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Sheriff's office refusal to allow access to records may call for subpoena

Original post made on Nov 17, 2020

With Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith refusing to sign an agreement allowing a civilian law enforcement watchdog access to critical records, county officials are stepping in and subpoenas might be on the way.

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Posted by Seth Neumann
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 17, 2020 at 8:46 pm

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as usual law enforcement thinks they're above the law. Here's a clue: Everyone is accountable under the law. This is especially concerning as the players are already implicated in selling carry permits.

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Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 17, 2020 at 9:51 pm

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I had to go to the court of appeals just to prove to the police that 2 single blue LEDS on my windshield washer sprayers were in fact legal under the vehicle code.

It in effect took down a Lt. in the Sunnyvale Police Department because he gave me a citation with no proof that my car violated the vehicle code.

I proved the light were legal under the CVC with a light meter.

When the citation was overturned with the record of the case, the Sunnyvale Police had to review his records. He shortly resigned from the police department and went into private security.

I can only imagine what they found. He was probably given a choice resign or get fired.

It was like pulling teeth because the traffic court didn't even consider my evidence during the hearing. That Traffic Court Commissioner also wound up being let go.

So I feel it personally when the police abuse their position. BUT I also know WE NEED them too. We just have to get the system to get RID of the BAD APPLES.

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Posted by Greg
a resident of Slater
on Nov 18, 2020 at 2:45 am

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All public employee unions and department heads seek to protect public employees from oversight. This sheriff is a career sheriff's department administrator and a Republican. She probably will not run again - if a reform-minded opponent steps forward. It is alarming that she has survived so many scandals. But voters have been sensitive to the prospect that some opposition to her has been motivated by sexism in law enforcement.

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