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Police identify 4 teens present during Middleton Place attack

Original post made on Sep 26, 2013

Pleasanton Police detectives have the identities of three teens who were present when a local man was attacked over the weekend and left unconscious on the street. They also have the identity of an 18-year-old "person of interest" from outside the area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6:26 PM

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Sep 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Moral compass? We live in a anything goes society and the youth are taking their cues from reality shows, gangsta lifestyles and parents who want to be liked not respected. So why would these kids respect a neighbor who comes out and asks them something. They will disrespect him and worse yet beat him up. I would not want to be raising kids now.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Sep 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Gee, Louise, I didn't realize that you were there. Why don't you tell us the whole story of how it went down? Here I've been assuming that the police were investigating to find out if that's how things actually happened, and all this time you knew!

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Sep 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Huh, your sarcasm and anger is evident. Why? I guess you don't like it when someone doesn't agree with your point of view. I didn't say I was there if you read correctly, but I can read the article and it stated that there was a man who lived in the neighborhood that was beaten severely by several youths. So what does that mean? It means what it says. Now they have witnesses so eventually we will know what happened. Your sarcasm doesn't help discourse, it discourages.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

Louise, I don't have a "point of view." I'm simply pointing out that we don't really know what happened. You have judged the people involved and declared the guilt and lack of moral compass of the teenagers - but we don't really know who did what, only the outcome. I've pointed out the Trayvon Martin case before, where people rushed to judgment, only to find out later that the young man who was shot was in large part responsible for what happened.

That the man was seriously injured is a tragedy. But spouting off about morality and "gangsta lifestyles," etc. when you actually have very little information about the people involved and what went down just contributes to the division, suspicion and resentment between people of different ages, social groups, etc.

This is a time for expressing sympathy for the injured man's family, not judgment about who is to blame and why. There will be a time for that when we know more about what happened.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm

If you read my posts Huh?, I think you will get that I am not a Sean Hannity fan, and perhaps Louise leans a lot further to the right (if my memory of some of her other posts is accurate?) than you or I. And no, we don't know if the kid's were little quasi-gang bangers or not. I believe what Louise was saying though is that there has been a tendency with current pop culture for kids to emulate some very unsavory role models.
There is absolutely no doubt in this case that the victim met up with a very violent little s#1+ disturber, and that the coward in question fled the scene. I for one want this animal removed from society. So, yes, I agree with most of what Louise said regardless of her political leanings.
As far as being guilty of making assumptions, be careful with stones in your glass house. Regarding the Summerhill/Diablo project, you have often leapt to the assumption that those opposed must be right wing property rights nuts. I, and many of those against more trophy properties, are anything but. The recent fire could not make my case more clear.
I currently find myself in bed with two of the most disgusting excuses for humans I can think of - Michelle Malkin, and Glenn Beck - on the subject of Common Core. That said, their reasons for opposing it are completely different from my own. And I'm still not joining the TeaNut parade anytime soon.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

"There is absolutely no doubt in this case that the victim met up with a very violent little s#1+ disturber, and that the coward in question fled the scene. I for one want this animal removed from society."

Derek, you might be right. But based on information available to date a complete lack of doubt is unwarranted. I assume more information will be forthcoming, but right now all we have is speculation.

What we're told is: "Neighbor Carolyn DeFeo said she'd been told by Lamont's wife that a group of boys and girls were outside the family's home when he was attacked. "There was an argument," DeFeo said. "He was knuckle punched or sucker punched."

That's a second-hand story from a person who talked to a person who didn't even see what happened. (Lamont's wife reportedly did not go outside with her husband.) Maybe more information will come to light, but from what's been published so far the injuries to the homeowner could have been the result of a single punch, preceded by.... well, we don't know. There was a homicide in Alamo a year or so ago which followed just that scenario: Web Link

The three Pleasanton teens who were present have been reported to have been cooperative with police investigating the event, and are not considered to be suspects. That hasn't prevented people posting here from describing them as "thugs" and "cretins." You've decided that the one person who threw a punch (or more) is a "coward."

It's an unfortunate fact of life that a single punch can result in a fractured skull and death if the person hit falls badly. And sometimes that punch is thrown in self-defense. I have no way of knowing if that's the case here, but just as with the Giant/Dodger fan stabbing the other day, sometimes things aren't what people assume on first impression.

I don't know any of the people involved here and I assume you don't either. But until more information comes to light I, for one, am not going to adopt the position that I have "no doubt" about what happened or the character of the people involved.

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Posted by Brian D' Angelo
a resident of Danville
on Sep 30, 2013 at 7:17 am

Thank God for journalists like Malkin and Beck! Any voice to counter the MSM agenda is welcome. Thrilled Michael Savage will be driving the socialists crazier with a new drive time slot! This incident is a tragedy for this family---the perpetrator IS a cretin. If the shoe fit wear it.

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