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Video shows police forcefully arresting Palo Alto man outside his home. Now the incident's under investigation.

Officers broke man's front door, slammed him against his car and arrested him for allegedly driving with suspended license

Surveillance footage showing Palo Alto police officers arresting, mocking and slamming a resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park against a car windshield has fueled allegations that officers acted illegally in both making and justifying the arrest.

The Feb. 17, 2018, incident, which remains under internal investigation, has already prompted a federal lawsuit against the Palo Alto Police Department and spurred the department to place a veteran officer on leave, the city has confirmed. The attorney for Gustavo Alvarez, the Buena Vista resident who was arrested during the incident, told the Weekly that it also reveals a broader culture of corruption and discrimination in the department.

The footage, which was captured by Alvarez's home surveillance system and was provided to the Palo Alto Weekly, shows Officer Christopher Conde standing near Alvarez's mobile home in the Barron Park neighborhood trailer park. As Alvarez walks toward his front door, Conde calls Alvarez over and tells him, "I know you are driving with a suspended license."

Alvarez declines to come over and repeatedly asks Conde how he knew who was in the vehicle.

"You chased me down. How do you know who was driving?" Alvarez asks.

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Conde responds, "I didn't."

Alvarez then tells him that he's not coming over and goes into his home.

Conde then calls for backup and at least four other officers arrive on scene, including Sgt. Wayne Benitez and police Agent Thomas Alan DeStefano, who screams through the door, "Come on out or we're going to kick the door in."

When Alvarez asks, "How? Do you have a warrant?"

DeStefano shouts back, "We don't need one!" and draws his gun.

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As officers all repeatedly yell, "Come on out!" one of them kicks the door. As soon as Alvarez comes out of the house, Benitez, Conde and DeStefano grab him, pin him against the hood of his white car and cuff his hands behind his back.

The footage then shows Benitez grabs Alvarez by his jacket hood, slams him against the windshield and asks him, "You think you're a tough guy?"

"I'm bleeding," Alvarez responds.

"You're going to be bleeding a whole lot more," Benitez says as he walks him to a police cruiser.

Shortly after the encounter, Benitez describes the incident to another officer. In the recording from his microphone, the department veteran is heard referencing the fact that Alvarez is gay and saying, "Come and get me!" in a tone of exaggerated flamboyance.

Benitez is also heard telling the other officer, "See how quickly they behave once we put our foot down? And that's what we don't do enough of."

"We're not going to get sh-- on here by these freaking lowlifes," Benitez is heard saying in the recording.

The department's case against Alvarez ultimately collapsed after a judge dismissed the list of charges against him, which included driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and appropriation of lost property. Nine months after Alvarez's arrest, a judge granted a "motion to suppress" filed by Cody Salfen, the attorney representing Alvarez, and dismissed the case.

Palo Alto Police Chief Robert Jonsen did not respond to questions about the incident. The department did confirm, however, that Benitez is now on leave. The other four officers named in Alvarez' lawsuit, including Conde and DeStefano, remain on duty.

For Salfen, both the officers' conduct and the department's response are deeply problematic. At every step of the arrest, Salfen said, Palo Alto officers had botched the process and engaged in what he called "intentional misconduct."

"Any time they had an opportunity to do something right, they failed to do it," Salfen said.

The mistakes began with Conde trying to detain Alvarez in his driveway based on false justification (driving with a suspended license), a reason that the lawsuit describes as "baseless." Then, without a warrant, they broke his door, illegally apprehended him and arrested him on a false pretense that was later rejected by the court, which dismissed the department's charge against Alvarez, Salfen said. (As seen in the video, Palo Alto police officers who go to the mobile home park the next day and speak with a relative of Alvarez state that because Alvarez had fled from Conde, officers had the right to kick down his door.)

And after slamming Alvarez and causing him to bleed, Palo Alto officers not only failed to provide him with any medical aid, but they also didn't mention the use of force in subsequent reports. Salfen pointed to Benitez's incident report, which specified that after Alvarez was cuffed, there was "no other force" used on him. The department's policy manual defines "force" as "application of physical techniques or tactics, chemical agents or weapons to another person."

Salfen called the assertion that officers did not use force on Alvarez "a blatant lie."

"It broke his tooth. It bruised his lip. He was completely dazed, and it's pretty clear now that he also suffered a concussion as a result of his head striking the windshield," Salfen said.

