inapropriate police actions in Pleasanton
Original post made by Aaron, Highland Oaks, on Oct 22, 2007
So here is the scenerio. My co-worker and her significant other were having a cocktail, at the y'all, one off duty officer starts and argument with her male friend, attempting to get him into an altercation, knowing he could do what he wants with no consequences, or charges, in fact the oposing party would probably have charges brought to them. This officer dates the bartender, and made it clear he was a "cop", this is his girlfriends bar and they aren't welcome. Very territorial I must say. At that moment, she attempts to sign her bill and leave. Continuing the argument, the officer tries to push them further. So deciding the wisest thing to do would be leave, they drop some cash on the table, and head for the door. Before they knew what happend, the off duty officer tackles her friend to the ground from behind, a small scuffle ensues, as they try to get out of there without having to continue the fight. They manage to scramble out of there as the intoxicated officer attempts to pull him back to the ground, to pound on him.
Why did this happen? The officer is in his late 20's - early 30's. approx. 5'10, 180lbs, short brown hair. I understand that younger people often are a little more aggressive in general than the older police, but this is simply unacceptable. Unfortunately this isn't the first time this type of thing has happend here. I have been a resident of Pleasanton for 22 years. The past 10 years, things and attitude within the force and the officers has changed. To serve and protect, not to single out and attack. I have also heard of bogus charges that happen to these young adults, they spend a nite in jail, are released and of course the charges are dropped. It seems they are simply encouraging false arrests. Pleasanton has such a low crime rate, because of the citizens within the city. They care about their community, and their property. Not because of an over aggressive police force. We really need to focus of efforts, on improving this situation. They keep making the police force larger in pleasanton, but is that even needed. I don't think so. If anyone has any stories like this I would like to hear about it. Someone needs to. I am also curious of what the community reading the Pleasanton weekly, thinks of this, and what as a community should be done.