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Re: Steve Wagstaffe's response, Dec 7, 2014

From: domainremoved <Wayne>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:07:53 +0000

Aram..
 
Thanks for the CC to DA Wagstaffe.  However, I am sort of confused as to why youwould be asking these particular questions, when there might be more importantones to ask.
 
A couple of thoughts about your questions to the DA:
 

 
1)     Manyof these questions would seem to be more appropriate for the MPPD.  Have you askedthem about these issues?
 
2)     Inyour LTE to the POST, you effectively accused the MPD of “dragging” the bodyfrom the point of its impact with the ground to some other point.  You didn’t offer any insight as how you cameto believe that the body as “dragged” (vs just being moved).  Most people reading your LTE would haveassumed that you were accusing the MPPD of disrespect to the body. Yet, in yourletter to DA Wagstaffe, you now use the word “moved”.  Does this mean that you have changed yourview on the MPPD’s handling of the body before the ME arrived?
3)     Thequestion about the MPPD telling witnesses not to speak to the Press definitelyshould go to the MPPD.  However, onemight want to know if there are any legal repercussions on people in MP whowitness crimes and decide to talk to the Press after being warned not to by apolice officer.  Can Press contact beconstrued as a crime in MP/San Mateo County?
4)     Yourquestion about indicted police officers seems kind of “rudderless” unless youalso have the number of police officers actually involved in officer-involvedshootings during the time frame. Without this number of shootings, the indicted number is pretty meaningless.
 
I would encourage you to rethink your questions, and requestinformation about this matter that will make sense to people other thanyourself once it is provided.
 
Wayne Martin

     On Sunday, December 7, 2014 1:14 PM, Aram James <abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
   

 


Hi Steve, 
Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly. I hope you are doing extremely well. And thank you for adding some transparency to the process in terms of the time frame necessary to complete your investigation in this matter. I would appreciate if you would give the public a few days advance notice, before you make your final announcement, so those who wish to attend your new conference, can be there to ask questions if need be. Thank you.
Best regards 
Aram James
P.S. Steve can you answer the last question in my series: During your tenure and the tenure of Jim Fox (I believe this spans about 30 years) has your office ever brought charges against a police officer in deadly force situation? If so, on how many occasions, etc? How many deadly force cases in the 30 year time frame have there been? 

 Good morning Aram, I will answer all of your questions when we complete our investigation and receive all the coroner's reports and forensic laboratory reports and after I announce my decision. Our goal is to complete that process in a period of two months following the shooting which occurred on November 11, 2014. That goal of two months compares with well over a year in most other counties in Northern California.  Thank youSteve Wagstaffe


>>> Aram James <abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
Questions for the Menlo Park Police and DA Steve Wagstaffe: 



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What affirmative proof is there that the gun that the alleged suspect had, was not planted by the police? Is this why the 2 officers with cameras turned their cameras off at the scene, or alternatively, conveniently decided not to turn their cameras on? Why did the police officers at the scene move the body, arguably destroying critical crime scene evidence? Isn't protocol to wait for the ME and the forensic team before potentially tampering with the crime scene evidence? Why would any police officer ever tell a potential percipient witness to a crime scene, not to talk to the press? Why did DA Steve Wagstaffe opine that the cameras might not have recorded video of the police shooting even before his crime lab inspected the videos? Has DA Wagstaffe or his predecessor Jim Fox, ever, even once, in their combined 30 years in office, filed murder charges against a police officer in an officer involved shooting? 




Aram James




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On Dec 6, 2014, at 2:48 PM, Tony Ciampi <t.ciampi_at_(domainremoved)


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Editorial: Fatal shooting calls for camera policy refinement
 
http://www.almanacnews.com/news/2014/12/04/editorial-fatal-shooting-calls-for-camera-policy-refinement
 
 






   
Received on Mon Dec 08 2014 - 12:02:19 PST

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