Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs Caught Red Handed Misusing Public Funds to Buy Alcohol in Long Beach

February 18, 2018

Stockton, CA

209 Times has evidence that Michael Tubbs used public funds to buy alcohol, falsified official government documents, and conspired with his assistant to cover it up.

In his response to the proponents of the effort to recall Mayor Tubbs, Michael says in his statement, “I fully support accountability and transparency”. That statement is especially ironic in light of a recent discovery. After obtaining receipts of his spending of a discretionary fund meant “for projects that are significant to the residents of Stockton” (File # 17-3839), and travel receipts for the year of 2017, 209 Times has received evidence of Michael Tubbs committed a crime as Mayor of Stockton.

That crime is 424 PC Misuse of Public Funds. Even though it is clear that the newly passed discretionary funds is intended for projects in Stockton, Tubbs used tax payer money to fund a trip for his associates affiliated with the Fathers&Families of San Joaquin non profit, which is being investigated by the IRS for illegally campaigning for him, to go to a conference in Long Beach. Tax payers not only paid for their rental car, gas, hotel rooms, and a plane flight, but also their $50 steak dinners and alcoholic drinks.

It is illegal per state law and city policy to use public funds to pay for alcohol, yet that did not stop Tubbs from allowing it at a dinner he hosted on the Queen Mary. The dinner included $50 surf n turf plates, $38 ribeye steaks, $10 clam chowders, and a $15 glass of wine as well as beers.

Tubbs sought reimbursement for this dinner (against state law and city policy) while having his assistant Cameron Burns write up the reimbursement form. Burns most likely was also reimbursed for driving him to Long Beach as his designated driver.

Violating city policy, they turned in a non itemized receipt to hide the fact it included alcoholic beverages, claiming they “were not able to obtain an itemized receipt”.

This of course was not true as we were able to obtain one 7 months after the fact from the Chowder House Grill and Bar. In lieu of an itemized receipt they listed attendees of the dinner meant to provide “quality time” that includes Fathers&Families staff and Executive Director Sammy Nunez a convicted felon who has threatened several community members on behalf of Tubbs and who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars of city money since campaigning for Tubbs and appearing on his campaign mailers.

Tubbs, who hosted the dinner, signed off on the reimbursement form which was then inexplicably approved by the city attorney and deputy city manager Christian Clegg.

Stockton is a working class city whose violent crime rates and homelessness have increased since Tubbs became mayor despite him campaigning on those priorities as his platform. 25% of the city lives below the poverty line and its unemployment rate is above state and national averages. Nevertheless Mayor Tubbs, who was arrested for a DUI as a Councilmember and has voted to raise taxes and water rates by 40% on Stockton residents several times, felt it was appropriate to use tax payer funds to wine and dine his friends that include multiple convicted felons and a member of a registered hate group.

In response to the recall petition he also states, “The power to remove an individual from office is reserved for the greatest betrayals of public trust, not just because you disagree with someone”. This certainly seems to meet his own criteria.

The city policy for violating said policy is clear and includes “criminal prosecution”.

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Sheriff Moore’s Investigation Of Himself Still Not Completed

January 18, 2018

By Frank Gayaldo

After investigating Sheriff Moore for allegedly embezzling from his own evidence room, the San Joaquin County Grand Jury made several findings, including these two bizarre conclusions:

1) Evidence was not missing, it was just “misplaced”.

2) The Sheriff should be allowed to complete his own audit, on or before December 31, 2017.

In the below July 28, 2017 Grand Jury response letter, Sheriff Moore stated “[the audit] currently is anticipated to be completed by the end of October of 2017”.

As of January 16, 2018, the public has not been notified if Sheriff Moore’s internal audit determined if Sheriff Moore or his subordinates have embezzled from the evidence room, or if the “misplaced” evidence former Grand Jury spokesman Bert Brown told Fox 40’s Kay Recede about was ever located.

In other related news, it has come to 209 Times’ attention that the Sheriff is doing an “open recruitment” for an evidence custodian.

http://fox40.com/2016/09/06/san-joaquin-county-sheriffs-office-accused-of-mismanaging-thousands-of-pieces-of-evidence/amp/

http://fox40.com/2017/06/13/grand-jury-says-they-cant-corroborate-claims-thousands-of-items-are-missing-from-san-joaquin-county-evidence-room/amp/

Letters From Richmond Against “Advance Peace” in Stockton

January 8, 2017

In memory of,

As a resident of Richmond, CA, and someone who has been affected by the alleged actions of ONS members, I’m writing this letter to you, the residents of Stockton, to give you a different perspective to consider. With the upcoming City Council vote on Tuesday, 1/9, you deserve to have as much information as possible.

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Advance Peace is designed to replicate a program that originated in Richmond, CA, called the Operation Peacemaker Fellowship.

The Operation Peacemaker Fellowship program was created in 2010, and is part of the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS), created in 2007, in Richmond, CA. The Operation Peacemaker Fellowship is an 18-month program that identifies young adults who tend to be involved in gun crime, and provides them counseling, social services, cash stipends and all-expense paid travel to various destinations around the world, as incentives to not get involved in criminal activity. A member of the program is called a “fellow”, and each 18-month session is referred to as a “cohort”.

