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Weekend demonstrations extend into Monday as Peninsula residents protest death of George Floyd

Original post made on Jun 1, 2020

Hundreds of protesters marched through Menlo Park and into Palo Alto on Monday to protest police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 1, 2020, 1:26 PM

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Posted by Student
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2020 at 2:05 pm

Four years ago our Rabbi said the following at SJ City Council:
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Same lesson, different application.


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Posted by Minority Vet
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 1, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Something tells me most of these protesters have never been confronted by the police, rather they just call them to report on us suspicious minorities. Some must never have experienced hostile, aggressive and demeaning encounters with the MVPD as a minority based on your skin color and the poor condition of your car or housing. MV Police are some of the most arrogant and power hungry around unless you're a Karen or a Chad or a BBQ Becky who feeds their egos, compliments them on their fancy gear, or engages in the required first responder hero worshipping. MVPD also one of the most militarized forces around, with M4 automatic carbines strapped to their motorcycles even! Seriously? M4 carbines? Those are weapons of war. What place do they have with a small town like MV? And don't forget the City Council has approved their posture, so they are equally to blame, including Mr. Siegel.


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Posted by Law Obeer
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Many of these so called protestors are actually rioters who just needed an excuse to steal, beat up shopkeepers, burn cars, and throw rocks, firecrackers and Molotov Cocktails at police.


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Posted by [email protected]
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 1, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Thank you, minority vet, for sharing your experience with the MVPD. You are absolutely right that us white folks have no idea what its like to live as a person of color in Mountain View. We should not judge the behavior of our police based on our own experience, or the statements of the police chief, but learn from the experience of people of color. For starters, we should all demand that City Council rescind their approval of the use of military weaponry by our police and demilitarize the police force.


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Posted by Constitution O'beer
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 1, 2020 at 4:25 pm

"Many of these"

wow. Many? Some people say.... you really went out on a limb there, obeer.


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Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 1, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Thank you Lenny Siegel for helping organizing this protest .This is what you can expect from him if elected in November . We need solutions to our problems not angry people running around El Camino Real yelling at people


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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 1, 2020 at 7:16 pm

In response to Billy Bob you said:

“Thank you Lenny Siegel for helping organizing this protest .This is what you can expect from him if elected in November . We need solutions to our problems not angry people running around El Camino Real yelling at people”

They were not yelling at people. They were demonstrating the incredible failure of law enforcement having self discipline. They were saying that violence done by law enforcement is not allowed and must be penalized and controlled. They were using their first amendment rights. They were disciplined and did not threaten anyone nor any property.

This demonstrates the beliefs you have, you do not respect others rights except those that agree with you.


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Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 1, 2020 at 8:47 pm

Business blunder then I guess the protester that swore at my daughter and flipped her off was being respectful .


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Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 1, 2020 at 8:53 pm

[Post removed and poster banned for making violent threats]


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Posted by Lenny Siegel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 1, 2020 at 11:04 pm

Mountain View Voices for Peace and Justice will return to Castro and El Camino Real this Friday, June 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm for another protest. It will be non-confrontational and non-destructive, but it will probably be loud.

Both to expand our visibility and maintain our social distance, we ask that people spread out down the sidewalks on all four corners. Wear masks and bring signs.

We urge people who feel unsafe in crowds – a reasonable concern during the pandemic – to do a “rolling rally.” Place signs safely on your cars, and honk as you drive past the sidewalk-based protesters. Several people did this on Sunday.

Join us.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 1, 2020 at 11:34 pm

I see protesters are against police brutality and "institutional racism." But what changes in the law or other things do they propose? I saw Senator Kamala Harris on television Sunday suggesting the law be changed to clarify when the use of force by police becomes a crime by police. Police have special duties and powers regarding search and seizure - including of people. Sometimes they must use physical force to do their jobs - even killing criminal suspects who will not surrender. The 19-year "veteran" policeman who (mainly) killed George Floyd was fired and has now been charged and arrested. If the officer had been on the Palo Alto Police force, for example, would he have been fired or arrested or prosecuted? Most protesters probably have no clue and no proposal for any change. Maybe by Friday's protest they will be ready with proposals.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 2, 2020 at 4:56 am

Sideshow aside, Friday's next local protest is approaching fast. What will the protesters propose - beyond sudden societal enlightenment? So one more cheat sheet from U.S. Senator Kamala Harris you was DA of San Francisco before serving 8 years as California's Attorney General. Senator Harris said in Monday's interview that county DA's should not be in charge of deciding whether to prosecute police in their counties. It should be the CA AG's Office.Consider this: how many bad apples were there in the Minneapolis Police Department last week? Who hired and trained them? Who had the authority to fire 4 of them? For what? With what safeguards. Can anyone see that body-cam footage - or only if officers admit the camera had been on? Does it matter on this issue who is President, Vice-President, Governor, Attorney General (federal and state) and so on? Until Monday, how many protesters even knew the name of the U.S. Secretary of Defense? What proportion of high school students not on the football team want to be police officers? And why?


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Posted by Lenny Siegel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:54 am

I have been following the exchange about reported verbal abuse at the Mountain View demonstration on Sunday. Having stood at that corner for decades to protest wars and abuse of power, I have been sworn at and have heard demonstrators swear. When a group of a couple of hundred people, most of whom do not know each other, come together, we can discourage such verbal behavior. But we cannot prevent it.

However, Mountain View Voices for Peace and Justice has a steady history of holding non-confrontational, non-destructive demonstrations at that location, and I am confident we can keep it that way.


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Posted by Scott
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2020 at 8:21 am

^^Gary, These people don't want change. They want to blame someone else for the issues they bring on themselves. They have taken an issue where 99% of Americans agreed prosecutions were needed and turned most off with their abhorrent behavior. They reliably vote for the same political critters that put them in this situation from the Governors seat, state AG's & mayors to the local council-members and police chiefs. MN is blue from top to bottom and their AG Ellison and his family are ardent Antifa supporters. What could go wrong? One party blue rule and when the entirely predictable results of their voting actions yield entirely predictable results the cure they propose is always more cowbell. Personal responsibility is conspicuously absent from any and all discussion. Let's go make some noise downtown.. because "change".


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 2, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Let's not get distracted by whether a protester disagreed with a passerby. Evidently, there is state and federal legislation to improve policing pending and cross-referenced. Maybe organizers in Mountain View will post that link. But passing legislation requires support from the legislators and chief executives. So, for one thing, you need to know where politicians stand and figure out how to influence or replace them. But how about starting with Mountain View or Palo Alto? Is any change needed locally. What change? The police here are rather well paid. See TransparentCalifornia.com. The local police unions endorse candidates for city council. The city council seems to rarely address anything about police operations. The police chief answers only to the city manager. There is no commission or committee locally on police practices. Some years ago, retired judge LaDoris Cordell met with a MV commission and discussed avoiding the escalation of force by police. But that commission does not investigate complaints about police. A couple of years ago, the Palo Alto City Council adopted a law requiring an annual report to the city on use of surveillance by police. The firs report was due a year ago. No such report has been presented.


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