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Re: “Watch Cotati Police Kick Door In, Tase Resident

In a situation like this it is perfectly acceptable for the police to enter the residence; the phone call about the domestic disturbance provides exigent circumstances. The police acted under the suspicion of further potential harm to either the children or one of the spouses. They can't just take the word of the wife who is locked in a house with a man who may pose a threat to her and refuses to talk to the police. In a situation like this if the police were to leave without even talking face to face with the suspects and then the dispute led to a murder it would be a huge failure and the department would still be blamed for not stoping it.

The reality of policing is that the police can do what ever they want, warrant's do discourage police misconduct but they mainly serve to protect evidence which in this case is irrelevant. The police were responding to exigent circumstances, not seeking to search the house for evidence. The police know that they can't just bust down a door and search a house. By not complying the resident gave the police the lawful right to search the area incident to arrest.

Had the resident complied there would be little grounds for arrest, forced entry, or any search of the residence. That being said from what is visible in the video it doesn't appear that there was reason to tase the resident but as long as the officer can articulate his reasoning it's justifiable.

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Posted by CJ1234 on 05/20/2013 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Watch Cotati Police Kick Door In, Tase Resident

@leha, to get this straight is actually easy: if the police have suspicions about illegal activity, they obtain the warrant. This should have happened in Cleveland, and this should have happened in this case. However, the judge usually only issues the warrant when there's enough evidence for the entry. A single call is not nearly enough, i.e. in this case if the police followed the law, not only they wouldn't be able to enter without the warrant, but, assuming that the call was all they had, they wouldn't obtain the warrant as well - in which case they have to leave. In Cleveland, a single call wouldn't be enough either, but when the number of tips and suspicions accumulated, the warrant would be issued. This is how it's supposed to work in civilized society, and this is how it has been working for many decades in our country.

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Posted by Gary Jones on 05/17/2013 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Watch Cotati Police Kick Door In, Tase Resident

Not only the officers won't be charged with anything, but from the comments so far made by Parish, they will be rewarded. Contrary to numerous rulings of the Supreme Court, Parish claims that the call from 3rd party is already the exigent circumstance, and no warrant is required. I.e. all it takes for the police to break into your home, is somebody's word that violence _might_ be going on inside.

Note that the crime the occupants were arrested for was not anything related to the violence. It was obstruction, i.e. from the police's standpoint, not cooperating with their investigation (by not coming out or opening the door) is a crime by itself. Equally, the taser was used as punishment for non-compliance, i.e. for refusing to lay on the ground.

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Posted by Gary Jones on 05/17/2013 at 7:08 AM

Re: “What Would a Psychopath Do?

Don't you feel somewhat obliged, as a "journalist", to investigate and explain the overlap in the "most likely" and "least likely" lists; ie "surgeon" vs "doctor"?

Posted by fred on 05/16/2013 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Watch Cotati Police Kick Door In, Tase Resident

Wow, what is going on there, I certainly hope those police get appropriate action against them for inappropriate them.....they work for us....
are we to be frightened of the people who are working to protect least are suppose to be....

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Posted by esaamoraea11 on 05/16/2013 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Watch Cotati Police Kick Door In, Tase Resident

Seems like police want it both ways: in this case, they had to enter because the safety of the parties inside demanded it. In the case of the three girls who were held captive for ten years, police were required to ignore the calls to help them, because they didn't have a warrant. I sure would like to get this straight...

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Posted by Leha on 05/16/2013 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Watch Cotati Police Kick Door In, Tase Resident

We're always told that the taser is an alternative to deadly force: There was nothing in this even that warranted the use of firearms, so clearly it's not considered an alternative to deadly force by the police officers carrying it.

To Parish's "not to cooperate with law enforcement." comment, it sure seems to me that someone kicking down my door without a warrant or probable cause is not involved in law enforcement. Unless there were some amazing mitigating circumstances, I hope the officer who came through that door is charged with a felony that adequately captures violently breaking into an occupied home with the intent of harming the inhabitants.

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Posted by Dan Lyke on 05/16/2013 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

fantastic, i live in Santa Rosa, and hubby and I love this place, such a landmark....much gratitude Zach~thank you!

Posted by Melanie Heim on 05/14/2013 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Around the Office: Lip Syncing Makes a Comeback

I remember every single one of those performances. I loved that show and dreamed of being on it. My fave was someone who went on performing Taco's "Puttin' on the Ritz" and I was so confused as to whether it was the real Taco.

