Why were concerned residents told there was no danger when the reported reason for the huge response was that the suspects were armed, businesses were shut down, freeway traffic was impeded, and residents' own eyes belied that statement.
This level of response was an incredible waste of taxpayers' money. There are many questions that need to be asked about this incident: How could one suspect manage to completely evade the officer? How physically fit are sheriff's deputies? Why were residents and businesses not told what all the fuss was about? How did things get so out of control? Was the over-the-top response because the suspects were black in a predominantly white, affluent area?
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office needs new leadership that can attend to the responsibilities of the position and not get involved in scandals