#42 Feb 2, 2013
So this is how Darden and MusTARD handle complaints at being late?
#43 Feb 2, 2013
Like in all work places, internal unrest and envy exists.
Aside from the innuendos and opinions freely dispersed on discussion boards none of us really knows what makes the local PD tick....and those really in the know are not talking.
What we do know is that a resident called for assistance because his roommates allegedly assaulted him and threw his stuff to the curb. Why and how come we really do not know!
How severe was that dust up and how injured was the individual from it? Can we have a release of ALL 911 calls pertaining to this case?
2 officers did respond and arrived 45 minutes after the initial call. Things get a little odd from there on out.
The person seeking help and support from Officers Darden and Mustard is unhappy about them being tardy and late coming on scene, in his opinion. Phrased unfortunately, but understandable for someone ignorant of our lack of officers and their workload!
At that point, I do believe the situation already is taking a wrong turn.
I can understand that the person having been in an altercation is upset, but if I am looking for honey and can't get to it, I should not blame the bees, meaning: Do not verbally or otherwise attack those that you seek assistance from! Get my drift!
Now about getting into each others face, and that is exactly what each of them did.... with a predictable outcome!
I can understand that the coping mechanism took over prematurely with respect to Officer Darden's actions.
That he is a 17 year employee of the VPD as well as a Marine veteran is honorable and I can thank him for his dedication, but using that as an excuse to level an individual who at this point has *not been instructed* to calm down, move away, sit down, raise your hands, being patted down, or what ever an officer does to *protect himself* in a situation like this, is very odd.
Nobody but those that sit in briefings at the station know that a locker room mentality does exist and that sharing with like minded professionals those daily occurrences makes light of the difficult task that is before every officer on a daily basis as they encounter the public.
I would flat out lie if I were to say that sharing happenings from daily encounters with the general public even in non-law enforcement environments during meetings, are not common place!
I understand that, but passing around recorded evidence thought to be hilarious and then go so far to post it to a *social network* can be a teaching moment for future reference. Do not do it, best yet, follow policy and keep it within the confines of the Police Department!
How do we know the letter and attachments came from within the PD, is this supposed recorded evidence not been posted to YouTube or viewed by friends of friends....?
Out going mail from the VPD is collected and taken to City Hall for metering, are we having a pest problem there also? I recall seeing stamps on the original envelope sent to Mr. Noys, mail is metered at least when I volunteered!
As a former volunteer, I would like to point out that personal and physical evidence such as provided to Dan Noys is not available to volunteers and if it did indeed originate from within the PD it was provided or passed on by an employee to a party interested to further embarrass and make hay out of the already tense situation.
#44 Feb 2, 2013
I think this should happen more often. These little punks didn't have a daddy to do this for them when they were younger, so now our officers are forced to. And these entitled idiots don't understand or respond to please and thank you. It's the Officer Dardens standing between us and these angry punks. Thank you Vallejo PD. Be safe.
#45 Feb 2, 2013
GEE and Seedy City
Darden has a reputation for being abusive.He is near or at the top of the list.
If Darden cant control himself then he should not be allowed to interact with the public.
His behavior at City Council where he tore into Sampayan and McConnell was inapproiate especially when he chose to wear a VPD tee shirt. Wearing that tee-shirt makes him a representative of the VPD not a private citizen. He should have been written up and put on probation. In the private sector he would have gotten fired.
#46 Feb 2, 2013
<yawn> here we go with free speech to all but cops! bioya! go darden!!! esad private sector!!!
#47 Feb 2, 2013
The follow up to this story during Friday evening’s news presented an unusual twist.
The investigative reporter sought the reaction to the video from a member of the Mitchell family.
Is it just me or am I having an olfactory malfunction?
How does the opinion of this particular individual come into play with the case we are discussing? Coincidence ....or grubbing for dirt and validation from a member whose verbal assaults we endured for way too long about an issue that should play out in court and not so much in public?
I do not personally know Officer Darden, I have seen him, heard of him.... and not being specifically fond of rhymed talk with accompanying hand gestures that I consider offensive, I do begin to see some type of purpose here.
It is not so much about bringing justice and the following $$'s that show that "we are sorry that it happened" to an individual, but it actually may be personal. Officer Darden is and has been an aspiring Rapper, and we all know that competition is fierce as well as deadly in this genre!
