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'It's a moral imperative that we address it': Portola Valley council discusses racism, policing in wake of killing of George Floyd

Original post made on Jun 19, 2020

The town of Portola Valley will begin engaging the community about police reform and racial inequality following a council discussion on the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and protests against police brutality.

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Posted by giraffe
a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on Jun 19, 2020 at 1:19 pm

The Camden example is a useful model. Web Link

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Posted by Passerby
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 19, 2020 at 2:36 pm

If you eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement, they’ll all leave the profession. You won’t have anybody doing the job. Why would they stay? I think that demand is a non-starter, for good reason. The other issues mentioned are well worth discussing.

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Posted by pension flushing?
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Jun 19, 2020 at 4:10 pm

> they’ll all leave the profession

$100k a year, plus a pension with medical and $100k a year for life?

Let 'em leave. Most won't. They'll pretend they will, of course, but then they'll realize that twenty bucks an hour at Home Depot won't cut it.

They love their 4 bedroom places in Gilroy and Morgan Hill. You think their wives will let them? "meet my hubby, he works at Lowes"

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Posted by bill rayburn
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2020 at 12:39 am

Legit LOL...….Portola Valley? Really? A "playa" in the race conversation in America?

I'd laugh if I wasn't crying…..

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Posted by Danna Breen
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jun 22, 2020 at 2:33 pm

The first gesture toward “transparency”in Portola Valley is to have the sheriffs who are locked in their private offices near the soccer field lift one or several of their window blinds. There is visual access to all other town employees.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jul 9, 2020 at 3:28 pm

It is horrid to have a Sheriff who was detained (subsequently released) by the FBI in a raid at a human trafficking operation. Per the PA Daily Post article linked below, a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request revealed "there was at least one minor in the brothel." The FBI operation has been referred to as "Operation Dollhouse", and was at an illegal brothel in Las Vegas, and during a Sheriff's convention. That this Sheriff was astoundingly re-elected does not bode well for policing that is understanding to a blend of cultures, genders, races, and economically disadvantaged. Portola Valley residents, which fund the SMC Sheriff's office, should drive for change or fund a Public Safety service of its own, which will have the transparency that is necessary for civil society.

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