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

From: domainremoved <Aram>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:06:22 -0800

Hi Steve,
Thanks so very much for your quick response ( see below) to my question re the number of prosecutions your office has brought against police in deadly force situations, in the last approximately 37 years. To put your answer in full context can you, when your time permits, answer the following:

1. During the time frame in question how many individuals were killed by police in deadly force situations (shootings and other police conduct that resulted in death) ?
2. If your records permit, can you provide the names of all individuals killed by law enforcement during the time frame in question? Can you list the names along with the year that each individual died?
(3) if your records permit, can you list the race of each person killed during the time frame in question.
Best regards,
Aram

> Good morning Aram,
>
> You are correct. I do not need to wait to answer your last question. I can only speak for my time in the office, going back to 1977, during the tenure of Mr. Fox and myself. During this time period we have had a large number of prosecutions of police officers for criminal conduct, both on the job and off the job (including several we are prosecuting right now). But there have not been any prosecutions of officers arising out of officer involved shootings or conduct resulting in the death of a member of the public. All such investigations have resulted in the determination that the officer or officers conduct was legally justifiable under the Penal Code standard.
>
> Thank you.
> Steve
>
> >>> 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 you
>> Steve Wagstaffe
>>
>>
>> >>> 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?
>>
>>>> Aram James
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>>> On Dec 6, 2014, at 2:48 PM, Tony Ciampi <t.ciampi_at_(domainremoved)
>>>>>
>>>>> You may want to comment on the article below:
>>>>>
>>>>> 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 - 16:00:47 PST

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