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Locals throng streets of Los Altos in protest of police violence

Young adults take lead in organizing second major protest in two days

Hundreds of protesters march through downtown Los Altos toward Lincoln Park to protest recent police killings on June 5. Photo by Adam Pardee.

A throng of people marched through the streets of downtown Los Altos Friday afternoon in a peaceful protest against police violence and the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

They shouted chants like "No justice, no peace. No racist police" and "Say her name: Breonna Taylor."

The day might have been very different. Under other circumstances, it would have been Breonna Taylor's 27th birthday. It would also have been graduation day for many of the community's high school seniors. But Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was killed by Louisville police officers shortly after midnight on March 13.

The threat of the coronavirus has banned most large gatherings, including graduations, while shelter in place orders are in effect.

Yet the protests of the past week in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in opposition to racially charged police violence have brought protesters and allies out of their homes in record numbers.

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Kenan and Kai Moos, who are African American and graduates of Los Altos High School, organized the Los Altos protest. Both said that they've personally been treated poorly because of their race. Kenan said he's been pulled over 15 times while driving the speed limit for "driving while Black."

Kai, who wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and recently finished his freshman year at Yale, said he's experienced many racial microaggressions, or small indignities that communicate prejudicial insults, like always being watched in stores.

Some of the policy changes they hope come out of the protest, Kai said, is for Derek Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder and for police departments to be defunded and demilitarized. Chauvin is the Minneapolis police officer who killed Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Kenan Moos (left), Kai Moos (center), and Jimmy Dessouki (right) kneel and raise their fists listening to Kiyoshi Taylor during the protest in Los Altos on June 5. Photo by Adam Pardee.

Another policy Kai Moos suggested is for schools to be funded with a more equitable source than property taxes.

School funding relies on home values in neighborhoods, which have been historically shaped by racist housing policies like redlining. Redlining is the practice by which banks or government agencies denied loans, mortgages or other financial resources to people based on their neighborhoods, usually neighborhoods that were occupied by African American or other minority groups. Funding schools this way carries some of those racialized inequalities over into the education sector, he argued.

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Toni Moos, Kenan and Kai's mother, is a physician. She said she was proud and surprised when Kenan decided to organize the protest. Yes, there's a pandemic happening, she said, but everyone ultimately has to decide what risks to take. This, she said, was a risk she felt to be worth taking, especially because Los Altos is a community where the prevalence of COVID-19 is very low.

"It's important to be here," she added.

The long trail of protesters took to the street, winding their way down Main Street and through downtown Los Altos, in many cases taking over streets that the Los Altos police had closed off to vehicles. While protests in other communities have worried business owners to the point that some boarded up or closed their businesses, many shop owners in Los Altos stood outside as the protesters passed, some signaling support for their cause.

While marching, the protesters, many of whom were students, gave different reasons for joining in the protest that afternoon.

Ten-year-old Anneliese, holding a poster while on her skateboard, said she was participating in the protest to support an organizer who is part of her soccer club. Her poster, she said, "means that we're all stronger together than separated."

Joseph, a 12 year-old Bullis Charter School student who is African American said he was marching because "police brutality has come to a point where it's absurd."

Kelly Peir, a rising sophomore at Mountain View High School, said she was marching to "do my part to make sure Black voices are heard."

Clara Martin, a rising sophomore who lives in Los Altos, held a poster bearing the names of many people who have died as a result of police violence. She said she was marching because "this is a really important issue that's not talked about enough."

Sisters Miranda and Ava Liu, who attend college at U.C. Riverside and the University of Toronto, said they felt the community can be "liberal bubble" and that marching in support of the Black community was "the least we can do."

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Brothers Kai (left) and Kenan Moos are followed by hundreds of protesters as they lead a protest against police violence through the streets of Los Altos a little after noon on Friday, June 5. Photo by Adam Pardee.

Kevin Lee, an African American Mountain View resident, said that he was marching to raise his voice in protest to call for policy changes in the criminal justice system. He'd endured many negative encounters with law enforcement but some positive ones as well, he said.

State Senate candidate Josh Becker, who attended the protest and is the leading contender to represent about 1 million Peninsula residents between South San Francisco and Sunnyvale in the state Senate come November, said that the protests held up and down the Peninsula over the past week send a clear signal of commitment to furthering the goals of racial equality.

"How do we get to true racial equality?" he asked. Criminal justice reform and ending police violence should be the "floor," he said. He added that seeing so many high school students and young adults organizing the protests was inspiring.

