The Atherton City Council is set to take up the question of who should police the police at the Wednesday, March 17, meeting. A presentation by police Chief Mike Guerra about police oversight committees is on the agenda of what promises to be a very full meeting.
The town and two of its police officers are currently being sued by Atherton resident Jon Buckheit over the handling of a domestic dispute in 2008. Mr. Buckheit was arrested on domestic violence charges, but he was later exonerated by a San Mateo County Superior Court judge and granted a declaration of factual innocence.
Mr. Buckheit's high-profile case, along with other residents' complaints about the police department, has led some to call for the creation of a police oversight committee. Peter Carpenter, president of the Atherton Civic Interest League, submitted a formal proposal to the town for an oversight committee that would hold public meetings and review police policies and procedures, as well as complaints.
The council meets at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road, Atherton. Chief Guerra's report is online.
Go to Agenda packets and click on "March 17 Agenda Packet Items 28 through 31." Use Ctrl-f and search for "police." That will take you to Item 30.