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San Ramon police chief bans carotid restraint as part of response to '8 Can't Wait'

Original post made on Jun 13, 2020

San Ramon Police Chief Craig Stevens issued a letter to the community late Friday afternoon addressing all eight policy points in the "8 Can't Wait" initiative that aims to amend use-of-force protocols in local police departments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 12, 2020, 6:05 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2020 at 8:33 am

Danville PD needs to also ban shooting into cars. The killing of a confused young man in downtown Danville done by a gun happy officer needs to never happen again. A car moving at 3 mph as it had in 2 other attempts to pull it over is not a reason to kill the driver and put the public at risk as it accelerates with a dead driver at the wheel as it crashed into a car in the opposite lane of traffic. The chief of Danville police said it was a justified shooting the very next day. Having viewed the video there is no doubt the cop was in no danger and positioned himself for a kill shot. Chief Shields need to explain why the officer has not been fired. This example is why the police can not investigate the police they have a code of silence that is stronger than a deadly street gang.

Posted by Bob
a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Keep up the great work you do Danville Police. Chief Shields, be safe out there and most Danville residents have your back. Take care.....

Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Jun 15, 2020 at 10:57 am

To Danville PD - please post your policy re: "8 can't wait". Danville residents need to hear from you on this important topic. YES, we respect and support you and the vital role you play to protect and serve, and we will continue to fund your efforts appropriately so residents can continue to have one of the safest communities in America. And NO we don't support excessive use of force. Both can be true...these principles are not mutually exclusive.

Scenario: When a police officer's son is shot by a fellow officer who uses excessive force beyond what was minimally necessary, that incident would certainly trigger policy change. Why do we have to wait for the next "incident" to be caught on camera before smart action can be taken preventatively? Do the right thing.....this policy is an easy and does not jeopardize your mission.

Posted by Accountablity
a resident of Danville
on Jun 15, 2020 at 12:06 pm

When are Danville PD going to address the death of a man killed by deputy, Andrew Hall? A quick check shows that deputy Andrew Hall is back on the street. What training did he complete to insure my son, a new driver is not killed by this man? My son is not white is he going to be in danger in Danville? How does a policeman get away with no accountability for killing the driver because the driver was reported as being suspicious and not white.

Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 15, 2020 at 10:41 pm

Thank you, chief Stevens, for taking the initiative of responding to the list of 8 demands.
As a civilian I don’t have the ability to analyze those demands the way you do and it was very helpful to hear your responses— Especially to the use of force continuum.

When I took the San Ramon citizens police Academy I became convinced that we had an enlightened force of qualified officers willing to get between us and whatever dangers are out there. Since that time (and it is been about five years since I took the course), nothing that has happened in San Ramon has made me feel otherwise. I was particularly proud of our officers two weeks ago when they shepherded our mostly young protesters down Bollinger to City Hall.

I think Chief Stevens and his predecessors have been responsible for creating standards and expectations in our police force that keep everyone in San Ramon, regardless of color, safer. I hope this never changes.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2020 at 7:05 am

#Blue Lives Matter. Quit committing crimes. And if you are stupid enough to commit a felony, quit resisting arrest. Problem solved. Lets give all police officers a month off around the country and see what happens. The anti-police protesters will suffer the most in their high crime neighborhoods. Let them call ghostbusters.

Posted by Dan
a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2020 at 10:16 am

You are wrong the police officer's wives will suffer if we give the police a month off. [portion removed pending verification] The system is corrupt and needs to be fixed to insure bad police are fired not protected. [portion removed pending verification]

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