The march ended at Los Altos' Lincoln Park, where attendees knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds as part of a protest to mark the length of time Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck, killing him.

There were speeches, with both Moos brothers reading poems.

Jimmy Dessouki, a member of the Los Altos High School Associated Student Body and rising senior, worked with the high school to use its sound system for the protest.

His message to the crowd was: "Don't stop until racism is over."

"We can't make a change unless we learn how we got here," said Kiyoshi Taylor, a 2015 Los Altos High School graduate. "Why is it we know so much about white history, but even black kids don't know the first damn thing about their own history? … They're not going to teach it to us."

Some people, he said, will post a black square on Instagram, and say they've done their social justice for the day.

"It don't work that way," he said.

Crysta Krames, a member of the Los Altos Community Foundation who is white and lives on the street where the protest ended, talked about a time she was silent and didn't challenge the racist behaviors of a relative. "We have to feel uncomfortable speaking up," she said. "There are simply too many murders that scream, 'Show me I matter.'"

A large crowd gathered at the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real the night of June 4 to protest police violence. The protest, which shut down El Camino Real while protesters marched to the Mountain View City Hall, was organized by several seniors at Los Altos High School with civics teacher Seth Donnelly. Courtesy Anna Fletcher.

A real-life civics lesson

The Los Altos protest came less than 24 hours after another large Black Lives Matter protest in Mountain View, which drew at least 1,000 attendees, organizers said, and shut down El Camino Real for blocks as protesters marched from the intersection of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road to Mountain View City Hall.

Los Altos High School civics and history teacher Seth Donnelly helped students organize the protest. He said the protests in Mountain View and Los Altos represented "the most exciting moment of activism I've seen in my lifetime."

"We always talk about historical moments. This was a chance for students and teachers to make history," he said.

Helping to organize the protest were graduating seniors Greg Corn, Elena Mujica and Anna Fletcher.

After deciding on a time and a place for the protest, they spread the word to their networks on social media. The turnout far surpassed their expectations.

"We ended up taking the intersection," said Corn.

"It was surreal," said Mujica. "It felt very powerful, to stop the main road of traffic in the city to say this was something we really cared about that needs to be talked about."

"You can stop and sit in traffic for a little and think about systemic change,'" was the message the protest sent to the drivers stuck waiting in vehicles, she said.

Fletcher said that she felt it is her duty to "stand in solidarity with the Black community."

"As a white person with a lot of privilege in this community, it's important to use it to help those without it and push the conversation toward systemic shifts in policing, policy and culture," she added.

Mujica worked with Donnelly, the civics teacher, to create a list of 10 demands that protesters would push for.

Elena Mujica, a recent Los Altos High School graduate, speaks to a crowd in front of Mountain View City Hall during a large protest of police violence on June 4. Photo by Kylie Akiyama.

Among them: That all the people involved in the murders of George Floyd Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery be prosecuted to the full extent; that federal police reform legislation mandate a zero-tolerance approach toward officers who kill unarmed, non-violent and non-resisting people; that chokeholds and strangleholds no longer be an acceptable practice by police officers; and that officers be mandated to engage in de-escalation strategies where possible to avoid using force.

Mujica added the Los Altos History Museum will be collecting posters from the protests for archival purposes.

"Maybe I'll come back to Los Altos and see my poster someday," she said.

Her poster's message? "Respect existence, or expect resistance, motherf***ers."

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Locals throng streets of Los Altos in protest of police violence

Young adults take lead in organizing second major protest in two days

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 8:16 pm

A throng of people marched through the streets of downtown Los Altos Friday afternoon in a peaceful protest against police violence and the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

They shouted chants like "No justice, no peace. No racist police" and "Say her name: Breonna Taylor."

The day might have been very different. Under other circumstances, it would have been Breonna Taylor's 27th birthday. It would also have been graduation day for many of the community's high school seniors. But Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was killed by Louisville police officers shortly after midnight on March 13.

The threat of the coronavirus has banned most large gatherings, including graduations, while shelter in place orders are in effect.

Yet the protests of the past week in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in opposition to racially charged police violence have brought protesters and allies out of their homes in record numbers.

Kenan and Kai Moos, who are African American and graduates of Los Altos High School, organized the Los Altos protest. Both said that they've personally been treated poorly because of their race. Kenan said he's been pulled over 15 times while driving the speed limit for "driving while Black."

