Letter: Police officers who gave their lives far outweigh ‘criminal cops’

Number who gave their
lives dwarf ‘criminal cops’

Re: “California’s Criminal Cops” (Page A1, Nov. 11):

I don’t condone criminal activity by a police officer, but if it happened and justice was served, they should be punished accordingly. Police, like our politicians, are not above the law.

Your front-page picture and pages on “Criminal Cops” was insulting to nearly 79,000 officers that serve our state. You taking less than 1% going back 10 years sheds a negative light over all police officers that put their lives on the line.

These officers have families they want to go home to. There’s no guarantee that will happen. The 1% of “criminal cops” is minute compared to the number of officers who gave their lives protecting the public.

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Why don’t you go back 10 years from today, do some investigative reporting about these honorable officers and how their families are coping with their loss today? They deserve nothing less as well.

Diane Rinetti
Livermore

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San Jose police say it will take nearly five years to provide all shooting and use of force records required under state transparency law

SAN JOSE — Nearly 11 months after receiving a Public Records Act request for officer misconduct and use of force documents under the state’s new law-enforcement transparency law, San Jose Police have released one case — and say it will take them nearly four more years to provide the rest.

Until October, 1, 2023 to be precise.

The Bay Area News Group and KQED News requested records from San Jose and nearly 500 other law enforcement agencies across the state on Jan. 1, the date that Senate Bill 1421 went into effect. The law makes public all internal records related to police use of force, dishonesty and sexual assault.

Over the past four months, the department released records on the shooting death of Jenny Vazquez on Christmas morning by police who had pursued her after a witness misidentified her car as being involved in an earlier shooting. Then last month, he department notified this news agency that it had calculated the amount of time it will take to collect records for an average case.

“At our current rate, we expect to complete all 73 of the retroactive cases that you requested by October 1, 2023,” Monique Villarreal, of the department’s Research and Development office wrote in an email.

That’s an “absurd” amount of time and the city is breaking state law by not making records “promptly available,” said David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, an open government group. “Four and a half years isn’t prompt under anyone’s definition.

“San Jose is a large, sophisticated city and there’s no excuse for this kind of delay. The city obviously does not treat its obligations under the public records act seriously. I suspect a court would be happy to set them straight,” Snyder said.

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Bribing seniors to leave
Silicon Valley is odious

Re: “Apple, Google, Facebook could offer seniors $250K to move” (Letter to the editor, Mercurynews.com, Nov. 13):

The letter-writer’s proposal to effectively bribe seniors and empty-nesters to sell their homes and leave Silicon Valley is utterly odious and outrageous.

His proposal to “simply change the population” insinuates that older residents, many of whom have lived here for decades and don’t currently contribute to the high-tech economy, have no value in Silicon Valley and don’t belong here.

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This attitude harkens back to Nazi Germany, which sought to clear out undesirables from the lands they conquered as “Lebensraum,” the geopolitical concept of “living space,” for the Germanic population. The only difference is that the letter’s proposal uses money and not force to clear out economically undesirable people from the area they helped build into a powerhouse of prosperity in the first place.

Andre Lower
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Deadly Fresno mass shooting leaves California Hmong community in shock

By TERENCE CHEA and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | The Associated Press

FRESNO — A close-knit Hmong community was in shock after gunmen burst into a California backyard gathering and shot 10 men, killing four.

“We are right now just trying to figure out what to do, what are the next steps. How do we heal, how do we know what’s going on,” said Bobby Bliatout, a community leader.

Sunday evening’s attack killed Xy Lee, a Hmong singer and musician whose videos on YouTube have been viewed millions of times.

Also killed were Phia Vang, 31; Kou Xiong, 38; and Kalaxang Thao, 40, all of Fresno, according to the coroner’s office. Three others remained hospitalized in serious condition, Community Regional Medical Center said in a statement.

No motive or suspects were identified by police.

“Our community is in mourning, and we still don’t know what’s going on, or who are the suspects,” said Pao Yang, CEO of the Fresno Center, a Hmong community group.

The Hmong are an ethnic group from Southeast Asia. Many fled after fighting alongside the United States during the Vietnam War.

There are about 300,000 Hmong living in the U.S., according to the 2017 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census. California has the nation’s largest Hmong population and about 25,000 live in Fresno, comprising about 5% of the city’s population of 525,000.

The gunmen targeted a house where about 16 men had gathered outside to watch football on television, police said.

At least two men armed with semi-automatic handguns walked through a side gate and without a word began firing randomly into the crowd before fleeing in the darkness, Police Chief Andrew Hall said.

The shooters did not speak, and no one reported getting a good look at them. Witnesses saw only flashes when the pistols were fired, Hall said.

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