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Q&A with the top cop

Original post made on Mar 13, 2020

In a wide-ranging interview with the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Police Chief Robert Jonsen discusses several controversial cases involving his officers, the value of community input and his expectations of his staff.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 13, 2020, 9:47 AM

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Posted by Tecsi
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Mar 13, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Are cars broken into even if valuables aren’t visible? Let’s say in the trunk, and powered down, so no Bluetooth emissions? Or do thieves just break in, hoping they can get to valuables that might be in the trunk?


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 14, 2020 at 9:19 pm

There is nothing in this report about Chief Jonsen being found guilty of violating the Unites States Constitutional rights of minorities while he was chief of the Lancaster, Los Angeles, Sheriff’s station.
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Chief Jonsen lauds the IPA Michael Gennaco having worked with him in Los Angeles. Palo Alto’s IPA Michael Gennaco was fired by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for essentially allowing Los Angeles Sheriff Baca get away with violating the Constitutional Rights of inmates. Sheriff Baca was convicted of obstruction of justice in federal court. Chief Jonsen was in charge of the Lancaster station during this time.
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When asked why Sgt. Adrienne Moore’s MAV and Body camera footage does not exist regarding a July 2019 incident the Chief REFUSED to explain why it does not exist. In fact you have current Palo Alto City Council member Eric Filseth in September 2019 also asking why the video footage is missing; yet the Chief cannot provide an explanation.
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So based upon former U.S. Marshal Mark McClish’s statement analysis
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Chief Jonsen is lying and deceiving the public regarding Sgt. Moore’s recordings. And that says noting of her missing GPS data.

Nor is there anything in this report about how Jonsen continues to support a high ranking officer for using a racial epithet that diminishes the humanity of African Americans.
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Posted by Cayo
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 15, 2020 at 7:40 pm


After leaving Los Angeles and prior to becoming Chief of Palo Alto Chief Jonsen was the Chief of Menlo Park Police where he brought his discriminatory policies to:

Menlo Park: People of color speak up about personal impact of police stops
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I believe that profiling exists and has for decades in Menlo Park. A few years ago my husband and I were stopped on Willow Road on the way home from Belle Haven Clinic after our doctor appointments. The officer said we fit the description of a pair of teens who had burglarized the neighborhood. We are both 65 years old plus. We had not rolled through any stop, or done anything else to attract attention. While I appreciate being referred to as looking like a teen, this was a case of DWB.


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Posted by Scott Batson
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2020 at 11:30 am


People using the road make mistakes (like running stop signs and red lights), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury.

Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world - the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes - (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system - intersections.

The reduction in speed to about 20 mph and sideswipe geometry mean that, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you might need a tow truck, but rarely an ambulance. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts.

Modern Roundabouts are one of several proven road safety features (FHWA).
The life saved may be your own.
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Posted by Mark
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:42 pm

Gennady- the Chief stated to you that if he were in control he would release all videos immediately after the incident, therefore that would include the DeStefano and Juan Arevalo incident at Happy Donuts, yet he refuses to provide that video to Arevalo’s attorney and at least two media outlets who submitted public records request for it even though AB 748 requires him to do so. He is telling you one thing while he does the exact opposite and the opposite is in violation of the law. What's the deal?

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