Vallejo mayor wants attorney general to investigate Romero shooting death

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Sep 20, 2012
 
Vallejo mayor wants attorney general to investigate Romero shooting death
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2158...

Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis said Wednesday that he will seek an independent investigation into the recent controversial officer-involved shooting death of Mario Romero.

Davis said he will ask the City Council to request that Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris' office look into concerns raised since police officers killed Romero, 23, while he sat with another man in his car outside his North Vallejo home early Sept. 2.

Police contend that when officers approached Romero's car, he reached for a weapon that later turned out to be a pellet gun, and that is why they fired at him. Family members, however, have vehemently denied that he had such a weapon, or police assertions that he had 50 ecstasy tablets in his car.

The shooting, which also wounded the other man, has sparked an ongoing community debate, as well as several public protests and thousands of comments posted on social media sites, including the Times-Herald's.

"It must be understood," Davis said. "that this request should not be taken as an indication of a lack of confidence in the established Solano County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol, or any lack of confidence in the Vallejo Police Department or the ability of the District Attorney's office to conduct fair investigations.

"However, it is my belief that under the current circumstances a secondary review will help to establish trust in the process."

Family, chief response

Romero's sister, Cynquita Martin, told the Times-Herald that, "I'm very pleased" by Davis' move.

"I see this as a positive step for the City council and mayor to earn the trust back from the community, toward the victory and justice for Mario," Martin said. She said she will watch developments and "attend (City Council meetings) until justice is served."

The mayor also said he wants police officers and all patrol cars to be equipped with video cameras.

Vallejo Police Chief Joseph Kreins said that he welcomed an independent review if it will "restore or enhance the public's trust and the department's credibility."

"The more sets of eyes you can put on something is a good thing," Kreins told the Times-Herald.

Kreins added that he doubts that any attorney general's review will produce a different outcome than the D.A.'s office investigation.

"The (D.A's investigation process) has worked for many years and continues to work," Kreins said. "But when folks are suggesting that they don't have the confidence in that process, then I have no problem with an independent review."

City Manager Dan Keen said Kreins was informed in advance of the mayor's desire to seek an outside investigation.

"It was a decision that the mayor made but he did discuss it with he (Kreins) and I," Keen said.
early bird

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the expectation of the family is that the attorney general will determine a crime committed by the police. they will be back to raising hell in our council chambers when the police actions are determined justified yet again.
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Will the black community show any outrage at any of the daily black on black violence or is that ok ?
We've got daily assaults, rapes , burglaries and a slew of murders with black assailants witnessed.

Don't those other black victims count?
Jim in SF

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Even worse, fully half of their black children are dropping out of high school, more than half of black babies are being born out of wedlock, single mothers and grandmothers are forced to raise the vast majority of their children in poverty and shiftless fathers are AWOL. Yet these poor misguided souls only find the gumption to get up off the couch and protest when one of their THUGS runs afoul of the law.
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This family is hoping(praying) for a payday after the state AG finds fault with the shoot. That way, they can bring in Burris for a wrongful death lawsuit and they rich.
Sam

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Sep 20, 2012
 
Get those rogue cops off the streets the wicked is weeping for their souls.
A Thought

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Ok, there is a possibility that there may be a training issue on tactics here; but...

By all accounts, the shooting apprears justfied.

Too bad it is becoming a political issue.
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Sep 20, 2012
 