Operation Peacemaker fellows can be paid a cash stipend, which is now called the “Life-Map Milestone Allowance”, of up to $1300 per month. After 6 successful months in the program, and meeting certain life-map goals, they can qualify for the financial stipend. Additionally, the fellows can experience “transformative travel” to various destinations throughout the United States and worldwide.

According to DeVone Boggan, founding director of Richmond’s ONS, the fellow’s travel partner is someone who is also in the program, and in a rival gang. Rivals are paired up so they can learn how to handle their differences without resorting to violence. The program can be repeated for another 18 months if they are successful.

The ONS doesn’t share information with the Richmond Police Department, because that would ruin the trust that has been built between the street outreach employees, called Neighborhood Change Agents, and the fellows in the program. Many people mistakenly think that the ONS is run by the Richmond Police Department. That is NOT the case. The ONS is run by the City of Richmond.

The fellows are allowed to keep their guns, in order to protect themselves.

DeVone Boggan served as Neighborhood Safety Director, overseeing the ONS, from 2007 until he resigned in March of 2016. He started his own non-profit consulting firm, called Advance Peace, so he could bring the “Richmond Fellowship Model” – meaning the Operation Peacemaker Fellowship program that was created in 2010 – to other cities throughout the United States.

Even though he resigned from the ONS in March 2016 to start Advance Peace, Boggan and his organization have been under contract with city of Richmond to oversee ONS operations since he left. His current contract expires June 30, 2018.

How does ONS/Advance Peace measure the success of their programs?

There are only three guidelines that the Operation Peacemaker program looks at to measure success:

1. Is the fellow still alive?
2. Has the fellow suffered any new firearm-related injuries?
3. Is the fellow a suspect in any new firearm-related activity?
That’s it. If the answer is YES to those three questions, success has been achieved.

ABC Nightline did a series featuring the Operation Peacemaker Fellowship program. Links below:

First Video: Aired April 6, 2016 – ABC Nightline
https://youtu.be/6tH_JW6onvc

Second Video: Aired August 31, 2016 – ABC Nightline
https://youtu.be/mvO4fjfnAKg

Third Video: Also aired August 31, 2016 -ABC Nightline
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/controversial-program-helps-rivals-words-bullets-part-41762391

The series features two rival gang members who are in the program. ABC follows them through some of their daily routines with the ONS. They also take a “transformative travel” trip together to New York. Throughout, DeVone Boggan explains some of the concepts of how the program works.

The two ONS fellows that were featured in the ABC Nightline series are now facing numerous criminal charges, in separate cases. One young man has been charged with 2 murders in Richmond, 3 days apart, in September 2016.

The other young man, along with 6 of his associates, has been charged with more than 30 felonies, including 3 murders in Richmond, 14 attempted murders, 2 carjackings, a home-invasion robbery, 6 armed robberies, and 4 home burglaries, along with gang and firearm enhancements. All of these crimes happened over the course of seven months, between the months of February thru September 2016.

It is unknown if his six associates were in the same ONS program, because the ONS doesn’t make the names of program members available to the public.

All 5 of the murders happened in Richmond, but many of the other crimes were committed in cities outside of Richmond. Every single crime involved guns.

What went so horribly wrong?

The cohort that they were in ended sometime in September 2016, so many, if not all of the crimes that they are accused of committing, occurred WHILE THEY WERE STILL IN THE PROGRAM.

These two young men had to have been the best examples of how the program can help change lives, otherwise they wouldn’t have been chosen to be featured on ABC Nightline. The fact that they were able to commit such a large number of violent, gun-related crimes over a relatively short period of time raises many questions about the program.

How were these two young men, that appeared to be doing well in the program, able to go completely off-track and commit so many different crimes without anyone knowing? What happened to all of the mentorship, multiple daily contacts, life-maps and other tools that DeVone Boggan speaks about when discussing how “successful” the Richmond Fellowship Model is? With all of the opportunities that are being given to them, how did they have the time to plan and carry out all of this?

What if this was YOUR child, brother, sister, parent or other family member that was murdered or affected by these horrendous crimes? Wouldn’t YOU want to know how this was allowed to happen, and have some type of accountability?

In one of the Nightline shows, Boggan refers to one of the young men as a “serial shooter” and a “hunter”. How can the residents of Richmond be expected to put their trust back into into this program after such a failure, especially when the program director uses terms like “serial shooter” to describe a participant?

The ONS knew that there were “serial shooters” on the loose in Richmond and surrounding cities, and did absolutely nothing to stop them. The result of that negligence was that five families were changed forever due to murder, not to mention the many other victims that survived attempted murders, carjackings, etc.

The ONS knew about their violent pasts and all of these crimes could have been prevented. This potentially could open up a whole can of legal worms for Richmond, ONS and possibly Advance Peace, since they have been under contract with Richmond since Boggan left in March 2016.

