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Re: “Efren Carrillo Charges Postponed Again

Lorenzo Dumas covers S.C.S.D. officers that force many off the road while driving non-Code three....Don't believe a single word..He has employees that paralyze innocent victims...He is a liar...

Posted by Brad Pipal on 10/28/2013 at 9:44 AM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

This week Santa Rosa, CA made global news! It was a story about a sick community that needs help. A continuing spectacle of the struggle with children and guns in America. Santa Rosa is now the place where cops mistakenly shoot children carrying fake guns.

I've lived in santa rosa for over a year now and one of the things I've gotten used to is that there are always kids around, often playing in the streets till late at night, most of them Latino. Although, since Thursday it has been strangely quiet, kids haven't ventured far from their apartments into the vacant lots or streets where they usually play, yell, and cause trouble.

It's possible that they are scared because one of their classmates was shot by cops after school this week. Maybe they also saw cops chasing one of their older brothers through the apartment playground last weekend, taking him down with no less than 10 automatic weapons pointed at his head while he was handcuffed on the ground in front of them. I imagine it's a scary time to be a kid in my neighborhood.

Many people are asking where the parents where. I see them everyday, leaving for jobs before sunrise and often coming home after 2 in the morning, working in all of the surrounding labor and service industry jobs. Many parents with multiple low wage jobs have to leave their kids home with older siblings or cousins because they need to work. Unfortunately, this leaves the younger kids out in the streets unsupervised while their older siblings stay inside to play video games, learn about drugs, sex, and gangs.

I understand that there is a real problem here with drugs and gangs and also with extremely aggressive police officers. I also understand the concern with seeing anyone with an AK-47 (real or not) walking down the street. This is a complex problem that needs to be addressed, and I believe it may be beyond the capacity of our community and local government to deal with on our own.

How many children have ever played with bb guns, plastic guns, or home made weapons in the fields around their house? It's something we do in America. It scares me to think that kids will continue to kill at schools. It also scares me that cops will start shooting kids for playing guns, especially as halloween approaches and more of them will be out in the streets with plastic weapons....

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Posted by dj on 10/28/2013 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Monkeywrenching the Data Mines

This idea might actually work. I'm nervous that if I like everything my pages will be full of stuff I don't like, like Michelle Bachmann. But I can see how snoops and commercial profiling would fail if I feed the beast way too much. If we all do it in a short period of time..... Ya never know. It might back up like a cybernetic sewer.

Posted by George Leddy on 10/27/2013 at 5:55 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

This story makes me heart-sick. All of the details will be analyzed by those investigating and the public will only hear about the most obvious and least critical details. There is so much that is not published, not shared and can't be rationalized; few people ever hear the whole story unless it goes to a jury.

The debates over 'toy vs. replica' or 'shoot first ask questions later', ultimately are just factors in the more important issue of the lack of communication.

My prayers are with the Lopez family and all others who are feeling pain at the loss of Andy Lopez. My prayers are with the investigators, that they will look into every factor and truly find where justice lies. My prayers are with the officers that if/when they return to duty it will be with a greater sense of diplomacy and compassion.

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Posted by Patricia DeSantis on 10/24/2013 at 3:23 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

Jake Bauer, these pigs have no conscience. He'll forget about murdering this poor child as soon as he returns from his paid vacation...

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Posted by Mike Rose on 10/24/2013 at 9:05 AM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

More training needs to be applied. This is happening all over the country. The law officers panicked. How many times was the subject shot? Really? True, it was stupid for the kid to have the repl. gun, but to die for it? Shame on the Sonoma Co. sheriff dept.

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Posted by Thefatherfigure on 10/23/2013 at 7:55 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

Trigger happy thugs, the whole lot. The cops have immunity, so nothing will happen. Free to murder again. Abolish ALL immunity laws and this will stop.

Citizens rise up against immunity laws!!!

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Posted by terry on 10/23/2013 at 3:40 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

Jake Bauer makes good points. I did the same "army play" when I was a kid. There is also the argument that the kid or anyone might be deaf or speak a foreign language. But, the real tragedy of this is that the kid died to what appears to be poorly planned rules of engagement. And for those who say you can't walk down the street with a gun... wrong. I target shoot and hunt from time to time. And, from time to time my weapons need to be worked on. Some times I carry the weapon, with the muzzle pointing in a safe direction. (the muzzle for the few of you who don't seem to know anything about weapons is where the bullet comes out at high speed). Carrying my rifle two blocks down the street because I couldn't get a parking place in front of the gunsmiths shop is perfectly legal as long as its unloaded and/or cased and locked. And, like Jake I was in the military and trained over and over again... do not fire unless fired upon. Having someone point the muzzle of a gun at you is pants wetting scary but... if you're in the military or the police... it comes with the job. Shot first puts you in as much jeopardy as the person carrying the weapon. OH... and the gunsmith doesn't want his shop cluttered up with my gun cases so when I take them in the neighbors can see the gun... and tell its pointed in a safe direction. These cops overreacted and reacted far to quickly.

