“Nothing really shocks me with all I have seen over the years that people do to each other. But what does shock me is the role media plays in all of this. This morning I woke uer 10 including outlets based in San Francisco. I was looking for more information regarding the death of a 7 year old last night in the Bayview. To my surprise no story what so ever. As most know I worked nights for my entire career and know that the news outlets have stringers that respond to just about every major incident in the city at night to report and sell their stories. Sad to think an eager stringer called the various local editors of the Chronicle, Examiner, even Mission Local and were told they didn’t want the story because it didn’t fit the present narrative. Then he or she called KGO, KRON, etc and their people passed on a story of a 7 yr old shot and killed. Of course that story doesn’t fit the narrative it doesn’t involve the police or other separating force. In my search I did sadly discover that a 7 yr and 10 yr old were gun down in Chicago last night making the murders of children under 12 in Chicago in the past 2 weeks at approx 5 children murdered. Yet no marches no protests just funerals and grieving parents and family. Again it doesn’t fit the narrative.“
SOCIAL MEDIA INCIDENT INVOLVING FORMER AND ACTIVE OFFICERS
Last Friday, a story broke about former and active police officers in Southern California threatening to kill a civil rights activist on a private social media page. That same day, news broke that current and retired Northern California police officers were included in this group. In addition it was revealed, these same officers were in another local private social media page making patently offensive and racist posts. We were sickened by what we saw, which goes against the fabric of our profession, to protect and serve. Their actions are reprehensible and should not be tolerated.
It’s been long known that personal social media accounts and law enforcement professionalism rest on a fine line and we’ve encouraged members to use good judgement when using personal platforms as much as possible. Will Aitchison from Labor Relations Information System (LRIS) wrote down the ten golden rules of social media for public safety personnel.
Your First Amendment rights are very limited.
Just because something is an internet meme doesn’t mean you can post it.
Nothing you post online is truly private. Check your privacy settings. But remember nothing you post is truly private.
Before posting, ask yourself: if my employer receives a complaint about what I’m going to post, how will they react? If the answer is “not so well” or “they’ll start a disciplinary investigation,” is the post really worth it?
Be positive with your posts, not negative and critical.
If you have the slightest doubt about whether to post something, sleep on it. Ask a fellow officer, one you think of as responsible and serious, what he/she thinks.
Think: Who are your “friend (s).”
Ask yourself – can someone figure out that I’m a public safety officer from my social media profile or my prior posts?
Your credibility can be called into question by what you’ve posted online.
Think about your job, your family, and your safety.
We are living through unprecedented times and it’s tough to be a cop right now. Despite behaviors elsewhere, California’s law enforcement and all who PORAC represents are here to serve. We must remain focused on taking care of each other and the oath we took.
Together we will succeed.
Former Police Officers ‘Openly Plotting’ To Kill BLM Activist Shaun King
Former Police Officers ‘Openly Plotting’ To Kill BLM Activist Shaun King
An investigation has been launched after members of a Facebook group for California law enforcement officers were found to be allegedly planning to kill Shaun King, an activist for the Black Lives Matter movement and other social causes.
In an article written for Medium, featuring screenshots of a discussion among members of the group, King said: “Inside of a private Facebook group for California Law Enforcement Officers, members of the group were openly plotting and planning my assassination.”
“Who do you call to report the misconduct of current or retired law enforcement officers? Because I lack confidence in any law enforcement system to handle this, I feel the burden to release this publicly for my own safety and for the safety of my family,” he said.
The Facebook group includes three former officers of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). The department has shared the information from the latest incident with its investigations bureau for “further review and recommendations for a criminal investigation.” The FBI will be also assisting the department with the matter, the LBPD confirmed in a statement.
The former LBPD officers involved include Laura Tartaglione (who worked at the LBPD until May 15, 1997), Jeffrey Garcia (who worked there until June 27, 2014) and Mary Jensen (who worked there until May 1, 1993), the department confirmed.
The LBPD also confirmed one of its current employees has the same name as a member of this Facebook group but added: “This employee is not involved in the online group.”
“We also have no information indicating that any other LBPD employees are involved in this situation,” the department said in the statement.
At least 12 individual Facebook accounts posted messages in the group thread, many of which received a “thumbs up” reaction from other users, according to the screenshots shared by King.
The conversation was reported to have started with Tartaglione, who wrote: “I think California needs to start putting a team together of retired military, police, and NRA. These criminals that the Democrats created need to be stopped.”
