A civil rights victory Atherton, posted by marathon man, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm
In a little noticed proceeding in a San Mateo Criminal Court an unassuming young entrepreneur and Atherton resident struck a blow for personal liberty yesterday.
We owe him a debt of gratitude. The victory he won yesterday will no doubt make the Atherton Police Department a little less eager to, and a little less cavalier about, trampling upon the civil rights of others.
This remarkable man with a boyish if not angelic presence yet steely resolve took on the combined forces of the San Mateo County District Attorney and the Atherton Police Department and prevailed.
About a year and a half ago this man dialed 911 to seek the intervention of the Police in a personal matter. In response to this young man's plea for help, he was arrested on charges conjured up by the responding officers. He was jailed and he was kept out of his home without so much as the ability to return home for his toiletries or spare clothes.
This man who paid for and who was deserving of the protection of the Atherton Police Department, found himself to be not protected but to be violated by those sworn to protect and serve.
Through hundreds of hours of research, through the expenditure of untold thousands of dollars on attorneys and expert witnesses and with a little bit of moral support from his friends, this man went to court yesterday and had a judge of the Superior Court rule that the Atherton Police Department did not have a reasonable basis to arrest him and charge him with a crime in the first place.
As a result of the judge's ruling, this man has been able to accomplish what is nearly impossible. He has erased a stain on his record that was written with indelible ink.
More importantly, and even more impressively, this man has held those who are charged with enforcing the law to be accountable for obeying the law.
In addition to granting this man's petition, the Judge censured the Atherton Police Departmet.
The Atherton Police Department owes this man a long overdue apology as does the San Mateo County District Attorney for opposing his petition to clear his record.
Posted by The Meaning of Victory, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm
I think the only victory that could have occurred is if this situation either never happened, or if the members of the town of Atherton and its police department were decent enough to have corrected it before a judge forced them to. He said he was "deeply disturbed" by their actions several times.
Posted by Are We Safe, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm
Are we safe when our police reports are incorrect. Jon Buckheit was found INNOCENT. However Atherton PD wasn't found innocent. We need the FBI to look into what's really going on in our town. Please help press for this. This may cost Atherton MILLIONS for the police departments wrong doing. Help get the FBI into our town.
Posted by neighborhood watch, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Jan 19, 2010 at 11:42 am
Glen left us to follow the D.A. around with cardiac resuscitator paddles---and I hear that the money is better
Gruber didn't discuss his choice of either Cheif's selection with the council beforehand because if they had said "No" then it would have been more "awkward" to do it anyway. --and yes--I think he would have tried that too.
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Jan 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm
I just heard that you had a visit at your residence around 11:30PM by the Atherton Police Department claiming that your alarm was going off. From what I understand you didn't hear the alarm. Is that accurate.
I have reported/blog about similar activity by APD.
Posted by cynic, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm
This is the way the script was supposed to play out:
The Atherton Police Department gains entry to a premises under false pretenses.
The Atherton Police Department "finds" something incriminating.
The Atherton Police Department makes an arrest.
Nobody thinks to ask why and how the Police Department's gained entry into the premises in the first place. (Perhaps what the PD "finds" is too shocking for anybody to question the motives or actions of the PD)
Fortunately this story didn't play out the way the Atherton Police Department planned. Now the Atherton Police Department will be held to account for their actions.
Posted by J.B., a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Cynic, in all fairness to the APD, I cannot accuse them of doing what you describe. It is possible that this was a "low battery" issue that got misinterpreted as an alarm. I would like to believe what you describe is not possible, but unfortunately it is, and the timing of all of this was jarring to me. Clearly there are some problems with the APD. I believe these problems are fixable. There are good officers in this department who do not deserve to be painted with a broad brush of misdeeds. There are also other officers who have made mistakes and need to learn from and account for these mistakes. I thought it was important to put this particular issue out there because the consequences of the theory you posit are extremely damaging, even though it is hard to believe this was the purpose of the visit. On the other hand, I must admit they have already engaged in conduct I would have found impossible to believe. When you describe conspiracies, etc., in a way you help them avoid accountability for the very real issues they need to face as they will argue the opposition is not credible.
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:45 am
In your example: The Atherton Police Department "finds" something incriminating.
lets say Massive amount of pronography on computer of Town employee. When I say Massive I mean an amount that would take a long time to down load. for the normal user. Now add to the mix the close proximity of R.E.A.C.T. task force computer experts.....same building.
"Nobody thinks to ask why and how the Police Department's gained entry into the premises in the first place. (Perhaps what the PD "finds" is too shocking for anybody to question the motives or actions of the PD)"