File photo of the Vallejo Police Department. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A pattern of officer-involved shootings in Vallejo raises eyebrows. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Shortly after midnight on an evening nearly two years ago, Vallejo police officers on the lookout for drunken drivers spotted a white 1999 Lexus speeding, without its lights on. When the officers turned on their lights and siren to pull the car over, police said later, the driver led them on a short chase that ended in back of an apartment building on a dead-end street.

The driver, Anton Barrett, and his teen-age son got out of the car and ran. Within minutes, the unarmed Barrett had been fatally shot, then shocked with a Taser. He was one of six people killed in 2012 by Vallejo police in officer-involved shootings.

Those half-dozen deadly incidents, occurring in one year in a city of fewer than 120,000 people, gave Vallejo a rate of fatal police-involved shootings dozens of times greater than the national average. The killings have prompted a stream of civil rights and wrongful death lawsuits against the city and its police department.

A review of those six deadly incidents shows that one member of the 91-person police force — Officer Sean Kenney — appears to have been involved in three of the fatal shootings. Even in the context of an understaffed force contending with a high rate of violent crime, some Vallejo residents and an independent criminal justice expert say the number of fatal shootings and the apparent repeated involvement of one officer raises questions about the department’s management and accountability.

Adding the police shootings to Vallejo’s 14 other homicides in 2012, the police department accounted for nearly one-third of the city’s 20 homicides for the year, a statistic that shocks Franklin Zimring, a UC Berkeley law professor and director of the law school’s criminal justice research program.

“If you were to ask me, have I ever heard in an American city of a situation in which the police force is responsible for 25 or 30 percent of total homicides in the community,” Zimring said, “the answer is I haven’t heard of that before, ever, and I would hope not to hear of it again.”

In 2012, the rate of fatal officer-involved shootings in Vallejo — which had about 118,000 residents — was about 38 times the national rate. The deaths have resulted in calls from Vallejo residents for the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Vallejo officers’ use of force, just as it has done with the Albuquerque Police Department. A recent Justice Department report found that Albuquerque police, who have shot and killed 25 people since 2010, have engaged in a “pattern or practice of excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law.”

Zimring said 2012 doesn’t appear to be just a statistical anomaly. Vallejo police shot and killed three people in 2013 and another one last month.

“This is not merely lightning striking in 2012 — lightning keeps on striking in Vallejo,” Zimring said. “Use of lethal force, whether justified or not in individual cases, is systemically problematic in Vallejo in a way that compels a heck of a lot more attention than it’s been getting.”

In an email response to questions about fatal police shootings in Vallejo, City Manager Dan Keen said more than 75 percent of Vallejo’s homicides last year were gang-related, and police routinely encounter dangerous situations.

“In 2012 and 2013, through direct contact with citizens and Vallejo Police Officers, each year, more than 200 illegal firearms were seized from individuals in Vallejo,” Keen wrote. “In 2013, Vallejo Police Officers responded to hundreds of ‘shots-fired’ calls, including more than 200 shootings where individuals were victims of firearms violence.”

Yet the rate of fatal police shootings in Vallejo is far higher than in bigger Bay Area cities also dealing with high crime rates. In 2012, the rate of fatal officer-involved shootings per 100,000 residents by Vallejo police was 20 times the rate in both Oakland and San Francisco. In the same year, Oakland had one fatal officer-involved shooting, and San Francisco had two.

In lawsuits resulting from the Vallejo Police Department’s fatal shootings and excessive force complaints in 2012, Officer Sean Kenney’s name appears several times. He is confirmed to have been involved in the controversial killing of a suspect in a parked car and has been named as a shooter in lawsuits involving two other fatal incidents. He is also defendant in two suits alleging he used excessive force in nonfatal confrontations with suspects.

Vallejo Police Lt. Sid De Jesus said Kenney would not comment on any of the fatal officer-involved shooting incidents that allegedly involve him. Information about police officers’ personnel records are sealed by California law, so Kenney’s career is difficult to trace. A Napa City Police Department spokesman confirmed Kenney worked there prior to transferring to Vallejo, sometime around 2005. Kenney left that department in good standing, the spokesman said.

Kenney left Vallejo for the Hayward Police Department in early 2010 amid layoffs, according to the Vallejo Times Herald. He returned in August of 2011, according to Vallejo city documents, to be part of the department’s crime suppression unit.

The department has since made Kenney a detective.

Oakland attorney John Burris, who has represented clients in numerous complaints against Bay Area police departments, including fatal shootings, says Kenney’s reassignment isn’t surprising. He says he’s seen it before.

“It’s unseemly, though,” he says. “A detective may be involved in officer-involved shooting investigations, and there’s a person who does that who has cases outstanding and pending? Their credibility is called into question, but I’m not convinced the police care about that.”

Burris’s office is representing the family of Anton Barrett, the 41-year-old driver of the white Lexus speeding without headlights, and the first person allegedly shot and killed by Kenney in 2012.

May 28, 2012: The Anton Barrett Case

Anton Barrett. (Courtesy of Law Offices of John L. Burris)
Anton Barrett. (Courtesy of Law Offices of John L. Burris)

When the Lexus turned into a dead-end street, police say, Barrett and his son, Anton Frank Barrett, 18, jumped from their vehicle and fled on foot in different directions near Farragut and Wilson avenues in west Vallejo.

The younger Barrett heard gunshots coming from the direction his father had run, according to the lawsuit, and scrambled into some bushes to hide.

Meanwhile, the elder Barrett had encountered an officer — named in a subsequent civil rights lawsuit as Sean Kenney — who told him to stop and put his hands up. Here’s what happened next, according to the department account:

The suspect did not comply and continued running towards the officer. The officer began backing up and telling the suspect several times to show him his hands. The suspect had his hands in his waistband area of his hooded sweat jacket. The suspect reached into his pocket and pull out a dark colored metal object. The officer believed the suspect was now armed, was in fear the suspect was going to kill him or shoot other officers. The officer fired his service weapon and struck the suspect several times. The suspect fell to the sidewalk but tried to get up.

The officer began telling the additional officers that the suspect had a gun. The suspect was immobilized by another officer who used his taser.

The dark-colored object that police say Barrett reached for turned out to be a metal wallet.

While all that was happening, Officers Boyce, Thompson and a police canine named Yago caught up to the younger Barrett. The lawsuit alleges Thompson ordered the dog to attack Barrett, who was unarmed. After dragging him from the bushes, Boyce threw Barrett to the ground and handcuffed him, then leaned his knee on Barrett’s head as he questioned him. Then, the suit alleges, Thompson ordered the dog to again attack the handcuffed Barrett while threatening to kill the 18-year-old and calling him a “nigger.”

