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News - December 11, 2013

Menlo briefs: Man files lawsuit against Menlo Park police officers

by Sandy Brundage

Editor's Note: In July, 2015 an out of court settlement was reached relating to the lawsuit described in the story below. On Dec. 12, 2013, in a plea agreement, Hiruy Amanuel pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor hit and run charge referenced in the article. The misdemeanor charge for drinking under the influence causing injury was dismissed. Amanuel was sentenced to 10 days in county jail, fined $1,650 and placed on three years probation, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

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Posted by Local Dave
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

So, for 'balanced journalism' are you going to detail previous disciplinary charges and allegations against the officers?


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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

Local Dave:

Are you referring to this 2011 incident in which allegations of misconduct were made against Sgt. Soares?

Web Link

Also, the Palo Alto Daily Post reported on this federal harassment suit first, way back on November 27, 2013 in a front page story,

"Police Accused of Harassment in Federal Suit" by Jeramy Gordon.

The Post had a disturbing detail that the Almanac does NOT have.

From the Post:

" The suit claims that Soares then interrogated Amanuel's brother about a future criminal trial in which the brother had been subpoenaed to testify.

Amanuel claims Soares threatened to toss them both in jail if the brother 'did not testify differently than he had testified at the preliminary hearing in the case.'"

This kind of incident in which someone alleges that they have been threatened by police is nothing new. Inmates from San Mateo County have been complaining about this for years.


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Posted by Private Investigator
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on May 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm

[Port removed. Please don't use Town Square to report the results of your investigation into criminal matters. You can email relevant information to our news desk, editor@AlmanacNews.com.)


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