Facebook user John Houchens posted: “Shaun King needs to be put down.”
User Roy Brokaw wrote: “I’m with you brothers and sisters for justice. And I’ll be there. Tell me when and where. Does anyone know where this Shaun King can be found?”
Another user, Chris Sanford, posted: “Toss this guy from a helicopter.”
Jerry De Rosa, reported to be a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer, posted: “Need a sniper.”
Jeffrey Garcia, another LBPD retiree, wrote: “I am ready to rock and roll — let’s get it going boys and girls.”
Tartaglione then wrote: “Organize it Jeff,” while Garcia replied, “Roger that Laura.”
User Billy Dishman wrote: “Let’s get it going. I’m in.”
Another user, Henry Martinez, posted an image of a man with a gun and wrote: “Yes, some of us may be old, but we still have a sharp eye and a steady hand…and some of these Anti Americans need to be set straight!”
King noted that he has received death threats on a daily basis for years, “but what we found in this private Facebook group is altogether different.
“These were men and women, in a private group that they had no idea I’d ever see, using their real names and identities, openly plotting to kill me and organizing each other to execute it,” he wrote.
The thread of the Facebook group was reported to have grown since Tuesday, the day when King was first informed about this Facebook group.
“We thought this was an isolated incident, but since this, we’ve seen death threats against me spread all over the country in other private groups, on dozens of public pages, on conservative blogs, and more,” King said.
The LBPD noted it is “appalled and deeply disturbed by the tone and content of the posts which in no way reflect the core values and professional standards held by the men and women in our organization.”
“We are 100 percent committed to working in partnership with our community to ensure that all people are treated with respect and professionalism and will not tolerate any bias, racism or threats to individuals,” the statement added.
Newsweek has contacted King and the LBPD for further comment and more information.
The latest incident comes amid ongoing demonstrations across the globe after George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. He was pinned to the ground with a knee to his neck.
The killing of Floyd sparked a resurgence of the BLM movement and renewed outcry against police brutality and racism.
San Jose police officers’ racist Facebook posts exposed by blogger
Blog post unmasks private ’10-7ODSJ’ group with current, retired officers.
SAN JOSE – A series of bigoted and anti-Muslim posts linked to a group of retired and active San Jose Police Department officers has been met with swift rebukes from officials, including calls or their firings and a top-down review of cases where they testified in court.
The private group – called 10-7ODSJ, a reference to the police code for “off duty” – was the subject of an article posted to Medium on Thursday. The author, identified only as the partner of a Bay Area police officer, said the piece was motivated in part by allegations that a similar Facebook group plotted violence against Shaun King, an activist and journalist involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. A retired San Jose police officer, the author said, is a member of both groups.
“I recognized some of the names,” the author said in a phone interview Friday. “Is this the entire police department? No, it’s not. But within the entire police department, people know about it.”
Members of the 10-7ODSJ group shared posts about the Black Lives Matter movemwnt, including one current officer commenting “black lives don’t really matter” on a public Facebook post from a retired officer about shootings in Chicago, according to the article.
That same current officer was one of several t make anti-Muslim comments on a post inside the group about a Muslim woman whose hijab was pulled off by a Los Angeles Police Department officer. “Hell, I would have pulled it over her face,: he wrote.
One retired officer wrote, “If your (sic) incarcerated you don’t get to wear your religious outfits.” Another suggested using hijabs as nooses, adding a smiling emoji.
The Medium article noted several other instances of 10-7ODSJ making racist comments, including the degradation of an area of san Jose largely populated by Latino and Vietnamese people.
“What I just read sickened me and made me sick for our entire community,” said District Attorney Jeff Rosen in a statement Friday.
“No one who expresses these tyes of disgusting, racist comments should ever wear a badge,” he continued. “This Office’s Conviction Integrity Unit will immediately begin a comprehensive review of every case in which these officer – active ore retired – played a role. Anyone who writes this kind of trash has no role in our criminal justice system.”
San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia also vowed to terminate officer involved in the group if they’re confirmed as the authors of the posts.
“If I find there is bigotry involved in these posts by officers, I will move to fire people,” Garcia said in an interview. “Your cannot say this publicly. You cannot say this quietly.”
