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Two excessive use of force complaints filed against San Ramon, PD, chief and officers

Original post made on Jan 6, 2022

A federal complaint filed against the City of San Ramon, its police department and chief, and several officers last month is one of at least two in 2021 alleging excessive use of force and constitutional violations by SRPD officers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 6:42 PM

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Posted by Anne Cavazos
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 6, 2022 at 7:44 am

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I saw the article and police cam footage in the SF Chronicle regarding Badr's treatment by SRPD. Awful! Shame on those police officers.
All the police departments involved in the Mallot incident need to release the body cam footage of the incident before asking for the case to be dismissed. Sure, go ahead. See what the judge says when you don't provide the evidence and then have the case dismissed for no evidence.
Police Chief Craig Stevens needs to be fired. There are bad eggs in the SRPD and he protects them.
As San Ramon citizens with our own police force, we deserve to have a much better police chief and police officers.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2022 at 1:39 pm

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He should've made his payments on time, or turned the car in. Rental car companies will report the car stolen if you fall behind, and rightfully so.


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 8, 2022 at 10:57 am

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@ Anne Cavazos,

There are a number of things you need to take into consideration from from the perspective of a law enforcement officer regarding this tragic event.

This incident was considered a felony car stop. Felony car stops are considered high risk - especially at night. The police have no idea when making a car stop if the suspect has weapons. This isn’t any different than responding to a domestic violence call - both are just as dangerous.

If you go back and watch the video, San Ramon Police told Mr. Badr to exit the vehicle he was driving. After Mr. Badr exited the vehicle, he placed both hands on the top of the car. Mr. Badr was told to stay in place. However, he decided not to.

For some reason, Mr. Badr took his hands off the vehicle and turned towards the the open door of the driver’s side of the car. In other words, his back was to SRPD. It appeared that Mr. Badr was attempting to get back in the vehicle (to get a gun? drive away?). Sadly, Mr. Badr was only attempting to get his shoes on.

As tragic as the incident was, SRPD had to make a split second decision. Fortunately, SRPD made the right call and used a canine instead of a firearm.

By the way, check out the plethora of felony car stop videos on YouTube. You might get a different perspective on the incident from a law enforcement point of view.




Posted by Tsai Lent
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 10, 2022 at 10:13 am

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Video shows SRPD watched for 12+ seconds while the suspect repeatedly reached back inside his car to retrieve items (footwear) prior to complying.

After the suspect complied and then dropped his hands (not reaching inside the car or making any other threatening motions), SRPD escalated in < 2 seconds, without any change in warning.

It's very reasonable for LEO's to be worried about a possible weapon (when is the last time you heard law enforcement unions advocating for stricter gun control policies to protect their members), but risk was highest with the repeated reaches back into the vehicle, when they did not escalate.

It's also perfectly reasonable for a person who is being confronted by multiple armed LEO's yelling different things from different directions to be bewildered and completely unaware of why they are being confronted.

It's not clear from the video who was more scared, the officers or the suspect, but I suspect that SR will be seeking out of court settlement because letting this go to a jury will be a guaranteed loss.

As expensive as it is, training a new K-9 handler is less expensive than the legal costs for this fiasco. It's also unclear that the multiple LEO yell-fest did anything but exacerbate the situation. Not sure who trained these LEO's, but let's hope that Santa brought additional training (and a bulk supply of Depends) to the SRPD for Christmas because this is an excellent example of how NOT to communicate clearly.

There is more than one change need to avoid these situations in the future. Chief among them is changing state law to differentiate between car payment that is 4 days late and a car stolen off the street.

The taxpayers of San Ramon will foot the bill for another episode where LEO's playing as if in a movie instead of real-life. If Mayor Hudson and the rest of the City Council don't start to address the repeated issues with SRPD's excessive responses, I will be looking for new representation in the next election.


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 10, 2022 at 10:37 pm

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Thai said the following:

Video shows SRPD watched for 12+ seconds while the suspect repeatedly reached back inside his car to retrieve items (footwear) prior to complying.

One big problem with your statement: The suspect never complied. As I stated in my last post, the suspect took his hands off the top of the car and turned his back on SRPD. In fact, you also stated that the suspect REPEATEDLY reached back in the car. How was SRPD to know he wasn’t reaching for a firearm?

But here is another hole in your argument. You stated the following:

“It's also perfectly reasonable for a person who is being confronted by multiple armed LEO's yelling different things from different directions to be bewildered and completely unaware of why they are being confronted.”

Really? Have you been in that situation? I have. When I was 17, I was walking near my home when five patrol cars circled my friend and I. The officers exited there vehicle and pointed their firearms at us.

The officers yelled at us from different directions and told us to put our hands on a nearby car. We later found out that we fit the description of two burglary suspects in the area. We were released without further incident.

Bottom line: I complied with a lawful order and did what I was told - unlike the person in this article. And keep in mind I was a 17 year old teenager at the time - much less mature than the driver in this story.



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