The officers' conversations after the incident also indicated that they have a dislike for individuals who live at Buena Vista, including Alvarez, Salfen said. He noted that not a single officer at the scene interfered in the illegal conduct, which points to problems with the department's broader culture. He also noted that the department hasn't taken any "outward action" and has not condemned the officers' discriminatory conduct against Alvarez.

"The only logical conclusion is that their actions are at least in part motivated by their dislike for Gustavo, based on his socioeconomic status, his sexuality and his race," Salfen said. "The most disturbing thing is the risk this creates in terms of public safety, when you have individuals who are victimized on a regular and repeated basis that not only tolerate this behavior, they ratify and encourage it."

City Manager Ed Shikada said in a statement that "out of respect for the legal process and the rights of all involved, the city does not comment on matters in active litigation."

"The public should know that the Police Department has procedures to investigate allegations of misconduct thoroughly and to hold officers accountable if misconduct is determined to have occurred," Shikada said. "The city and the Police Department care deeply about our community and strive to provide the best service possible, expecting all city staff to treat everyone in the community fairly and with respect."

This was not Alvarez's first encounter with police. In 2012, he was arrested after he allegedly rappelled into the former JJ&F Market on College Avenue using a satellite-dish cable, and tried to burglarize the market. After the break-in, which triggered the burglar alarm, an officer found Alvarez hiding behind the building.

Alvarez was reportedly an employee at JJ&F who was fired a few months prior to the store break-in after owners noticed forged checks, the market's owner told the Weekly in 2012.

The Alvarez complaint is one of three recent lawsuits the Police Department has faced for excessive force or false arrest. In March 2018, the city settled a case with Tajae Murray and his mother, Alacia Hafner, for $250,000, after Murray was allegedly attacked and mauled by a police dog in April 2016, when he was 16 years old.

The city is also facing a lawsuit from Mahmoud Elsayed, a Santa Clara resident who was falsely arrested in March 2016 for allegedly smashing a floodlight in a condominium complex on West Charleston Road. While Elsayed owns a townhouse near the complex, that house was reportedly occupied by Airbnb tenants at the time of the incident.

View the surveillance video here.

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Video shows police forcefully arresting Palo Alto man outside his home. Now the incident's under investigation.

Officers broke man's front door, slammed him against his car and arrested him for allegedly driving with suspended license

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Jul 24, 2019, 12:01 am

Surveillance footage showing Palo Alto police officers arresting, mocking and slamming a resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park against a car windshield has fueled allegations that officers acted illegally in both making and justifying the arrest.

The Feb. 17, 2018, incident, which remains under internal investigation, has already prompted a federal lawsuit against the Palo Alto Police Department and spurred the department to place a veteran officer on leave, the city has confirmed. The attorney for Gustavo Alvarez, the Buena Vista resident who was arrested during the incident, told the Weekly that it also reveals a broader culture of corruption and discrimination in the department.

The footage, which was captured by Alvarez's home surveillance system and was provided to the Palo Alto Weekly, shows Officer Christopher Conde standing near Alvarez's mobile home in the Barron Park neighborhood trailer park. As Alvarez walks toward his front door, Conde calls Alvarez over and tells him, "I know you are driving with a suspended license."

Alvarez declines to come over and repeatedly asks Conde how he knew who was in the vehicle.

"You chased me down. How do you know who was driving?" Alvarez asks.

Conde responds, "I didn't."

Alvarez then tells him that he's not coming over and goes into his home.

Conde then calls for backup and at least four other officers arrive on scene, including Sgt. Wayne Benitez and police Agent Thomas Alan DeStefano, who screams through the door, "Come on out or we're going to kick the door in."

When Alvarez asks, "How? Do you have a warrant?"

DeStefano shouts back, "We don't need one!" and draws his gun.

As officers all repeatedly yell, "Come on out!" one of them kicks the door. As soon as Alvarez comes out of the house, Benitez, Conde and DeStefano grab him, pin him against the hood of his white car and cuff his hands behind his back.

The footage then shows Benitez grabs Alvarez by his jacket hood, slams him against the windshield and asks him, "You think you're a tough guy?"

"I'm bleeding," Alvarez responds.

"You're going to be bleeding a whole lot more," Benitez says as he walks him to a police cruiser.

