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Will Miracles Never Cease? The San Mateo DA Actually WILL Prosecute Law Enforcement Officers

Original post made by Menlo Voter, Menlo Park: other, on Dec 27, 2012

Links to two articles in which the San Mateo DA is or has prosecuted a law enforcement officer:

Web Link carrier charged with stealing mail

Web Link officer takes deal for embezzlement

The interesting thing to note in the second case is that the officer plead guilty to a felony rather than a misdemeanor. This means he will never work in law enforcement again and is permanantly barred from possessing firearms.

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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Dec 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

Well, one has yet to be convicted and the other got a slap on the wrist.

Plus, this is a very odd but telling comment by DA Wagstaffe in one of the stories:

"Of course, there is always the philosophical question of whether a police officer should be held to a little bit higher standard."

Many citizens believe that Wagstaffe does not hold police in San Mateo County to higher standards.


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Posted by Higher?
a resident of another community
on Dec 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

Come on now...it's well known that he won't even hold them to the SAME standard let alone a higher one. All part of backwards SMC and unions having way too much say, and Wagstaffe's "law enforcement family" philosophy.

I can tell you when he will prosecute and when he won't. It's really simple (I used to work in that office): does the police department/chief support it or not? Has nothing to do with any other factor.