First it’s the gun charges that don’t appear until a public civil suit is filed indicating Aldon Smith not only had guns, but shot them off at least once after it was reported he had not done the shooting, he was only a victim of a fight that broke out at his own party.
It took a year for that information, as well as other pertinent facts regarding events, to come out as public that Aldon Smith had and had shot weapons. A lot of the blame is being laid again at the feet of the DA’s office for not filing the case. But the question is, was this case actually turned into the DA’s office for filing in a timely manner by the investigating agency — The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office?
Now Sheriff’s office insiders say Aldon Smith and Ray MacDonald were special guests of the Sheriff over the summer at the Sheriff’s Range for a Sheriff’s “Family Day” with captains and leuitenants and select and trusted members of the SERT team and their families. While there Aldon was able to shoot fully automatic weapons and ride in Star1 as the Sheriff’s guest. Who’s ever heard of a suspect in an ongoing, open, weapons involved investigation being invited to hang out with law enforcement and shoot fully automatic weapons. Were the investigating officers present? You can be assured that the captain and lieutenant of Investigations were present in not the involved detectives.
Now only months later, he’s receiving preferential treatment in the booking process after a single vehicle accident, where he had a .15 BAC and was found unconscious with his foot still on the pedal after driving his SUV into a tree. Marijuana and an undisclosed type and number of pills were found in the vehicle as well.
He was arrested at 7AM and the media reports lets than 4 hours later he was jogging out on to the field for practice with his team mates. 4 hours from arrest on the street,transport, booking, bail payment and out the back door. Most people wouldn’t see outside the holding cell until they were sober, or at least for several hours.
What’s most disconcerting is the special treatment afforded this celebrity in contrast to the treatment ordered by Captain Sung of a deputy brought in for a DUI. According to insiders Capt Sung stated “put him in with the other losers.” The deputy was then placed into a general population holding cell where he was put at greater risk of being assaulted due to his profession. Usually law enforcement personnel are held separately because not only may some one just assault them for their profession, but the risk of coming face to face with a criminal who may feel this is an opportunity for revenge if the deputy had interaction with the offender on the street.
You would think if they can offer the courtesy of an express lane for a 49er’s player, they could at least offer the security of a separate cell for one of their own.