Shortly after the encounter, Benitez describes the incident to another officer. In the recording from his microphone, the department veteran is heard referencing the fact that Alvarez is gay and saying, "Come and get me!" in a tone of exaggerated flamboyance.

Benitez is also heard telling the other officer, "See how quickly they behave once we put our foot down? And that's what we don't do enough of."

"We're not going to get sh-- on here by these freaking lowlifes," Benitez is heard saying in the recording.

The department's case against Alvarez ultimately collapsed after a judge dismissed the list of charges against him, which included driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and appropriation of lost property. Nine months after Alvarez's arrest, a judge granted a "motion to suppress" filed by Cody Salfen, the attorney representing Alvarez, and dismissed the case.

Palo Alto Police Chief Robert Jonsen did not respond to questions about the incident. The department did confirm, however, that Benitez is now on leave. The other four officers named in Alvarez' lawsuit, including Conde and DeStefano, remain on duty.

For Salfen, both the officers' conduct and the department's response are deeply problematic. At every step of the arrest, Salfen said, Palo Alto officers had botched the process and engaged in what he called "intentional misconduct."

"Any time they had an opportunity to do something right, they failed to do it," Salfen said.

The mistakes began with Conde trying to detain Alvarez in his driveway based on false justification (driving with a suspended license), a reason that the lawsuit describes as "baseless." Then, without a warrant, they broke his door, illegally apprehended him and arrested him on a false pretense that was later rejected by the court, which dismissed the department's charge against Alvarez, Salfen said. (As seen in the video, Palo Alto police officers who go to the mobile home park the next day and speak with a relative of Alvarez state that because Alvarez had fled from Conde, officers had the right to kick down his door.)

And after slamming Alvarez and causing him to bleed, Palo Alto officers not only failed to provide him with any medical aid, but they also didn't mention the use of force in subsequent reports. Salfen pointed to Benitez's incident report, which specified that after Alvarez was cuffed, there was "no other force" used on him. The department's policy manual defines "force" as "application of physical techniques or tactics, chemical agents or weapons to another person."

Salfen called the assertion that officers did not use force on Alvarez "a blatant lie."

"It broke his tooth. It bruised his lip. He was completely dazed, and it's pretty clear now that he also suffered a concussion as a result of his head striking the windshield," Salfen said.

The officers' conversations after the incident also indicated that they have a dislike for individuals who live at Buena Vista, including Alvarez, Salfen said. He noted that not a single officer at the scene interfered in the illegal conduct, which points to problems with the department's broader culture. He also noted that the department hasn't taken any "outward action" and has not condemned the officers' discriminatory conduct against Alvarez.

"The only logical conclusion is that their actions are at least in part motivated by their dislike for Gustavo, based on his socioeconomic status, his sexuality and his race," Salfen said. "The most disturbing thing is the risk this creates in terms of public safety, when you have individuals who are victimized on a regular and repeated basis that not only tolerate this behavior, they ratify and encourage it."

City Manager Ed Shikada said in a statement that "out of respect for the legal process and the rights of all involved, the city does not comment on matters in active litigation."

"The public should know that the Police Department has procedures to investigate allegations of misconduct thoroughly and to hold officers accountable if misconduct is determined to have occurred," Shikada said. "The city and the Police Department care deeply about our community and strive to provide the best service possible, expecting all city staff to treat everyone in the community fairly and with respect."

This was not Alvarez's first encounter with police. In 2012, he was arrested after he allegedly rappelled into the former JJ&F Market on College Avenue using a satellite-dish cable, and tried to burglarize the market. After the break-in, which triggered the burglar alarm, an officer found Alvarez hiding behind the building.

Alvarez was reportedly an employee at JJ&F who was fired a few months prior to the store break-in after owners noticed forged checks, the market's owner told the Weekly in 2012.

The Alvarez complaint is one of three recent lawsuits the Police Department has faced for excessive force or false arrest. In March 2018, the city settled a case with Tajae Murray and his mother, Alacia Hafner, for $250,000, after Murray was allegedly attacked and mauled by a police dog in April 2016, when he was 16 years old.

The city is also facing a lawsuit from Mahmoud Elsayed, a Santa Clara resident who was falsely arrested in March 2016 for allegedly smashing a floodlight in a condominium complex on West Charleston Road. While Elsayed owns a townhouse near the complex, that house was reportedly occupied by Airbnb tenants at the time of the incident.