Kai, who wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and recently finished his freshman year at Yale, said he's experienced many racial microaggressions, or small indignities that communicate prejudicial insults, like always being watched in stores.

Some of the policy changes they hope come out of the protest, Kai said, is for Derek Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder and for police departments to be defunded and demilitarized. Chauvin is the Minneapolis police officer who killed Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Another policy Kai Moos suggested is for schools to be funded with a more equitable source than property taxes.

School funding relies on home values in neighborhoods, which have been historically shaped by racist housing policies like redlining. Redlining is the practice by which banks or government agencies denied loans, mortgages or other financial resources to people based on their neighborhoods, usually neighborhoods that were occupied by African American or other minority groups. Funding schools this way carries some of those racialized inequalities over into the education sector, he argued.

Toni Moos, Kenan and Kai's mother, is a physician. She said she was proud and surprised when Kenan decided to organize the protest. Yes, there's a pandemic happening, she said, but everyone ultimately has to decide what risks to take. This, she said, was a risk she felt to be worth taking, especially because Los Altos is a community where the prevalence of COVID-19 is very low.

"It's important to be here," she added.

The long trail of protesters took to the street, winding their way down Main Street and through downtown Los Altos, in many cases taking over streets that the Los Altos police had closed off to vehicles. While protests in other communities have worried business owners to the point that some boarded up or closed their businesses, many shop owners in Los Altos stood outside as the protesters passed, some signaling support for their cause.

While marching, the protesters, many of whom were students, gave different reasons for joining in the protest that afternoon.

Ten-year-old Anneliese, holding a poster while on her skateboard, said she was participating in the protest to support an organizer who is part of her soccer club. Her poster, she said, "means that we're all stronger together than separated."

Joseph, a 12 year-old Bullis Charter School student who is African American said he was marching because "police brutality has come to a point where it's absurd."

Kelly Peir, a rising sophomore at Mountain View High School, said she was marching to "do my part to make sure Black voices are heard."

Clara Martin, a rising sophomore who lives in Los Altos, held a poster bearing the names of many people who have died as a result of police violence. She said she was marching because "this is a really important issue that's not talked about enough."

Sisters Miranda and Ava Liu, who attend college at U.C. Riverside and the University of Toronto, said they felt the community can be "liberal bubble" and that marching in support of the Black community was "the least we can do."

Kevin Lee, an African American Mountain View resident, said that he was marching to raise his voice in protest to call for policy changes in the criminal justice system. He'd endured many negative encounters with law enforcement but some positive ones as well, he said.

State Senate candidate Josh Becker, who attended the protest and is the leading contender to represent about 1 million Peninsula residents between South San Francisco and Sunnyvale in the state Senate come November, said that the protests held up and down the Peninsula over the past week send a clear signal of commitment to furthering the goals of racial equality.

"How do we get to true racial equality?" he asked. Criminal justice reform and ending police violence should be the "floor," he said. He added that seeing so many high school students and young adults organizing the protests was inspiring.

The march ended at Los Altos' Lincoln Park, where attendees knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds as part of a protest to mark the length of time Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck, killing him.

There were speeches, with both Moos brothers reading poems.

Jimmy Dessouki, a member of the Los Altos High School Associated Student Body and rising senior, worked with the high school to use its sound system for the protest.

His message to the crowd was: "Don't stop until racism is over."

"We can't make a change unless we learn how we got here," said Kiyoshi Taylor, a 2015 Los Altos High School graduate. "Why is it we know so much about white history, but even black kids don't know the first damn thing about their own history? … They're not going to teach it to us."

Some people, he said, will post a black square on Instagram, and say they've done their social justice for the day.

"It don't work that way," he said.

Crysta Krames, a member of the Los Altos Community Foundation who is white and lives on the street where the protest ended, talked about a time she was silent and didn't challenge the racist behaviors of a relative. "We have to feel uncomfortable speaking up," she said. "There are simply too many murders that scream, 'Show me I matter.'"

A real-life civics lesson

The Los Altos protest came less than 24 hours after another large Black Lives Matter protest in Mountain View, which drew at least 1,000 attendees, organizers said, and shut down El Camino Real for blocks as protesters marched from the intersection of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road to Mountain View City Hall.

Los Altos High School civics and history teacher Seth Donnelly helped students organize the protest. He said the protests in Mountain View and Los Altos represented "the most exciting moment of activism I've seen in my lifetime."

