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Livingston wins fourth term as Contra Costa County sheriff

Original post made on Jun 16, 2022

Contra Costa County Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston is poised to serve for a fourth term, defeating a challenge to his seat from Richmond police union president and county political newcomer Benjamin Therriault.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 10:46 PM

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Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 16, 2022 at 8:34 am

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Congratulations, Sheriff Livingston! Job well done. As for Mr. Therriault, I understand that he will not concede the election, until all votes are counted—even though, mathematically speaking, he can't win. That's ego talking, not a matter of principle.


Posted by Jeff Husted
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 16, 2022 at 10:58 am

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Mathematically speaking, Sheriff Livingston has officially won re-election and this speaks clearly of what most Contra Costa County resident voters are seeking and expecting of their County Sheriff's Department.

His questionable defense and support of two wrongful police killings by the same officer raises some red flags but this incident is now water under the bridge as the deputy has now been roghtfully sentenced to prison.

Kudos to Contra Costa County DA Diana Becton for getting to the bottom of things.


Posted by Dontrelle Jackson
a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2022 at 11:10 am

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For Mr. Therriault to challenge the outcome of this election is a waste of time unless he adheres to POTUS45 fallacies and strategies.

The voters of Contra Costa County have clearly made their choice...law & order with no constraints other than possible intervention by the District Attorney's office.


Posted by Jeremy Sloane
a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2022 at 1:18 pm

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Hopefully newly re-elected Sheriff Sloane will strive to improve inmate conditions at the three Contra Costa County jails including better food, expanded commissary options, and more expedient medical attention.

Improved outbound telephone service (with the possible allowance of inmate cellphones) would also be a step in the right direction along with adding modern gym facilities and a recreation/arcade room for those serving time for minor offenses.


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 18, 2022 at 8:16 am

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@Halsted

Still unhappy about your boy over there in SF being ousted? Gascon is next, buddy. The pendulum is starting to swing back the other way.


Posted by Jeff Husted
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 18, 2022 at 2:34 pm

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@Hex

BTW it's Husted not Halsted [sic].

What goes on in San Francisco or Los Angeles is of no concern to me.

Contra Costa County is another matter.

We need full transparency and accountability on the part of law enforcement.

And if their actions are cleared by DA Becton, the police have nothing to fear as some interventions are justifiable while others may not be, depending upon the situation.

The 'shoot first, ask questions later' approach might be OK for Tombstone but not in modern day Contra Costa County.


Posted by Marianne Peters
a resident of Danville
on Jun 18, 2022 at 2:59 pm

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If both police shootings/murders were justified as per Sheriff Livingston's view, why did Contra Costa County agree to pay a settlement of $9.4 million to the families of the two deceased victims?

Diana Becton got to the bottom of things and the deputy is now in prison.


Posted by Mary Livingston
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2022 at 9:48 am

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> If both police shootings/murders were justified as per Sheriff Livingston's view, why did Contra Costa County agree to pay a settlement of $9.4 million to the families of the two deceased victims?

^ Because video cam recordings of both incidents clearly proved to the court that the shootings were not justified by any means of the word.


Posted by Melissa Taylor
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 19, 2022 at 11:25 am

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The sheriff should not be head of both the county sheriff's department and the county coroner's office.

This is a conflict of interest when it comes to investigating wrongful police shootings.

Fortunately the county has DA Diana Becton to keep things in check.


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2022 at 9:43 pm

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@Halstead

You regurgitate the same woke rhetoric as your fellow lefties. The only problem is that your knowledge, or lack thereof, comes across as juvenile - in part because you have no experience in law enforcement.

As far as Becton goes, ask yourself why she took so long to charge Hall. What Becton saw was all of these progressive district attorneys engaged in a “movement.” In fact, Chesa Boudin used that very word to describe how he was going to enforce the law. Didn’t turn out so good for him, did it?

Becton knows what happened to Boudin, and she knows the same thing can happen to her. I suggest you pay close attention as to how she handles the second shooting regarding the suspect with a knife.

Oh, and one more thing: Hall was never charged with murder. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.


Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2022 at 9:58 pm

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Lolz. Nobody considers anything Becton is doing as keeping anything in check.


Posted by Jamal Washington
a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2022 at 7:41 am

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DA Becton is keeping questionable police improprieties in check.

@Malcom Hex
Murder & voluntary manslaughter still involve the wrongful killing of someone.

Deputy Hall was fortunate that the prosecutor's office went easy on him...six years instead of 25 to life.