View the surveillance video here.

Comments

Jazmine
East Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2019 at 3:03 am
Jazmine , East Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2019 at 3:03 am
62 people like this

Police brutality is alive and real on the Peninsula !
Thanks for exposing the real low life that hide behind a badge and tax payers money !


fairness
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:07 am
fairness, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:07 am
26 people like this

Lede should be changed from

Officers broke man's front door, slammed him against his car and arrested him for allegedly driving with suspended license

to

Officers allegedly broke man's front door, allegedly slammed him against his car and allegedly arrested him for driving with suspended license


Family Friendly
Old Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:19 am
Family Friendly, Old Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:19 am
71 people like this

Drives without a license, disobeys lawful orders, resists arrest.

Yeah, poor guy. We all do that (not).


Resident
Midtown
on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:42 am
Resident, Midtown
on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:42 am
62 people like this

The War on Police is getting so old.
If some of you sanctimonious Palo Alto folks saw any fellow who resembles this Alvarez guy snooping around in your backyard, you would call 911.
But its much easier to virtue signal when you're ensconced downtown comfortably away from Buena Vista or when there's a broad freeway conveniently dividing us from EPA.
If you lived in the trailer park I guarantee you'll be watching your back.
Police can't be perfect, but who do you call when you're in trouble?

#BlueLivesMatter


Winter Dellenbach
Barron Park
on Jul 24, 2019 at 8:05 am
Winter Dellenbach, Barron Park
on Jul 24, 2019 at 8:05 am
44 people like this

The undertones in the above comment is disturbing.
I live 2 blocks from Buena Vista and my life is better for it. I have many friends there as do others in our neighborhood. The notion that people living at BV are different than the people living next door to them or in other places in our town is absurd. They are as fine and as flawed as any other Palo Altan.

Also disturbing is this incident and the treatment of Alvarez.


Anonymous
another community
on Jul 24, 2019 at 8:37 am
Anonymous, another community
on Jul 24, 2019 at 8:37 am
19 people like this

I'm confused about what happened. Did the officer have any way of knowing that this guy was driving on a suspended license? Was the driver known to police or was the police officer able to run his license plate through some system as he was trailing the vehicle? Maybe the registration sticker was expired? Or was it just a complete guess/assumption?

The driver, if he was truly innocent, should have taken out his license to show that it was valid. Reading this makes me think that the driver had something to hide. I could see both sides and why he would go back in to the house but if it were me I would try to cooperate with the police.


Neighbor
Midtown
on Jul 24, 2019 at 8:44 am
Neighbor, Midtown
on Jul 24, 2019 at 8:44 am
64 people like this

BV is a blight for the town. The city should have never spent our tax money on it. It's still a a money pit sucking up resources.

Why don't people understand the basic concept that if the police are trying to pull you over, don't do stupid sh*t. I am a person of color and running/resisting is a surefire way to get hurt or killed. The police have no clue what they're dealing with so they will be on edge and high alert.


Hulkamania
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 24, 2019 at 9:15 am
Hulkamania, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Jul 24, 2019 at 9:15 am
42 people like this

Video is everywhere. Security cams, dash cams, iPhones, etc. If everyone would conduct themselves like their actions are being captured by video these type of situations would never happen.

This one will eventually cost the city some big bucks and may cause the firing of one or more officers.


Oh Great
Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 24, 2019 at 9:47 am
Oh Great, Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 24, 2019 at 9:47 am
37 people like this

Good cops don't do this and good cops, and the people who support our good cops, do not stand by while the bad cops act this way. He let his ego get the best of him. 100% unprofessional. Bad police work that I'm afraid only fuels the flames of those who blindly hate on all cops.

Everyone makes mistake so he needs to own it then resign. He needs to be out of Palo Alto, take some training and try again somewhere else where he might not be such a liability.
This will, without a doubt, cost the city a ton of money; no going back on that.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2019 at 10:33 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2019 at 10:33 am
53 people like this

"Apparently", the suspect, Gustavo Alvarez, broke the law by driving with a suspended license. Gustavo Alvarez was known to the police already and has a criminal record. Unfortunately, by clearly becoming angry and treating the suspect very roughly, the police overreaction injured the now-victim unnecessarily and cost the city both money and goodwill.