Where is the accountability?

I’ve spoken out about my concerns with the ONS and also about Richmond contracting with Advance Peace at many City Council meetings over the last year. Recently, one of our Richmond City Council members reached out to me and offered to help set up a meeting with other City Council members and ONS employees to discuss what could be done so that this never happens again.

Improvements to the “Richmond Fellowship Model” that DeVone Boggan wants to bring to Stockton and other cities should be considered, to ensure that that the crime spree that was allowed to happen in Richmond  between February 2016 – September 2016 never happens again.

Here are a couple of ideas to consider:

1. Instead of trying to recruit the most violent youth and trying to change them, maybe they should approach semi-violent youth, who might have a better chance of this type of intervention working, BEFORE they get to the point where criminal activity has become a perfectly normal lifestyle.

2. It would be nice to see some information about what happens with the fellows after they finish the program. Maybe a study with some of the former fellows over a five or ten-year period to see if they are keeping their lives on track with no arrests, and successfully working or attending school.

There definitely needs to be more transparency and accountability in order for communities to place their trust in these types of programs.

Theresa Russell

Richmond Resident

Hello My Name is Chantee Nealy. I lost my 17 year old son at the hands of a hunter. Well that’s what Devone Boggan, the founder of Advance Peace, said. My son Chrisean had big dreams. He was on his way to LSU for Basketball. Chrisean wasn’t perfect but, he stayed focus on school and basketball. Chrisean always said, “Mama, Daddy, I’m going to go to collage and get us out of Richmond”. On August 22, 2016 my son turned 17 and was only 17 for 20 days. He thought he was safe going to his best friend’s house. Who would have ever thought that day would be his last? My son texed me at 6:30PM that day and I told him we would be on our way to pick him up. Right as we were arriving my son was killed, shot five times in front of us, brutally by the “hunter” Rice.

My advice to the people of Stockton is please don’t pay criminals for bad behavior. You would be helping them get guns and drugs. What happened to my son is proof that the program is a flop. Stop Advance Peace from fooling anyone else.

Sincerely,

Chantee Nealy

The Case Against Advance Peace

January 6, 2018

Op-Ed by Motecuzoma Sanchez

The Case Against Advance Peace

Everything being sold to the public about Advance Peace is identical to the same sales pitch offered six years ago for the “Marshal Plan”, Operation Ceasefire, the Office of Violence Prevention, and the tax plan funding them- Measure A. After four years in operation and more than $100 million collected in additional sales tax, Stockton is more dangerous. In fact, the occurrences of violent crime have increased every year consecutively since these programs and tax went into effect in 2013.

Everything these programs promised are a mirror image of the Cash for Criminals program known as Advance Peace now being touted; the biggest difference being the monthly cash stipend and all expenses paid trips for suspected violent shooters. The other glaring difference being that at least Ceasefire has had academic studies scrutinizing its effectiveness, Advance Peace has none. It offers no data, no expert testimony, and no evidence of correlation between its existence and crime rates in Richmond, CA-,only anecdotal examples that are easily offset by examples of their “success stories” or “fellows” featured on ABC’s Nightline being arrested for multiple murders, attempted murders, and violent armed robberies conducted while they were in the program.

As a graduate student at USC’s school of public policy I conducted an evaluation of Stockton’s Ceasefire and identified glaring issues I predicted would affect its effectiveness. None of those recommendations were listened to and fours years later the results are one of failure.

Four years later we still don’t have the number of new police officers promised by Measure A and won’t anytime soon. Even Chief Jones publicly admits that. There has also never been an independent audit of the funds collected (some $29 million a year), despite multiple demands for one from Measure A Oversight Committee members.

Four years later the number of homicides (32 in 2013) have increased 71% (55 in 2017).

Four years later the Office of Violence Prevention has seen the controversial firing (and lawsuit) of its original manager, and public resignation of protest from its Community Outreach Coordinator, Denise Manning. It’s budget is more than one million annually which supports mostly top heavy administrators and staff whose greatest achievements include hosting coffee meetings with the public.

Four years later “Marshal Plan” committee members openly question its purpose while others like Pastor Shields resigned in protest.

Four years ago Michael Tubbs campaigned on crime as a councilmember. This was echoed again in his mayoral campaign. He touted himself as the “only one with a plan” to curb crime. His first year as mayor saw homicides increase 11%, rape increase 27%, armed robbery increase 3%, and arsons increase 171%. Since he’s been on the city council, as both councilmember and mayor, 235 Stocktonians have been murdered with minimal arrests or convictions.

As a knee jerk reaction to the rising homicide rates last summer, Tubbs, perhaps with aid of his overly paid personal staffers, found Advance Peace in a Google search, which he himself told the media. Now he’s hung his hat on bringing it to Stockton, which seems more like a stubborn public relations move than a critical introspective on the failures of the current programs. In fact, it can also be interpreted as a referendum and condemnation by the mayor of the very same programs he helped tout five years ago as a candidate and councilmember. Oddly enough he’s not trying to institutionalize Advance Peace into city operations, but control and fund it via his personal non profit Reinvent Stockton.