Adante Pointer, an Oakland-based civil rights attorney with the law offices of John Burris, is representing Anton Barrett and other members of his father’s family in their lawsuit against Vallejo. He said the repeated attack on the younger Barrett points to “the culture in terms of the way police are approaching how they deal with suspects and just the manner of how they’re dealing with the people of Vallejo.”

Nearly two years after Barrett died, the Police Department and Solano County District Attorney’s Office have yet to conclude their review of the shooting.

Sept. 2, 2012: The Mario Romero Case

In the early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2012, Vallejo police officers Kenney and Dustin Joseph were on their way to a reported burglary when they spotted two black men in a parked Ford Thunderbird about a block and a half from the reported crime.

A later review of the shooting by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office lays out the probable cause for Kenney and Joseph to approach Mario Romero, 23, in the driver’s seat of the Thunderbird, and its passenger, Joseph Johnson, 21 at the time: There had been a recent spike in gang-related gun violence in the area, the review says, and Kenney recalled a similar car described in one shooting incident about a month before.

These were also the only two people out on the street just after 4:30 a.m., and the vehicle’s occupants “appeared shocked to see the marked Vallejo Police unit coming down the street,” according to the district attorney’s review.

The review says both Joseph and Kenney exited their cruiser and Romero stepped out of the Thunderbird while reaching into his waistband. Joseph saw a gun in Romero’s hand, and Kenney saw what he thought was a movement of reaching for a gun. Both fired at Romero multiple times, and he fell back into the Thunderbird. Kenney and Joseph continued to shout for Romero to “show his hands.”

“When Romero re-emerged into view with both hands still clenched toward the center of his body like he was holding a firearm, [Officer] Kenney fired several more shots,” the district attorney’s review says.

The officers fired a third volley of gunshots at Romero as he “started to come up looking directly at [Officer] Kenney. … These shots appeared to have an effect, as both officers saw Mr. Romero settle back and stop moving.”

The Solano County coroner said Romero was shot 30 times, including three to the head, five to the neck, six to the torso, six to his upper right extremity, nine to his upper left extremity and one to the left thigh.

Passenger Joseph Johnson was also shot, surviving a single bullet wound to his pelvic area.

In a federal lawsuit filed against the police department, Romero’s three sisters say they were were in their home waiting for Johnson and Romero to come in. The women say they heard a commotion outside, went to a window and saw Officer Dustin Joseph open fire on the car.

Romero’s sisters dispute several details of the police account. While the district attorney’s review states Kenney jumped on the hood of the Thunderbird only to check the car after the shooting had stopped, the witnesses inside the house say they saw Joseph fire several rounds while standing on the hood.

The DA’s review reports that after the shooting, Kenney went into the Thunderbird looking for the weapon he and Joseph had seen in Romero’s hands:

“He found it wedged between the center console and the rear portion of the driver’s seat, near the floorboard of the passenger area immediately behind the driver’s seat. He briefly lifted the firearm with the intent to clear it of any live ammunition, but put it back in place when he realized he was not wearing gloves and that there was blood on it.”

The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun. Police also recovered baggies of pills later determined to be methamphetamine. Romero’s toxicology report, according the DA’s review, found he had a significant amount of methamphetamine in his system.

Oakland attorney Catherine Haley, who is representing Romero’s family and Joseph Johnson, called the shooting “absolutely execution-style.” She said it’s difficult to believe Romero would continue to reach for a fake gun while police fired at least 30 .40-caliber bullets into the car. And Kenney’s handling of evidence without gloves, in a shooting he had just participated in, raises significant questions about the integrity of the investigation on which both the district attorney and the U.S. attorney’s office based their reviews.

The district attorney’s review gives far more weight to statements from the involved officers, compared with those made by civilian witnesses inside the house. Romero’s sisters tried to accompany their brother’s body and the wounded Joseph to the hospital, but were told to get back inside their house.

Even though police knew they were there, no one interviewed them for more than two months after the shooting. That’s despite the fact both a Solano County district attorney’s investigator and Vallejo Police Lt. Sid De Jesus have said all witness statements should be taken as soon as possible after this kind of incident.

The district attorney’s review explains the credence given to the officers’ account this way :

“The statements of Mr. Romero’s sisters were all made almost ten weeks after this incident occurred. During that time, it would have been natural for them to reflect and discuss this incident. In contrast, the statements made by [Officer] Joseph and [Officer] Kenney were taken merely hours after the incident, when neither of them had a chance to speak to the other nor to any other involved person, as they were removed from the scene and sequestered almost immediately after the incident.”

De Jesus says that under orders from Vallejo Police Chief Joseph Kreins, the department will no longer comment on officer-involved shootings. Kreins issued the order after stories about fatal October 2012 shooting of Jeremiah Moore — also allegedly involving Officer Kenney. De Jesus did confirm that Kenney had been reassigned to the detective’s division, which he characterized as a “lateral movement,” not a promotion.

Oct. 21, 2012: The Jeremiah Moore Case

Jeremiah Moore (Courtesy of Lisa Moore.)
Jeremiah Moore (Courtesy of Lisa Moore.)

KQED reported in early April that the Solano County district attorney’s review of Jeremiah Moore’s killing on Oct. 21, 2012, by Vallejo police had been ongoing for a year and a half. Neither investigators with the office nor police detectives had interviewed a witness who lived across the street from the incident and whose account contradicted key points of the police department’s statement on the shooting.

Neighbors called 911 after a chaotic evening in which Moore and his roommate smashed windows in their cars and were overheard saying they were about to set their home on fire. Police responded and said in a press release that officers fatally wounded Moore after he threatened an officer with a rifle, placing it “directly against an officer’s stomach.”

But witness Jaime Alvarado said he saw Moore naked with nothing in his hands when he was shot by a Vallejo police officer standing about 8 to 10 feet away. Alvarado said he tried to go outside after the scene had calmed down to give a statement to police, but was told to go back inside. He was finally interviewed by district attorney’s investigators last month — a year and a half after the shooting and only after KQED had published his account.

On April 29, Oakland civil rights attorney Michael Haddad filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Vallejo, the police department, Chief Kreins and Kenney, whom the lawsuit names as one of perhaps several police officers who may have opened fire. Haddad also said that Alvarado’s account suggests police invented their details of the shooting.

The Moore shooting also suggests police escalated a situation that could have been defused if officers had approached it as a mental health call, Haddad said. He added they should have known what they were approaching because people calling 911 described naked men, running, shouting and breaking windows outside their home in a generally quiet neighborhood.