Job 1 for the police is keeping their cool. I continue to be surprised that police training and hiring procedures don't weed out people who don't keep their cool. -Before- incidents like this happen. I understand that the officers wanted to assert their authority and demonstrate that they can pursue criminals after a law is broken, but, for some reason, in this case it "became personal". That shouldn't happen, regardless of whether or not the suspect is acting like a jerk.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Midtown

>> The War on Police is getting so old.

Here's what you are missing: Every single officer is armed and has the power of life and death over a suspect. There is no "war on police": every single officer has to be able to handle these situations correctly every single time. Yes it is a tough job, but, -that's the job-. We don't need police who can't control themselves. It is not for everybody. Police who can't handle it need to find another line of work.


Online Name
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 24, 2019 at 10:33 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 24, 2019 at 10:33 am
21 people like this

Any insight into the SJ Mercury News' recent article claiming the city rejected the public records request for this video back in May?

Web Link

"In early May, the city of Palo Alto rejected public records requests from this news organization to obtain body cam and dashcam footage of the incident, citing a provision in California law that protects an individual’s right to privacy. Alvarez’s attorneys, however, released copies of the surveillance video and audio recorded by the officers to this news organization on Tuesday. The city had been previously provided with a copy of the footage, according to the attorneys."


Linda
Gunn High School
on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:04 am
Linda , Gunn High School
on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:04 am
20 people like this

This is so wrong. If you listen to the first officer when asked did you see me driving he said no? If you didn't see him driving the car what are you doing. Second, there should have been a Spanish speaking officer called. All of these officers were out of pocket.


Parent of student of color
Registered user
Barron Park
on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:19 am
Parent of student of color, Barron Park
Registered user
on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:19 am
32 people like this

Bottom line, when the police officer was asked did you see driving, he said no, but he just knew.
How many people are in jail today because a police officer just knew. No one is above the law.
Yes, there are good police officers out there and should be supported but the ones in the video need to be fired. The good thing is people of color in Palo Alto around can see the faces of these folks and should be mindful of who they are.
As a person of color, I have always felt safe living in Palo Alto except when it comes to my children especially boys except where the Police are concerned.


dejiii
Registered user
Midtown
on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:34 am
dejiii, Midtown
Registered user
on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:34 am
6 people like this

First over reaction by the police. Sadly they deal with idiots all the time and I am sure frustration is a major part of the job. Now a vet policeman will probably be fired because of a man who has been nothing but a legal problem past 10yrs. Not to mention he and his lawyer will make money on the backs of our hard work and taxes to Palo Alto.
I think one of the problems is cost to jail people overnight. Otherwise why say anything, check him out, find out he driving on suspension for what the 3rd time. Endangering so many with his disrespect of rules and laws. And throw his axx in jail for a few days.... Should be cut and dry. But alas seems hesitation on the part of police. Maybe it is their time involved in jailing someone as well.



W. Reller
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Jul 24, 2019 at 12:07 pm
W. Reller, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Jul 24, 2019 at 12:07 pm
28 people like this

Seems to me the officers acted quite professionally


Pied Piper
Registered user
Gunn High School
on Jul 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Pied Piper, Gunn High School
Registered user
on Jul 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm
34 people like this

When the police don't follow the law, scoundrels walk free and are enriched since they can sue for damages. The net result is a town less safe -- and poorer.


bton
Downtown North

Registered user
on Jul 24, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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Crescent Park Mom
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Jul 24, 2019 at 1:15 pm
Crescent Park Mom, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Jul 24, 2019 at 1:15 pm
22 people like this

Alvarez had to be driving! There was another person sitting in the passenger seat with his seat belt still on!


Mark Weiss
Registered user
Downtown North
on Jul 25, 2019 at 6:56 am
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
Registered user
on Jul 25, 2019 at 6:56 am
19 people like this

I think the video shows that the actions of Wayne Benitez and our other public safety officers were reasonable in context to what we are asking them to do 24-7, 365.
Thank you for your service.
(I don’t know DeStefano but assume he is either the brother or nephew of my former basketball coach).
Do the people who (mostly anonymously) criticize them here want to train to suit up and protect the rest of us, and put their lives on the line? If so, thank you in advance, too.


Mark Weiss
Registered user
Downtown North
on Jul 25, 2019 at 7:05 am
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
Registered user
on Jul 25, 2019 at 7:05 am
10 people like this

Another way to say this: I’ve never worked in public safety but I presume pursuing a suspect into his own home is different than ringing doorbells on behalf of a library bond initiative.