The only thing he’s asking from the city is to co-sign it via a required four year governmental commitment required by its founder DeVonne Boggan. And in asking councilmembers to co-sign his pet project next council meeting he’s offering no numbers critical to said decision. The biggest questions for them should be what is the city on the hook for should the private funders fall through and what administrative cost to the city will be associated with the program’s implementation? None is offered on the legislative text he is asking councilmembers to approve.

The next logical question then becomes if the “Marshal Plan”, Ceasefire, and the Office of Violence Prevention/Peacekeepers are ineffective causing the need to bring Advance Peace, then why is the public still paying the Measure A sales tax that funds them? It’s one or the other. Perhaps it’s time to repeal Measure A.

Most importantly of all, what becomes of the expectation for justice for the families of victims like three year old Melanie Martinez and seventeen year old Juwan Small? Or Jennie Roeun, the mother of five young children, killed in a mass drive by shooting last month that injured five, killing three? Are we as a just society supposed to allow them to be taunted by allowing a program to now pay their killers and take them on trips to Disneyland that their loved ones will never have the opportunity to?

P.S. The city of Richmond is currently facing several lawsuits regarding Advance Peace brought on by the families of victims killed by its “fellows”. The next hearing is schedule January 19th, ten days after Stockton’s city council will take their vote to adopt or not. Richmond’s homicide rate increased 91% from 11 in 2014 to 21 2015, and 21 again in 2016.

Sheriff Moore’s record of child molesting, drug dealing, gun running, gang affiliated, and inmate raping subordinates

December 28, 2017

By Frank Gayaldo

Editor’s note: While doing research for this story, we discovered a male deputy had recently been secretly placed on administrative leave for having felonious sex with a female inmate. See that story from yesterday here:

The majority of sheriff employees are dedicated professionals who are not suspected of committing felonies. But there are some definite outliers, including Sheriff Moore himself.

The Sheriff has been personally accused of so many criminal acts, by so many different accusers, it is difficult for the public to wrap their mind around it all. Sheriff Moore’s personal list of alleged transgressions includes public embezzlement, perjury, obstruction of justice, gun running, destroying computer evidence, destroying physical evidence, lying to victim families, and the latest: authorizing the practice of medicine without a license on corpses.

The growing list of accusers against Sheriff Moore includes law enforcement professionals from five different law enforcement agencies. Moore maintains his innocence, while DA Tori Verber Salazar is so far maintaining control of all criminal investigations dealing with the Sheriff. This is in spite the irrefutable fact that she was personally involved in some of the activities in question. Sources within the county tell us Salazar’s refusal to recuse herself is disconcerting to say the least.

The Board of Supervisors solution to this myriad of scandals? Tell the public they will “explore” separating the Sheriff from the Coroner’s Office. Despite multiple protests, the Board has so far refused to demand that the FBI and State Attorney intervene. Sources from deep inside the county are claiming at least two of the most prominent Board members are aware of the outrage on social media, but are not moved “by the loud noise of a few” and remain confident the average voter “couldn’t care less about any of this”. The county views an outside investigation as “potentially catastrophic” with “no upside”.

This last March, DA Tori Verber Salazar admitted Sheriff Moore stripped, sold and then ultimately purchased back guns of “unknown histories and origins” at “substantial discounts”. Salazar said this practice is “of concern” and “should stop”, but inexplicably alleges this was “not illegal”. Salazar failed to acknowledge her office was also receiving discounts from the very same Bay Area gun dealer Moore was using to fence revolvers, semi automatic and fully automotive weapons through. ( Just for the record, 1090 of the Government Code and public embezzlement are clearly illegal. The DA’s below letter clearly memorizes Sheriff activity that is blatantly against the law.)

Moore has refused to comment on what “best practices” he will implement to address this situation until Salazar issues her “final report” which after over six years, has yet to have been released.

2015 Sheriff interoffice memos have since surfaced that suggest Moore is staging another 1000 confiscated guns for sale. Salazar and Moore refuse to comment on this. These same memos suggests loose drugs, not in evidence envelopes, are being improperly stored in gun lockers. (The Grand Jury never asked 209 Times for these documents while conducting their “extensive investigation” into EvidenceGate, but we will happily supply them if they would just ask. Sadly we can’t even get them to return an email.)

Moore is not alone in getting into legal trouble. As we approach the New Year, here are a few news stories about various San Joaquin County Sheriff Moore’s subordinates either convicted of, or suspected of child molesting, drug dealing and/or gun running in just the last couple years alone. We know from multiple sources this is not a complete list….

April 12, 2017

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170413/sj-jail-officer-caught-in-gang-sweep-aimed-at-crips

“San Joaquin County Correctional Officer Ashley Ezella Johnson, 31, was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on Wednesday on suspicion of the sale or transportation of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics for sale, conspiracy and gang charges.”

Dec 18, 2015

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20151218/NEWS/151219690

“STOCKTON — A former San Joaquin County correctional officer was sentenced recently to 52 months in state prison after pleading guilty to molesting a female relative from the time she was 5 years old.”