The former & disgraced law enforcement officer will probably get released early due to 'good behavior' while incarcerated
and then he can return to a welcoming in Danville.


Posted by Jim Creighton
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jun 22, 2022 at 8:41 am

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Rogue cops and overly permissive DAs are not doing society any favors and both must be 'kept in check'.


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2022 at 8:45 am

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@Mary Livingston

You stated the following: “If both police shootings/murders were justified as per Sheriff Livingston's view, why did Contra Costa County agree to pay a settlement of $9.4 million to the families of the two deceased victims?”

Answer: TO AVOID LITIGATION

If those cases had been litigated in a civil court, and the County lost, the cost to the County could have been twice the amount paid out to the plaintiffs. Why? The lawsuit process can take a significant amount of time. Before a trial begins, there are investigations, pre-trial motions, insurance claims, medical evaluations, and more. The costs are staggering.

A settlement doesn't usually include an admission of guilt; it doesn't say anyone was right or wrong in the case. A settlement agreement may include a "no admission of liability" clause.

Also, you stated video cam recordings of both incidents clearly proved to the court that the shootings were not justified by any means. Really? The second case you speak of (the guy with a knife I presume) has not been litigated. In other words, there has NOT been a verdict reached in that case.

Fact check.



Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2022 at 9:26 am

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The California Penal Code Section 187 applies to murders that are premeditated or specified in the criminal statutes, Jamal. Mr. Hall was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, not murder.

Also, you said Becton went easy on the defendant. Not the case. Becton could not charge the defendant with murder, based on the very definition of the word - which I noted above.

Lastly, you mentioned that the defendant could have received 25 to life. Wrong again. In California, voluntary manslaughter is a felony and could result in the following penalties: Three, six, or eleven years in California state prison.

Fact checked


Posted by Jesse Arejo
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2022 at 9:34 am

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Danville will lose the second case as well because the family survivors have a very outspoken civil rights attorney who will add further negative publicity to the case.

And to avoid additional legal expenditures and public outcry, the city will eventually settle out of court to avoid further embarrassment and humiliation.


Posted by Melinda Dillon
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jun 22, 2022 at 10:03 am

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Where are these perpetrators coming from as they are obviously not Walnut Creek/Danville/San Ramon/Blackhawk residents.

680 is most likely the fastest access and escape route unless they are using public transportation.

Local residents have a right to be concerned as their upwardly mobile possessions and property easily attracts thieves.

Maybe the key is to be less materialistic and more humanistic.


Posted by Jeff Husted
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2022 at 10:17 am

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It is obvious that in addition to being charged and convicted of 'involuntary manslaughter', Officer Hall used excessive force as his life was not being threatened in any manner.

Thus self-defense could not be used as a viable defense.

Firing nine rounds into a car going less than 5 mph and shooting a mentally ill transient tossing small rocks at nothing hardly warrants two 'justifiable' police shootings.

Save the ammo for the real crooks.


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2022 at 10:28 am

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@Jesse

Contra Costa County paid $4.5 million to the family of the suspect with the knife. The DA's Office investigation into the suspects death is ongoing, with no word whether they'll pursue criminal charges against the defendant. In other words, the civil part of this case has already been settled. Settling a civil case, however, does not make the criminal case go away - if in fact the defendant is charged.


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2022 at 11:01 am

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@Halstead

You left out the part where the suspect took out a knife and pointed it towards the officer.


Posted by Jeff Husted
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2022 at 11:24 am

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"You left out the part where the suspect took out a knife and pointed it towards the officer."
@Malcolm X
The suspect's hands were DOWN while holding a dinky pocketknife and Officer Hall was standing nearly 8-10 feet away.

Was this a justifiable police shooting in your opinion?

Was the officer's life in eminant danger?

If justified, he wouldn't have been convicted...even in Contra Costa County.


Posted by Sally Denkins
a resident of Danville
on Jun 22, 2022 at 3:25 pm

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I think a taser would have sufficed given the situation.

Then again, it was the officer's decision to commit voluntary manslaughter.

While the shooting was not premeditated, it provided an opportunity for now-convictrd officer to express his inherent prejudice towards two suspects of color.


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2022 at 3:58 pm

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Until then, Halsteed, the district attorney will investigate to see if in fact a crime has been committed.


Posted by Lillian Jacobs
a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2022 at 4:07 pm

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If it is determined that another crime has been committed, hopefully the court will add another six years to the sentence.