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County officials step in after Sheriff Laurie Smith refuses to release records to oversight group

Original post made on Nov 21, 2020

With Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith refusing to sign an agreement allowing a civilian law enforcement watchdog access to critical records, county officials are stepping in.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 9:38 AM

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Posted by Outlaw Sheriff
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2020 at 7:21 am

Outlaw Sheriff is a registered user.

A responsible Sheriff would facilitate the Auditors access to Use of Force records to ensure Deputies were following policy not abusing people. She would do what our elected Supervisors directed her to do to better understand problems and correct them as needed.

Her behavior is outrageous. The death and violence by jailers resulting in murder convictions, the current gun permit scandal indictments that nabbed her second in command this week (who’s next?), Deputies use of force deaths happen all around her, yet she resists accountability.

Use the subpoena. If that doesn’t work, go after her budget.

Our town has a lot of County land with Sheriff jurisdiction interlaced with it - Stanford and foothills. It’s vital we have good safe law enforcement run by our Sheriff. We need a new Sheriff in town.


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 21, 2020 at 7:35 am

Lee Forrest is a registered user.

Upper level law enforcement should comply with full disclosure mandates BUT in many instances, the chiefs & sheriff's are acquiecing to internal pressures from police & deputy unions/associations not to do so in exchange for their continued support.

Another 'systemic' problem in America.


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