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New district attorney reopens fatal Pleasanton PD shooting probe

Original post made on Jan 31, 2023

Alameda County DA Pamela Price's newly created Public Accountability Unit will reopen the investigation of two Pleasanton police officers previously cleared of wrongdoing for fatally shooting a man armed with a knife last year.

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Posted by Former PTown Resident
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 31, 2023 at 3:25 pm

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"We have seen many thoughts and prayers being bandied about the police murder of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee." - I'll certainly agree that it seems the officers in Memphis acted inappropriately, (portion removed because it is not accurate.) Seems like she has an agenda and may not be good to have such bias in our judicial system. Regarding the PPD officers, why doesn't she just accept the video of that incident and clear them?

Posted by FrankB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 31, 2023 at 3:40 pm

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"I promised accountability. This unit and its work are the start of the reckoning Alameda County has asked for holding people accountable for their misconduct."
It appears that DA Price has already concluded that there was "misconduct". A more neutral approach might have been to say "holding people accountable for their conduct" until the investigation by the Public Accountability Unit has concluded.

Posted by Vin Kruttiventi
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 31, 2023 at 5:01 pm

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What happened with Tyrese Nichols is a shame (based on the videos). But we all saw the videos of this incident in Pleasanton, and trial by media statements despite all the video footage available to the public could have been avoided by the DA.

Posted by Bay Area Native
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 31, 2023 at 9:39 pm

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In 2021 1,055 people were fatally shot in the US by police. Most were justifiable by any objective measure. Individuals and organizations motivated by power and wealth, however, consider ANY death at the hands of police as unacceptable regardless of the circumstances. They stoke emotions and fan the flames for their personal benefit at the expense of society.

The CDC estimated that there were over 20,000 firearm homicides in the US in 2021 and almost all of them were unjustified. Where are the protests? Where are the demands for accountability? Where is the outrage? Every day felons illegally in possession of guns commit violent crimes in Alameda County yet Price has no plan to address habitual violent offenders. She views criminals as victims and police as criminals.

The result of Price’s polices will be decreased staffing and engagement at Alameda County police agencies, increased police response times, less police on the street and more crime. We’ve already seen how this works in SF, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philly, Seattle, etc. Ironically, people in impoverished communities and people of color will disproportionately suffer the affects of Price’s polices.

To view every police agency and every police officer through the same lens is idiotic. Does every organization have the same culture, integrity, professionalism and standards? Obviously not yet we are supposed to believe that all police agencies are predatory.

It is not mutually exclusive to hold both police and civilians appropriately accountable. Until someone can monetize the prevention of citizens killing each other, however, only deaths caused by police (regardless of circumstances) will generate outrage.

As crime escalates and criminals feel empowered by a DA who won’t hold them accountable fear will motivate more people to buy guns. Many will get stolen and end up on the streets perpetuating the cycle of violence.

We know how this ends. Time to start the recall campaign.

Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Feb 1, 2023 at 10:09 am

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The new DA is an IDIOT! Another reason for Pleasanton to consider leaving Alameda County and joining Contra Costa County. Support your local Police Departments. Pleasanton has one of the best Police forces in the Country!

Posted by cs
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 1, 2023 at 11:36 am

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Maybe the Alameda County Board of Supervisors needs to create an office of DA accountability. I'm not surprised about our actions she was pretty clear in her campaign about her intent. She appears to be more focused on pushing an extreme left-wing agenda and less on the district attorney's job, whose primary responsibility is to prosecute crime.

Posted by Kacey
a resident of Ponderosa
on Feb 3, 2023 at 9:58 am

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Such a ridiculous waste of taxpayers money. To reopen a case after a 10 month investigation, put the PPD and those two officers and their families through this torture again, is overreach on the part of the new DA. I understand DA Price made a campaign promise, but it shouldn’t be at the sacrifice of others.

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