December 16, 2015

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20151216/NEWS/151219760

“A criminal complaint will soon be filed in Madera County against a San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy whose wife has been charged with murder and torture in the death of their 12-year-old adopted daughter, authorities said.

Deputy Gerardo Flores, an 11-year veteran of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, has been placed on administrative leave, said Deputy Les Garcia, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. Flores could face further administrative action if he is charged with a crime, Garcia said.

October 15, 2015”

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/eight-men-indicted-manufacturing-and-dealing-ar-15-type-rifles-and-silencers-without

“Daniel Bennett, 39, of Stockton, and David Bennett, 27, of Stockton, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture and deal firearms without a license.  At the time he was manufacturing firearms, David Bennett worked as a San Joaquin County Sheriff correctional officer.”

And what has the top law enforcement agent of San Joaquin County has to say about all of this?

“We’re extremely disheartened anyone in the Sheriff’s Office would be involved in criminal activity,” Moore said at a news conference held by the Police Department . “We do extensive vetting and background checks of every applicant we consider. Unfortunately, we are all human beings, and sometimes human beings make poor choices.” (Bowers, The Record, April 13,2017).

More Controversy From Sheriff Moore? Alleged Inmate/Deputy Sex at Jail

December 27, 2017

By Frank Gayaldo

An open letter to Sheriff Steve Moore:

Various reliable sources have confirmed one of your county deputies was placed on administrative leave approximately one month ago for allegedly having felonious unlawful sex with an inmate. We are being told this information was purposely withheld from other line staff and the public at large. We are receiving conflicting reports regarding the severity of the crime, and are increasingly becoming concerned for the physical safety of the inmate victim. We remain hopeful the rumors that you took the victim to El Concilio for legal counsel are true, and will go a long way to minimize your own personal culpability in this alleged cover-up.

The deputy was allegedly assigned to the hospital/transportation unit and the female inmate victim was assigned to the G Barracks. Rumor has it this deputy had previously been disciplined for having sexual relations with a domestic violence victim that he met while taking her 273.5 PC report.

Please provide whatever details you can about this situation. We are fully aware of the Peace Officer Bill of Rights, and realize there are certain limitations as to what you can and cannot reveal.

Rest assured, like you, we know more than we are revealing also. You would be wise to answer this media inquiry in as open, honest and transparent manner as the law will allow.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation. That said, if we find out the inmate has been physically harmed or threatened in anyway, especially after our inquiry, we will take all appropriate measures to ensure you are held personally responsible for not appropriately protecting her.

Frank Gayaldo

Lake County Gains The Medical Services of Dr. Omalu in the Midst of San Joaquin County Sheriff Moore Controversy 

December 23, 2017

209 Times is the first to break that a contract of approximate $300,000 between the internationally respected Dr. Bennet Omalu and Lake County was approved on 12/19/17 by the Lake County Board of Supervisors in Lakeport, California.

When the Record recently asked San Joaquin County Chairman Chuck Winn about separating the Sheriff from the Coroner he answered,  “I know there’s talk about it. But this is way premature.”

Meanwhile the California Medical Association, San Joaquin Medical Society, sixteen local prominent attorneys, numerous protestors personally impacted by Moore’s alleged inappropriate behavior, and other members of the public have been asking for the immediate separation of the sheriff and coroner offices.

Many of the above, including 209 Times, have also been demanding an outside countywide corruption probe into both the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.  The Record’s Saturday edition shared Frank Gayaldo’s opinion on this sensitive subject here:

http://www.recordnet.com/opinion/20171222/guest-view-das-office-should-recuse-itself-from-probe-into-sheriff?rssfeed=true

So far it appears the San Joaquin Board of Supervisors is satisfied simply “exploring” the cost and logistics of separation. The entire five member board has remained deafeningly silent on the subject of whether they would formally request an independent countywide corruption probe (or not) from the FBI and State Attorney General’s Office.

Meanwhile District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar is reinvestigating cases of alleged criminal corruption in officer involved homicides that she intimately was personally involved in. Barbara Steward, the heroic but emotionally distraught  ex-wife of deceased Daniel Humprey, whom was tased 31 times by CHP (despite Dr. Omalu originally being told he was tased only “twice”)  asked KCRA 3, “how can she {Tori Verber Salazar} investigate this? She is this.”

Watch Barbara Steward’s emotional plea for an independent investigation here:

http://amp.kcra.com/article/stockton-woman-calls-famed-autopsy-doctor-a-hero/14430116

Upon her recent resignation,

Dr. Parson suggested that if Dr. Omalu left also, that this would result in a “massive and wholly avoidable loss to the county.”  County officials have acknowledged that there is a shortage of qualified candidates and that the hiring process is lengthy.  Sheriff Moore responded  not to worry; private contract pathologists are readily available.

Dr. Parson immediately found employment with Santa Clara County.  Dr. Omalu, who resigned within days of Dr. Parson, has suggested both Dr. Parson and he would be willing to return to San Joaquin County, as long as the Sheriff’s Office was separated from the Coroner’s office.   In light of this new Lake County contract, that seems increasingly unlikely.

