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Ex-Danville deputy Andrew Hall sentenced to six years in prison for assault in Laudemer Arboleda's death

Original post made on Mar 4, 2022

Andrew Hall, the former Danville police officer who fatally shot unarmed motorist Laudemer Arboleda to end a slow-speed pursuit in 2018, was sentenced to six years in state prison Friday by a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 4, 2022, 10:53 AM

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Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Mar 4, 2022 at 11:23 am

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Here are the as yet to be investigated issues:

"An initial investigation by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office -- with which Danville contracts for police service -- cleared Hall of wrongdoing."

Just who is going to investigate the Sheriff as to who decided that Hall didn't do
anything wrong?
And then there's this:
"Charges weren't filed in the Arboleda case until Hall made more news by shooting and killed another man in March 2021 in Danville, when he killed 32-year-old transient Tyrell Wilson near the Sycamore Valley Road overpass of Interstate 680."

So the question here is where was our District Attorney on this matter until it became painfully obvious that Hall acted improperly not once, but most likely twice.

And also,

"Shortly after the October verdict, Contra Costa County agreed to pay $4.9 million to Arboleda's family to settle a lawsuit."

So we, the taxpayers have to suck up a nearly $5 million bill.

At the end of the day those who caused this crime to go unpunished initially will most likely escape any penalties for their inaction. And I will bet you that Tyrell Wilson's family will also get a county taxpayer-funded payoff for his death. A lot of additional pain and expense would have been avoided if our government at several levels had done the right thing.

Posted by Steve White
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2022 at 12:28 pm

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The judge in the case went to UC Berkeley, where she took Sociology and then to Hastings Law School. Sociology should be abolished, it is an anti-truth movement . There should be no departments of Sociology anywhere, and anyone who got an undergrad degree in it as a prerequisite to a law degree should have their law degree taken away. Law degrees should only be available to people who have completed study of a real subject first.
The DA in Contra Costa did not file charges until after this deputy shot someone else, who was rushing him with a knife. I have not seen her explain her actions.
The Contra Costa DA controversially hired a cop Kamala Harris had kept in her power circle when she went from SF DA to CA AG - Larry Wallace - after he was accused of sexual harassment in his CA DOJ job -
Many in the Contra Costa DA's office were upset by his hiring - they seem to assume Wallace was guilty - and of course, after seeing possible bad publicity, Harris dumped him rapidly - but after the media stopped reporting on it actively, Becton, Harris' buddy, hires him. His specialty was reportedly political corruption. It is interesting, in my view, to consider that Becton only got into office because the former DA Mark Peterson, resigned after he was charged by the AG. This enabled Becton to become DA without winning an election, but being appointed by the CC Board of Supervisors. Kamala Harris had left the AG"s office for the Senate a few months before. Her replacement was Xavier Becerra, who, in my view inexplicably, became Secretary of Health and Human Services.
So, did Becerra agree with Harris, to charge Peterson, so that he would be forced out, so her buddy Becton could take the job? And do any of those three- Harris, Becerra, or Becton, - owe Wallace some special favors? Was his job to get the dirt on Mark Peterson? And/or on all the many people who could have been appointed instead of Harris, Becerra, and Becton? ALL of them

Posted by Steve White
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2022 at 12:49 pm

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All of them, in my view, are plotters - it seems very likely Becerra was put in the Biden cabinet because Harris wanted him - I can not find any indication of a previous connection between Biden and Becerra - Becerra has an Ivy League degree - Stanford - and he was a Congressman -but he was not much associated with health or medicine at any time I can find.
Looking at the timeline, the state quietly - VERY quietly it appears- settled the lawsuit by Wallace' former secretary for $400K in May 2017 (per Newsweek) and then Wallace was KEPT ON AT THE AG's OFFICE BY BECERRA - until the settlement came out in LATE 2018 - around 18 months later - Harris, the actual AG at the time the lawsuit was filed - denied knowing about it - and the media has let her get away with it, apparently.
I do not find it at all credible that Harris did not know about the lawsuit, which was filed when the #MeToo movement was at it's height, against one of the people she had pulled into the AG's office - this was not just some investigator working in a huge agency Harris happened to be the head of - though even a claim she did not know about such a lawsuit against a person she never met would not be at all credible. Someone would tell her, at least, they would unless they were positive she wanted plausible deniability. I also do not believe Becerra did not know about it. The settlement was in his administration.
This man either was very much loved by these folks - who seem, to me, incapable of much love if it conflicts with their ambitions - OR HE KNOWS TOO MUCH, and was told he needed to quit and lay low, but eventually, he would be compensated.

