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Menlo Park man arrested for allegedly brandishing a shotgun

Menlo Park police arrested a 76-year-old Menlo Park man this morning (Feb. 7) at about 11:30 a.m. for allegedly brandishing a shotgun at a group of people in the 1100 block of Laurel Street, according to a Police Department bulletin.

Officers surrounded the area before contacting the man at his apartment, where they discovered a shotgun during a search, police said.

He was arrested, cited and released, according to the bulletin.

Editor's note: It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

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Menlo Park man arrested for allegedly brandishing a shotgun

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Menlo Park police arrested a 76-year-old Menlo Park man this morning (Feb. 7) at about 11:30 a.m. for allegedly brandishing a shotgun at a group of people in the 1100 block of Laurel Street, according to a Police Department bulletin.

Officers surrounded the area before contacting the man at his apartment, where they discovered a shotgun during a search, police said.

He was arrested, cited and released, according to the bulletin.

Editor's note: It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

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— Rick Radin

Comments

resident
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm
resident, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm
8 people like this

Brandishing a shotgun at a group of people in the middle of the day is a cite-and-release offense? In some cities, the SWAT team would have burst through his front door and would not care if he was killed.


White Privilege
another community
on Feb 7, 2020 at 5:47 pm
White Privilege , another community
on Feb 7, 2020 at 5:47 pm
27 people like this

Of course it was a cite-and-release case.

When you're white, the rules are completely different.


Manlo Punk
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 8, 2020 at 7:51 am
Manlo Punk, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 8, 2020 at 7:51 am
9 people like this

Being a Latino I definitely would have faced a different outcome.

Did they take the shotgun away? Did he have other weapons?


Laurel home
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2020 at 8:29 am
Laurel home, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2020 at 8:29 am
3 people like this

Hearkens back to the other recent gun-related post where someone reminded us that a gun in the home is something like a dozen times more likely to harm someone than be used in self-defense.

One person here would define it as a defensive use, while society as a whole says it's a crime.


Shame on you
another community
on Feb 8, 2020 at 8:53 am
Shame on you, another community
on Feb 8, 2020 at 8:53 am
10 people like this

If the gun was used in the course of committing a crime it would certainly have been removed. To suggest that the outcome would have been different if this person was of a different race is in and of itself a racist remark and disrespectful to the police. You have very little information to reach such a conclusion, shame on you for perpetuating racist stereotypes against any race.


Race Based Policing
another community
on Feb 8, 2020 at 9:10 am
Race Based Policing, another community
on Feb 8, 2020 at 9:10 am
5 people like this

What we don't know from this article is the realistic threat level associated with this incident. Brandishing a weapon can encompass a variety of situations, from a cranky old man acting stupid to a harrowing, life threatening experience. If this was a vivid, life threatening event, the police were wrong to release him. We don't know from this information.

What we do know is that statistics show racial minorities tend to have different outcomes with police than whites. Is this racism? Again, depends on the situation and the point of view. If a black man and a white man behaved exactly the same way, but received different outcomes, I would agree it is. Other data shows the behavior is not necessarily the same in all of these situations. That can be blamed on racism that existed years earlier, and a case could be made for it.

Bottom line is that there are racist police, but that does not mean a police situation is automatically racist.


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