“You don’t need much more information than that to know that somebody has some sort of mental disturbance,” Haddad said.

Haddad is also critical of California law and law-enforcement policies that make it difficult to get basic information about officer-involved shootings.

“We don’t imagine the government can just take someone’s life and not even explain why, and that’s the situation we’re living in in California,” Haddad said.

He added, “For them to be able to hide behind the law that protects police officers’ personnel information, to hide behind that law and not justify their taking of life is really abhorrent, and it’s a situation that must be changed.”

Excessive Force Claims

Kenney is also named in two other federal lawsuits alleging brutality in non-fatal interactions with suspects in 2012.

Tyrone Hicks alleged that a traffic stop on March 30 of that year quickly escalated when Kenney began choking Hicks’ passenger, Teresa Scott, just after he had been ordered out of his vehicle and handcuffed by another Vallejo officer. Hicks says he told Kenney he had no right to choke Scott.

Then, according to the lawsuit: “Defendant Kenney approached Plaintiff [Hicks], placed his hands around Plaintiff’s throat and began choking Plaintiff where Plaintiff could not breathe. … The choking occurred approximately for 15-20 seconds and Plaintiff was placed in a patrol car.” The second officer involved in the incident is accused of failing to intercede to stop the alleged choking.

The suit says Hicks was booked for possession of cocaine for sale, but the charges were dismissed.

Spawned from a separate incident, Ivan Carter’s lawsuit against Vallejo says he had been working with his son on Aug. 17, 2012, at a property on Indiana Street. The suit alleges that Vallejo police officers Kenney and Thompson were chasing a separate group of youths suspected of trespassing, and the officers apparently mistook Carter’s son for one in the group they had been chasing, confronting him at a cousin’s home at 640 Indiana St.

The officers allegedly shot the unnamed minor with a Taser, then “began beating, choking, and pepper spraying” him, the suit says.

Hicks and others claiming to be injured by Vallejo police say they are part of a group of residents in the city who have been subjected to a “long-standing practice, policy or custom of allowing Vallejo police officers to use excessive force.” The group is organized by Frederick Cooley, who recently settled his lawsuit against the city originating from a confrontation with Officers Kenney and Eric Jensen in late 2011. A Vallejo police department union newsletter says Cooley was arrested for driving a stolen car.

Once Cooley was in handcuffs, “Sean Kenney lifted me up to my feet and Jensen took his flashlight and hit me on top of my head,” Cooley said. “Then he (Jensen) got on top of me and started beating me with the flashlight and ended up breaking my hand.”

Then, Cooley said, Kenney picked him up and slammed his face into the patrol car, lacerating his chin, and closed the patrol car door on his ankles after throwing him in the back seat. When the officers got to the emergency room, Jensen told medical workers that Cooley had been injured in a car crash, according to Cooley. Cooley did crash into two parked cars, according to the police union blotter, but Cooley said that’s not how he was injured.

After he was released from the hospital, Cooley ended up in the medical facilities of Solano County Jail. “There I met almost 40 different individuals who had been housed there because of injuries they received from Vallejo PD,” he said. “So that’s what started it all. Most of us knew each other, but if we didn’t, we had something in common. Most everybody in the medical area was beat up by the police, dog bites, Tasers, beat with a baton, broken legs, ankles.”

Cooley won a legal fight compelling the Vallejo Police Department to disclose 10 years of internal affairs investigations, including any instances in which Kenney or Jensen were accused of excessive force, dishonesty or falsification of evidence. Rather than disclose the information, Vallejo settled Cooley’s case in December 2013 for $35,000, Cooley said.

“I’m not a bad person — I have made mistakes in the past, but right now, I think we can make this a better place to live,” said Cooley, who says he’s lived Vallejo for 30 years. “This is not no new thing. They’ve been doing this for a long time, but it’s come to a head, where they’re killing unarmed individuals.”

The U.S. Attorney for California’s Eastern District confirmed the office had reviewed the Mario Romero shooting, and said “the facts did not present a prosecutable criminal offense for violation of federal civil rights laws.” She said the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice reached a similar conclusion.

She directed further questions to the U.S. Department of Justice about when the federal government would get involved in a police department’s use of force.

The Justice Department did not respond to phone calls and emails requesting an explanation of how it decides to investigate cities like Albuquerque, where they found a “pattern or practice of excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law.”

  • ClarkeJohnston

    Our department is running, pretty much, at half capacity. Vallejo has honest, tax-paying and law-abiding citizens. People who behave and do the right thing. People who care about their community and support law enforcement. I met many such folks during my participation in the Citizen’s Police Academy. But it’s not those folks who present such a difficult challenge to our force. Vallejo also has a large block of residents who commit crime daily, deal drugs large scale, carry firearms wherever they go, have total disrespect for the law, pander in prostitution and car theft . . the list is long. Further, many of our criminals will NOT comply with a lawful command to stop what they’re doing, and allow officers to question them, make an arrest, event free, if necessary. We have many who simply flee, endangering other motorists and residents without concern for the welfare of others. Criminals make choices in life: When discovered, they can influence the course of events by cooperating, not putting up a fight, not providing officers the reason to draw a weapon. By failing to do so, they are writing the bad script that follows, altering the course of events for the worse. Bad choices with the Police, like other choices in life, may lead to bad consequences. Parents fail to teach their kids respect for the officers, often setting bad examples themselves, being poor role models. That’s the real crime here.

    • Logical

      There is one major thing that you have to consider. It’s something that more and more police officers don’t seem to grasp these days. It is that YOU, and the other officers, aren’t THE LAW! Too many of you behave like you are a military unit instead of civil servants. You guys get guns, badges and a buzz cut and think you are now bad asssses. There is no excuse for so many unarmed people getting shot by the police. There have been instances where completely innocent people have had more than one officer empty their mag at them for some imaginary threat. Not long ago, a mentally challenged man was killed because he “fit the description” of an escape. He was unarmed but didn’t comply with the officers orders to lay down. Why would he, he wasn’t breaking the law. The officer, hidden safely behind his car, shot the unarmed man with his 12 gauge. Too many officers have no understanding of the constitution, they laws they are supposed to be upholding or the temperament to use the authority that is given them. The laws of this country exist independent of the police. You as a civil servant have no more right or authority under the constitution than any other citizen. You simply have more responsibility. That is why it is a job that you get paid for. It’s not a calling or an exclusive providence. It’s your job. If you are denying someone of their constitutional rights without just cause, you become the law breaker and they have every right to defend themselves. There is no doubt a criminal element that will always be dangerous and useless. They are the some people that commit crimes over and over again. This doesn’t change your job. Nor does it make you judge, jury and executioner. You’re still just a public servant who has a hard job. If you want to create laws, join the legislature. If you wet yourself every time someone says “Boo”, you have no business being in law enforcement.