If Sheriff Moore does not resign beforehand, voters within all the city limits and unincorporated portions of San Joaquin County will have an opportunity to decide if they want Steve Moore to lead the Sheriff’s Office for his fourth four year term.  Whether or not the Sheriff’s title will include “Coroner” remains to be seen.

Details of the entire Dr. Omalu/Lake County agreement can be found here:

https://countyoflake.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=5674901&GUID=31D2998F-18F3-4197-9416-68A52C5938CE

https://countyoflake.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3285600&GUID=A6B5F4AB-1625-456F-B870-26FCAF0E66B0

More Evidence The San Joaquin DA Knew About Sheriff Moore’s Illegal Interference Since 2011

December 16, 2017

By Frank Gayaldo

Dear San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors:

Please see the below letter obtained by 209 Times. Why did Deputy DA Sherri Adams (now a top administrator in Salazar’s administration) chastise Sheriff Moore for his gross mismanagement of the coroner’s office back in 2013, while discussing a suspicious homicide that occurred in Manteca all the way back in 2011?  

This letter serves as irrefutable proof that the District Attorney’s Office knew FOR YEARS that Sheriff Moore’s bizarre, nonsensical policy of not allowing the forensic pathologist to visit suspicious crime scenes, especially when specifically requested by professional homicide detectives, negatively impacted the pathologist’s ability to determine an accurate time of death in certain crucial cases.  This behavior goes against the very tenants of basic forensic science.

Why did it take international media attention for the DA to finally capitulate and acknowledge that a separation of the coroner and medical examiner is necessary?  

Why isn’t Tori acknowledging that she personally was the deputy DA handling the “31 taser strikes vs 2” alleged officer involved homicide cover-up , and therefore should not under any circumstances be involved in that obstruction of justice investigation? 

Why is the public paying Sheriff Moore nearly a half a million dollars a year to deceive the public? Why is the county paying for Moore’s crisis communication consultants and legal defense?

Why is the Board not demanding that an outside countywide corruption probe be initiated by the State AG and/or FBI to investigate the DA and Sheriff’s involvement in GunGate, EvidenceGate, EscapeGate, and now CoronerGate? 

How much more overwhelming evidence is required for the Board to take immediate action to protect the public from both Sheriff Moore and District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar’s various alleged and already proven criminal negligence? 

New Allegations of Sheriff Moore’s Interference, and Missing Body Parts, Coming From Family Member of Wrongful Death Settlment

December 8, 2017

By Frank Gayaldo

Much has been written about the July 8, 2009 alleged “public intoxication” arrest, and the July 12, 2009 discovered body of Jeremy Lum. Never until today, has it been publicly released that an independent autopsy revealed internal organs were missing from Jeremy Lum’s cadaver.

Jeremy Lum was a 29 year old that was booked by San Joaquin County Deputies on July 9, 2009 for public intoxication and then released several hours later. He was found 7/12/2009 in the San Joaquin River, approximately 100 yards south of 9386 South Roberts Road.

Jeremy was described as an excellent athlete, UC Berkeley graduate, and a nursing student. Jeremy also had been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

At the time of his disappearance, the family questioned whether Jeremy was “drunk” or not, and wondered why someone in Jeremy’s mental condition was released with or without shoes and no successful family notification; two of many issues that the Sheriff’s Office partially disputes.

Throughout the years, the Lum family has tried to always remain respectful while constructively being critical of the San Joaquin County’s Sheriff handling of people with bipolar disorders and other mental illnesses. Someone close to the Lum Family who asked to remain anonymous said the family’s goal has always been to educate, as opposed to just pointing fingers.

In January of 2016, the county conceded to a $1.575 million wrongful-death settlement, believed to be the county’s biggest ever. In the county’s typical “Circle the Wagons” fashion, there was no comment by any of the board members. County counsel later issued a statement denying any wrongdoing on the part of the county. County Counsel’s J. Mark Myles, who didn’t actually work on the case, callously explained that the decision to settle was purely a fiscal decision.

A review of the facts by 209 Times now reveals that the Lum family, who are known in Lathrop for being quietly philanthropic, appeared to have been rather easy on the county.

A review of depositions from the civil case revealed numerous “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” to a multitude of obviously basic questions. At one point the Lum Family Attorney asked a San Joaquin County Correctional Officer “You would not have written anything that is false would you?”

The officer’s answer: “Um, I don’t know. I don’t remember.”

Video tapes conclusively revealed this same correctional officer did in fact write false entries in an inmate observation log. The Sheriff’s alleged timelines and observation logs simply could not be reconciled with known facts. At least two nurses also made statements that could not be reconciled with known facts.

Sheriff Moore’s alleged interference in a conversation between Jeremy Lum’s father and Dr. Omalu was regarding a medical question that would fall under the legal term “cause of death” is of grave concern.

