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Re: “Mendo DA Upset to Learn of Former EPD Officer's Past Dishonesty, Will Dismiss Cases that Require His Testimony

Like any profession, group or organization, law enforcement agencies have members who make mistakes (were human and imperfect too) and a few who do worse and dishonor the badge. You can choose to look at this story one of two ways: this is just another example of how most cops are bad OR that we take misconduct very very seriously and we hold ourselves accountable and to the high standards our communities rightfully expect of us.

Ive been a law enforcement officer for over 22 years serving two different agencies and I can tell you that as a whole, the second viewpoint is the truth. (Yes, there may be a few agencies across this country where this has not yet been fully realized but they are the exception not the rule).

This investigation was internally generated within the department by our own supervisors and not from a citizen complaint. Think about that. We discovered misconduct and decisively dealt with it rather than hide or ignore it...just like we do every time.

To become a sworn peace officer in the state of California, you have to successfully pass a rigorous and extremely thorough background investigation that meets POST standards, a polygraph or voice stress analysis, along with a psychological examination aimed at assessing your suitability to be a police officer.

Many applicants fail this process. Sometimes over 50%.

Some reading this will never change their minds about the police but I dont write this for them. Im at home with my family tonight writing it for the rest of you, including some who might be undecided about how they feel.

The publics trust is our lifeblood and we fully recognize this. Many officers have sacrificed their lives or their health for others while honoring the badge in service to their community. There are hundreds of thousands of officers across this country who protect and serve every single day with honor, integrity, courage and commitment. They dont just talk about these things or sit behind an anonymous keyboard criticizing others, they live it and prove it daily.

Enough said. Enjoy your weekend everyone. And rest easy tonight knowing your officers, deputies and dispatchers will be out there keeping you and your loved ones safe while their own families sleep without them. We choose to do this and are grateful our community has entrusted us to protect and serve.

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Posted by SW on 09/20/2019 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Mendo DA Upset to Learn of Former EPD Officer's Past Dishonesty, Will Dismiss Cases that Require His Testimony

You seem to have not read the article, Claudia Johnson. Officer Jones was investigated by EPD, the investigation was sustained and he was suspended for 30 days. It seems to me he was proven "guilty" in an investigation by EPD, he was given a chance at the investigation to defend himself and appeal the decision. Instead, Officer Jones resigned and was hired by Willits PD. Both DAs (Humboldt and Mendocino) determined after reviewing the investigation, that Officer Jones was going to be perceived by jurors and judges reviewing his testimony as a liar and therefore, not a useful witness in any criminal case he was involved in.

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Posted by Kevin on 09/20/2019 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Mendo DA Upset to Learn of Former EPD Officer's Past Dishonesty, Will Dismiss Cases that Require His Testimony

Sounds like a big mess but I gather he wasn't prosecuted for any of this so you have to say you're innocent until proven guilty sounds like you did some things that were inappropriate at least

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Posted by claudia Johnson on 09/20/2019 at 11:39 AM

Re: “McGuire: Judge's Tax Return Law Ruling 'Perplexing, Premature and Unneccesary'

If the California legislature and Governor Newsom were permitted to decide what qualifications are required and limit who can be on the ballot for President then their requirements and restrictions would keep expanding over time. First it's tax records, then health records, then school records, then they could eventually decide that you must be registered as a Democrat to be on the ballot.
California has an open top two winners primary election, so for example if there were three candidates running for a state or local political office (two Democrats and one Republican) and the two persons on the ballot that got the most votes are the Democrats due to the Republican voters did not bother to vote because Trump was not on the ballot, then the Republican candidate would be eliminated from the General election. This was an obvious attempt to suppress the conservative vote.

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Posted by Dinkydude on 09/19/2019 at 10:09 PM

Re: “North Coast Night Lights: Eel River Stargazer

One of my favorite places on Earth. Thinking of my dear friend Pat Somes and the night we lay on the sand there, viewing this spectacular until the wee and solving the world's problems. We even had the pelaides thrown into the mix. Pat is about to enter this greater place -- soar on, Pat. Soar on!

Posted by Ann Willis Scott on 09/18/2019 at 11:59 AM

Re: “KEKA Pulls Out of Truckers Parade, Asks Others to Step Up

Realistically, the amount of fuel required probably only cost a few Middle East children's lives considering 18 years of U.S. oils wars...

And now the climate change refugees...caused by carbon...

At what point do we say "ENOUGH"???

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Posted by Marc Costello on 09/16/2019 at 3:08 PM

Re: “State Steps in Amid Surge in HIV Cases

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Re: “Huffman Calls Congressional Oath to God "Unconstitutional," "Preposterous"

Why the scarequotes on humanist? You guys know it's an actual belief, right?

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Posted by KLS on 09/15/2019 at 11:57 AM

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