Jim in SF wrote:
Even worse, fully half of their black children are dropping out of high school, more than half of black babies are being born out of wedlock, single mothers and grandmothers are forced to raise the vast majority of their children in poverty and shiftless fathers are AWOL. Yet these poor misguided souls only find the gumption to get up off the couch and protest when one of their THUGS runs afoul of the law.
Thank you. Bill Cosby would totally agree! Forget the thug who got smoked, the biggest issue facing black people is the lack of marriage between them and the fatherless chillin.
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there is no doubt in my mind there will be an increased exodus of police officers and no interest to replace them, now that the state and federal authorities are being called in to investigate the officer involved shootings. officers in this town are under attack by criminals, public officials, a committee with dominant anti-police bias, and organized citizen groups such as mr. garman's.
mrs. schivley's declared war and her friend mrs. mcconnell's call to action against police dealing with some of the most hardened, soulless criminals in the nation makes it foolish for any officer to stay here and put up with the verbal abuse and taunting at crime scenes for any pay.
we are heading to not only being bankrupted again by settlements, but also having to face a dire situation with police staffing. ms. gomes and her 3 companions are waiting to punish the police next year in their contracts on top of all that.
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early bird wrote:
there is no doubt in my mind there will be an increased exodus of police officers and no interest to replace them...we are heading to not only being bankrupted again by settlements, but also having to face a dire situation with police staffing.
Correct, this latest action by the mayor and attorney Burris will accelerate retirements and the absence of qualified applicants will be forced into the light. We are also having problems in applicants for the other positions advertised.
Potential employees know the pay and benefits they may get today are targeted for a big shave next year by a majority of council members.
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The Mayor added ... I'm just kinda for this to get those black people off my back.

I, of course, remain bought and paid for by our fine Police and Fire Unions .. and will remain true to them.

Guys, lets plan your next pay raise for you that the city can't afford - the last plan to miss the notification deadline worked like a dream, as you said it would.
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This city is going to have to offer big incentives for anyone of quality to work for them. We had to do that to get Joe Tanner, he got a sweet deal from Gomes and Co.
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If there was no wrong doing on VPD's part why are you fellows so afraid of an independent investigation?
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Sep 21, 2012
 
They have done some wrong doing but they will just plea the fifth.
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Sep 25, 2012
 
I Ďam not surprised by the racial undertone of this forum. Accusing the people that attended the city hall council meetings as lazy people. People who don't advocate for the loss of other young black people. I Ďam and will continue to be an attending citizen of these meetings. I Ďam a full time federal employee, and i reject the stereotypes so effortlessly express by Vallejo natives.
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More dead cops means more black gangbangers. Let's profile and arrest these thugs and put them in jail where they belong. If I was on the city counsel this wouldn't have happened.
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Sep 26, 2012
 
You better watch those cops.
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Sep 26, 2012
 
Jim in SF wrote:
...Yet these poor misguided souls only find the gumption to get up off the couch and protest when one of their THUGS runs afoul of the law.
I STILL don't understand WHAT LAW was broken exactly the night Mario Romero was shot to death in his car? Did anyone ASK him what he was doing sitting in his car at that hour? Is that illegal? I've done it before and nothing happened to me, so why was he shot? I hear very clearly that looking like a thug pretty much means you are a thug, according to a lot of those commenting; however, I just don't see how that is such a threat, in and of itself. Call me naive. Please, I want to grasp this mentality - if only for the sake of being well-informed on the various factions at play here.
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Sep 26, 2012
 
watchdog wrote:
I Ďam not surprised by the racial undertone of this forum. Accusing the people that attended the city hall council meetings as lazy people. People who don't advocate for the loss of other young black people. I Ďam and will continue to be an attending citizen of these meetings. I Ďam a full time federal employee, and i reject the stereotypes so effortlessly express by Vallejo natives.
Don't stereotype us all - you are now doing it too. Vallejo Natives are a very cool, non-racist group in my OWN experience. The people on these forums are performing what I consider "spin control" and DO NOT REPRESENT WE VALLEJOANS. I can't speak for the Council, Police or any other group speaking on this forum, but I DO KNOW that we are all equal. The only thing different about us is our experiences in life and the attitudes we've developed based on what we've been through. You are clearly generalizing due to your experience on this site. Please know the one-sided, narrow-minded, politically-driven, crude, ignorant and downright inflammatory opinions paraded on this site are not representative of many (hopefully most) of this City's population. I say that as a lifelong member of this society and a non-minority.
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Sep 27, 2012
 
no need to waste taxpayer money on investigations. VPD did their job and they did it quickly.

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