each of the nearly 6,000 parts had to be designed and made by hand. This little boy is much more than amazing; he is ASTONISHING! (4:48)
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The people you are bout to see are professional insurance scammers. But are they good at their chosen profession? Click HERE and judge for yourself. (7:40)
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What we have here is a two-part closer. If you consider yourself an animal lover — and everyone should — Part One is guaranteed to make you feel good. And if you are a fan of the group Celtic Thunder, you should enjoy the boys (and girl violinist) from Ireland performing the same song. (See if you can spot the heartthrob of the teenage female fans.) If you are ready for some solid gold entertainment, let's go…
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