  • golfbunny

    Vallejo is full of cognitively impaired, barely functioning individuals who carry loaded guns with them at all times. They have no coping mechanism and are quick to anger. When they are approached by an officer they attempt to flee, and if they are unable to do that, they fight back, violently. 2 years ago a highly respected officer was shot to death in the backyard of Vallejo’s worst, seething ghetto. Shot in the back, while trying to apprehend an armed bank robber. The shortage of police officers has emboldened these ghetto zombies, so that now they feel entitled to do whatever they want without consequence. These officers are now functioning like a small military unit, going from call to call barely putting out fires. Before you crucify the entire department, try spending some time in this new ghetto hellhole. The neverending noise, trash, graffiti, boarded up buildings, crime and destroyed school system can all be traced back to the same place. It is the aftermath of how they live their lives. Listen to a police scanner for a few hours, any time of day. Treating these criminals like they are helpless victims is the mentality that has created this mess. Parts of the Bay Area look like a war torn third world country. And you are partly to blame.

    • steven walker jr

      These vallejo police officers are racist bigots with free will to kill without being held accountable. Yes they have young men such as myself that do to unfortunate circumstances have to hustle to survive. Is it a crime yes is it worth dying for? hell no! Im not against the officers protecting those in need yet the officers are killing. this is not a military operation and it is honestly a disgrace that any officer would attempt to make a comparison to our soldiers. 60% of vallejo s drug cases were made illegally. Searching individuals who have not consented to search is a violation of constitutional rights and they make loop holes so that officers get away with murder rewarding killers with promotion. Officers lie about how they obtain evidence they create and destroy evidence they racial profile I wouldnt be surprised if the officer s were secretly apart of nazi skin head cults. Lets be honest whites are not being gun down in suburbs yet if a white chooses to associate with people from the worst ghetto (says an officer) then they can die to. VALLEJO. CALIFORNIA needs help from the highest government. Because the chief, mayor, commissioner, internal Affairs and officers that take part in or respecting the code stay silent knowing that the oath they made as an officer is false and honestly the police department is acting like thugs.if you want things to change create jobs for these lost individual s . Because if you dont its obvious that the whole police department is connected with the judicial system importing minorities to fill jail cells and secure prison stock increases.

      • golfbunny

        And there you have it. The mentality that is killing Vallejo is illustrated here for you. They view themselves as victims. And as victims they believe they are not responsible for their anti-social behavior and have no accountability. Vallejo used to be a proud navy town. Now it is a full blown ghetto. The police department is reacting to this reality. Most of us will leave if the property values ever recover, which is doubtful considering its current status. There will be no one left to take tax money from and Vallejo will be the west coast Detroit. The schools are destroyed and there are no businesses, save a few dollar stores. The free market doesn’t lie. But I suppose that is the city’s fault as well. What a mess.

      • golfbunny

        I am not a police officer. I am a resident of a formerly nice neighborhood that has been destroyed by the “victims” you describe. I had a drug dealer in my area that sold drugs right out in front of everyone (including young children). He was finally arrested after many calls and letters. It is not a victimless crime. My neighbors and I were the victims. Vallejo is filled with trash now, the bass line never ends and every intersection has tire marks from idiots spinning donuts. Jobs won’t do a thing for these people, selling drugs is their job. You have to have a marketable skill to hold down a job. And you have to dress appropriately without your pants around your thighs. I feel bad for you in one regard, you will live your life feeling like a victim, keeping score of every perceived racial slight. It’s sad.

      • golfbunny

        Young black men are killing each other at epidemic levels. With unregistered, illegal guns. Chicago, East Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami etc. And you want us to believe that they commit no other violen crimes? You want the PD to ignore reality. Sorry, that is the progressive la la land lie you have bought into hook line and sinker. You are facing reality now, and it isn’t pretty.

      • Logic

        The government, and the things that it brings are one of the major causes of your problems. The fact that people like you who “have to hustle” to get by is the other. Many people throughout the history of this country have gotten by without government handouts or hustling. They just worked for a living. People like you have destroyed streets, neighborhoods and entire cities with your lazy and criminal action coupled with your victim mentality.

    • Cyndi Mitchell

      Those impaired people you speak of happen to be the ones wearing the badges. the city knows who really killed Capoot and he’s still terrorizing the city behind his badge. The problem is their is no integrity behind the badge when those who are doing their jobs correctly aren’t standing up to this corruption. It is possible that those who are not apart of the killer squad are afraid that they may become victims for speaking up. such a sad situation. What’s even more disappointing is the blind eye being turned by people who are not affected by this terrorism. a lot of the police’s stories when published in the paper are different from what is aired on the scanner

      • golfbunny

        Keep telling yourself that. You are only a victim of your own vile lifestyle. What were those better drugs you have to sell? The above comment is the mentality that destroys neighborhoods, schools, and entire towns. The terrorists in Vallejo are the roaming packs of ghetto zombies, with an IQ of 85, holding up their pants and packing guns they don’t know how to operate. Unfortunately, you only speak to other racist, cop haters. The rest of us know the truth about what is happening. You don’t like cops because they put a dent in your ability to sell drugs in front of your house. This is what the cops in V town have to deal with daily. Its pathetic and sad.

    • Jennifer Beauregard

      So basically shoot-em all is the answer to cleaning up the “hellhole” ?

      • golfbunny

        Why do you people even waste your breath with your ridiculous accusations. The town is a ghetto. If you don’t believe me, drive down Springs Rd. or Tennessee St., then turn left on Sonoma Blvd. and take a good long, close look. Did the police department do that?

      • golfbunny

        If you want to live in a ghetto where people with IQs south of 90, sit around, smoke blunts and talk about how horrible the police are, then have at it. As it is you’re doing a pretty good job of it.

  • brandonmccloskey

    This article is so 1 sided. Its not VPD its the fact that people from Richmond and Oakland are pushing into Vallejo and making Vallejo just as crappy as the those 2 cities. Also the VPD was slashed to just a few officers per shift after the bankruptcy causing the death of one of the greatest officers to ever work that city. They should’ve mentioned how Vallejoans are pushing into Fairfield turning the city I was born and raised into a cest pool in and of itself.

    • golfbunny

      Hi Brandon. We used to talk about how Fairfield was going to be the new Vallejo in a few years. I am so sorry, I completely understand what you are going through. Suisun City is dealing with similar issues. Vacaville will be next I am afraid.

