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Demonstrators call on Contra Costa County Sheriff Livingston to step down

Original post made on Mar 31, 2022

More than a dozen activists and family members of those who have died in police custody demonstrated outside of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in Martinez on Tuesday morning, calling on Sheriff David Livingston to resign.

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Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Mar 31, 2022 at 10:09 am

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This should be reason enough to recall the Sheriff:

Livingston wrote Hall "served with honor and distinction," and "After an extensive internal investigation, he was found to be within departmental policy when he was forced to use deadly force to protect himself and others on that fateful day. I was proud to support him publicly and privately after the events of November 3, 2018, and I support him today."

No one wants any law enforcement officer to be injured in the line of duty! That said, the Sheriff's Department's "Use of Force" protocols are clearly wrong if they justify what Hall did. You have to really "reach" in these two instances to believe these two unarmed citizens were a real threat to either Hall or any nearby citizen. It is time for the Sheriff to be relieved of his job. He has violated the trust of the people he was supposed to serve in favor of an "officer" he allowed back on the street after the first man was killed. For that reason alone, he should be recalled.
Furthermore, it is really time for Danville, and other "contract cities," to step up and move away from the Sheriff's Department and run their own police departments.

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 2, 2022 at 9:53 pm

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Certain folk claim that replacing a sheriff’s department with a police department is the antidote for better policing. Oh?

In what way? According to the I’ll informed, police departments must somehow be immune from controversy. Really? I can cite case after case of police departments in the Bay Area having bad apples. Look no farther than the current investigations going on in the Antioch and Pittsburg police departments regarding illegal drugs.

If the I’ll informed had experience in law enforcement, he might be able to explain the differences between a police department and sheriff’s department. But since the ill informed has not, his point is moot based entirely on the fact he can’t explain the differences.

One thing is certain: ALL sworn law enforcement personnel in the state of California must have graduated from a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy. And by the way, California’s standards for peace officers is much more rigorous than most states.