Posted by TQ on 05/10/2013 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

That is fantastic. Love that place. Now keep that money in an ultra-safe place till it's ready to be spent (for all I know it already has been)!

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Posted by Richard Grace on 05/10/2013 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

A great big thank you to Zach. And an even bigger thank you to the local community who made this campaign a success through their volunteer hours, donations and love of the Rio Theater.

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Posted by Shoshana Levy on 05/02/2013 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

Very nice to hear the theater will be "saved". It would be even more far reaching if someone revitalized the rest of Monte Rio which hasn't seen any reinvention in the last 50 years!

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Posted by Mark James on 05/02/2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

He's obviously never been in the building or he wouldn't have bothered

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Posted by William Gray on 05/02/2013 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

Love that theater! That's where I had my very first kiss over like 25 years ago! Cocktail was the movie playing at the time! Lol! So glad it is being saved!!

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Posted by Jennifer Culcasi on 05/02/2013 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Darius Anderson: Newspaper Owner and Subject of News. Again.

Darius Anderson, in my opinion, uses the newspapers as advomercials to promote himself and boost his ego, or promote his personal financial interests. The Editors of these papers argue till they are red in the face that they are in control of the editorial content and Darius doesn't influence their converage, but any person of reasonable intelligence when reading these stories, can see right through those statements. Whether the editorial staff has blindly drank the Kool-Aid so long they aren't consciously making editorial decisions, or Darius hands them a memo (or Falk/Hooper) and says "here, run this" one cannot tell.

The Kings Sacramento articles have nothing to do with Sonoma County except that it boosts Darius' ego so he thinks.

The Chateau Sonoma hotel Darius proposes is news in Sonoma but the way Bolling covers the stories in the Index Tribune is an advomercial and they are biased for the success of the project. Both Lynch and Bolling have ownership stakes in the paper and Darius is betting on the completion of the hotel so if the hotel project fails, not only Darius but also Lynch and Bolling will be harmed financially so the inherent conflict of interest is for them not to write anything negative, with hold Letters to the Editor that are not positive, and undermine any offort they do make at covering a balanced approach. Anything covered is countered by negative slams throughout the article so their bias comes out everytime.

Thats OK, the people of Sonoma see right through these efforts and the values of these newspapers is dropping like flies. They are embarrassing Sonoma and themselves but they've sold out so badly anyway, it doesn't matter to them any more.

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Posted by Ralph Hutchinson on 05/02/2013 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

Great. I grew up going to the Rio. My Grandma and Grandpa owned Stella's Pastry Shop in Monte Rio for 15 years. The building was right next to Bartlett's Store.

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Posted by Chris Harroun on 05/02/2013 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

I walk by the Rio EVERYDAY with my kid. The theatre is also the cover of my wedding album. This means so much to our community and my family. Words can't even express my appreciation. Tears of joy- right here. Thanks EVERYONE who helped. What an impact on our little community!

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Posted by Sam Silver on 05/02/2013 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

Bet S. Charles Lee designed it... he loved his quonset huts!

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Posted by Gregory May on 05/02/2013 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

I think it is wonderful that Zach contributed the final $500 that got the Rio to it's 60k goal but he did not save the theater. There were volunteers who put in countless hours, several people who pledged $5,000 and community first credit union who sponsored a movie day.

"A famous guy gave a decent sized pledge at the end" is not as dramatic a headline but closer to the truth. I hope he is excited about it and gets involved because that would be great but the community came together for this one and it is our wonderful community that saved the Rio.

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Posted by Hans Bruhner on 05/02/2013 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Zach Braff Saves the Rio Theater in Monte Rio

This is so cool! Our little tiny Rio Theatre, which was ready to close its doors due to its inability to afford new digital technology, has been saved by its community and a final push to the end by actor Zach Braff! The theatre would not suit many city types, as it is in an old Quonsut Hut and doesn't have all the luxuries of mega complexes. Thanks goodness. It oozes charm and Americana. It sits on the Russian River in Monte Rio, and is the only theatre that I have ever been to that serves homemade foods, and rather than being bombarded by commercials before the main attraction, you get to see the owners vacation photos. Its cool that the community has come together to support this icon, and that Zach Braff came through to support a truly unique theatre experience. Cool. One more little piece of a unique America spared from extinction. Zach, you have a new fan!

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Posted by Claire on 05/02/2013 at 7:31 AM

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