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Opinion: The Palo Alto Police Department's continuing problems

Original post made on Jan 14, 2022

The lack of transparency in the Palo Alto Police Department is increasing month by month, now in a worrisome way.

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Posted by Brian1
a resident of another community
on Jan 14, 2022 at 9:32 am

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I just read that the Palo Alto Police Chief has applied to run for the Santa Clara County Sheriff position. With these issues in a small town police force by Palo Alto I certainly hope he does not get elected as Sheriff where they already have several serious problems. It sounds like his way of leading a police force would make things worse and not better. It also sounds like Palo Alto really needs to evaluate his performance and his decisions. I guess Menlo Park dodged a bullet when he left.

Posted by White Senior fears Palo Alto Police
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 14, 2022 at 3:11 pm

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Jonson is not suitable for his current job as Palo Alto Chief of Police nor to replace the corrupt Sheriff Laurie Smith. Palo Alto needs to fire Jonson now to both help Palo Alto reform its police dept, and to reduce his chances of being elected Sheriff.

Posted by Paly02
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 14, 2022 at 4:59 pm

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Thanks for bringing these issues to light. The public gets very little oversight of the police department. I'm not even sure how to view their budget - most other budget items seem to pass through City Council (on the consent calendar, usually) but I've never seen a police department item listed there.

Posted by Black criminal fears Police
a resident of Ventura
on Jan 14, 2022 at 7:43 pm

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Police aren’t the problem, but rather criminals [portion removed] committing rampant crime in liberal cities controlled by progressive politicians who care way more about advancing their own political careers and ambitions rather than the actual safety of citizens.

Police brutality is incredibly rare statistically. [Portion removed.] If police brutality truly was an issue it would be reported in the news every day due to the shear number of police criminal interactions that occur throughout our great nation.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2022 at 4:27 pm

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Police brutality is incredibly rare statistically. Most of us understand this and there are those who prefer to skew the equation to fit their agenda. They coddle criminals and they don't get it that all these cases have a common denominator. Not cooperating with the police -- resisting arrest.

Posted by
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2022 at 10:10 pm is a registered user.

PAPD is great. There have been a few instances of reported brutality but possibly because it's whiny Palo Alto. Plus, they were provoked so people twist it around and make the officer look bad when they would react the same way. Police are human beings, not robocops. Bet police brutality occurs elsewhere but no one complains. Personally, I don't care if there is police brutality, I want to be safe and a police officer's life is more important than a criminal's life. A police officer's existence is to help the community; a criminal's existence is to hurt people.

The U.S. is too soft on crime. Learn something from Singapore and the Asian countries and we can all walk around in the dark anywhere with no fear and no fear of our children being kidnapped. Meanwhile, someone just had her purse stolen today at Stanford Shopping Center. Great, huh?

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