Uploaded: Thu, Jul 16, 2009, 2:21 pm
Ethnic epithet elicits explosive exchange
A 44-year-old Danville man is facing charges, following a fight. Danville Police Sgt. Kevin Daley said officers were called to Vinoteca on Prospect Ave. around 11 p.m. on July 10 on a report of a fight. The victim, a 56-year-old Walnut Creek man, reported to police that he had been attacked in the bar and head-butted.
Officers made contact with the suspect, identified as Gerard Powers. Powers, who officers said was demonstrably intoxicated, said the incident began when the victim came up to him at the bar and called him a "big-nosed Irish bastard." Powers stated that he went up to the victim in an attempt to resolve the issue but the situation ended with violence.
Witnesses were unable to say exactly what happened, other than that Powers reportedly head-butted the victim twice and then grabbed him in a headlock. Both men were ejected from the bar.
An EMT team from the San Ramon Fire Protection District was dispatched to the scene, but neither man required treatment. Daley said Powers was arrested and taken into custody. A breathalyzer test administered by police showed Powers blood alcohol level to be .31, nearly four times the legal limit.
Powers was charged with public intoxication and battery. He was transported to the Martinez Detention Center.
Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2009 at 9:57 am
For one thing, Tony, you can not be the same tony who posted about the cops being jerks above my previous comment. New Tony seems like someone who works for the Danville Weekly. You can confirm or deny that.
Anyway, please, everyone, read that article. Read it and see how they place zero fault on the murderer. In no way do they single out the suspect as being the one who caused this tragedy. No, what the Danville Weekly describes as the cause is that Rylan consorted with the wrong people. And I quote:
"Rylan Fuchs made some bad choices..."
No, he didn't. His choices are irrelevant to this case. He chose to hang with someone who adults brought into this community. If we think Rylan should've known better than to hang with this guy, WHY DID WE ADULTS NOT KNOW BETTER. WHY DID THE ADULTS, THE OFFICIALS OF THIS COMMUNITY, BRING LIKELY THUGS AND MURDERERS INTO DANVILLE!!!
"The death of a young person must be mourned...whether the child dies from disease, drinking and driving, or consorting with questionable companions."
Need I say more. The Danville Weekly is putting Rylan's MURDER in the realm of disease or drinking and driving. Okay, that's obvious obfuscation. He wasn't stricken randomly by something we have relatively little control over, such as disease. The "drinking and driving" comment is far more telling. Someone who causes their own death from drinking and driving is certainly to blame. They may not have "deserved to die." However, no one would say they weren't to blame. This is how the whole article portrays Rylan, equivalent to a drunk driver, who through his poor choices caused his own death.
People need to get real on what "poor decisions" he made. HE sold pot. Big F*ing deal! He smoked pot and sold to people he knew. Well, I guess half the people I knew in highschool should've been killed. Weed is not a drug people get killed over in Danville. I went to Monte Vista in the 90s. At least a quarter of the school smoked weed. On Grad Night, fifty of us smoked on the boat, all the different cliques, girls and guys. It's a peaceful drug if anything, resulting in far less aggression than alcohol. But, I'm not here to defend pot. I'm here asserting that people don't get killed over pot in Danville. People usually sold to pay for their own stash. The people involved were not even remotely dangerous.
However, you bring in thugs from Richmond who have a totally ruthless perspective on life, well then you get people killed over nothing. Rylan could've just looked at the little bastard the wrong way. Here's the thing, I heard Rylan wasn't even "consorting" with the murderer. I heard that the little Richmond group home bastard thug was trying to establish turf. The little homie thought he could walk into this town of white boys and dominate with his intimidation. He wanted to take over the pot trade in Danville, and when Rylan went ahead and sold afterwards, probably having no idea how serious goons from Richmond can be, the thug killed him with a cowardly ambush and shot to the back of the head. The little fiend thought he could just walk into our ripe, weak community with his guns and take over. Such is why I've come to see the importance of the 2nd ammendment, because good people must have guns to protect themselves from the evil ones who think they are the only ones who got 'em.
Take note of how the Danville Weekly goes into a long defense of group homes, not once bringing up the home's method of determining whether one of their participants is dangerous or not, and how they failed miserably at keeping murderers out. There's only a few kids at that home and one of them turned out to be a cold-blooded murderer. The home has had several other problems as well, such as harassing girls and possessing guns.
Danville has never had a murder like this. These kinds of murders are only found in the ghetto. What kind of murder do I refer to? Hit murders. Murders to accomplish gang-style objectives such as turf. We had a murder a couple years back between two brothers. Those are the only ones you find in small towns, called familial murders. These are few and far between, and are between people who are passionately loathing of each other, which usually only happens between people who are very close. I don't fear myself or my children getting caught up in this. I just watch those close to me, of whom none are crazy. Gangland murders are completely different, much colder, for simple objectives and often taking down collateral victims. If we let this gang-style ethic come into our town, we'll soon be seeing more kids like Rylan being hit with other innocent kids going down in the crossfire. Then the Danville Weekly will complain about how we "don't want to live in a bubble. After all, these murders happen in Richmond and Oakland all the time."
And I quote:
The murderer "attended Danville high schools for a time while living in a group home. This has led some residents to denounce the idea of group homes in our community. But Danville is part of the greater Bay Area and the rest of the world. We don't help anyoneincluding our childrenby trying to shut ourselves off or believing that teens who need a home should find our doors closed to them."
For one thing, we absolutely help our children by not letting CRIMINALS into our community. After all, the victim of our naivete is a murdererd child. You who brought in that thug are responsible for Rylan's murder. That kid will not get to live his life because we couldn't have the guts and strength of mind to protect him. I will not risk our children to help others. I'm sorry. If that pisses you off, you obviously don't have children. Yes, my children mean more to me than those in Richmond, and if to help them I have to risk my own, well F*** THAT!!!
Unfortunately, it is a fact that if you bring in a bunch of "troubled teens" from Richmond, one of them AT LEAST is going to be a full-on, gun-toting, kill-you-for-anything THUG!!! Upright Treatment Center proved that they are inept at judging the good from the bad.
And I quote:
"Alamo resident Brad Blake was named Citizen of the Year by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce last week, partly because he started a program to encourage soccer players from Richmond to go to
college. Blake understands the importance of reaching out to the greater world rather than trying to build a wall around our community."
Yeah, well Blake is an idiot. For one thing, I didn't hear any line of reasoning as to why his assertion is correct. Because he's not! You're damn right I want to live in a fortress when it comes to my children. If the Greater Bay Area sucks, well that don't mean I'm gonna let Danville turn into a cesspool of murderers. Real men don't go with the flow, saying "well it's like that everywhere else." Well, then I guess we're not gonna be like everywhere else. Real men build walls and stand guard against those who would prey on their children.
I will paraphrase the Weekly:
"The death of a young person must be mourned and we must seek any lessons that come from it..." and "ask ourselves questions about how, why and what we can do to make sure this does not happen again..."
I could not agree more. And the lesson is that group homes are dangerous and not worth the death of another of our children. That group home will be gone soon. Of this, I am now sure, for I have met too many people in this area who are just as equally furious. We are the majority. We will be heard.