Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen painted a rosy picture of his office’s relationship with the city of Palo Alto last night, but a few residents who had run-ins with the police in the past begged to differ.
Rosen was in Palo Alto last night to speak to the city Council and give an update on the cases his office has been able to successfully prosecute thanks to Palo Alto’s help.
He mentioned Kariem McFarland, the man who broke into the late Steve Jobs Palo Alto mansion and stole the Apple co-founders wallet and a number of Apple devices. McFarland had been on a home burglary spree in four different counties before Palo Alto police got involved, Rosen said.
Huge meth ring busted
He also thanked the Palo Alto Police Department for its help in busting the biggest meth ring in Santa Clara County, when police from the city tracked a stolen iPhone to San Jose and in the process found $35 million worth of methamphetamine.
“When I told this story to my father he said. ‘They had $35 million worth of meth, but they couldn’t afford an iPhone?'” Rosen explain.
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“That’s the kind of people we’re dealing with. “But two Palo Alto residents didn’t share Rosen’s enthusiasm for the Police Department.
Both Mark Petersen-Perez who claims he was falsely accused by police of raping his wife and stepdaughter, and Tony Ciampi who was offered a $35,000 settlement after he was pulled from his van by Palo Alto police and shot with stun guns, blasted Rosen and his office, saying that the system failed them.
In a heated moment, Petersen-Perez, who was never convicted, said that the allegations will follow him forever and called on Rosen to take action to help clear his name.
Petersen-Perez said his wife, who has since fled to Nicaragua, also robbed him of more than $35,000 and that prosecutors refused to hear his “exculpatory evidence.” Exculpatory evidence is the evidence that can prove defendant’s innocence.
“They just wanted to prosecute me, “he said. “It’s not just prosecuting; it’s persecuting,”.
Ciampi claims police lied, falsified reports and even tempered with video footage of his Tasing and arrest. “Pursuit of justice for everyone?” Ciampi asked, staring at Rosen. “Why not for me?”
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