"We always talk about historical moments. This was a chance for students and teachers to make history," he said.

Helping to organize the protest were graduating seniors Greg Corn, Elena Mujica and Anna Fletcher.

After deciding on a time and a place for the protest, they spread the word to their networks on social media. The turnout far surpassed their expectations.

"We ended up taking the intersection," said Corn.

"It was surreal," said Mujica. "It felt very powerful, to stop the main road of traffic in the city to say this was something we really cared about that needs to be talked about."

"You can stop and sit in traffic for a little and think about systemic change,'" was the message the protest sent to the drivers stuck waiting in vehicles, she said.

Fletcher said that she felt it is her duty to "stand in solidarity with the Black community."

"As a white person with a lot of privilege in this community, it's important to use it to help those without it and push the conversation toward systemic shifts in policing, policy and culture," she added.

Mujica worked with Donnelly, the civics teacher, to create a list of 10 demands that protesters would push for.

Among them: That all the people involved in the murders of George Floyd Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery be prosecuted to the full extent; that federal police reform legislation mandate a zero-tolerance approach toward officers who kill unarmed, non-violent and non-resisting people; that chokeholds and strangleholds no longer be an acceptable practice by police officers; and that officers be mandated to engage in de-escalation strategies where possible to avoid using force.

Mujica added the Los Altos History Museum will be collecting posters from the protests for archival purposes.

"Maybe I'll come back to Los Altos and see my poster someday," she said.

Her poster's message? "Respect existence, or expect resistance, motherf***ers."

Comments

Bonnie H
another community
on Jun 5, 2020 at 9:28 pm
Bonnie H, another community
on Jun 5, 2020 at 9:28 pm

I am so proud of our local youth, many of whom are recent voters or soon tol be voters. I am also hopeful that change may come at last. I marched in 1992 after the Rodney King verdict. Let's end racism and the change the U.S. justice system for your futures!


HooMan
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2020 at 10:17 pm
HooMan, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2020 at 10:17 pm

By next week we’ll see the headline,”coronavirus infections jump 200%”


Kyoto
Shoreline West
on Jun 5, 2020 at 11:03 pm
Kyoto, Shoreline West
on Jun 5, 2020 at 11:03 pm

So proud of these high school students, protest peacefully and building a better world for all... you are going to be the next leaders for our community and country.


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:51 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:51 am

Protesters are starting to think and speak about particular proposed changes in authorized police practices. They should look up, for example, USE OF FORCE and USE OF RECORDING DEVISES (such as body cams) in the often-online policy and practice manual for their own city's police department. Some hope these protests will at least contribute to the rejection of Donald Trump in the election that concludes on November 3. Trump and his supporters, though, will look for anyway to counter - including using police and the military to bring order to the republic. So protesters should consider NOT marching at night or anywhere that unduly blocks traffic or gives cover to criminals and political subversives who could turn all of this into votes for Trump or against Joe Biden. Finally, don't forget, voting in California may help keek Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House still controlled by Democrats. But CA votes will not decide the race for President. That will be determined in swing states. And Trump and company know that if only a quarter of voters support him in a swing state, Republican operatives will need to suppress voter registration and turnout to steal the election. That means no voting by mail or no operating post office to deliver ballots to election officials.


lyn
The Crossings
on Jun 6, 2020 at 1:45 am
lyn, The Crossings
on Jun 6, 2020 at 1:45 am

"It felt very powerful, to stop the main road of traffic in the city to say this was something we really cared about that needs to be talked about."

"You can stop and sit in traffic for a little and think about systemic change,'" was the message the protest sent to the drivers stuck waiting in vehicles, she said.

There are people in this community who depend on others for health and safety reasons. Before blocking main road please be more considerate of drivers who might be on their way to help these individuals. How does it make things better to block access to needed caregivers?


Kyle LaPalm
another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:28 am
Kyle LaPalm, another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:28 am

I lived around the area in the early 70's. I think it's so awesome that the youth are so passionate about the protest. You've got to stand up for what's right or this inequality will never change. We've lived with a broken system far too long, change is over due. I live in a bi-racial family and don't want my children growing up in the world as it is today. thanks to all that stand up to be heard, you do make a difference!!