  • Cyndi Mitchell

    Making excuses for Vallejo’s overpaid police officers will never justify murder. Vallejo police officers are not drug-tested, or psychologically evaluated beyond hire, Leaving our city at risk for Serial killers like Vallejo police officer Sean Kenny. How many people have to die before someone stands up and says enough is enough. Mario Romero was murdered when attacked by officers in the early morning hours of September 2, 2012. The question is not what he was doing in his car, sitting in front of his house minding his own business because this is America. The question is why did Sean Kenney and Dustin Joseph pull their squad car in front of Mario Romero’s car Nose to Nose guns drawn firing their service weapons while saying put your hands up? the question is why did they fire their guns over 30times? why did an officer jump on the hood of Mario Romero’s car continuing to fire his weapon? Why was so much force needed for an unarmed man strapped in his seatbelt with his hands raised in surrender from doing nothing but practicing his right to freedom to live? Why so many bullets without any return fire? Why was Mario Romero cut from his seatbelt? Why did Vallejo police change their story so many times? Why did Vallejo police say that Mario exited his car when he was killed in his seatbelt? When Dustin Joseph tried to remove Mario out of his car he realized that his body was stuck, this is when he cut Mario’s shirt and his seatbelt, drug his body onto the ground and pulled him to the rear of his vehicle and proceeded to zip-tie his hands. So many questions and not enough realistic answers. Mario Romero’s last words were “We have our hands up”
    Vallejo Police officer’s lied and continue to lie when they murder. They then proceed to send false information to the media in order to paint a horrible picture of the person that they have already murdered “Kill em twice” Vallejo police claim that officers Kenney and Joseph were immediately sequestered but evidence clearly shows they were not. they were allowed to remove articles of clothing , clean off blood throw items into the garbage and most importantly receive the pellet gun that corporal Stan Eng brought into the crime scene. This is where the fingerprint came from. This was also the opportunity that Eng had to steal the cut seatbelt. Just ask officer Charles of the California Maritime Academy who was supposed to secure the crime scene on his end while officers of the vpd repeatedly expanded the crime scene so that their corruption could not be seen. Excuses, Excuses for the murderous mentality of the VPD when the reality is many are on drugs and have mental disorders along with an entitlement attitude. Sean Kenney Spoke before the Vallejo City Council enraged and threating to kill again and he did just that. Killing my brother Mario Romero in front of his home and in front of his family ,friends and neighbors but that was not enough, they held his family hostage in their home , denying them the right to comfort their loved one or eachother, they stole Mario Romero’s body from the crime scene and hid it from his family hoping to cremate the proof that that the had shot him through the palms of his hands, in his face, mouth, chest and anyplace that a bullet could reach on a man trapped him his seatbelt. they refused to take witness statements, as we sat on the steps of the police department and begged, the Solano county district attorney said this his office was not equipped to take witness statements but these officials claim to work for the people. The question is what people? It appears that the relationship between District Attorney Du Bain And Kaufmann is to close to insure justice against police terror in the city of Vallejo

    • steven walker jr

      Listen here (golf bunny) why you sit on your behind worrying about when and how property values will increase in vallejo pointing your stubby fingers casting judgements which are really just uneducated opinions on the real struggles young urban kids face. You could never understand! the struggle a child that never asked to come into this world has to face (first being ;an African American male and not just an African American male but an African American male with both parents being crack addicts ! Its not how you start that’s important and I am in no way attempting to make an excuse for individuals who sincerely have no desire to change or grow ! Close your eyes and just imagine (golf bunny) that one of your children was doing nothing more than being a teenager having fun with a friend sitting in your property decreased driveway in a car that is registered , insured and the Vallejo Police drive by walk in your drive way claiming there using there right as an officer to carry out a consensual encounter an just imagine that your child young and experimenting with a lil reefer gets nervous whenhe or she ,sees the officer and makes a sudden movement the officer gets nervous fearing for his or her safety opens fire killing the seed you raised with good morals and value. Would your goody to shoes point of you be the same. Because the reality is that though there. Are plenty of crimes being committed in the ghetto not every black or brown face in the ghetto committ crimes yet it hasn’t stopped officer s from raciail profiling. Do the research .Dont lie to your self ! statistically racial profiling plagues *what did you call it ( the ghetto). And while you’re worried about property values peoples children are being murdered in cold blood. Whether you agree or not some people have to hustle to survive. Golf buddy you yourself are guilty of making assumptions because I used the word hustle you assume I was referring to just selling drugs

      • steven walker jr

        A hustle is any thing you do to provide for yourself ( washing cars, selling cars, selling dinners, cutting grass, painting , being ambitious. Recidivism is a reality yet my opinion doesn’t stand alone. selling drugs using drugs drinking alcohol there all addiction. America. Is going broke over the prison system. If an officer gets killed in the line of duty its a travesty yet 3 urban men get killed in the ghetto its justifiable. Bull. Crap! How and the hell can you justify shooting an un armed man 30 times your public relations for the Vallejo Police department you aren’t fooling any of us assisting in the cover up but God oversees everything and every dog has his day some get two days.

        • golfbunny

          I am sorry that you see the world that way. What a horrible way to go through life.

        • Logic

          I have to agree with many of the posters here. What do you want others to do about it? I work and pay bills and raise kids and don’t break the law. Who should fix the problems of African Americans in this country? The government, white folks, a foreign nation? How about African Americans. There’s a novel idea.

      • golfbunny

        Who is supposed to fix that for you? Society? Tax payers? I don’t have to worry about my children. They would never be in a front yard of a house in a Vallejo ghetto. NEVER. They have also been taught to respect themselves and others, that includes law enforcement. We send our kids to a private school, because VCUSD is a violent hellhole, where you will be lucky if you learn how to read. It is not racial profiling, it is responding to reality, and most of Vallejo’s law-abiding citizens are perfectly fine with that. If black men are committing the majority of crimes in town, why should they be looking for anybody else. You will never listen to or believe in the truth, so just continue to spin your wheels, feeling as if you are a victim and that society owes you something because your parents were crackheads. I am not making assumptions. I have had a front row seat to this horror show for the last 8 years. I feel bad for the small children, but I can’t fix it for them. Welfare benefits and EBT cards are only exacerbating the dysfunction. I don’t have the answer for you, I just know how bad it is in Vallejo. And decent people can not live like this.

        • cocolocal

          Actually, golfbuddy, I believe mr. Walker was asking for empathy. But that point went over your head completely as well.

          • golfbunny

            He doesn’t need empathy, he needs a wake up call. Empathy has destroyed low-income black Americans, It is the racism of no expectations. I suggest both you and Mr. Walker read one of Dr. Ben Carson’s books. He is a black neurosurgeon who with the help of his mother who refused to accept welfare to feed her family, pulled himself out of the ghetto. Those who believe black people are incapable and nothing more than victims are the true racists in our current sick “culture”.

