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San Jose police chief announces retirement…

SAN JOSE – AUGUST 3: A portrait of San Jose police chief Eddie Garcia in his office in San Jose, Calif., on
Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Garcia made the public aware of his retirement today after a long career with SJPD. 

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia’s retirement has fueled speculation that he could be
moving on to bigger and better things.

Officer Verses Civilian-Involved Shootings 2019 – 2020
by Dr. Ron Martinelli  

                              A PATCH FOR ALL CALLINGS

 

SJ police officer charged with $18M money
laundering, tax evasion scheme

Officer Robert Foster, a 47-year-old Morgan Hill resident, used and traded on his
protected status as an active-duty police officer to further his business interests — all
while concealing his company from the San Jose Police Department

Police investigate triple shooting near San Jose motel

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AND YOU THINK YOU HAD TROUBLE?
Wild boar leads police on hours-long chase through city

Lawsuit seeks SJPD records
Bay Area News Group sues for release of files after months of negotiations
STATE TRANSPARENCY LAW By Thomas Peele
tpeele@bayareanewsgroup.com

SAN JOSE >> The Bay Area News Group has sued the San Jose Police Department to force the release of dozens of files on officer misconduct and use of force, more than 18 months after a landmark transparency law required law enforcement across California to release such records.

The lawsuit comes after more than six months of negotiations — and even after Mayor Sam Liccardo’s insistence that police comply with the law, known as
SB 1421. San Jose police have countered it will take years to review and release more than 80 files sought by the news organization. So far, they have released
only six complete cases and partial records from 20 others.

“ The records sought are of critical public importance in rebuilding the public’s trust in law enforcement, especially at this moment in history when the public’s
attention is focused on police practices in a way that it  never has been before,” attorney James Chadwick, who represents the news organization, wrote in the 26-page suit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Partnering with KQED News, this news organization has filed hundreds of public records requests statewide under SB 1421, which for the first time opened long secret personnel records that detail police using lethal force, or committing sexual misconduct or dishonesty.

Frank Pine, the Bay Area News Group’s executive editor, said the city of San Jose left the news organization no choice but to file this lawsuit.
“ We have been negotiating with the Police Department and City Attorney’s Office since last year and we have made very little progress, with the city refusing even to commit to a timeline for when it would release requested records,” Pine said. “ The law, however, is clear, and the taxpayers of San Jose deserve better. 
They deserve a government that is accountable, responsive, and responsible.”
The news organization filed the suit on Friday, but because the coronavirus has affected court procedures, the filing wasn’t confirmed until Wednesday morning.
San Jose City Attorney Richard Doyle said on Tuesday he had not yet seen the suit but that it was “too bad” negotiations didn’t lead to a compromise to avoid a court fight. “We have diligently been working to identify records to be released,” he wrote in an email. “It has been slow, and we have added more staff to that effort.” Late last week, Liccardo stepped into the matter, saying he would in the state, San Jose is not the only department lagging in the release of records under SB 1421. KQED News sued the California Highway Patrol in May over its failure to release records, and Oakland and San Francisco have been slow to re- lease records. The Los Angeles Times sued the L.A. County Sheriff in June over the slow release of records as well.
SB 1421’s author, Sen Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, has already introduced new legislation, SB 776, to broaden Lawsuit seeks SJPD records Bay Area News Group sues for release of files after months of negotiations STATE TRANSPARENCY LAW attempt to force the release of the records through the
city public information officer. But the mayor later acknowledged he did not have the power to do so under the city charter. On Tuesday, Liccardo said the
city manager is trying to get some of the documents released within 30 days.
San Jose police have estimated the department has at least 86 cases, mostly shootings, covering the 2014-2019 scope of the re- quest. At one point police
claimed it would take four years to process them all, citing the need to review the records and redact witness names and other information they say is sensitive to be made public, such as home addresses and phone numbers. They later revised the estimate to two years.
One public records advocate likened obtaining the records from San Jose to trying to secure information from the most clandestine corners of government.
“Four years is CIA-level delay and makes no sense here,” said David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a pro-transparency group.
Although it is one of the poorer performers the types of records police are required to release and put fines in place for recalcitrant departments.
Records released by the hundreds of police departments that are following the law show officers fired for sexual misconduct, stealing, and tipping off
gang members about police activity. One officer who was fired by Newark police for lying in three separate police reports ended up teaching criminology classes at Cal State East Bay. Another, fired by the Alameda County Sheriff for lying, was later hired as a police officer in Pinole, a city in Contra Costa County.
Contact Thomas Peele at 510-208- 6458.