Gretchen Craford
another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:35 am
Gretchen Craford, another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:35 am

Job well done, Kenan & Kai Moos!
The protest march was a huge success. You attracted so many people from the community to stand and march together, amplify the outrage, and inspire action!
I was so far back in the crowd I didn’t hear the poems and speeches but I could feel the energy... maybe you can share the transcript at some point! Keep leading and we will follow! Gretchen Craford, Los Altos


Hey Mom!
another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:42 am
Hey Mom!, another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 8:42 am

Make sure your voices continue to be heard in November. Vote!


concern troll
St. Francis Acres
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:04 am
concern troll, St. Francis Acres
on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:04 am

> By next week we’ll see the headline,”coronavirus infections jump 200%”

Actually, next week's numbers will be from a couple weekends ago when we saw the all those states "open" up. Remember the Lake of the Ozarks party video?

Web Link

111,000 Americans dead from the terrible virus response by our leaders. 1,000 per day.

Glad you're so concerned. You've been concerned for awhile, right? You understand how SIP saved so many lives?

Or is this a recent conversion due to Americans availing themselves of their 1st Amendment right (mostly in masks, as opposed to the Ozark video) in opposition to your belief?

Me? I'm proud of these brave Americans. And I pray for their safety.


proud of youth
another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:24 pm
proud of youth, another community
on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Well done to the young people who stood up peacefully for what they believe and hope for change.


Jake Vink
Bailey Park
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:43 pm
Jake Vink, Bailey Park
on Jun 6, 2020 at 10:43 pm

Is there somewhere we can see a gallery of all the photos taken?


charles coker
another community
on Jun 7, 2020 at 8:49 am
charles coker, another community
on Jun 7, 2020 at 8:49 am

I grew up in Palo Alto and Cupertino going to a lot of protest marches during the Viet Nam war era, and I'm so glad to see all these fine young people using their voices to change the unacceptable status quo. I feel our future is in good hands , thank you Kai and Kenan Moos.


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Jun 7, 2020 at 2:46 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Jun 7, 2020 at 2:46 pm

A few thoughts. The current coronavirus is not taking a vacation. It continues to spread and kill. In fact, the virus is killing as many Americans EACH DAY as are killed by police EACH YEAR: And the virus victims - unlike criminal suspects and arrestees - are generally not to blame for their demise. 57% of Americans killed by police are WHITE. That is about the percentage of WHITE people in America. A disproportionate percentage of black persons are killed by police but, of course, that does not prove they are being unfairly targeted or treated. Most of the crime in America addressed by local police is crime in the streets - not in the (business) suites - as Ralph Nader has always warned. Of course, I am not saying that focus is right. But it is another discussion. What we can see from what happened to George Floyd - and from other instances caught on tape - is that some officers use excessive force or worse - and to a greater degree against black persons. For many, the issue goes far beyond mistreatment by some officers of some persons they encounter. It is partly about the tendency for power to corrupt and for corrupt persons to seek and use positions of power for corrupt purposes. It is partly about an economic system that is largely designed to make the rich richer and the powerful more powerful - not to be fair to individuals. I offer here no solutions - just matters for consideration. But political activists that have helped stir concern and debate better start offering some proposed changes in law and leadership and practices. Otherwise, when protests subside, too little will have changed.


Get a Clue
Castro City
on Jun 8, 2020 at 8:17 am
Get a Clue, Castro City
on Jun 8, 2020 at 8:17 am

What do any of you really know about it? Several years ago I was pulled over while legally parked here in town by MVPD. My crime was I looked suspicious. I had pulled over to look up something on my laptop. The sun was still out. But I'm a minority and was driving a beat up of car, two months after I redeployed from Iraq. The cops were verbally aggressive and jerks. They made me answer all sorts of accusatory questions. They only calmed down when I proved I was a military officer. I called in a complaint and nothing happened. Over the years I learned to stop calling the police for anything like when packages were stolen. Why, because each time the police have shown up with aggressive and rude behavior full of charged up ego. It's laughable to watch. You'd think they were patrolling the Green Zone. I have lodged complaints as high as with the Boy Scout Chief Bosel and nothing ever happens. It's a waste of time.

I'm glad you've all managed to feel good by protesting in downtown Los Altos of all places. But how many of you will insist the police department reforms starting today? That means get rid of the current leadership. Demilitarize the goons in blue. Instill a customer service mindset where all are treated professionally and courteously as if you're in Nordstrom's buying an expensive suit.