          • Andy

            Ben Carson is a great man. He values life and small government. Maybe you should read his books again. Apparently you missed some of the best parts.

        • Andy

          i am one of Vallejo’s law-abiding citizens and i am far from fine with that, speak for yourself.
          Decent people can not live with these cops.
          you do realize that not all black men are criminals and that many public school kids are just as kind and smart as your children. some go on to become doctors and lawyers etc. every year.
          However you are willing to concede that the cops shouldn’t be looking for anybody else, did you stop and think about what that means for the decent folk that are born looking just like those people you profile?
          well ill tell you.
          IT IS HELL, i am hard working black man, i don’t dress or act like a thug, but apparently i fit a description for a guy the cops are always looking for. As an educated man i thought that i could simply talk to the cops and all would be well like in every other town i have lived in, not so in Vallejo. here in Vallejo a man like me gets stopped on the way to the glen cove Safeway and before asking for ID the cops open my door and demand i get out and put my hands on the car, then they hit me with a club, search me, ask questions, tell me how they thought i was someone else and they just wanted to save me from that other person, and let me go.
          similar incidents have happened to me twice while driving and once while walking in the few years i have lived here…. and still not a single gang member has harmed me.
          the cops are the worse thugs in Vallejo.

          • golfbunny

            Only you and your friends buy that garbage. Drive down Tennessee St. and turn left on Sonoma Blvd. Did the cops create that?

          • golfbunny

            If even 10% of what you say is true, then you should hate “ghetto” black culture more than anyone. That is your enemy, not the cops.

          • Andy

            i do hate ghetto black culture as much as anyone but as i said earlier the ghetto kids have not yet harmed me in any way.

          • golfbunny

            Do you want to know the sad reality of it Andy? When I hear on the local news that a 17 year old was shot and I cringe at the thought, they then flash up a picture of the kid who has dredlocks, is black and has a previous mug shot from being arrested, and report he was shot on International Blvd. in Oakland, it is like they are reporting the weather. That is disgusting and a horrible commentary on humanity in certain segments of the Bay Area.

          • Andy

            its disgusting that the death of any person matters less to you because they are black have dread locks and are on a particular street.
            even if they were all as bad as you think its still sad as hell when people die at 17.

          • golfbunny

            I think you need to reread my post. It happens as often as a weather report. I have even seen them show the multiple shooting deaths represented by dots on a map. Who is to blame? The cops? The government? People like me?

          • Andy

            i know it happens all the time, that makes it even more tragic. while you are not directly to blame your attitude empowers the cops to use force more often. calling people trash, and scum like you did above is exactly the kind of thinking that makes it easier for a cop to pull the trigger. its the same thing every military and every gang uses when they want people to kill, they dehumanize the target. Its our job as decent human beings to make sure that its never easy to pull the trigger. we should always morn the death, even of our enemies, or we have nothing worth fighting for.

          • golfbunny

            If you act like trash and scum that is what you create. You can see the results of that lifestyle everywhere in Vallejo. I am just calling it as I see it. Many people feel the same way I do, they just don’t say it out loud.

  • golfbunny

    Ms. Mitchell and Mr. Walker have illustrated my point perfectly. They perceive themselves as victims and have no sense of accountability or personal responsibility. And they are really, really angry, hostile and resentful, but they have no reason why. This is why Vallejo looks like a war torn third world country and the officers go from call to call trying to referee their dysfunctional, warped lives. We are the new East Oakland and until we improve our property values, others with this perspective will continue to flock to our poor dying town. Dollar stores, liquor stores, Metro PCS stores, check cashing places, trash on every street, boarded up windows, crime rate, destroyed school system, graffiti and nasty, loud angry people. All traced back to this.

    • Andy

      the cops may feel like they are in a war town third world country because as you say they go from call to call seeing bad thing but its the cops who are keeping the property values down in the nicer neighborhoods. I purchased a home in one of those neighborhoods and guess how many problems i had had with gangs? zero
      the only people who have ever pulled a gun on me just for being out walking are cops. the only people to drag me out of a car on my way to the store because i “match a description” are cops. and the only reason i may just sell my home and leave this town is the cops.

      • golfbunny

        Oh yes. Innocent, law abiding citizens always but heads with police officers. The Vallejo cops are too busy to pick on innocent citizens. The only people who believe your ridiculous stories are your fellow gutter people. You are happy with your predicament, or you would change it. Cops don’t rob stores, break into houses, vandalize everything they can’t steal, throw their trash in the street, neglect their children which in turn makes the schools unusable. Cops haven’t destroyed Vallejo. The “at risk” welfare population has.

        • Andy

          clearly you don’t know what its like to be a large young black man in Vallejo and i have to admit i have no idea what it like to be you.
          sadly they cops have not asked me my political stance, they don’t ask how hard i work, what music i enjoy, they don’t care to find out i run a small business with my father(income tax prep), and they don’t ask, as you did, what i think of ghetto culture(hate it).
          they just see someone that matches a description and attack

          • golfbunny

            No, I do not know what that is like. But, I also know it is not the fault of the VPD. I am guessing if you follow instructions and are respectful to them, you will be questioned and released. I am not a racist, but you can not expect people to ignore reality and pretend they do not really see what they are seeing. Ghetto black culture kills exponentially more black men than white cops do. That stat alone pretty much sums it up.

          • Andy

            somehow every other PD i have delt with has done exactly that, they stop me, we talk, i go. but i have had a different exsperence in Vallejo, they are very aggressive and don’t care to talk until after they physically detain me.
            i can understand that people are afraid of me, i get it, i’m a 300lbs black man, i’m sure cops have nightmares about people that look just like me and for good reason, but i have rights! and despite the statistics, despite the culture that people assume i am from i am a good person who should not be handcuffed or hit without good cause.
            if the cops here took a second to find out who i am before getting scared and taking it out on me then maybe i would mistrust the article above. however i personally know that the cops here do in fact bring violence and hostility when they don’t have to.
            i don’t expect people to ignore what is going on with ghetto culture, i want everyone to speak out against the glorification of gangs, drugs, and violence. why would you assume otherwise?

      • Cyndi Mitchell

        Time and time again is has been proven that you do not have to be engaged in any illegal activity to be approached, killed or injured by the police. look up to see how many Vallejo police officers are involved in wrongful death and civil rights violations.

        • golfbunny

          You only talk to other ignorant people like yourself, so you don’t understand that the majority of Vallejo citizens support our officers 100%. And anything they can do to be proactive to keep us safe from moronic zombies with guns is perfectly okay by us.

