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Police give chase, arrest man on grad night

Original post made on May 29, 2014

A man with three outstanding warrants was at the wrong place at the wrong time Wednesday evening, as police officers at Palo Alto High School's graduation spotted him in the crowd, pursued and eventually arrested him, police Lt. Zach Perron said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:29 AM

Comments (30)

Posted by Carlos, a resident of Green Acres
on May 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

Good job, PAPD!!!


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

Great to hear that the PAPD are as fit as the cops on tv when they give chase, jumping over fences, etc.

Great job.


Posted by Nice Job!, a resident of Barron Park
on May 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

Nice Job!


Posted by Nice Job!, a resident of Barron Park
on May 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

Nice Job!


Posted by Aquamarine, a resident of Stanford
on May 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

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Posted by Dai Sieh, a resident of Community Center
on May 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

During this incident, I saw in close proximity how difficult a police officer's job is. Our police officer are heroes.


Posted by Yes!, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Thank you PAPD and all law enforcement officers. You guys risk your lives for us everyday and should be appreciated. Most people are too cowardly to become police officers.

I was at the graduation ceremony and didn't notice anything so it was a well-done job, not stirring the crowd.


Posted by vander, a resident of Evergreen Park
on May 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

category 5


Posted by crime, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

The individual arrested is a Paly grad from a few years back.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

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Posted by George Orwell, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

So given how often my posts are removed, it sounds like once again, PAPD was profiling. At least this time they really caught a criminal, instead of merely harassing a man of color.


Posted by Yes!, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

@Crime: Good to hear not all Paly grads feel they have to attend college.

@Hmmm: We have an African-American friend (who appears very professional in appearance) who said he gets profiled in stores often. Life's unfair. I'd be upset if I was a good citizen and my culture was forcing the police to profile me because of my culture's reputation. What is the percentage of non-whites in the prison system?


Posted by Sarah, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

I would say, "right place at the right time," Gennady.


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 30, 2014 at 2:14 am

@Hmmm - How can it be profiling if they recognized him? read the article. They knew him, knew he had warrants issued within the month for his arrest. I was at the graduation, he wasn't the only black guy there.


Posted by Inigo Montoya, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

Profiling. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

I don't see how skin color enters into this situation. You have a graduation for high school kids, police provide a bit of security, a person with warrants out is recognized by police, and they do their best to arrest the person without disruption the ceremony. Seems like a total win and police used good judgement.


Posted by PC gone too far, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 30, 2014 at 10:27 am

I'm so tired of PC these days. A description of a suspect includes race or ethnicity and it's not racist to state it. "6 foot male" doesn't cut it for a description. The only time people scream racism is when it is in reference to a black person. If the decription is Hispanic, E. Asian, or Tongan, no one screams racism. I suppose my selection of examples displays racism to the super-sensitive. Get over it - racism will never end.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Mr. Recycle - I did read the article.


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

@Hmmm - If you read the article, then how do you reconcile your slander of PAPD with this:

"Police began following McBride, 20, at around 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after Palo Alto High School's school resource officer spotted the East Palo Alto resident at Paly's graduation ceremony and recognized him as a suspect in the three thefts."


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on May 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm

@Dai Sieh, I appreciate the dramatic photos. And you commented that you respect the police work, as do I. Has me curious now where the line gets drawn between journalism and interference with law enforcement. This arrest was some distance from the graduation ceremony. Were you following the entire chase? Or in the middle of it? Do officers regard you as an asset to document their professionalism, or a distraction who may require protection if the incident escalates? No response expected -- I'm just posing questions that readers may not have considered. Good work. Your lens probably makes you look closer than you actually were, at least until the suspect was handcuffed and the situation was under control.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

It's not slander. Your police dept has the unfortunate rep for racial profiling. It's always important to question their handling of arrests of people of color. To believe everything that the police and media report about the details of arrests is foolish and naive. Of course, this arrestee is also an idiot, if he was truly known to be wanted and then to show up at graduation. It's not that this scenario is never accurate, but it's important to question it when it happens.

Inigo - of course I know what racial profiling means, and PAPD is locally famous for it.

Yes! Many of my African-American friends have had similar experiences, including the ones in law enforcement. It's shameful and dangerous.


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

@Hmmm - Crying "profiling" in this case is a slander on PAPD because it clearly isn't true. Saying PAPD has a rep for profiling is as irrelevant as saying EPA residents have a reputation of coming to Palo Alto to commit crimes.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

No, it's not irrelevant, you're just in denial about your dept's history of problems. Are you African-American or Latino? If not, it's pretty easy to be in denial about that damage caused by your dept. You and I really don't know the factual details, because we weren't there. But questioning the police about their known problems is important.

I recall a time when your dept. didn't have such a rep about racial profiling, when officers there knew who a lot of the local bad apples were and acted accordingly.

It's pretty strange- the range of problems that officers in Menlo, PA and EPA have had. Oh, and my county's Sheriff's Office, too. It's more than strange, actually, it's disturbing. We all deserve better.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Hmmm

Would you have preferred PAPD to do nothing and just let him get on with his life?

A suspect in a series of crimes was spotted, he ran off which indicates his guilt and was caught. He was treated for his injuries caused by climbing a fence. He will now receive a fair trial and if found guilty will pay for his crimes.

Good police work.



Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

I never said that. [Portion removed.]


Posted by member, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Glad to see Palo Alto Police are actively removing people like this from our community.


Posted by Inigo Montoya, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Hmmm,

Please read the fourth paragraph.

Web Link

It reads"

"Racial profiling does not refer to the act of a law enforcement agent pursuing a suspect in which the specific description of the suspect includes race or ethnicity in combination with other identifying factors."


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Yeah, Inigo, I know what racial profiling means. But apparently your police dept. has had a problem with what it actually means to avoid the practice. Was this one of those times? I wasn't there, so I don't know.

Most cops know how to both racially profile and catch bad guys at the same time - that's how they've done it for so long without it being an issue. Given the rep of your dept., vigilance about this issue is important. Sometimes cops know who the bad guys are, sometimes they believe a darker skinned male is automatically a bad guy.


Posted by Inigo Montoya, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Hmmm,

Your words:

"it sounds like once again, PAPD was profiling"


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