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An Alternative View: Should Palo Alto police be reformed?

by Diana Diamond

"It can't happen here," two Palo Alto City Council members said when discussing the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and other police conduct during Monday's meeting.

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Diana Diamond is a longtime Palo Alto journalist, editor and author of the blog "An Alternative View" at You can email her at [email protected]


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Posted by Todd Gjertsen
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 12, 2020 at 9:36 am

About 26 years ago I was standing at the corner of Emerson and Hamilton waiting to cross the street. I saw a limo stop at the light waiting to make a right turn. I saw a group of about 7-8 people one of them opened up the limo door and offers the rest of them to get in the limo. The limo driver jumped out and came around the back of the car yelling “Get out of my car! What do you think you are doing ?!” He then had a short conversation with one of the group and went back to the drivers seat. I noticed two individuals in the group staying away from the group at the back door of the car. Then I witnessed one of the group hanging in the passenger window yelling at the driver. Pointing his finger very forcefully at the driver.
Then the driver drove off.
I recognized the group as all Palo Alto Cops. I also called the police and reported the incident. For a few weeks afterwards I was harassed by uniformed cops when ever I was downtown. I also ran into the two cops that had stepped aside. They were rookies. I asked them what they were doing? They said “ Did you see us involved? “ I said no but I also did not see you stopping the other cops!!
I believe this made the paper.
Even Palo Alto cops can be bad Cops don’t fool yourselves!

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Posted by Fr0hickey
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 12, 2020 at 11:46 am

I'm not sure your concern is? Is it the group of 7-8 people and limo driver interaction? Or is the interaction you had with the group of 7-8 people afterwards?
From a quick read, it seems like a misunderstanding between the limo driver and the group, that you witnessed and decided to report to the police.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm

*Every* police department needs independent, objective oversight. Every police department needs a process through which bad cops can be fired. Yes, Palo Alto is much better than many cities-- but, that is NOT an argument against oversight. We can do better.

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Posted by A nice guy
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 12, 2020 at 2:52 pm

How is this "an alternative view"? This sounds like the same anti-police talk heard on most mainstream news outlets right now.

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Posted by YSK
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 12, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Of course abusive police should be weeded out. And, there should be a differentiation between a bad cop and a misguided cop.

As long as the police at a protest don't attack anybody if it's peaceful, I don't care if there are many. It's the job of the police department to protect its citizens. In 2005 I was returning from PF Changs.with my mother and we decided to take a quick ride downtown. We drove right into a freaking anarchist riot. People throwing things at cars and screaming at cops and general chaos. Yeah, I will not accept that as OK. So many spoiled brats wearing their Doc Martens holding on to their $1000 iPhones and clutching Kate Spade purses. We got stopped by the Creamery and there was a lone officer frantically trying to move traffic and keep the peace. My mom went into afib she was so scared. I told him let us go or it won't be good. Not for my mom, not for the next protester that blocked my car. The officer let us leave the area. He managed to protect more than just us by allowing that.

The headline for this article is misleading. It's just more of the same regurgitated swill we read all the time in the Bay Area. I clicked hoping to read some refreshing commentary on another way things could be handled and instead it's the same old put it all on the cops routine.

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