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For East Palo Alto cops, trust rather than fear

Over decades, police and residents have built up mutual respect

by Sue Dremann

East Palo Alto residents once held the kind of fear and mistrust of police officers found in many communities of color.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at [email protected]


5 people like this
Posted by Councilmember Larry Moody
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 12, 2020 at 7:57 am

Solid article..
Thanks for meeting with a wide range of community members, leaders, stakeholders and Chief Pardini. Ron Davis is correct the community lead the charge to change in 2005-2012 With a commitment to change the relationship between Police and local residents:and continues. Much to be done but certainly on the move..

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Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 12, 2020 at 9:39 am

Another Camden, NJ, success story.

Web Link

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Posted by Jeanie Smith
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 12, 2020 at 10:46 am

An excellent article, thank you. I remember the "old" East Palo Alto, and applaud the turnaround that has made it into a safe community. This is a great model for reform. Happy to learn that Newsom brought Davis onto his team.

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Posted by EPA resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 12, 2020 at 11:19 am

Menlo Park residents, we need your help!

Menlo Park police officers are notorious for racial profiling for traffic stops. My neighbors feel more positive toward EPAPD (maybe still not "safe") but are terrified of MPPD getting involved.

Detective Ed Soares, former EPAPD, now works for MPPD, and is known here to use unethical tactics like threatening folks, like alleged in this lawsuit (which was settled out of court):
Web Link
and this bizarre incident: Web Link

From Holly L. commenter on The Alamanac:
Also, the Palo Alto Daily Post reported on this federal harassment suit first, way back on November 27, 2013 in a front page story,
"Police Accused of Harassment in Federal Suit" by Jeremy Gordon (behind a paywall)
The Post had a disturbing detail that the Almanac does NOT have.
From the Post:
"The suit claims that Soares then interrogated Amanuel's brother about a future criminal trial in which the brother had been subpoenaed to testify.
Amanuel claims Soares threatened to toss them both in jail if the brother 'did not testify differently than he had testified at the preliminary hearing in the case.'"
This kind of incident in which someone alleges that they have been threatened by police is nothing new. Inmates from San Mateo County have been complaining about this for years.

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Posted by Uplifting story. Thank you.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2020 at 12:24 pm

I'm glad to hear our neighbors in East Palo Alto turned this around. We can learn from them. Thank you for writing this story, Ms. Dremann.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 12, 2020 at 3:01 pm

I’m appreciating that the mother of a crook named Crooks was quoted in the earlier story.

Residents here endure more garbage treatment from Menlo and Palo Alto officers than our own. I wish I was seeing better leadership from Chief Pardini, but his lack if leadership is having a negative impact on his officers and our community. We deserve better.

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Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jun 12, 2020 at 4:55 pm

This article is only peddling to the neo-liberal reformist tactics that have been shown not to work. What EPA needs and I am saying this as an EPA resident is less money spent on the police (which currently takes up 42.88%) of the budget and to re-allocate this money to mental health clinics, housing, fixing our infrastructure (too many potholes & no sidewalks) and paying our public school teachers. As the article points out EPA police are ill equipped to deal with psychiatric emergencies. Community policing is not what we need- we do not need to pay an EPA officer a 225k salary to be present in our schools or to ride along with our youth. The issue is systemic racism and no amount of reformist policies will fix that!

3 people like this
Posted by The Watchmen
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 12, 2020 at 5:58 pm

This article is dishonest and the public will see eventually but whatever.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jun 12, 2020 at 7:04 pm

I remember the "Wolfpack", those officers were 100% corrupt criminals.

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Posted by Ho Hum
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 12, 2020 at 8:14 pm

Gentrification leads to lower crime rates. Yup, sets a great example for Chicago and Minneapolis -- except that law abiding citizens will never again stray within a hundred miles of those places.

4 people like this
Posted by Alb
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 13, 2020 at 9:29 am

Yes we used to get harassed on the daily by the police back in the early 90's and 2000!! I can name names, Fat Frey Terry brown, Sorrow, hines,Norris brothers,bird neck,Laplatt,and the list goes on!! It was rough growing in epa as a kid! Me and my brothers was playing outside back in1988 and the police listening to Nwa and the police jack us up we were 13yrs old thought we was selling dope and ask us to be informants they would by us ice cream!! Afterwards the took r Nwa tape out the radio and said it was evidence in 1993 my brother was shot In the back by a police officer!! I got some stories if you want more I can hook with you!! I could tell you about crooked epa government officials it's time for all of it to come!! Reply to message if you want more editors

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Posted by Defund Menlo Park Police
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

If anyone has quotes or information about misconduct by the Menlo Park Police Department please feel free to email me at [email protected]

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Posted by EPA Fireworks Burnout
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm

I heard from a neighbor the other day that the East Palo Alto Police Department is not actively looking for anyone in EPA that is blowing off fireworks. It sounded like the EPA is already too busy with covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement. The fireworks this year started in early May in East Palo Alto and they've been going strong since then. It seems like there is many many more fireworks than there have been in previous years. I can't imagine what the Fourth of July will be like here. So I plan to go stay with some friends. I really wish the police could help with the fireworks and tracking down whomever is making all this noise. also I wonder if the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department was called if they would be able to help.

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Posted by East Palo Alto Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 27, 2020 at 8:48 am

Take a look at this, and check how educated, trained and are your police officers in east Palo Alto. This is the real thing, not what is writing down here. What is is writing in this article is nothing but a show.
This video shows you how the police really works, and this is when per person has a camera, imagine what happens when there are no cameras. I know it, but because there're no cameras I could tell you, but you would not believe it. I am a professional and peaceful person, but I have been there and treated like dirty by PD in East Palo Alto. Web Link

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