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Jun 8, 2020 at 9:10 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Jun 8, 2020 at 9:10 am

@Get a clue. So you offer important information. I do not read that protesters have complained about MVPD. And the focus has been on brutality leading to death - not other harm including what you report. Are you willing to give your paperwork to the MV Voice if the paper agrees to not publish your name, for example, that you prefer? Based on your post, the Police Chief would already know your name.


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Jun 8, 2020 at 10:08 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Jun 8, 2020 at 10:08 am

I do see that you report complaining orally. Maybe you do not have supporting paperwork. People that have a complaint about police may want to consider writing or emailing the city council (or county board of supervisors, for example, if it involves a deputy sheriff). Any such complaint surely then would go to the chief and sheriff - but with pressure to actually investigate. And a complaint to a city council or county board would become a "public record" others might later request by general description in a request for public records. A complaint can be anonymous but it should be specific enough to permit an investigation. Folks could post on an article like this one their experiences - good or bad - with police. Again, the more specific, the better. Concocted complaints from the Krelim will not be helpful.


Kim Hester
another community
on Jun 8, 2020 at 10:31 am
Kim Hester , another community
on Jun 8, 2020 at 10:31 am

“I support police officers, but not the ones who commit crimes. I support protesters, but not the ones who commit crimes”. Author unknown.
The police are equipped with lethal weaponry that gives them power and it’s the abuse of that power that is criminal & should be punished accordingly. The protestors power, on the other hand, is a spirit of peace & unity and when they lose that spirit, they not only become criminals, more importantly, they lose their power. I don’t believe defunding the police is a realistic or viable solution. This is Silicon Valley people. Maybe it’s time to consider a Robocop solution.


Ahmed
Old Mountain View
on Jun 8, 2020 at 10:51 am
Ahmed, Old Mountain View
on Jun 8, 2020 at 10:51 am

All these woke privileged white protestors, put together a sign, go out and march for a couple of hours, and then go hone feeling good about themselves.

If one were to accept the existence of white privilege, then how is it acceptable that we allow parents to pass on their privilege to their children through inheritance? These kids already get the advantage of the best education and opportunities.

Would it not make sense to have a 100% inheritance tax on white people and have that money go into a pool that serves communities of colour with scholarships, funding for better schools etc?

Of course those same privileged white “protestors” would howl if anything like that were ever proposed

That’s why these marches are laughable. Because they will result in a defunding of law enforcement, but they will not address the tough structural issues that exist in communities of colour.

so in about 5 years from now when crime is through the roof, these same people will be clamouring for politicians to get tough on crime.

We’ve seen this movie before.


wakey wakey eggs and bakey
Castro City
on Jun 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm
wakey wakey eggs and bakey, Castro City
on Jun 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm

"those same privileged white “protestors” would howl if anything like that were ever proposed"

You think the protesters are in the "trust fund baby" class?

Wake up.


Groot
Willowgate
on Jun 8, 2020 at 3:14 pm
Groot, Willowgate
on Jun 8, 2020 at 3:14 pm

Los Altos has always been known as the epicenter of racism in the United States. Glad that the courageous young people, dodging bullets and tear gas, found the inner strength to bravely dismantle the pillars of racism in the Los Altos once and for all.

Thank you for, at last, erasing racism in America — job well done!


Senior Veteran
Monta Loma
on Jun 9, 2020 at 8:32 am
Senior Veteran, Monta Loma
on Jun 9, 2020 at 8:32 am

Police are a reflection of our society, our culture, our fears and our tolerance. All white people need to accept that systematic racism exists. The fact that white people are just waking up to systematic racism is an example of systematic racism. We as a culture need to stop white supremacy, toxic masculinity, nazis, fascists, homophobia and misogamy, make those socially unacceptable and stop tolerating that when and where we see, it even in our own hearts. This is not about them- it's about us. It is time for deep reflection for all of us. Let's start moving towards our real values- We the people... A more perfect union... Liberty and Justice for all...


Resident
Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2020 at 4:04 pm
Resident, Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2020 at 4:04 pm

We have two separate issues here, that of police brutality, and that of systematic racism.

