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Pleasanton: Family, city agree to settle lawsuit over Jacob Bauer's death for $5.9M, private meeting with police chief

Original post made on Aug 11, 2021

The city and parents of Jacob Bauer have agreed to settle the lawsuit brought over the local man's death in police custody for $5.9 million and a private meeting with PPD leadership to discuss policy changes around mental health calls.

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Posted by D
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2021 at 7:04 am

D is a registered user.

He did not die "because he simply broke a few bottles at a grocery store". He died because he knowingly ingested enough meth that caused toxicity. His parents are in complete denial, and instead of being upset at their son for knowingly taking huge amounts of meth, they financially benefit from their son's drug usage. Moreover, any board certified pathologist or anesthesiologist will tell you that meth causes people to act highly irrational with increased strength and violence, that takes sufficient strength to attempt to stop them before they seriously injure truly innocent victims.

This has nothing to do with the police "negligently dealing with a mentally ill person". He was simply a drug user, not a poor innocent mentally ill person who did not know right from wrong due to this mental status. Even a PH.D with decades of clinical experience dealing with mentally ill would not be able to stop a drug user who took enough meth to be toxic from harming himself or others. What is sad is how our society somehow blames the police for their son choosing a life of knowingly taking harmful drugs that led to a tragic conclusion. What actions did the parents take(before cashing in on his death) when he was still alive to get him off meth? I hope during their conversation with the Chief of Police he gets to ask them some questions.

Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2021 at 7:22 pm

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In this instance, I would have to agree with you. This looks like George Floyd Redux. And more than likely, the settlement" was brought about by Pleasanton's insurer. Insurance companies always look at costs, not at right and wrong. Years ago, I was hit broadside in the San Jose Airport Parking lot so hard my full-size station wagon was turned 180 degrees by the impact, and yet ultimately my insurance company paid off the woman who hit me, even though a judge had already ruled in my favor. Lawsuits cost money, and so they avoid them at all costs.

Posted by Jeremy
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2021 at 11:53 pm

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What are you two basing your comments on, regarding cause of death? After viewing police body-cam footage, it’s pretty clear that the police used excessive force, and there was no need to try and detain him in the first place. It’s not surprising to me that he died given the way he was handled by the officers.
This is a sad, and very unnecessary tragedy. When the police don’t admit responsibility, and the public defends their irresponsible actions, it gets in the way of preventing similar tragedies in the future. Please get more informed before you assert your opinions.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2021 at 7:57 pm

Jennifer is a registered user.

This is sad and tragic. The police are in a "no-win" situation.

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