Submitted by contributing author, It’s Not Us, It’s You
This is in response to the recent CT blog: She Refuses to Talk to You Until HE Apologizes and the video released by the incumbent’s campaign implying the members of the DSA are dirty and misled.
Laurie, all of us here at the Sheriff’s Ofﬁce are so sorry we hurt your feelings. You’d think a woman of your “vast experience” and time as a cop would have toughened that skin of yours. Your right though, apologies should be given. You’ll receive yours for the supposed insults right after we receive ours. The crooked cops are not in the ranks of the DSA, they’re in your administration. They, as well as you, are the reason we’re fighting for new leadership, because we are not misled and we are not crooked and we don’t want to work for an administration that is. We understand that we have rotten apples amongst us and that people not qualified need to be removed from our ranks. We don’t have a problem with it. What we have a problem with is when you identify those that should be removed, yet are willing to do your bidding to protect their jobs and even be rewarded with promotions and special assignments.
We’d like you to personally apologize for all your blunders, failings and lies and answer for all the acts committed by the people that should have been taken care of in a “house cleaning” but you chose to promote:
A retired A/S: Got caught lying on the witness stand during a NARCO case while he was a Deputy. Routinely lied to anyone & everyone as long as it suited his interest. Was considered one of the most untrustworthy people at the department. Except by you of course, you identified & encouraged this behavior and used it for your own selfish gains. You of course promoted him as a reward for his years of corrupt
Retired A/S #2: Routinely made both sexist & racist jokes. Sexually harassed one of your recently promoted female Sergeants. He made numerous reference to her large breasts and even went so far as to tell her that no one would ever take her seriously looking the way she did and that’s why she shouldn’t be promoted. You of course promoted him as a reward for his years of immoral/unethical behavior.
Retired Captain #1: Scam after scam….lies after lies. You appreciated this type of behavior so much you put him in charge of the West Valley Division. He continued to hold up your low level of standards by causing morale there to plummet to an all time low. He of course was another sexist. He sexually harassed his subordinate time and time again before she tried reporting it. Due to your ineptness and safeguards you’d put in place to protect your worthless “leaders” the Deputy was met with layers of resistance during every step of the process. You allowed him to retire out with full benefits. It should be noted that this wonderful example of law enforcement integrity stole the TV and other items from the sub station upon his departure. A Lieutenant had to go to this guys house to retrieve the stolen property with no report written. Again, he was one of your “Best & Brightest”.
Captain #2: Fired by Salinas PD for refusing to terminate a pursuit resulting in a crash. Hey I know, lets hire him!! As a WOC Sergeant he was stopped by a FTO and trainee for violating the law. His response….he rips into them for stopping him and yelling, “Don’t you know who I am?” Then add to this his performance handling the De Anza rape case. How’d he get out of that one because I read how you “Hold People Accountable”? Oh yeah, he hired Attorney Mike Raines and threatened to sue you and the Department. Your response……promote that fine young man!! Lets not overlook all the use of force complaints, disgusting comments and his lurid acts with any female who he takes a liking to. I’m sure your aware of the video of him standing on an inmates back in Lower Booking despite the presence of multiple other officers handling the situation. He actually caused the inmates heart to stop. Lucky for all involved, they were able to get the guys heart started. Wheeew….dodged another one. Your response…..promote that fine young man again!!
Captain #3: The man loves his porn, fetishes and prostitutes. He’s had so many inappropriate relationships with recruits, others at the department & even some of his trainees when he was an FTO that it’s amazing you didn’t promote him sooner. The real kicker for you must have been once he was cited by SFPD for solicitation of prostitution. That’s when you knew……that was a good promotion!!
Captain #4: Likable enough guy if you can look past his drinking, gambling and underground tournament addictions. It’s no problem though when you get stopped for a DUI crash when your one of your “chosen”. Just break out your trusty county issued phone and contact Mr. personality himself….Undersheriff Hirokawa. He’s a handy guy to know when your facing possible felony charges. He can just come pick you up and you get another “do-over”.
Captain #5: Every position he’s held on his rise to the top(?) has been
plagued with people asking, “How in the F*#K did he get promoted?” I guess the fact where he and his wife (more on her in a minute) used to keep their uniforms on after work so they could drive to El Pollo Loco just to get free food wasn’t a problem for you. The fact that this man has no respect from any of his peers and struts around calling himself “Cap’n Dan” like he’s some likable character is laughable. This “Best & Brightest” promotion can’t even figure out the simple task of composing an email…..oh wait….that’s right, he meant to send that to everyone just to show them who’s in charge. Your response Sheriff? High five that guy and set him up for a fast pass on the promotion train.