Posted by D
a resident of Danville
on Mar 5, 2022 at 7:32 am

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In the heat of the moment, Officer Hall made a decision, that Monday morning quarterbacks now contest. This should have simply been a civil matter, and not a criminal matter involving this officer who may have been civilly negligent, but did not do anything that warranted going to prison for over 5 years. Becton is a politician, not a DA, and there is nothing more dangerous than a DA who acts as a politician. She was caught lying and plagiarising her application for DA, which shows her lack of character and credibility. DA Becton is a much bigger threat to the safety of our community than this police officer.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Mar 5, 2022 at 10:38 am

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Becton needs to go. Hall did make a decision in the heat of the moment, and if this keeps up, no one will want to be a police officer. We'll all be in trouble.

Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Mar 7, 2022 at 6:12 am

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Hall was a bad cop for years and the brotherhood of blue just kept looking the other way. He nearly beat an inmate to death, had anger issues and loved the control that being a police officer provides. It is all those that covered for him that are culpable. This is why we need to rethink, reform policing in our communities.

Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Mar 7, 2022 at 9:15 pm

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Isn't it an eye-opener that "D" and "Jennifer" have so little regard for human life! To think that someone regards the killing of another human being as "a civil matter" is completely astonishing, and could not be further from the truth. No one, cop or no cop, needs to empty his weapon into someone under the circumstances that existed with Mr. Arboleda. I don't have any "love" for our current DA. She appears to be more of a politician than the county's chief law enforcement officer. I remain concerned about the lack of process within the DA's office to exercise oversight on the conduct of all uniformed police officers. To allow the Sheriff's Office to give Officer Hall a pass on the killing of an unarmed citizen, then wait for him to do it again before acting, show's she isn't really fit to be DA. And "Jennifer," if we have to allow some of our cops to kill a few folks, in order to keep them on the job, then "we are already in trouble." You had better hope you never end up being a victim, or a victim's family member at the hands of a man like Hall. Then again, maybe you'd be "all in" to get five million bucks in exchange for the death of someone you loved. But for me, there isn't enough money in the world to pay for the needless loss of a loved one.
If "Real Justice" is to prevail here, Hall should tried for the death of his second victim too. Six years is a too small a price to be paid for killing someone without reason.

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 8, 2022 at 12:41 am

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From Paul Clark: “Hall should be tried for the death of his second victim too. Six years is a too small a price to be paid for killing someone without reason.“

So, Deputy Hall killed the “victim” without a reason? Hey Paul, the “victim,” as you call him, had a knife. The “victim” had also taken two steps towards Deputy Hall - with knife.

Say Paul, if a man came at you with a knife, would you consider him a victim, or an assailant?

Posted by D
a resident of Danville
on Mar 8, 2022 at 7:25 am

D is a registered user.

@Paul Clark: In 2021, 458 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the U.S., an increase of 55% from the number who died in 2020. How many letters or emails did you send mourning the "killing of another human being" for their lives? What is "completely astonishing" is your absolute lack of empathy for the incredibly dangerous and difficult job law enforcement officers do in risking their lives to protect complete strangers from harm.

Did this officer make the wrong judgment call in the heat of the moment in this particular case? Probably. However, what if the suspect, who refused multiple lawful requests to stop and sped off in his car toward other officers, hit and killed an officer or a civilian on the nearby sidewalk? He would have you and your ambulance chasing lawyer friends attacking him for not doing anything. Due to your anti-police rhetoric law enforcement officers can not win, and as Jennifer stated this is why there is a shortage of individuals joining the academy and pursuing law enforcement as a career.

Before you crucify the police with your Monday morning attacks, please attend a funeral of an officer who died in the line of duty, and try to look at the issues from their fellow officers point of view. Every day they have to make split second decisions in the heat of the moment, and they are human, and occasionally make the wrong decision. But to treat them as criminals for political gain of an immoral DA like Becton is wrong.

Posted by Robin Taylor
a resident of Danville
on Mar 8, 2022 at 8:56 am

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DA Becton is immoral? "D" would you please explain. You may have some important information.

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