jack kellerman 
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Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

If you pass judgment on someone without the facts, you're an idiot in general, Mr. Hyatt. Maybe you should actually read the news reports from several years ago. The "idiot cop" responded to a report that a fire station was left open and someone was inside. The "idiot cop" went to the fire station. It was not lit up and there were multiple people inside the dark building. He did his job. He further investigated the potential in progress burglary and ensured that the person inside was actually allowed to be there, despite not being on duty with the fire crew who inadvertently left the door open and requested police services in the first place. He never even "drew his gun," as the firefighter falsely reported.

If I leave my home and forget to close the door, then call the police to lock up for me, I sure hope that anyone found inside will be detained to ensure no foul play, even if it turns out to be just a neighbor securing the place for me.

Watch the video, Mr. Hyatt. Even the firefighter, at the time, said he understood what happened and respected the actions of the police officer. He later decided to file a complaint and call the media before realizing it was all on tape and suddenly, and shamefully, realizing that his narrative was demonstrably false and disappearing.

Who is the idiot now, Mr. Hyatt? Look into it for yourself. Come to an INFORMED conclusion. Rushing to a judgment knowing nothing about it doesn't help anything.

Posted by jack kellerman on 11/10/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

In some respects, Mr. Morris does raise a valid point. The Oakland Police Department continues to face a number of serious allegations, many of which stem from the shameful actions of some of its newly hired officers who do not deserve to wear the uniform and serve the public. Police officers who engage in sexual conduct with prostitutes disgrace their honorable vocation. However, I think that it would benefit Mr. Morris and the East Bay Express to scrutinize one particular element of this story: "It also included Anthony Martinelli, who pulled a gun on an off-duty Oakland firefighter and his young son while the firefighter was checking the door at one of the stations." Firefighter Jones' claim was demonstrably false, and body camera footage released by the Oakland PD demonstrated that Officer Martinelli's actions were in compliance with police department policy. His actions were also deemed reasonable by a number of independent law enforcement experts. Here is a link that shows the body camera footage so the readers can draw their own conclusions:

http://naev.ortqg.club/Z9EYH72OMMI/Aug_15_OPD_detention_of_firefighter_Keith_Jones_body_camera_footage_Officer_Anthony_Martinelli/video.html

My point is this: There are a number of people who absolutely deserve to have their names dragged through the mud as the Oakland Police Department seeks to rid itself of officers who shame the uniform and vocation. However, let's stop dividing ourselves. Let's avoid inflammatory allegations and false narratives. Instead, let's commit ourselves to a relentless pursuit of truth which will pave the way towards meaningful dialogue that will find resolution to these serious issues. Our legislators and media professionals should lead this effort, and should be held responsible for sticking to the facts so that we can work together towards a solution. I would encourage the East Bay Express to do some fact checking and commit to holding those accountable who have done the public wrong while also avoiding the trap of finger pointing and shaming those who do not deserve it.

Posted by jack kellerman on 11/09/2017 at 4:11 PM

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