There was a great book published a few years ago, which goes into the police brutality part, titled The Rise of the Warrior Cop, I recommend it to everyone. Our police wasn't this violent in the past. After the 1871 Civil Rights Act, people gained the ability to sue police for violating their rights, which was the practice until "The War on Drugs" in 1971. The drug warriors violated people's rights left and right, so the police slowly gained "qualified immunity" from their actions, and today, they are very hard to fire, or to stand trial for violence, and due to lobbying by many military suppliers, police departments now inherit surplus military gear, so that the military can buy more new, expensive stuff. It's a giant mess is what it is, but the net result is that police enjoy a legal double standard which allows them to get away with brutality that would put a private citizen in jail for assault. There's another writer who died not too long ago, William Norman Grigg who also made it his life's mission to document police brutality and corruption. His examples will turn your hair grey. Not all cops are bad, far from it, but there are some bad cops, and a system designed to shield all cops from liability allows those guys to get away with murder, literally. For one George Floyd caught on camera, there are many more who die without the brutality being exposed.

We need to change this, and painting signs isn't going to help. We need to vote out mayors and council members who let the status quo stand, we need to elect sheriffs who uphold rights, and I think it's even a time to consider replacing public police with private security - people who are not protected by qualified immunity and who would have to answer for any violence.


Creature Features
Rex Manor
on Jun 10, 2020 at 3:34 am
Creature Features, Rex Manor
on Jun 10, 2020 at 3:34 am

@Resident
"We need to vote out mayors and council members who let the status quo stand,"

Sounds obvious, on the surface.

Personally, I always dred when any one party holds political power in any jurisdiction for several elections in a row. I welcome changing the "status quo" of predictable elections.

You know the real reason why we have not seen a solution to racism or pretty much any other serious "hot-button-issue"?
Simple, if the politicians actually solved any of the problems they scream about, then they would no longer have the problem to scream about and to beat-up on their opponents with.

Law-makers only pass laws that cannot possibly accomplish the supposed goal of the law and will in fact cause some other problems that often are worse. Prop-13.

Sure, let's all vote out the politicians who have failed to eliminate "systemic racism". Sounds obvious, sounds like a great idea to me, but I suggest you go read the entire article (not just skim it) entitled:

"Are we being honest about who is to blame for systemic racism? by George Korda"

I think it's pretty "systemic" and predictable that the cities where the police and other officials have a long history of abuse of power, corruption, wide spread excessive force and overt racism are the very cities that have been basically under one-party-rule for many decades.
Not the party you are meant to assume.

"we need to elect sheriffs who uphold rights,"

Sheriffs are elected for the unincorporated areas of a county.
The city police chain of command starts at the Mayor, city counsel, Commissioner, chief, etc. The Mayor & City counsel have tremendous powers to effect the policies of the city police dept and who is leading them.

The politicians that get elected in these major cities, where "police brutality" is common, are almost always from the same party that yells and screams about how "racist" everyone ->else<- is and then do nothing that actually solves it.

"and I think it's even a time to consider replacing public police with private security"

Riiiiight, because that has worked out so well for minorities in private prisons, or has worked out so well in private "contractors" employed by our military, or because the need for private companies to make profits to continue to exist has proven to be such a good way to get companies and their employees to make decisions that always benefit the public, right?

Politicians exploit any crisis to make themselves look better and to beat up on whoever they want to frame as the "other" to be feared and blamed. Politicians don't want any meaningful solutions to the problems they scream about.

" - people who are not protected by qualified immunity and who would have to answer for any violence."

Realistically, private-sector "police" as individuals would answer to a self-interested company, not for the people or elected officials.

As for "qualified immunity", pretty much every public official and employee operates under various forms of immunity for their actions. Without that immunity very few people would willingly risk their lives every day to "protect & serve" the people.
Like Fire-fighters for another example.
Imagine how many people would sue IRS agents without that immunity.


LongResident
another community
on Jun 11, 2020 at 2:37 am
LongResident, another community
on Jun 11, 2020 at 2:37 am

Well, has there EVER been a police shooting in Los Altos? There
was a landscaping contractor who was murdered on the job earlier
this year. That's the first shooting I believe that has happened
in Los Altos in quite a few years.

All this focusing on police shootings should realize that police
do 1.4% of shootings in the U.S. the other 98.6% of shootings is
done by regular people. I would say police are nervous as a result
of all those shootings. I certainly am.

We have a very low police budget in Los Altos which I imagine
is reflective of the lack of violence and crime in general. Cutting
it further seems ill advised.


hsnpoor
another community
on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:04 am
hsnpoor, another community
on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:04 am

@Resident & everyone - People, this is not a matter of statistics or politics or social reform or anything that can or will be remedied by mere human means or ingenuity (especially my Robocop idea


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