Due to 209 Times’ extensive network, we have been able to secure a copy of Jeremy Lum’s coroner’s report (2009-1325) and Dr Omalu’s autopsy report (A09-1325). This first autopsy was performed on July 13, 2009.

On page 10 of 14, Dr Omalu writes that “the spleen weighs 160 grams and is friable”. A toxicology report conducted by Central Valley Toxicology is included in the report.

Dr Omalu concludes that Jeremy Lum died as result of asphyxiation due to drowning due to Acute Combined Amphetamine and Orphenadrine Toxicity.

We also obtained a copy of a second autopsy that was performed by Dr. David M. Posey, (totally independent of Sheriff Steve Moore’s hierarchical structure) on July 16, 2009 at PL Frye and Sons Funeral Home in Manteca. This autopsy was ordered by the decedent’s father.

During this second independent autopsy, it was noted “the organs of the body cavities have been previously removed and are found in a plastic bag in the torso.” It should be noted this a normal and accepted practice.

According to Dr. Posey’s autopsy, the following organs, including the spleen, were “not found”:

Larynx

Proximal trachea

Spleen

Lymph nodes

Thymus

Urinary bladder

Prostate gland

Tongue

Vermiform appendix

Pituitary

Thyroid gland

Parathyroid gland

Adrenal glands

No second toxicology analysis was ordered as “no specimens taken because there are no remaining body or cavity fluids.”

Dr. Posey concluded under “CAUSE OF DEATH” that “based on these autopsy findings and the limited historical and clinical information available to me, in my opinion, Jeremy James Gong Lum, a 29 year old gentleman, died as a result of an acute psychotic episode (bipolar breakdown) complicated by methylenedioxymethamphetamine intoxication and asphyxia due to fresh water drowning.” Dr. Posey concluded the “MANNER OF DEATH” was undetermined.

Note:

No one on the 209 Times editorial board, including yours truly, has the expertise to fully comprehend autopsy reports. We therefore withhold judgment about the significance of any differences between Dr Omalu’s autopsy and Dr. Posey’s.

In speaking with a pathologist off the record, we learned that sometimes internal organs are thrown away during an autopsy procedure, and that generally speaking this action in and of itself does not necessarily constitute a cover-up. That said, some of the body parts missing in this autopsy is disconcerting to the experts we spoken with. One Bay Area pathologist we spoke to off the record agreed it is unfortunate that Sheriff Moore choose to prevent Dr. Omalu from answering a family member’s medical question. “This kind of unprofessional behavior can create reasonable doubt and suspicion in the minds of grieving family members.”

Based on Sheriff Moore’s long track record of highly questionable and sometimes verifiably criminal behavior such as in GunGate, 209 Times’ editorial team fully stands by Justice for Jeremy’s suggestion that the Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office be totally separated.

Dr. Omalu is now publicly alleging that Sheriff Moore “was using his political office to protect police officers whenever somebody died in custody or during arrest”. The world famous Dr. Omalu and Dr. Parson offer numerous detailed examples that support this bombastic claim.

It is a fact that Jeremy Lum died shortly after being released from the San Joaquin County jail’s custody. As to what else is factual may prove impossible for this loving and still grieving family to ever know.

Since this story was originally submitted to 209 Times for publication, both Dr. Omalu and Dr. Parson have reported in documents (totally unrelated to the Lum case) that sheriff staff have been known for cutting body parts off (specifically hands) of cadavers without a medical doctor’s consent or even basic documentation. They have further alleged malfeasance on part of the Sheriff in at least two drowning deaths, again, neither of which appear to have anything to do with the Lum case.

Letter from Jeremy’s aunt:

Mr. Frank Gayaldo,

The recent allegations against Sheriff Steve Moore being made by Forensic Pathologst Dr. Sue Parson are of particular interest to me. Her allegations that Sheriff Steve Moore inappropriately interfered with hers & Dr. Omalu’s cases does not come as a surprise. I know of Dr. Omalu and his work and hold him in high regard. However, in 2009, when my nephew’s, Jeremy Lum, body arrived at the funeral home missing body parts and bodily fluids, it was alarming. This undoubtedly impacted the ability to perform a full and complete autopsy by our own hired Forensic Pathologist. I am also not surprised to see that this has been a pattern of behavior in other missing persons cases for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Dept/Coroner’s Office.

It has taken many years to come to terms with the shoddy and inhumane treatment our family received from the SJC Sheriff’s Dept when Jeremy went missing. We weren’t asking for anything more from Lathrop Police Services, aka San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Dept, than any other family with a missing loved one. What I’ve come to learn and realize is that there exists a hierarchy/chain of command within this agency and I can only surmise that Sheriff Steve Moore gave the command to Lathrop Police Services personnel to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to our family’s pleas for help..They even discouraged local television media from airing our story during the time Jeremy was missing by not giving confirmation. (Once Jeremy’s body was discovered and recovered from the river, TV crews arrived on their own, of course) .

