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East Palo Alto police chief candidates named in three federal lawsuits

Original post made on Aug 14, 2014

Two finalists for East Palo Alto's police chief position are, or have been, the subjects of federal lawsuits, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court Northern District in San Jose.

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Posted by al munday
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

So these EPA PD chief candidates have violated me that is a red flag as to be dropped from candidate DUH....

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Posted by Bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Bru is a registered user.

>> "However, prior to a police chief being appointed, the individual
>> must go through an extensive vetting process pursuant to the
>> Police Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements.
>> The selected candidate is required to go through an extensive
>> background investigation, a psychological examination and a
>> physical examination.

>>>>>> extensive vetting process

Since they report on virtually nothing of this procedure, this is pure branding, like when a company puts "All Natural Home Made Ingredients" ... this is BS. Keep out the meaningless unqualified adjectives!

And why does this story mix up the discussion of these two men ... bouncing between them from paragraph to paragraph?

And who makes those decisions and what connections do they have to the City of East Palo Alto?

Lot's of problems with this article, it does not serve the public at all in terms of informing them, and it's more of a non-specific smear on both these guys.

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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Mark Dinan is a registered user.

Getting sued and being found guilty are two different things. My inclination would be to let the legal system work, although on a day like today with Ferguson in the news, that may be difficult. It is hard to make a judgment without having direct & specific knowledge of the case, and the officer's role in it. I would hope that EPA would make an in depth investigation into accusations before extending an offer. If the city manager is out the door and does not have to live with the consequences, perhaps this is a decision that should be postponed.

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Posted by Larry Hildes
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm

The story as to Pardini is essentially correct. I was there not only as a legal observer, but as an attorney for the folks arrested. I was asked to go into the Hall of Justice to locate the folks, who had been arrested at a different location. There was no demonstration going in at the Hall and SFPD refused to tell us where the arestees had been taken.
When I attempted to gain entry Pardini and other officers blocked me and insisted I was going to disrupt business and demonstrate at the Hall of Justice =, a building where I regularly represented clients in hearings.

When I verbally argued and then threatened legal action, as it is a crime in CA to deny an attorney access to their clients, Pardini threw me to the ground and choked me until I nearly passed out and then handcuffed me and brought me into teh building and put me in a hlding cell, where I did pass out.

I was newly married, and my wife gt a call from Sf General whereI was taken,could not find a cab and spent two hours getting to me by bus.

I was in severe pain for weeks,a nd we were in teh iddle of a house hunt, which then got delayed by a week while I recovered.


criminal charges were threatened but never filed against me.

I filed suit n Federal Curt, but had to drop the case after we moved up to Washington State and couldn't return for a hearing due to scheduling issues.

Pardini showed remarkably poor judgment, and as attorney who does police misconduct cases all the time, was still shocking to me [portion removed.]

I am more then willing to speak about his fitness and this incident.

Larry Hildes,
CSB #178610, WSBA # 35035

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