  • golfbunny

    Here is a video of Mario Romero. Please note the automatic weapons (maybe fake, but who knows?), gang signs flashed in every picture. The gun selfie in a child’s room is especially heart warming. If you don’t live near this cr@p, it is just sad to watch these delusional, broken young men make fools of themselves. But if you live near it, you quickly learn it is destructive to everything it touches. Very sad. But I feel worse for Vallejo and Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Compton, Richmond, Atlanta, Miami etc. etc. etc……….

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    • Cyndi Mitchell

      “Vallejo Police Warned the council that they would be sorry for calling for oversight” On December 13, 2011.

      No amount of insults against Mario Romero will ever
      change the fact that he was murdered by Sean Kenney and Dustin Joseph.

      It won’t change the fact that he was attacked while sitting in front of his home. It doesn’t change the fact that he was shot through the palms of his hands, in his face ,in his mouth , chest and when he could no longer hold his hands up his body fell over and he was shot down the left side of his body. It won’t change that he was cut from his seatbelt , drug onto the ground and his hands zip-tied and his body stolen from the scene to conceal this crime.

      On December 13,2011
      officers of the Vallejo police department filled the Vallejo city council chambers

      Hatred in their eyes , rage in their voices, throwing
      threats promising the council members
      and mayor Osby Davis that they would be sorry but not for anything that was
      personally done to them but for the council voting for a citizens review
      board. A citizen’s review board with
      hopes of some oversight and protection for the community because they were not
      blind to the fact that something was terribly wrong within the city and within
      the Vallejo police department.

      The council knew that there was an evil that lived inside
      of the Vallejo police department and that this same evil had been bred into a large amount of officers who had been entrusted to protect our
      community, Evil accompanied by arrogance
      , self-entitlement and a desperate need
      for praise and gratification .

      On December
      13,2011 alot of this evil spoke at the podium in disgust and outrage against
      help for the people that they have become so comfortable with oppressing. They warned that things would get
      worse. On this night Partners in crime
      would show their lack of professionalism with outbursts and snide remarks proving to the city just how much of a gang this armed criminals are.

      Serial Killer = Sean Kenney spoke this night and murdered at least 3 unarmed people after making good on his supervisor Bret Clark’s promise that
      our city would be sorry. Sgt Clark would be sure to assist in the
      cover-up of the murder of Mario Romero by attempting to prevent witnesses from viewing the changing of the crime scene,The planting and stealing of evidence as well as Expanding the crime scene three times to
      areas not associated with the crime committed by Vallejo Police.

      Take a look at the
      council footage to view this rage. It is no secret that when the Vallejo Police are in contract negotiations the city feels the wrath. The crime increases with violent acts on random people homeless people being attacked , people walking and being shot randomly. Rogue Vallejo police have been described as Cowboy cops by fellow cops who know we deserve better.

      Murder is Murder and Mario Romero was murdered!.
      Copy the link below to view

    • Cyndi Mitchell

      What a person does as an artist or entertainer is their business and children do things that they learn from when they mature. So people have integrity and some people don’t and just like Golfbunny is cowardly for hiding behind a name while defending murderers trying to justify an unarmed man being killed by posting music that was created when he was a child just goes to show that wrongly taking a life is not enough the criminals want praise and gratification. they should be ashamed of themselves and those who are supporting which very well might be the killer himself should be ashamed of himself as well.

      • golfbunny

        An artist? What a joke. Nobody that watches that video believes that was his expression of “art”. I doubt you even buy your own line of BS.

  • Andy

    The cops are the worst thugs in Vallejo. I am a hard working person, i knew vallejo was “bad” but i could afford the size home i wanted to buy here, not true in my native Martinez. I have owned my home here for some years now and i have never once had a gang member stop me, tie me up or hand cuff me, attack me, or molest me or my property in any way. I can not say the same for the cops. They have stopped me, cuffed me, attacked me, held me against my will without calling it in, all just to let me go when they realize i’m not one of “them”(the thugs they tell me they are protecting me from).
    Maybe the cops should ask questions and listen to the answers before physically harming and iligaly searching them.
    the cops have ruined this town for me more then any gang member ever could.
    i don’t give a damn how many bad people the Vallejo cops deal with every day they can not assume that every young black man with a decent car is a damn drug dealer, they have no right to attack innocent people like myself. they are thugs and they need to be stopped.

    • golfbunny

      Another example of the sad reality of a once proud town. Ignorance, poverty and mad at the police. Take a poll in every ghetto in the bay area. You will hear it over and over again.

    • golfbunny

      This may be hard for you to believe, but there are many law abiding citizens who never come in contact with the police. Why have you so often? Don’t bother. This is the one thing in your life that makes you feel important. And that is the saddest part of the whole dysfunctional mess.

  • golfbunny

    Black people are not abused, neglected animals in need of adoption. They are humans who have been relegated by people who “feel sorry” for them, as nothing more than a giant social welfare program. Progressives vote for every new program they can come up with, yet would never send their children to school with ghetto children or live in a subsidized complex. I know you think you are really enlightened to hold such a viewpoint, but you are the true racist.

    • Andy

      what? your delusional.
      just a reality check: you are reading words written by a young black conservative who has never and will never vote for or take money from any social welfare program.
      if you think those programs are devided by race your insane. This town has a large black population but don’t kid yourself, you know people of all races are on all sides of this issue.

      • golfbunny

        I don’t care!!! Do you not get that? You are so distracted by things that don’t matter that you walk around all day every day thinking you are a victim. THAT IS NOT LIVING. We go on vacation and as we drive back we remember what we are coming home to. Most people could not care less. I only care because I live here. When I move, I will read the stories on Monday morning about the 15 shootings in Oakland and the 5 shootings in Vallejo and be thankful it does not affect my life any longer. I will read the semi illiterate rants of people who live in the gutter and blame police officers for their station in life. If you can watch that Mario Romero video and not understand how he caused his own death, you are a lost cause.

        • Andy

          i imagine most people in Vallejo feel that way as they come back from vacation.
          the difference is that some people believe all life is important and even here in Vallejo cops should be bringing people to court for punishment, not dealing punishment out on the streets.
          if you don’t care about the lives of your neighbors you are the one that is not living. no one should have to go through life with so much disdain for their fellow man that they “could not care less” about an early death.
          i’ll have you know my station in life is very pleasant, why would you assume its not? you do realize that what i am telling you is that the cops here do NOT ask about who we are before applying force, that is the problem. if they only abused the people who live in the gutter i wouldn’t be here explaining to you how they have abused me also.