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Police chief criticized for tweet that shows guns, rosary, union symbol
By Jason Green
jason.green@bayareanewsgroup.com

 A tweet from San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia has landed him in hot water with some members of local labor and faith communities. Posted Wednesday, the tweet highlighted a recent arrest and included a photo of two guns that were seized, along with a rosary and a face mask bearing the logo of the United Farm Workers.
“Chief Eddie Garcia tweeting a picture of the UFW face mask and rosary next to images of guns shows great disrespect to our Latino and faith community,”
said Darlene Tenes, an event planner in San Jose who has organized three caravans to deliver masks, food and household goods to farm worker s du ring the coronavirus pandemic.
“Unfortunately, these symbols of faith, hope and struggle have been hijacked by teenage gang members,” she continued, “but it shows great irresponsibility for the chief of police of the 10th-largest city in the nation to perpetuate and make people believe otherwise.” Tenes said her cousin, Andy Zermeno, designed the UFW logo, which was based on a drawing of an eagle by Richard Chavez, the brother of late labor leader César Chávez.
” The eagle is an inverted pyramid showing the strength of our ancestry,” Tenes said. “The black  symbolizes the plight of the farm workers, the red the
struggle and the white the hope.” Garcia’s tweet also drew a rebuke from Jon Pedigo, director of advocacy and community engagement for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.
“I am not sure what the non-gun items have to do with the guns and pistols,” he said in a reply to Garcia’s tweet. “These symbols are sacred and in our current
context, putting these items next to the guns only fans the f lames of racism.”
In a statement Thursday, Garcia said he will be “more thoughtful” about what he shares on social media going forward.
“A recent surge of shootings in our gang- impacted neighborhoods included two homicides, one victim being a juvenile,” said Garcia, referring to the shooting death of 15-year-old Uriel Mendiola Zepeda . ” Rather than waiting for the next victim, officers are proactively getting these guns out of the hands of those causing violence.
“As a Latino and Catholic, I’m offended by the use of sacred items to show gang involvement like the rosary, and the United Farm Workers flag whose rich
history we cherish and celebrate,” he continued. “I will be more thoughtful in considering how to depict what we frequently see on the street with the impact imagery can have in perpetuating racial negativity.” Despite the outcry, Garcia had not deleted the tweet as of early Friday afternoon. “After seeing Chief Garcia’s statement about being more careful about what he tweets, I was surprised to see he did not remove the tweet,” Tenes said. “Very disappointing.” Contact
Jason Green at 408- 920- 5006.
Copyright (c)2020 The Mercury News, Edition. 

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SAN JOSE, CA – MAY 29: San Jose Police Department academy recruits wait for SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia in SJPD’s substation in San Jose, Calif., on May 29, 2020. Chief Eddie Garcia addressed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that has elicited national outcry after an officer kneeled on his neck. The officer has since been fired and charged with murder. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

In the wake of George Floyd, a question looms:
Who should be a police officer?

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City Forces Firefighters Union To Remove ‘Blue Line’ Flags from Fire Trucks

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For all the talk about hiring strong people skills, the current
qualifications look much as they have for a generation

Solano County Sheriff, Public Defender probing jail sergeant’s testy
interaction with deputy public defender over Black Lives Matter face mask

 

Scott Parkhurst’s license 10CODES indicates his ties to law enforcement. Parkhurst had his latest request, BLUETHINL, rejected by the DMV. (Courtesy photo)

California DMV rejects ex-Bay Area cop’s ‘BLUTHINL’ plate request
Agency calls it ‘offensive, threatening’

  I was a Police Officer. . . 

Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend has come home drunk
and is beating you again. 

Today, I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year-old daughter, who is very
responsible, is four hours late coming home from school.

Today, I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your
house has been burglarized. 

Today, I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a
rapist or a murderer or a car thief.

Today, I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a
child or that someone has been stabbed or has been in a terrible accident.

Today, I will not save your child that you locked in a car, or the child you were too
busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived. 

No, today I will not do that.

Why?

Today, I was suspended from duty for doing my job, because the media, leftists,
community organizers, and a mayor who ran on an anti-police agenda — all who
know nothing about policing — have vilified my profession.   

Because . . .   

Today, I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off
the highway.

Today, I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that
they had a taillight out.

Today, I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen. 

Today, I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer.

Today, I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his
family was too busy.

Today, I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery.

Today I was killed doing my job.

A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or
a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father
or mother won’t be coming home today.   

The flags at many police stations will be flown at half-mast today but most people
won’t know why.      

There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a 3 volley gun salute will be given,
and taps and bagpipes will be
played as I am laid to rest.

My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere.

A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere
and a family will mourn.

There will be no cries for justice.

There will be no riots in the streets.

There will be no officers marching, screaming “no justice, no peace.”

No citizens will scream that something must be done.

No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called.

 Only someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about.

I was a police officer.

The Patriotic Tribute from The American rodeo “Why I Stand”

 

Hey Ernie, catch up with us after the monthly meeting!

 

Leroy,

Thank you for posting the photo of my mom, Mary Sugimoto.  She was 92 years old and
passed
away peacefully in her sleep.  A private funeral service will be held on Friday,
August 7, 2020.

On behalf of the Sugimoto Family, thank you very much.

Rich Sugimoto #2266

A repeat because censorship is being practiced at Amazon. Moreover, it is occurring because the truth apparently collides with the politics of Jeff Bezos, founder, CEOTo order”Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police” go to my website at: drronmartinelli.com

Amazon pulls best seller revealing truth about the
Black Lives Matter movement

Do you want to know the truth about the Black Lives Matter movement? Are you willing to look at their agenda objectively? Have you wondered why only a select few black lives actually matter to this organization? Do you wonder how they’ve become lavishly funded?

