The following 3 articles appeared on June 15 and 16 in the Vallejo Times-Herald. Many thanks to reporter John Glidden and VT-H staff for covering this intensely important issue in a time of crisis and needed change. We are especially appreciative for the link to the 74-page report, “VALLEJO POLICE DEPARTMENT: Independent Assessment of Operations, Internal Review Systems, and Agency Culture.” – Roger Straw
Vallejo City Council to review analysis of police departmentBY JOHN GLIDDEN, June 15, 2020
The 70-page assessment prepared by the OIR Group praises the hard work done by Vallejo police but it does note an us versus them mentality as “the prevailing sentiment (in the department) was that officers who are willing to contend with dangerous crime in a thankless environment should at least be empowered to do so without unnecessary scrutiny or interference.”
“Much of the department seems to have an aggrieved perspective toward local politicians, the media, and its critics in the activist and legal communities (including an active plaintiffs’ bar),” the report states…. [continued]
Vallejo’s police union files restraining order to block release of officer’s name involved in Monterrosa shootingBY JOHN GLIDDEN, June 16, 2020
The Vallejo police union filed a temporary restraining order in Solano Superior Court on Monday to prevent the city from releasing the name of any officer involved in the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old Sean Monterrosa, according to court records and a union representative.
Vallejo officials said Tuesday that the city intends to oppose the restraining order and release the names of the involved officer(s) on its own terms…. [continued]
Vallejo Police Department banned from training on Touro’s campus following union’s Facebook postBY JOHN GLIDDEN, June 16, 2020
Vallejo police will not longer be allowed to train on Touro University California’s Mare Island campus after the police union issued a statement Saturday criticizing those protesting the death of Sean Monterrosa.Touro University California Provost Dr. Sarah M. Sweitzer said the university was “appalled” by the statement from the Vallejo Police Officer’s Association questioning those attending the march, she wrote in a June 13 message posted to the university’s web page.
“As a community that stands against systemic racism and institutionalized inequity… [continued]