He probably has "offended and or disrespected" some members of the community, those that demand respect for themselves, but do not have it for others, may it be shown through their behaviour and or actions! Judge much? Bet your bippy I do!
Why would I defend Officer Darden? I believe the situation has to be looked into and investigated and since I only know as much as one side is willing to tell, the whole story is not yet in to be judged.
#48 Feb 2, 2013
it's some criminals word against two cops, damn that punk went down fast, dropped!
#49 Feb 2, 2013
Thats the dumbest thing I ever heard.Look at the Video or is the truth too hard to accept.
Darden chose to become the aggressor much as he has done in the past.
#50 Feb 2, 2013
fast and furious, bengazi, are a lot worse then this
the police have to interact with stupid people every day and sometimes stupid people need to be slapped to get their attention. so if you're stupid let this be a lesson to you and remember, use your manners.
#51 Feb 2, 2013
i have looked at the video, multiple times. no where does it show the slap to the head as some have used to certify darden's behavior. looks like he used a simple hand-to-hand skill and had the loud mouth punk looking at sky, wham! like that!! yet still the crybabies insist he should have just asked the agitated "victim"(lol!) to sit down. the punk takes two steps into the camera and is seen next on the ground, from the move darden says he used in his report.
#52 Feb 2, 2013
Rumor has it that the WWE has been in contact with Darden.
#53 Feb 2, 2013
Well honey bunny, normally an officer will ask you to step back, sit down, show your hands, etc.
Hand-to-hand skills that land your ass on the ground are not usual and customary actions taken by officers, not even in Vallejo. But as we can see, exceptions are made.
I also viewed the video and what actually did occur is unclear unless of course you have a different source than I do. I saw movement that I would attribute to Officer Darden approaching the individual, one or two steps, not the other way around. I saw movement that would indicate the described leg and knee action taken by Officer Darden. As the camera shows nothing but pavement and only a portion of the individuals head I do not know how anyone can say that he was slapped down.
What is of further interest is the letter that accompanied the video. Mr. Noyse indicated that he received the letter and video from a source inside the Police Department. I do not believe it!
By the composition and rant of this letter I can draw parallels to previous speeches at council and ad hoc meetings.
Tip of the Day, no charge:
Do not get side tracked from the task at hand namely "Officer Darden's abusive behaviour"! Was that not the main issue this concerned citizen wanted to have brought to everyone's attention? But then the composer of the letter veers off track and accuses others at the department, by name, of providing protection to officers such as Officer Darden and opines that evidence is hidden or stolen. When and where have we heard all this before?
Do we really need people from Oakland and Fresno advising Vallejo residents on the hundred different ways to skin a cat?
Mr. Robles, I believe you have been had, used and thrown into the court of public scrutiny in a seriously major way!
#54 Feb 2, 2013
It was said that the uploaded video was not accessible to the public. You can place a video online and only those with the password can view it. So if it came from outside the department, it was because someone within the department talked about it. The videos are considered evidence. Is there no policy about who has access to the evidence and whether or not it can duplicated for personal use? It's clear in the video that Darden esculated the situation by stepping up on an already aggitated person. That is poor judgement from a veteran officer. Even further poor judgement to make copies to brag about his behavior with his fellow officers. There have been several instance over the last few years where information has been leaked from the pd as a means to make jokes about victims who have called public safety for assistance. This is indicative of poor leadership from the former chief.
#55 Feb 2, 2013
How ironic that the3 corrupt VPD and their apologists are looking for the person that leaked the video rather than fixing the corrupt behavior of officers.
#56 Feb 2, 2013
Corruption according to VIB only and that does not count.
#57 Feb 2, 2013
You are so blind and full of rage that truth has no place in your life.
Darden is infamous for his abusive behavior--thats a fact. the Video confirms that--thats a fact.
Tell us the VIB Ghost Army altered the video--in your pea brain I bet that you think that.
#58 Feb 2, 2013
yeah but your standards of what "abuse" is are so unrealistic its pathetic. Being driven out on lake Herman road handcuffed and beaten nearly to death might be abusive. That used to happen around here and we didnt have the trouble we see now. Thats a f@#cking fact. Those were good times.
#59 Feb 2, 2013
hooray for cops that beat the crap out of criminals. fcuk their rights, i have a right to a peaceful life.
#60 Feb 3, 2013
#61 Feb 3, 2013
A society that makes war with it's police had better learn to make friends with its criminals....oh wait you are heading down the road now.
Excellent job by the Vpd.
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