In a statement, San Jose Police Officers Association President Paul Kelly said the union will take steps to remove from its ranks retired or current officers who were part of the 10-7ODSJ group. The union, he added, will not provide legal or financial support to ay officers who are ultimately charged with wrongdoing by the police department.
“I am announcing tonight that I am taking swift action against any member of the SJPOA that has participated in this online ring of hate because there is zero room in our department or our profession for racists, bigots, or those that enable them,” Kelly said Friday.
“These are initial steps, more will follow in the coming days,’ he continued. “To the community we serve, we are sincerely sorry and our actions must rise to meet this terrible stain on our proffession.”
Before Rosen announced plans to launch a probe, Mayor San Liccardo called for a “full investigation.”
“Our Chief fired and officer for tweeting a similar statement in 2016, but an unaccountable arbitrator – immune from public or court review – reversed the termination, and forced the department to reinstate the officer,” said Liccardo, referring to Officer Phil White, who was terminated for a combative Black Lives Matter tweet but was later reinstated.
“For that reason, as I articulated in m police reform proposal this week, I will push for changes to a disciplinary process that allows unaccountable arbitrators to reverse termination decisions of the Chief, and I will further push for independent investigation of all racially discriminatory conduct,” he continued. “This is precisely why these reforms are so important.”
Raj Jayadev of Silicon Valley De-Bug said the 10-7ODSJ group eposed the need for a deeper set of reforms, including the diversion of funds from the police department to community programs.
“Off the top, every case these officer have been involved in must be reopened and reinvestigated. Second, active officers need to be immediately removed,” Jayadev said.
“And the reality is, this hate-filled racism is just what happened to be found in that Facebook group,” he continued. “The city can’t solve this by creating a new officer to study the racism, or removing the “bad apples.’ Through this post, we now have confirmation that the SJPD has been a haven for current and former racists – generational institutional racism. This is why the community has called for defunding the police.”
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San Jose Police Department racism scandal: Will history repeat itself?
Workplace tensions flare over whether employees can wear Black Lives Matter masks
Employees have pushed back against what they say is an attempt to silence them — staging
protests at Whole Foods, denouncing Trader Joe’s on Twitter, calling for boycotts of Taco Bell and Starbucks — while their employers defend the restrictions as a matter of dress code.
MORE ANTI-POLICE EFFORTS!
You may recognize this as a nationwide anti-police effort!
Schools boot police off campuses
Districts plan to put savings toward structural budget deficits
Two San Jose school districts have joined a nationwide movement to eliminate the presence of police officers on campuses by terminating their contracts with the San Jose Police Department.
The Alum Rock Union and East Side Union High School districts’ boards of education unanimously decided Thursday night not to renew yearslong contracts with the city’s Police Department that funded school resource officers and were expiring this summer.
San Jose Unified – the city’s largest public school district – will discuss its contract with the Police Department at the next board meeting Aug. 6.
“Thank you, community, for coming together, thank you for speaking up on behalf of our children. We look forward to walking with you all in truth for the best outcomes for all of our children,” Alum Rock board member Corina Herrera-Loera said at the meeting.
The terminated contracts will free up $100,000 for Alum Rock and $700,000 for East Side Union, which they plan to use to help offset budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic and state funding cuts.
The moves align with similar decisions to terminate contracts with the police in schools across the nation, including in San Francisco and Oakland – a response to calls for police reform and redirecting law enforcement funding following the death of George Floyd when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes last month.
But unlike many of other public school systems, law enforcement and education officials in San Jose took a prior step to diminish the role of officers in schools. At the beginning of 2
018, the city’s Police Department met with education leaders on the city’s east side to update their agreements and make clear that police officers would be at the public high
schools only to ensure safety, not administer punishments to rowdy students.
During the 2019-20 school year, officers who patrolled East Side Union’s schools, which serve more than 26,000 students, issued 31 citations and made five arrests – four of which resulted from fights that broke out.
East Side Union Superintendent Chris Funk said Thursday the law enforcement data clearly indicates that having officers on campus “does not prevent” students from misbehaving and there weren’t enough campus incidents to “warrant having officers on campus.” Police officers still may be used to monitor afterschool events, such as football games where adults and other outside community members may come onto campuses, but they no longer will patrol during regular school hours, Funk said. The district’s previous contract with the Police Department allowed one school resource officer per campus, though because of limited availability and a short-staffed police force only Mount Pleasant and Evergreen Valley high schools consistently saw officers on campus in recent years, Funk said.
