Be Grateful

A brief break, a moment of silence, so to speak, without the silence, for those on the front line in New York City yet again. So, we’re being told at home deaths aren’t being counted in the COVID19 numbers in NYC (or anywhere as I’m being led to understand it) because there is no current…

A Purpose to “Needless Confusion”

“Currently, the Sheriff’s Office oversees custody operations — jail deputies and correctional officers — while a county-run Department of Correction handles administrative and logistic functions like food and laundry services. The civil grand jury described the arrangement as needlessly confusing.”  – Mercury News, May 22, 2018 Santa Clara County Grand Jury clarifies Sheriff Laurie Smith…

The Polls for the Sheriff are Really Bad for Smith

There was just an article in the Mercury News cheering that Laurie Smith has a support of 24% of the voters. Double the number of her next closest rival, John Hirokawa.  At face value, that’s great. Dig deeper, it’s really kind of a ugly picture for a 20 year incumbent. Add that to the last…

It Feels Dirty

Tuesday, ~2:30pm, when all good bailiffs and sheriffs should be tucked into their uniforms and doing their jobs. But not this past Tuesday. An interesting candidate meeting was taking place among two allegedly diametrically opposed candidates who have claimed they have little to say to each other. I’ve heard many a rumor that La Jeunesse…

Mercury News Endorses John Hirokawa

It appears pockets are empty this election in Laurie Smith’s closet and the Mercury News isn’t willing to further look the fool standing over someone’s body because of Laurie Smith’s established incompetence. Her political capital has been wasted over the last four years, as the DSA told you it would be. She had nothing left…

The State of Laurie Smith’s Internal Affairs

Recently the Mercury News launched a large scale piece covering the sexual harassment of a former Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Brady and the subsequent interference in the Internal Affairs case against the accused, then Assistant Sheriff Laurie Smith. Let’s set aside the sexual harassment charge, because there are disputes as to whether or not it happened.…

Trickle Down Corruption

I’ve held back a bit on this issue, but I’ve reached my limit here. I have had several people come to me now and tell me the CPOA board may have approved a 6 figure fund to support Laurie Smith’s re-election campaign, bypassing a membership vote for this expenditure. While I’m a supporter of law…

Roadside Assistance, May I Help You

I won’t say anything right now because I’m madly trying to verify an insane number of items that have come through the past week. If it wasn’t April 7th, I would swear I’m being punk’d for April Fool’s with some of this, it’s so out of the norm. Some may not be true, but if…

Why Go Back 25 Years?

  (Link) Mercury News: Candidates blast sheriff for unethical conduct over snatching IA tape Really people, one does not have to go back 25 years to find tangible evidence of Smith’s criminal corruption. Are our memories that short? What she was then, is what she is now. Power doesn’t change people, it reveals them. At…

It’s Not the Sex

(link) Mercury News: Tale of the Tape Ask anyone who’s endured sexual harassment in the work place. It’s not about the sex. It’s never about the sex. It’s always about the power, particularly the abuse of power. If anyone knows how to abuse power, it’s Laurie Smith. She could give PhD level presentations on the…

The Most Embarrassing Endorsement

I had to go see for myself if she would really put that endorsement on her page and wear it with pride (she has and is), if the CPOA membership would remain silent (they have) and if the media would raise the bans for this endorsement (they have not).  Interesting. So let me break the…

Doubling Down

It’s been an interesting week. I’ve been debating on starting a petition to the Governor’s Office to consider removing Sheriff Smith and Reverend Jethroe Moore from the Commission for POST. Smith for the fact she’s failed to review and updated her enforcement use of force policy for years despite 3 recent deputy involved shootings, one…

Cease & Desist. Oh yes, and RESIGN.

I was wondering what had Tracey Kaplan of Mercury News wildly backpedaling in a re-write about the claims Morrissey engaged in the use of deeply offensive racist terminology and conversations. I reached out to sources and was forwarded the attached file below. Seems Jethroe Moore, NAACP President of the Silicon Valley/San Jose chapter stepped in…

Shame on You

You know who you are. You’re the person always adamantly telling the public they should settle for nothing less in their police force than to have police stand up against their own when they do wrong, then turning around and defending Laurie Smith when that happens. You’re the person demanding transparency, demanding officers speak out…

When Oversight is Corrupt

There was a recent piece in the Mercury News about Sergeant Morrissey and a still incomplete internal affairs investigation. Many things bothered me about this piece, starting with the fact the allegedly unbiased arbitrator was mentioned by name prior to releasing a final decision, potentially violating the right of Sergeant Morrissey to an unbiased decision.…

Where’s The Speakers for the Dead

About fourteen months ago, Sheriff Laurie Smith’s office was involved in a shooting. This was unlike the prior shootings the office has been involved in. This one happened during a welfare check on an elderly couple who simply refused to open the door to strangers. You may or may not know about this shooting, but…