Captain #6: Her problems go all the way back to when she was a fresh-faced recruit in the academy where she refused to salute the American flag. Her ineptness continued to show itself when she lost a full size dump truck on the West side during a “pursuit”? Then showed itself yet again when she let a murder suspect simply get up and walk away from her because she had no idea what to do with the guy once he knelt on the ground. Thankfully competent people apprehended the guy later. Your response to this outstanding display of competency…PromoooooTION!!!! Her ineptness doesn’t stop there though. She routinely told those in charge of hiring new deputies that, “We need to hire more Hispanics. Let’s turn this department brown.” She re-enforces her racist views by providing “training” during a HQ training day where a group came in and lecture all in attendance on how we in law enforcement “mistreat” illegal immigrants and how we are the cause of the problem. Of course we can’t forget her most recent failure involving the Metcalf power plant attack. Way to take credit for others hard work and knowledge. She of course used it for her personal gain, pathetic!! Your response Sheriff, “Why here you go young woman. I see you’ve got what it takes to lead people.”…..Promoted, BAM!
Jail Lieutenant #1: This fine example of yet another one of your “Best & Brightest” thought it completely normal when she recovered a dead fetus from a bathroom out at the woman’s facility at Elmwood. However, this being one of your people she then took that fetus and placed it in a garbage bag and walked it around the unit showing it to everyone she could, inmate and staff alike. She’s also kicked another female officer in the butt telling her, “You got a big ass.” She was never even disciplined. Of course people might ask where the connection to you is? It’s noteworthy when you find out that her husband is close personal friends with Undersheriff Hirokawa. Yet another example of the top taking care of the top.
Lieutenant #1: He’s a relatively new convert to “Camp Laurie” but you musta seen his potential. From his time spent hanging out in front of the Pink Poodle on-duty smoking cigars with the owner, that he was actually under investigation by SJPD, to his earth shattering morale crusher style supervision in South counting resulting in a near total attempt of desertion by those in patrol . Of course only He’d be able to drive his county vehicle out of county, crash it while texting, and then get a fresh car driven to him by another one of your “chosen few”.
Captain #7: There’s been so much written on this guy I’d just be re-writing the obvious. He was fired from SJPD, false arrest after false arrest, refuses to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a DSA meeting (Dalia and him must subscribe to the same newsletter), bought his Sergeant promotion with free food, drinks & entertainment at his restaurants and he’s rumored to have committed felonious activity during the last election. Steeeep right UP!!! Getch yer promotions HARE!!!
Assistant Sheriff #3: The choir boy exterior belies the true beast hidden inside. The list for this guy is just too long to cover here. For anyone in doubt of this guys “I’ll do whatever it takes” attitude in order to advance his career just think, He’s went from Deputy to Assistant Sheriff in a little over 10 years!! Is it cause he’s sooooo qualified, or is it he’ll do whatever Sheriff Laurie wants? He relishes the fact that he is the most hated man in the department.
Undersheriff #1: His is just a failure to act. A failure to do what’s right and live his life like he demands those below him to do. He tries to fire Deputies for getting detained for a drunk in public but drives to Safeway to pick up his wife for writing false prescriptions and then interfering with the felony investigation. He may have been a decent guy at one point, but you can’t sit on the right side of the Devil and not get corrupted. He just needs to retire.
Sheriff Laurie Smith: Your list is long and legendary. From you using the status of the office to threaten and force others to do what you want, BBQ’s for inmates and your use of the departments helicopter for personal use. From passing out rides to suspected felons under investigation and SAB members at the range and victims of the De Anza rape case in an attempt to distract them from realizing you failed them, or have a lieutenant pressure a CHP officer to fly a borrowed private plane to carry 10 gallons of paint for your boat from the Reed Hill-View airport alllll the way up to your house in Tahoe. The reward? Dinner for the pilot and lieutenant in Tahoe and flying back alone so you could drive home with BT. Your abuse of your position to influence your daughters court case. Didn’t you demote a Sergeant for allegedly doing something much less than what you did? It was even quoted by Judge Lasarow in the courtroom, “I’m tired of everyone running the court except the judge.” A quote so notable, it made it into the local paper, no less. I’ll not try to list all of your “accomplishments” here, you can read through all of the CT blogs to learn about those.
Sheriff, I’m reminded of the famous saying, “Lead, follow or get the hell outta the way!” You’ve shown an embarrassing inability to do the first two……..why don’t you try to live and lead by the ideals you claim to hold everyone else to except yourself and those closest around you that have committed to take care of you first, them second, the office and the public last.