In following the news of Dr. Parson’s allegations and subsequent resignation, I learned of the fiscal reasons that the Coroner’s Office & Sheriff’s Dept are one entity. It puzzles me, though, that a Sheriff who has no medical experience or degree would be able to influence the work performed by a Forensic Pathologist doctor. To the extent that in an interview with Dr. Omalu, Sheriff Moore was able to direct the line of questioning as to what questions he could address. When Jerry, Jeremy’s father, asked a question of Dr. Omalu, Sheriff Moore did not allow Dr. Omalu to address it. Jerry was never able to get an answer to his question at this meeting.

As painful as it’s been to discuss Jeremy’s death again, I have hopes that other families going through this will find some comfort in knowing they aren’t alone. It’s hard to find closure in the loss of a loved one but even more so when there are questions, purposely or not, left answered.

I’m not comfortable to communicate with San Joaquin County or the media at this time, however, if you feel this email serves a purpose being publicly shared, you have my permission to do so.

Regards,

Connie Lum

Justice For Jeremy

REACH for Mental Health Awareness

Federal Lawsuit Filed Alleging Sheriff Steve Moore Distorted Facts to Cover-up an Officer Involved Shooting

By Frank Gayaldo and Motecuzoma Sanchez

November 30, 2017

According to CBS 13, at least one of the coroner cases that Sheriff Steve Moore attempted to influence, was an “officer involved shooting”. In addition to this claim, 209 Times immediately began receiving tips, including from a person close to the case who wishes to remain unnamed, suggesting that one of the coroner cases Moore allegedly attempted to illegally influence involved decedent Keenan Bradley, 21 years old of Stockton.

The Stockton Record’s November 2, 2016 article by reporter Joe Goldeen mentions an unnamed, off-duty San Joaquin County Deputy and “two masked assailants”. In the article an account of the incident is described by Stockton Police

spokesman Joe Silva:

““When the off-duty deputy was walking (from his car) through the parking lot, he was confronted by two armed suspects wearing masks. They pointed their guns at the deputy’s face. He did not know if he was being robbed, being carjacked or was being targeted because he was a deputy. So, fearful for his life, he pulled out his firearm and shot one suspect while the other suspect ran away,” Silva said.”

It’s also claimed by Silva that the gun found was reported stolen and not registered to Bradley and that the “mask was made of clear plastic”.

On November 3, 2017, in the US Eastern District of California a formal complaint was filed by Keenan Shun Bradley’s mother, Denise Bradley. Denise Bradley is now represented by Attorney Jeff Dominic Price of Santa Monica.

The complaint alleges that San Joaquin County Deputy Michael Knight wrongfully killed Keenan Bradley. According to the complaint, the decedent, “was shot in the back”.  The complaint further alleges “Deputy Knight was known to have trafficked in marijuana” and “did not provide medical aid”.  Keenan Bradley was a security guard, whom according to the complaint “was not known to possess or own a gun”.

The complaint alleges that the defendants, which includes Sheriff Steve Moore, worked in concert to “distort the facts, including falsifying the account of the incident and the timeline, to cover-up wrongdoing and negligent behavior.”

As has been widely reported, on November 27, 2017, twenty four days after the lawsuit was filed against Sheriff Moore who is also the Coroner, San Joaquin County forensic pathologist Dr. Sue Parson presented her resignation letter. She is claiming that Sheriff Steve Moore attempts to control and influence our professional judgement and conclusions. This ultimately undermines the overall competence of the Coroner’s Office in conducting objective death investigations for the county.” 

Dr. Sue Parson had began working for San Joaquin County just 29 days before Keenan Bradley was killed. (It is currently unknown by 209 Times who conducted Bradley’s autopsy.)

In Dr. Parson’s letter she refers to forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu, who is her immediate supervisor. Dr Omalu became internationally famous due to the movie Concussion starring Will Smith that is based on the real life autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster, which led to the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE in NFL players.

In 2015, Dr. Omalu also testified in Shelly vs San Joaquin, a federal case that alleges Sheriff Moore maliciously destroyed computer and physical evidence in the Speed Freak Killer case. Dr. Omalu claims that he was deliberately excluded from offering any of his expertise, and deprived of all relevant information. Dr. Omalu is quoted as saying, “This isn’t how it’s processed or handled. There is an established protocol for processing skeletal remains.”  

Shelly vs San Joaquin is still in litigation, but San Joaquin County Counsel recently lost their latest legal attempt to squash the case. In his decision to deny a summary judgment, Judge Morrison C. England pointed out that Sheriff Moore’s testimony claiming he knew nothing about the day to day decisions at the Linden well dig site conflicted with assistant Sheriff Ruben Orosco’s claims that he personally briefed Moore on a daily basis.

One of our sources close to the Bradley case states that detectives notified the family that Bradley was shot twice, however their suspicions were raised by the funeral director who prepared the body saying that it appeared he was shot once, with an entry wound to the back and exit wound in front.

All questions and or additional information that could help with this case are being asked by the family’s lawyer to be directed to him.

Jeff Dominick Price

He can be reached at

310 451 2222 or at

Jeff.price@icloud.com.

A copy of the complaint obtained exclusively by 209 Times can be read in full here: