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Atherton Police Chief Mike Guerra says

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner, another community, on Oct 13, 2010

"A Police Officer falsifying a police report isn't unprecedented in Atherton."

" The report could have been altered, but investigators haven't yet made that determination."

In todays Daily Post story titled D.A. probes altered police report.

Suggestion have the investigators read what Judge Mark Forcum said

"I'm very troubled that the police department would in fact write up Mr. Buckheit for (domestic violence) as to the child and pass that along... when there's absolutely no evidence to support that charge."

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.

What is the purpose of making this visible when we all KNOW there has been a problem in San Mateo County and the way the law operates?
Mr.Stogner, I am glad you bring it up as it was beginning to peak in every city within the county before the BANK FAILINGS and the loss of money by a lot of people who may have had favors from the different police and sheriff departments.
Now that investigations from outside the County have begun to determine exact amounts of favors and payoffs and arrests, the above will help to make people who were victims of the County and the police now be able to speak freely.
Perhaps Mr. Carpenter could suggest the procedure on how to file a complaint about the County. I certainly would not file within the County. I suggest Mr.Carpenter's background and expertise after serving over 50 years in so many vast areas of life and government.


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Posted by peter carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

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I continue to support an independent Police Oversight Committee for Atherton and hope that the new Town Council will establish such a committee. I have NO faith in the San Mateo DA to do anything regarding malfesence in local government and hope that there is some way to get the Attorney General to focus on these issues.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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"A Police Officer falsifying a police report isn't unprecedented in Atherton."

If I were Mr. Buckheit's attorney, the first question I would ask Chief Guerra during his deposition is to tell me about those other false reports!


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I have some Great news for victims of San Mateo County Law Enforcement Officers and that does include theSheriff's Department & District Attorneys Office.

There was another Factual Innocence ruling this April 29, 2010 in San Mateo County.

I agree with Peter Carpenter's statement, I have NO Faith or confidence in SMCDA to do anything regarding malfesence.

We can thank the Board of Supervisor's for this problem.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm

By the way Guerra keeps referring to this as an allegation.

Tony Dennis ADMITTED the falsification UNDER OATH in Hon. Judge Mark Forcum's Court.

This isn't an allegation by Buckheit it is a FACT

This is Officer Dennis's STATEMENT, if not true Dennis should be held accountable, if true someone else or others are responsible.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 13, 2010 at 7:09 pm

"A Police Officer falsifying a police report isn't unprecedented in Atherton."

That has to be about the stupidest statement by a chief of police I think I have ever read in my life. Chief Guerra, you just handed Mr. Buckheit a guaranteed victory in court with that statement. Was that your intention? What you've said is that your department has a history of falsifying police reports. Astonishing! Are you going to DO anything about it or just write it off as "boys will be boys?"


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

And if Chief Guerra isn't going to do anything about it, I suggest the town begin reserving funds to pay it's next lawsuit.


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Posted by Wolf in sheep's clothing
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I just looked at Wiest's endorsement list--there no way the police dept is getting any reform if he wins a council seat--it's a Who's Who list of the old status quo--McKiethen haters--I shudder to think what his citizens commission would look like even he really did support one.


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Posted by Jon Buckheit
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Frankly I continue to be astonished that all but one (and maybe, on a good day, two) member(s) of the council of this Town – all of whom have been elected to serve the residents–have tolerated the fact that an Atherton police officer admitted, in court, under oath, that a police report has been falsified against a resident. As the Palo Alto paper pointed out, the second time WITHIN A YEAR.

Apparently when the Palo Alto paper interviewed the candidates for endorsements, the question was posed: "what will you do about the officer who falsified the report?". The two incumbents reportedly replied they were constrained by unions and would require 100% certitude before taking any action.

I'm not 100% sure the sun will come up tomorrow. Anyway, if an admission in court isn't enough certitude for them, I don't know what is.

Well, the Almanac endorsed the two incumbents. Any council member who has stood idly by should be ashamed of himself or herself.

Isn't public service about helping people who have problems instead of dismissing them? When I ran a business, I was dealing with problems pretty much 100% of the time. Either problems employees had, or problems customers had. I never thought to label them as disgruntled and use that as a rationalization for not doing my job.

To the many residents who have lived here for many, many years and who believe the police department is uniformly wonderful, it's not 1972, the Lawrence Welk show isn't playing, and Dick Moore isn't the chief of police any longer.


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Posted by wolf in sheep's clothing
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Wow--that didn't very long--Wiest's endorsement list is no longer available on line--what a surprise--hope somebody hit print


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Posted by John P Johns
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2010 at 8:08 am

The true test will be whether Guerra disciplines those who falsified police reports surrounding my detention on the morning of August 29th. There are still two officers employed who were present and who parcipitated in my illegal detention and the coverup thereafter.

It will also be interesting whether he recommends the DA prosecute former police chief who I discovered was using Town money without proper authorization, a violaiton of PC 424.

If Chief Guerra does not act. I expect that I will be a star witness in Jon Buckheit's case


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2010 at 11:41 am

Chief Guerra said
"A Police Officer falsifying a police report isn't unprecedented in Atherton"
I hope Chief helps me with my police report that has some serious "mistakes" or lies.
These "mistakes" in my police report may have been communicated to APS. I'm not sure because APS refuses to offer me a written reason for their actions or more accurately lack of action that is putting my elderly parent at great risk.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Lisa is talking about the simple fact that it was her face that was being punched while she was on the floor. The Atherton Police Department's report does not reflect that.
That's no big deal, this is Atherton, California

Atherton Police Chief Mike Guerra has explained it.

"A Police Officer falsifying a police report isn't unprecedented in Atherton"

That is an UNDERSTATEMENT.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

Great Op-Ed in todays Daily Post by John Nichols of menlo Park.

Cops Gone Wild.

What is going on with the Atherton police?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Mr. Stogner:

what was the jist of the op-ed piece? I am out of town and do not have access to the Daily Post.

Thank you.


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