- Capt. Mike Denson
- Sgt. Ben Becchetti
- Sgt. Brian Philip
- Sgt. Curtiss Jackson
- Sgt. Wayne Benitez
- Agt. Max Nielepko
- Agt. Kelly Burger
- Agt. Robert Parham
- Agt. David Lee
- Ofc. Eric Bulatao
- Ofc. Dan Pojanamat
- Ofc. John Clum
- Ofc. Ken Dueker (communications)
- Ofc. Michael Kan
- Lt. April Wagner
- These were the names of the PAPD officers which were released by the city of Oakland through the California Public Records Request Act and through the efforts Shankar Ramamoorthy a concerned citizen and truth seeker.
Both Palo Alto Free Press and retired former Santa Clara County Public Defender Aram James made numerous requests for this very same information.
All of which were denied by both Palo Alto city attorneys Molly Stump and Donald Larkin.
Were completely dismayed at the total and complete lack of transparency and open government emanating out of the city’s attorney’s office and it would appear Molly Stump and Donald Larkin are “playing by their own set of rules” as stated by Aram James in the city’s compliance with the California Public Records Request Act.
Furthermore, this is clearly a case between The City of Palo Alto vs. The City of Oakland in terms of compliance.
We believe both attorney’s Molly Stump and Donald Larkin owe it to the citizens of Palo Alto to answer why they refused to comply with our initial request.
Both city’s have a complete legal understanding of the laws and yet only the city of Oakland recognized the scope of our joint request and put forth an honest answer rather than deceit.
In light of the following case sited below, it’s extremely important to note here, the need for maintaining public trust and in keeping all of us “fully informed of the activities of its peace officers.”
New York Times Co. v. Superior Court (Thomas) 1997, 52 Cal. App. 4th 97.
“[3c] We conclude that the public interest here outweighs the right of the deputies to have their names withheld. (New York Times Co. v. Superior Court, supra, 218 Cal.App.3d at p. 1586 [public disclosure of names of excessive users of water allowed]; see also City of Richmond v. Superior Court, supra, 32 Cal.App.4th at p. 1435; see also 78 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 103 (1995).)
Law enforcement officers carry upon their shoulders the cloak of authority to enforce the laws of the state. In order to maintain trust in its police department, the public must be kept fully informed of the activities of its [52 Cal.App.4th 105] peace officers.”
As noted above and in light of the foregoing, we further believe the city of Palo Alto and its chief attorney’s Molly Stump and Donald decisively set out to undermine this trust and should be held accountable for their actions.