All Police Reports are Public Record Atherton, posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Feb 4, 2010 at 9:16 am
All Police Reports are Public Record according to San Mateo County District Attorney James P. Fox. He is quoted as saying to Jon Mays now Editor of the San Mateo Daily Journal in article titled Deal rejected over mom's D.A. lawsuit September 28, 2002
Posted by Candle Lighter, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2010 at 12:12 am
Michael, it's really not what changed, it's question of what didn't change.
In 2002, the D.A. humiliated a lesbian woman by outing her through the distribution of a police report to her police officer ex-husband (who had no involvement in that police report incident whatsoever).
In 2008, the D.A. refused to turn over a police report to an Atherton resident who was the victim of that police report because police officers told him not to.
The common denominator is that the D.A. in San Mateo represents law enforcement, not citizens.
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Feb 5, 2010 at 5:18 am
POLICE REPORTS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS.
Thomas Casey III, Counsel for San Mateo County, said yesterday that Attorney General Bill Lockyerís office found that the allegations made by Ramona Gatto against District Attorney Jim Fox and Assistant District Attorney Morley Pitt were without basis.
"He said the attorney generalís finding underscores the fact that police reports are not confidential documents,"
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Feb 6, 2010 at 5:42 am
There is something that could have happened a couple of days ago.
The Town of Atherton can announce through a PRESS release that from now on Police Reports will be made available for a slight fee to the parties involved. Its possible your City Manager and Police Chief are not aware of this blog/thread so please pass this on to them.
This action does not need a committee.
The articles above show the Attorney General of the State of California, County Counsel of San Mateo, District Attorney of San Mateo have all declared Police Reports are PUBLIC RECORD.