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San Mateo County supervisors consider revised policy following Taser death

Original post made on Jul 23, 2019

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is revising its use-of-force policy, including use of Taser stun guns, following the outcry over the death of Chinedu Okobi by Tasers last October.

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Posted by pearl
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on Jul 23, 2019 at 4:05 pm

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Since cops on the street often only have milliseconds to decide what actions to take in certain situations, spending precious seconds trying to assess whether or not someone is suffering from a mental illness could very well cost an officer his/her life.

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Posted by Tradeoffs
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on Jul 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Pearl, you are correct. There is a tradeoff involved. Right now, the scale is almost 100% in the direction of the police officer, in terms of balancing his/her safety versus the safety of the people s/he comes in contact with. If you view those people as scum of the earth, that's probably how most of us would balance the scale. It gets tougher when innocent people die because a cop made a snap decision. Around here, police are paid a lot, and the justification is there is danger in their work. There are very few killings by police in the UK and the EU. We should learn something from them about this.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2019 at 9:51 am

There was No Probable Cause to stop Chinedu Okobi in the first place. The Sheriff's Office has no plan on how to make pedestrian stops on El Camino Real. A Citizen is seen in the video directing traffic. This article mentions the AED's are now in vehicles. What difference does that make when the Six Sheriff Employees never bothered to use the one seen sitting on the gurney next to Chinedu Okobi. Okobi's death was ruled a Homicide by the Coroner's Office, Everyone in leadership in San Mateo County knows that. Carlos Bolanos and David Silberman the same two who issued the False Press Release for the Sheriff's Office on October 3, 2018 gave yesterday's presentation.

Supervisor Dave Pine gets credit for asking for a copy of the draft proposal and requested a chance to see the final draft before it is approved. Carlos Bolanos refused to provide it and refused Mr. Pines request to see final copy before it is approved. The Key words that should Not be allowed in the Final Policy are "Exceptional Circumstances' they make all the changes useless. Of course Carlos and David know that.

Chinedu Okobi died on El Camino Real, Millbrae, California while in Custody of the Six County Employees. They offered No CPR after he stopped breathing before he was sat up and held in the seated position for about 10 minutes.