Excessive Force
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 25, 2019 at 8:41 am
Excessive Force, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Jul 25, 2019 at 8:41 am
34 people like this

The reason the city is getting sued is because after the suspect was cuffed and not a threat to the officers safety, officer Benitez slammed his head on the windshield hurting him and then threatened him with further violence while he was restrained and within the care of the police. This behavior was unnecessary, unconstitional, prevented convicting the suspect of resisting arrest and has resulted in an expensive lawsuit. If the suspect receives a payout, which he likely will, then its the opposite of effective deterrence.


frustrated mom
Registered user
Palo Verde
on Jul 26, 2019 at 9:43 pm
frustrated mom, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Jul 26, 2019 at 9:43 pm
4 people like this

Obviously the officers did not respect and the owners of the house the suspect's constitutional rights, they have forgotten the oath they took when they become police officers. I am glad the family were able to record the incidents. I am not surprised of the way the officers behaved. This goes on everyday people of color, and low income are treated like this. The officers do not respect our rights, we have to kiss their a.. otherwise we can become criminals in no time, and they somehow find ways to charge us with something. I have seen them how they treat white and rich people and believe me there is a big difference. Just a reminder that it is our constitutional right to record public servants even though some of them do not want us to because we might gather evidence that can be used against them. Keep recording the police, so the truth is exposed.


iSez
Registered user
Palo Alto High School
on Jul 27, 2019 at 11:34 am
iSez, Palo Alto High School
Registered user
on Jul 27, 2019 at 11:34 am
10 people like this

It's getting too tough to be a police officer. The public seems to be giving felons and criminals more rights than law enforcement. Police officers walk into every situation knowing that they can be killed, it's high stress and they do the best they can and do have emotions like the rest of us. They are not Robocops who are invincible. They have to make split second decisions. Sure, it's easy to be a Monday Morning Quarterback when you view the video several times. You haters have no empathy for the people who want to keep us safe. The same people who bash the police hide behind the alias of a computer but will call them for help when they are mugged or hear a prowler. Those who hate police should have no right to call the cops in their time of need.


Concerned In Palo Alto
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Jul 27, 2019 at 2:22 pm
Concerned In Palo Alto, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Jul 27, 2019 at 2:22 pm
17 people like this

PAPD probably should have exercised restraint in this matter by avoiding the reported roughness & verbal threats.

Now a costly lawsuit will ensue & Mr. Alvarez can afford to leave BV for a better place to live.

Arrest for a suspended CDL did not warrant this kind of police action.

Law enforcement must use better discretion in their handling of certain types of cases.


twaite
Registered user
Downtown North
on Jul 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm
twaite, Downtown North
Registered user
on Jul 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm
16 people like this

If police officers would subject themselves to the Rule of Law than this entire episode would be a non event just like the thousands of people who text and drive everyday in Palo Alto which is just as illegal as driving on a suspended license. Officer Conde violated the 4th-mendment of the U.S. Constitution and did so knowingly because of his prejudice for Alvarez.

How many of you text and drive and are not held accountable because the police are limited in how they detain and search citizens? If you do text and drive than you should shut up.

Contrary to Mark Weiss these officers deserve absolutely zero empathy for they did not attack some inferior human being who does not deserve equal protection of the law, they attacked the United States Constitution and the freedoms of every American Citizen when they knowingly lied about the circumstances for the stop and then used excessive force unnecessarily. If you believe that these officers are justified in the actions of what they did to this citizen than you believe that police officers are justified in doing the same to you when you have done absolutely nothing illegal like just like what they did to Michael Morten: Web Link

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”
― D.H. Lawrence

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Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves. ~unknown



frustrated mom
Registered user
Palo Verde
on Jul 28, 2019 at 10:41 pm
frustrated mom, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Jul 28, 2019 at 10:41 pm
2 people like this

Here is a video of Menlo Park treating a bicyclist as if he was a criminal just for a traffic stop. Do not forget to record the police is the only way to expose the rotten apples.
Web Link

Here is another one that exposes the behavior of EPA police officers

Web Link


Mark Weiss
Registered user
Downtown North
on Jul 31, 2019 at 7:51 am
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
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on Jul 31, 2019 at 7:51 am
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