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…

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…