Posted by John P Johns, a resident of another community, on Aug 30, 2011 at 8:36 am
It looks as though it's going to take a successful civil rights lawsuit against the Atherton Police Department for Atherton to change its ways.
Danielson knows that the Police can enter his home any day of the week and "find" just about anything. Danielson knows that the real power in town rests with the Police Chief, whomever that may be.
I speak with experience, on August 27, 2007 the Atherton Police Department raided my office under false pretenses. A police report on the incident was falsified. This report was falsified by a "golden boy" of the Atherton Police Department, a young man who was borne and raised in Atherton and some would say was being groomed for Chief himself.
After two internal affairs investigations, a chief was demoted. That's all. There have been no criminal charges filed by the District Attorney despite my having filed a criminal complaint and despite my having provided both the former Police Chief Mike Guerra and Chief Investigator John Warren documentary evidence of the crime.
During the past four years, Atherton has seen three police chiefs "retire". It has seen one of its officers convicted of falsifying a police report.
During each of these scandals, Atherton has steadfastly kept up appearances. Atherton it seems has an image it would like to maintain, rather than admit to a corrosive problem in its midst.
Now is the right time to talk about outsourcing. Not because outsourcing will save the Town money. This is but a secondary consideration. For even in these tough economic times, Athertonians have plenty of money.
The Town should talk about outsourcing to save its soul.
Danielson praises the department for providing "high-end" services like having keys to homes kept with dispatch. This is nonsense. All those who have placed their keys in the trust of Town hall have given the Police Department the authority to invade their homes without probable cause. What fools are they....
Athertonians should get rid of the police department to protect something that's even more important than money: individual liberty.
Atherton has a champion of civil liberties, of truth, justice and the American way. He doesn't change clothes in a phone book, nor does he bear any resemblance to Clark Kent.
Atherton's champion is one who appears more bookish and cerebral (some would even say nerdy) than athletic or heroic. Atherton's champion is Jon Buckheit.
The arena which Jon wages his war against corruption is the 9th Circut of the US federal court.
For all of Atherton's sake I hope and pray that Jon Buckheit prevails.