      • cocolocal

        Omg (golfbunny) your communication is so poor that you cannot even acknowledge or hear the points others are making from their personal experiences. Instead you resort to name calling and dismissal. Did you go to college? Open your mind. You are the ignorant one, lol. And that is the IRONY here.

        Get some cultural awareness. Your ignorance is worse than the ignorance of ppl walking around in their p.j’s

        P.s. I am white, privileged (come from old money).

        • golfbunny

          Get some cultural awareness? And I’m the ignorant one, okay. If you are speaking of ghetto black culture, I am aware of it, and I don’t want to live within 50 miles of those morons or idiots like you who think epidemic level homicides, dysfunctional schools, litter, graffiti and dollar stores are a viable “culture”.

        • golfbunny

          If you are really “privileged” (I doubt anyone would refer to themselves that way) then you can support them with your own money. I would also suggest you spend a week in “the lower bottoms” in Oakland or one of those disgusting ghettos in North Vallejo. Tell me about art & culture after you suck up the lovely “culture” they have to offer.

  • golfbunny

    You should ALL be ashamed of yourselves for buying into this disgusting narrative. A real man would never consider himself a victim of the PD or anybody else. You will never understand that. Your big lot in life is being a victim. Check out See all of those little Bs, As, Rs, and Ts? Those are the victims. The people whose homes are robbed while they are at work, often by their neighbors, who the real victims support with a third of their income every year. You hardly ever hear the truth, because people don’t want to seem racist. But everybody knows the truth.

    • andy

      so an innocent man being attacked is not a victim just because the men that attacked him has a badge?
      i should now be ashamed you say because i consider myself a victim, sorry but the cops have guns, and we both know that they would kill me if i defended myself, what am i supposed to do?
      i’m really happy that you have managed to avoid being attacked by cops, maybe you have the look, maybe its luck, but i hope you never learn what its like to be beaten and left bloody and violated by the very people you thought were here to protect you.
      but try to imagine what that like please before saying i should be ashamed.

      the cops attacked me just because i am big young black man that looks apparently close enough to a description people give the cops. so if you want me to be ashamed for that, you want me to be ashamed that i am black? well i am ashamed, ashamed to live in a town where cops attack people before asking questions and ashamed to live in the same town as the idiots who defend the cops while telling their victims to be ashamed.

    • Andy

      also you may be interested to know that while the majority of protest against police in Vallejo comes from a community you clearly don’t trust, its very different in other places. Many of the effective(winning lawsuits, getting rules changed) groups trying to limit police power are very conservative, basically every libertarian group, the ACLJ, the tea-party, even the militia types have one very unified view on cops:
      they all want way less cops and with way less power.

      you may find that while you are attacking the bigger government/welfare folks you are actually pushing the same crappy big government idea they forced on us. if you support liberty like you implied below then you should support having less cops. if you are as scared as you claim to be of ghetto kids you would be better off with a CCW then a cop that takes 15mins to respond.
      you realize its so bad for ‘them’ to depend on a government check so why don’t you realize how much damage you are doing to the tax payer, if not the community, by depending on the government check delivered to the PD for your protection.

  • golfbunny

    How incredibly simple and predictable of you. You have absolutely no valid counter argument to my common sense observations, so you accuse me of being a big scaredy cat. Trust me, I am not afraid. These thugs are cowards who steal things other people have worked for because they cant buy them for themselves. They kill each other 99% of the time, and if someone breaks into my home and gets past my german shepherd they will not get past me. I don’t like coming home to trash, filth and human garbage standing on the corner. It is gross, dirty and loud here, with people who have no idea what “quality of life” means. There are no decent stores, because there is no market for them. The people with disposable income do not want to shop with the welfare recipients in their pajama bottoms, yelling into their cell phones and spitting in public. Have you ever been to First St. in Benicia? Walnut Creek? Folsom? It is like you have left a third world country and are visiting civilization. I am not a racist, or a coward. I am disgusted and embarrassed.

    • Andy

      as a matter of fact i have been to those places(and much nicer places) i own a business in Benicia. i don’t know why you think i accused you of being a big scaredy cat, that wasn’t my intention. maybe you misunderstood my CCW comment? i was simply saying that the logic you are using to justify cops going around killing people with our tax money is the same logic progressives use for all big government programs. they say we are too week to do it ourselves, we need government to help the downtrodden etc.
      i actually beleve that you are stonger then that, that you can protect yourself. i was saying that if the reason you want cops is the “human garbage” then you don’t really need cops to harass people. you can take care of your protection yourself, i would get freedom from cops harassing me, we both save money(taxes), everyone wins and we can get together to defeat the progressives, something we cant do if people like you keep supporting big government control of the city we live in.

      however the big issue here is starting to make sense now. you really hate the people you see as less then you. wow, “human garbage” that is seriously dehumanizing your adversary, great for dealing with the death and despair that you can’t control, but it makes empathy impossible. I understand the need to dehumanize so that you can cope with all the death, i did the same thing when i came face to face with war. i hope that you can some day see that these people are human, they have mothers, fathers, children, and siblings. they may be evil, but even the true scum of the earth(terrorists) are people(usually 16 year old kids), killing is always sad, and sadly sometimes necessary.

      • golfbunny

        That old tired “you think you’re better than….” is so worn out. I don’t compare myself or my values to anyone else. I just don’t want to live by the standards of people who turn their neighborhoods into ghettos.

  • cocolocal

    I frequently have heard how thugs are coming to Vallejo from Richmond, Oakland. Well, guess what? Whites are pushing the poor out of Oakland/ Richmond. Step back and look at the big picture.

  • cocolocal

    Which is worse? Ignorance from a lack of opportunity or ignorance from a privileged person.

  • Cyndi Mitchell
    Just look at the rage that these so called protectors of the community display at the thought of having and oversight committee reviewing their misconduct.


Alex Emslie

Alex Emslie is a criminal justice reporter at KQED. He covers policing policy, crime and the courts.

He left Colorado and a career as a carpenter in 2008 to study journalism at City College of San Francisco. He then graduated from San Francisco State University's journalism program with a minor in criminal justice studies. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Alex freelanced for various news outlets including the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Bay Guardian.

Alex is proud of his work at KQED on a spike in fatal officer-involved shootings in Vallejo, which uncovered that a single officer shot and killed three suspects over the course of five months. Alex's work with a team at KQED on police encounters with people in psychiatric crisis was cited in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. He received the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Best Scoop award in 2015 for exposing a series of bigoted text messages swapped by San Francisco police officers. He was honored with 2010 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for breaking news reporting on the trial following the shooting of Oscar Grant. Email: Twitter: @SFNewsReporter.

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