Officers also still will be permitted to come onto school grounds for criminal investigations, but board member Pattie Cortese asked administrators to explore an agreement with the Police Department that would require parental notification and presence before interviewing students.
The current sentiment is a stark departure from the push in recent years to increase safety and security measures on campuses following deadly school shootings such as those in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut.
But when a board member pointed that out, Funk said “the chances of an active shooter being on campus is very, very low.” The district will establish a task force in the fall to create new policies for supervision and safety protocols in each of its schools.
Dozens of parents, teachers and community advocates – with newfound backing from elected officials and education leaders – called into the Thursday night East Side Union and Alum Rock board meetings to raise their concerns about officers disrupting student learning and causing fear and anxiety, particularly among students of color.
A Change.org petition created by East Side Union families to terminate the agreement between the district and the San Jose Police Department garnered more than 2,100 signatures in two weeks.
Daniella Acosta, a recent graduate of James Lick High School, told the East Side Union board that school resource officers on her campus have brought her – and other students of color – substantial stress.
“I have grown up with police officers knocking on my door since the age of 3 and gradually became a trigger for my anxiety,” Acosta said. “When I see them on campus, I feel traumatized.” Julia Souza, an attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, told the Alum Rock board that the district needs to focus on “supporting children and families and not criminalizing them.
“Cutting the contract is a good start – but it’s just that,” Souza said about their agreement with San Jose Police Department. “ARUSD needs to continue implementing wholesale reform of all school interactions with police, especially when staff are calling the police for children with special needs.” In addition to eliminating school resource officers, East Side Union’s board also proceeded with a plan Thursday night to create a new ethnic studies graduation requirement for high school students. Once the framework is developed, the requirement will apply to students entering their freshman year in the fall of 2022.
Alum Rock School District last week voted to create a committee to explore its own options to implement ethnic studies for its students. The district hopes to launch a pilot program for the 2021-2022 school year.
In upcoming meetings, the Alum Rock school board plans to discuss new options for how administrators and teachers should respond to crimes on campus moving forward, such as establishing new policies around student safety and emergency management.
An American Story for the 4th of July Ah, the Mounted Unit. You all will be soaked with these stories. When the old Mounted Unit broke up we took our multi-colored horses from the stables and just left, Some, their horses died prior to the breakup, others including myself took their horses home. Gone are the days of riding with the man who rode with Custer in the 7th Cav. or the woman who led Hannibal”s elephant across the Alps to fight the in the mountains of Paloponeese. I took Chief home and continued to ride the countryside, but I noticed that things were beginning to change, Chief was slowing down and at times he would lie down ad was unable to get up without help from Sue and me. A horse cannot lie down for long as his weight will crush his ribs, I was aware of his condition so always kept an eye on him. One day Sue and I had to our house in San Fran as renters were moving out, I left my friend Ted at the house to check on Chief , an odd man but very faithful. When I returned the next day Ted had a story I could hardly believe. Chief went down in the back pasture and Ted could not get him up. Ted call Cal Fire Dept who have a station at Monterey and Watsonville Rd,, about 5 miles from our house. The fire dept, responded with one ladder truck, and two pickups. Had to leave the ladder tk on Uvas Rd. Four firemen including the Captain tried to get Chief up. They couldn”t do it. Pulling, pushing, yelling, he would get to his feet half way and then fall,
Ted says the Captain got on the radio and in about 15 minutes a helicopter appeared. The chopper lowered close over Chief and they put a sling around him and started the left.Dirt flying, grass flying, manure flying everywhere, and Chief was brought to his feet. He promptly took a dump and ran off like he was 2. I could hardly believe this story but it was confirmed by the neighbors. I had a hard time sleeping that night. Next morning Sue and I were at the fire station to thank those men. We walked into the offixe, there were two young men and one older man with salt and pepper hair,wearing cowboy boots.. I explained who we were and then the older guy standing by the window spoke. “So I guess you’re wondering what this is going to cost you” “Eh eh well yea, I was thinking something about that”. Actually that was why I couldn’t sleep well. “Well, no charge, that is why you pay your property taxes”. I thanked them all again. And then he uttered the words that will stay with me, . “Well he was a horse and he was in trouble and this here is the United States you know”Sue and I left and went across the street to the Nob Hill, bought ten pounds of apples and Sue baked 8 pies which we delivered to the boys later in the day, They were happy. We went home and Chief was standing. Mike Egan