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Danville: Contra Costa Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to 2018 shooting of Laudemer Arboleda

Original post made on Jun 17, 2021

Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy Andrew Hall pleaded not guilty for the on-duty killing of a man, with Hall's attorneys stating that the shooting was done in self-defense while the family claims it was unjustified.

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Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Jun 17, 2021 at 11:28 am

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Danville, California, voted "safest city in California!" I guess that's only when Officer Hall is off-duty! It gives me no pleasure to be critical of our PD, but the fact of the matter is that Hall should not have been returned to duty after this killing. Anyone who would dump nine rounds into someone, should never have access to a firearm ever again, let alone be a sworn officer who gets to carry a deadly weapon. The young man Hall killed earlier this year would still be alive today if it weren't for this decision. I only hope that part of Hall's trial delves into just who thought it was a "good idea" to return him to duty. That person, or persons work for the Sheriff's Department and they should be identified. But my experience with law enforcement leads me to believe that they will go about their "duties" unmolested. They are past masters at "circling the wagons" when anyone questions their actions or behavior.

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

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As far as "pumping nine rounds in someone," consider the fact that the suspect failed to stop as Officer Hall stood in front of the car with his weapon drawn - and still the suspect refused to stop.

If the Sheriff's department policy allows a deputy to shoot at a motorized vehicle - especially when said vehicle endangers the life of a peace officer - then Deputy Hall followed the law. Where Deputy Hall may have erred is that a round (bullet) could have glanced off the windshield and injured another deputy.

However, since you appear to be an expert in police shootings, I wonder what your take is on an incident regarding LAPD last April 2021.

Officers were en route to a radio call with their lights and sirens on when a car pulled in front of them, stopped suddenly and backed into the patrol car.

The driver of the car got out and was observed wearing body armor as he moved toward the officers, who had exited their car, police said.

The suspect had his right hand hidden behind his back, counted backwards from three and was moving his arm forward before officers fired at him.

Several shots were fired at the suspect Paul - several shots. The suspect died of his wounds.

Oh, but hold on a minute, the suspect was unarmed - even though he was wearing body armor and walking towards the officers with one hand behind his back.

Now, let's contrast the actions of LAPD to the shooting of a second suspect by Deputy Hall. The suspect in that case produced a knife and took three steps towards Deputy Hall before Hall engaged the suspect with his firearm.

Was LAPD justified in using deadly force in their encounter? You betcha. Was Deputy Hall justified in using deadly force in his encounter - an encounter where the suspect actually produced what amounted to a deadly weapon? You betcha.