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Posted by Harvey Bumfelder on 10/23/2013 at 3:08 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

Actually a real AK47 is illegal in California where this occurred, the officers were correct to stop and determine if there was an issue to be addressed. I'm sure California will now ban look-a-likes also, and honestly, if they are going to ban the real thing, then to keep this from occurring, they should.

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Posted by thinkaboutit on 10/23/2013 at 3:07 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

This was NOT a "toy" gun. Obviously, since toy guns all have bright orange on them. This was made to be a replica - in other words, it was made to look exactly like the real thing (it probably even has a detachable magazine). There's no way to tell it's not the real thing unless you can actually inspect the mechanisms within it, which obviously the cops couldn't do without touching it.

The boy's parents are to blame. They didn't teach their 13 year-old not to go around holding replica assault rifles while walking down the street. It was an idiot move. And before anyone says 'but he was only 13!', there's a 14 year old being charged as an adult for the murder of his math teacher, and I doubt that most of you think he's just an adorable little child who didn't know any better. His father says the last time he saw his son was Tuesday morning (notice, it's Wednesday), and who knows where his mother was. Why the heck was this kid allowed to carry around a replica AK 47? Where were the adults in his life who should be watching over their 13 year old?

It's not the police's fault - it's stupid to say that police (or military) should have to wait until being fired on - if anyone did that, they would greatly increase their chances of being killed. It's not a fist fight - a bullet hits you, and you're likely to die. And sorry, Jake Bauer, but since when did the military ever wait to be fired on first? If that was policy, then exactly how was there a civil war? Each side would've just looked at one another because each would've been waiting for the other to fire first. More recently, were drones fired on first? Get off it.

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Posted by NotAReplica on 10/23/2013 at 1:54 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

It's still leagal in the US to carry a gun (for now), unless they had reason to believe he was causing trouble, they should of left him alone.

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Posted by Jerry Springer on 10/23/2013 at 1:37 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

The next time a cop gets shot in the face for 'no reason' remember this and all the other incidents where these jerks abuse their authority.

It's not illegal to have a rifle. It IS illegal to murder someone. Execute these buttholes.

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Posted by Smail Buzzby on 10/23/2013 at 1:34 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

The article doesn't make it entirely clear just WHERE the youngster was when ordered to drop the 'weapon'. Certainly kids play with toy guns, that's what they are made for. But where was this youngster at the time and what was he doing? People are, understandably, alarmed and frightened when they see anyone carrying something that looks even remotely like a weapon. In a world where middle school kids kill people that's not unreasonable. Perhaps, in today's world, letting kids HAVE such toys is no longer reasonable.

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Posted by neil on 10/23/2013 at 12:58 PM

Re: “13 Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies

I think that the officers/police need to adopt the policy from the military , Do not fire unless fired upon, this will designate who is an enemy 100%. I can tell from the picture that this a toy gun. If you ever held an AK47 you know this is a bulky heavy weapon and not easily carried. The officer missed diagnosed the situation because he was not trained properly.

I feel for the parents for their lose, I played with toy guns all the time never did I have an issue with cops or any law enforcement over it.

This officer now has to live with knowing he gunned downed a child because he couldn't tell a toy from the real thing.

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Posted by Jake Bauer on 10/23/2013 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Self-Checkout Blues

I like self-checkout and the newly redesigned Novato library entrance, with the new books right at the front. They've even removed the anti-theft sensors, so the whole process is very friendly -- like they trust you and they aren't too worried about people stealing information :-)

Sure, the 21st century takes some getting used to. But Kate should get a dog if she wants a friend. Librarians are too valuable to waste checking out books. They are available and happy to help, based on my recent visit.

Let's get real: there is not an infinite amount of money available for libraries, so automation is a good thing. And the Novato library is a beautiful place right next to a park and a bakery, so be happy, eh?

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Posted by Jimmy Petunias on 10/23/2013 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Dear Idiotic, Spoiled Bullies

Testify Momma!!

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Posted by Miles Mendenhall on 10/09/2013 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Dear Idiotic, Spoiled Bullies

"Hey guys, let's do the Jesus thing and let people go hungry and kick old people out of their homes!"

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Posted by Bennett Anderson on 10/09/2013 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Dear Idiotic, Spoiled Bullies

Yes. Yes yes yes yes to the yes.

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Posted by Kate Polacci on 10/09/2013 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Dear Idiotic, Spoiled Bullies


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Posted by Bianca May on 10/09/2013 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 25, 2013

Will there be a medical Harvest festival this year? Sebastopol's Morris Street Community Center is not booked...Peace In Medicine of Sebastopol has no date...

Posted by Brad Pipal on 09/27/2013 at 2:12 PM

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