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Atherton police phone call to residents

Original post made by Appalled on Oct 1, 2012

Last Thursday an Atherton police officer left a recorded message for Atherton residents, stating the police have endorsed Cary Wiest and Elizabeth Lewis and residents will not be "safe" unless they vote for them.

This is not protected union association. This is an overt threat.

How many residents will now feel afraid to put out signs for other candidates?

Col. Flint has lost control of his officers. He should resign.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"Col. Flint has lost control of his officers. He should resign."

Chief Flint is NOT responsible for police officers who are exercising, both irresponsibly and unwisely, their First Amendment Rights. The APOA phone call will do much more harm than good to their cause - which is simply job and benefit protection rather than service to the community.

Posted by Appalled, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

"The community has no idea what this council's doing," John Mattes told Patch. "And when I say this council, let me be crystal clear. I am not referring to Elizabeth Lewis. We supported her four years ago when she ran; we're supporting her again."

John Mattes is VP of the APOA.

Posted by Michael G Stogner, a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm

How is it the guy who answers the phone at the Police Department is now telling the residents of Atherton who to vote for, and not in a very nice way.

"Let me be crystal clear" Are you kidding me, is this a bad joke. I agree with Peter here this will do much more harm than good.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Very heavy-handed. That wouldn't be a welcome call in my home if I lived there. I wonder how the candidate feel about this.

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

That's what happens when you have glorified security guards as police officers. Outsource your department to the Sheriff's department and save yourselves a lot of money and agravation. It's only a matter of time before the next lawsuit.