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Man allegedly threatens to shoot police after causing disturbance, vandalism

Original post made on Nov 8, 2021

A man led Palo Alto police on a harrowing foot chase and standoff after they tried to arrest him for smashing car windows at Stanford Shopping Center on Friday. He also repeatedly threatened to shoot officers, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:09 PM

Comments (4)

Posted by Paly02
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 8, 2021 at 6:06 pm

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Thank you for not releasing his name. I see you said "police said x" at least once during the article, which is helpful. However, can you make it more readily apparent to us readers that you are using the police press release as your sole source? Perhaps saying "police said x" more often or having some kind of disclaimer in the beginning?

Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 8, 2021 at 9:04 pm

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What where they going to do if they were right, and he did try to use an Uber as a getaway car? Just let him get into the car, and possibly attack the driver? That part doesn't sound like it was handled properly.

Posted by Jim Lange
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Nov 9, 2021 at 9:24 am

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Sounds like another mental-illness case...smashing car windows while supposedly waiting for a ride and during the interim, spitting at store windows & yelling at shoppers?

The suspect was fortunate that the PAPD didn't gun him down after he threatened them with an undisclosed firearm.

Posted by Bob M.
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 9, 2021 at 11:03 am

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You do a disservice to our community by not publishing names of those arrested unless the DA decides to prosecute them. An arrest is a fact. Report it—all of it, including the identity of the arrestee. The decision to prosecute is a separate incident which you should report accordingly. Just as an arrest doesn’t prove guilt, a lack of prosecution doesn’t confirm innocence, nor does it mean that a crime didn’t occur. It may mean only that the DA chooses to expend limited time, personnel, and resources on other cases. The Weekly seems to believe that its readers can’t understand such distinctions, so it has to help them by concealing certain facts. That’s not an attractive attitude in a news organization.

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