Police Reform: Technology Assist

by John Glidden | Bay City News Foundation | Aug. 13, 2021 This story was first published on LocalNewsMatters.org, an affiliated nonprofit site supported by the Bay City News Foundation. VALLEJO – As cities struggle with tight budgets, many police departments are turning to technology to leverage law enforcement efforts. Technological assists come in many different forms, fromContinue reading “Police Reform: Technology Assist”

Investigation into Vallejo police ‘blood death ritual’ to conclude soon

A Vallejo city attorney told a Solano County judge that the independent investigation into so-called ‘badge bending’ should be done by mid-September. by Brian Krans | July 30, 2021 VALLEJO – An attorney for the city of Vallejo says an outside investigation into allegations that some officers in the department celebrated fatal on-duty shootings by bendingContinue reading “Investigation into Vallejo police ‘blood death ritual’ to conclude soon”

Former Vallejo man seeks $1 million in damages from city after he was tasered by officer

by John Glidden | March 5, 2021 VALLEJO – A former Vallejo resident is seeking $1 million in damages from the city after he was allegedly tasered by a Vallejo police officer outside his then-Nebraska Street home in August 2019. John Mark Raudelunas, who filed a federal excessive lawsuit through his attorney Vincent R. Maher onContinue reading “Former Vallejo man seeks $1 million in damages from city after he was tasered by officer”

Vallejo City Council to mull purchase of 10 license plate readers for Mare Island

by John Glidden | Feb. 5, 2021 VALLEJO – The Vallejo City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve the purchase 10 automated license plate readers (ALPR) for use on Mare Island. In a written report to the council, Vallejo police Chief Shawny Williams said the readers will “enhance the security of Mare Island and addContinue reading “Vallejo City Council to mull purchase of 10 license plate readers for Mare Island”

Vallejo pays $52,500 to settle excessive lawsuit brought by man filming traffic stop

by John Glidden | Feb. 1, 2021 VALLEJO – The city has settled an excessive force lawsuit brought by a local man who was thrown to the ground and choked as he recorded his interaction with Vallejo police Officer Jarrett Tonn in April 2017, according to a settlement agreement obtained by JohnGlidden.com. Last September, Vallejo officialsContinue reading “Vallejo pays $52,500 to settle excessive lawsuit brought by man filming traffic stop”

[Brief] Williams to join other African American police chiefs in virtual town hall tonight

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Nov. 18, 2020 VALLEJO – Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams along with several other Bay Area African American police chiefs will participate in a virtual town hall meeting tonight to discuss racial profiling, use of force, and the Police Officer Bill of Rights, it was announced this week. Called the 2020 Achievement WeekContinue reading “[Brief] Williams to join other African American police chiefs in virtual town hall tonight”

Council asked to approve plan to add two deputy police chiefs

by John Glidden | Nov. 16, 2020 VALLEJO – Faced with a depleted command structure inside the Vallejo Police Department, City Hall will ask the Vallejo City Council to approve a plan on Tuesday to add two deputy police chief positions to the beleaguered department. The plan includes creation of one deputy chief position to overseeContinue reading “Council asked to approve plan to add two deputy police chiefs”

New taskforce created to investigate fatal officer-involved incidents in Solano County

by John Glidden | Nov. 13, 2020 VALLEJO – A special Solano County interagency taskforce has been created to provide independent investigations following the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer in the county, District Attorney Krishna Abrams announced Thursday. Staffed by detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout the county, the Solano County MajorContinue reading “New taskforce created to investigate fatal officer-involved incidents in Solano County”