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

From: domainremoved <Aram>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:12:55 -0800

12/8/2014

Hi Wayne,
I am glad you have jumped into this important police and prosecutorial
best practices conversation.
(1) Be clear, this is a community conversation and if you can improve on the quality of my questions, and ask others, I would encourage you to do so. The more that the community, the police, and prosecution engage on these issues the better for everyone.
(2) If you look carefully at the caption above my original questions( see below) you will see I intended the questions go to both the DA and the Menlo Park Police Department.
(3) If you want to ask questions directly to the Menlo Park Police Department, both the Menlo Park Police Chief (Robert Jonsen) and a high ranking member of his department ( David Bertini) are on the e-mail list re this current conversation.
(4) whether my choice of words was why the body of the suspect was dragged or moved by members of the MPPD, my intent was to question the appropriateness of this action before the ME and forensic crime scene team, arrived at the crime scene. And, if such movement impaired or destroyed valuable crime scene evidence.
(5) If you look carefully at my P.S. to Steve Wagstaffe, I asked Steve both how many times has his office ( and that of his predecessor Jim Fox) filed charges against police officers in deadly force situations. I WILL SEND STEVE WAGSTAFFE's RESPONSE, in a subsequent e-mail. You will see I also asked Steve how many deadly force cases have there been in that time frame. Steve has not yet answered this very relevant question.
****Okay, Wayne, I most certainly appreciate your participation
Aram

> Aram ..
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> Thanks for the CC to DA Wagstaffe. However, I am sort of confused as to why you would be asking these particular questions, when there might be more important ones to ask.
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> A couple of thoughts about your questions to the DA:
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> 1) Many of these questions would seem to be more appropriate for the MPPD.
> Have you asked them about these issues?
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> 2) In your LTE to the POST, you effectively accused the MPD of “dragging” the body from the point of its impact with the ground to some other point. You didn’t offer any insight as how you came to believe that the body as “dragged” (vs just being moved). Most people reading your LTE would have assumed that you were accusing the MPPD of disrespect to the body. Yet, in your letter to DA Wagstaffe, you now use the word “moved”. Does this mean that you have changed your view on the MPPD’s handling of the body before the ME arrived?
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> 3) The question about the MPPD telling witnesses not to speak to the Press definitely should go to the MPPD. However, one might want to know if there are any legal repercussions on people in MP who witness crimes and decide to talk to the Press after being warned not to by a police officer. Can Press contact be construed as a crime in MP/San Mateo County?
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> 4) Your question about indicted police officers seems kind of “rudderless” unless you also have the number of police officers actually involved in officer-involved shootings during the time frame. Without this number of shootings, the indicted number is pretty meaningless.
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> I would encourage you to rethink your questions, and request information about this matter that will make sense to people other than yourself once it is provided.
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> Wayne Martin
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> On Sunday, December 7, 2014 1:14 PM, Aram James <abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
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> Hi Steve,
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> 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.
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> Best regards
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> Aram James
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> 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?
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>> Good morning Aram,
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>> 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.
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>> Thank you
>> Steve Wagstaffe
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>> >>> Aram James <abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
>> Questions for the Menlo Park Police and DA Steve Wagstaffe:
>>> I
>>>> 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?
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>>>> Aram James
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>>>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>>>> On Dec 6, 2014, at 2:48 PM, Tony Ciampi <t.ciampi_at_(domainremoved)
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>>>>> You may want to comment on the article below:
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>>>>> Editorial: Fatal shooting calls for camera policy refinement
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>>>>> http://www.almanacnews.com/news/2014/12/04/editorial-fatal-shooting-calls-for-camera-policy-refinement
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Received on Mon Dec 08 2014 - 15:07:18 PST

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