If so, and you’re looking for the best seller,The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police via Amazon, you will not be able to get it, because the irrefutable writing has been pulled.

I learned the booked was no longer available when trying to order a copy. “Currently unavailable,” the Amazon tab declared. “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

Censorship is being practiced at Amazon. Moreover, it is occurring because the truth apparently collides with the politics of Jeff Bezos, founder, CEO, and president of the multi-national technology company. Rather than challenging facts, they’ve chosen to hide the condemning details since these revelations harm the dangerous BLM movement undermining American values.

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He held a BLM sign in what he called ‘America’s most racist town.’ The result? A viral video of abuse.

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The Dis-United States of America:
12 Barometers of Trouble

12 Barometers of Trouble and An Approaching Storm

    1. Our Congress and Senate consistently canceling out each other’s legislation.
    2. Government’s inability to destroy The Deep State and prosecute its actors.
    3. The so-far successful plan of the Black Lives Matter movement and its political supporters to disenfranchise, distance, defund and dissolve law enforcement who protects and enforces our Rule of Law.
    4. Government’s ineffectiveness to tear down our two-tiered justice system which protects the political ruling elite at the expense of common citizens.
    5. A newly developing, destructive “Restorative Justice System,” which releases violent felons back into society, establishes “Zero Bail” as a norm, and provides no behavior modification of nor penalties for law breakers, including gun violence predators.
    6. Ever-increasing gun, ammunition, and tactical equipment purchases by registered gun owners in response to safety concerns and restrictions on 2nd Amendment rights.
    7. Increased requests for concealed carry permits and a significant upsurge in people visiting and practicing at local gun ranges.
    8. Significant increases in troubled urban city law enforcement officers retiring and/or laterally transferring to safer and more welcoming jurisdictions.
    9. Significant drop in citizens applying for law enforcement jobs.
    10. Disengagement – Polls historically find that 20% – 24% of Republicans and conservatives do not vote in major federal elections. These days, elections are won by single-digit percentages.
    11. Federal, state, and local governments’ inability to rapidly address violent civil unrest and acts of domestic terrorism.
    12. Mass exoduses from liberal and politically oppressive cities and states for safer and more welcoming cities and states.

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it …”

Hey Leroy, Cleaning out the garage and found a number of old pictures from 1975/76 SJPD Regional Academy when Russ LeGault and I were the DI’s, there and would like help to remember some names. How would you suggest proceeding? Here is one example, 1st picture I think this was Larry Stufloten, Mike Winniger, I keep thinking Gordon Fujino but I think I am wrong on that one. The 2nd one I am pretty sure is Arni Bertotti, but can’t recall the officers in the picture? Some were from Santa Clara, Oakland, etc. I’ll save them to a thumb drive when I get some order and be happy to send that to anyone who maintains a history of SJPD. Thanks for any help. bill

Bill Clark

Identify the following:

Arni Bertotti

Inspection by Larry Stufloten at SJPD academy 1975-76

Milpitas Range Instructors at Milpitas Range 75-76

Don Gage and Steve Winniger at range 1975-76

Mail identities LtoR (or guesses) to leroy@leroypyle.net


Married Him on the Spot!

What’s with the toilet?

You’ve sent in half a dozen questions about this toilet over the years, including this recent
one from Lindsay Rios: “Why is there a random toilet in the marshes outside of Vallejo on
Highway 37?” It seems drivers stuck in traffic are given serious time to consider its purpose,
history … hey, and does it flush?

“The Lone Toilet” even has a listing on Google Maps, with some hilarious reviews: “I too
found peace, solace, tranquility and a certain level of universal understanding in the lone
toilet,” “BYOD. Bring your own door” and “I love this toilet. It’s the only toilet I’ve used
that lets me make eye contact with everyone driving down the highway.” Very funny, folks.

The toilet was built in the 1920s, and was once attached to a duck hunting cabin in the
small town of Tubbs Island. A duck hunting club built levees, culverts and waterways
through the marshland to improve duck habitat. Full-time residents, along with vacationers,
spent time on the fertile hunting grounds.

In 1969, the hunting club sold the land, and groups have worked ever since to restore the
marsh to its natural state. Most buildings on the site were removed or have deteriorated —
but the lone toilet remains. A sole reminder of the land’s former use.

And no, the toilet doesn’t flush. Though that hasn’t stopped people from using it. (Seriously,
do not look inside.)

Get up close to the toilet, and learn about one of Tubbs Island’s famous residents
in this Bartell’s Backroads video

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Leroy:

As info, I was a Postal Inspector in 1970 and was not issued a Machine Gun, although we had them in our Arsenals throughout the Country.

Russ L. Russell <russlruss@hotmail.com>

The Thompson Submachine Gun: Made for the U.S. Postal Service?
The National Interest
Here’s What You Need to Remember: The first U.S. government customer was actually the United States Postal Inspection Service and the weapon was carried by agents to protect mail on trains and in trucks.

 

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