VALLEJO, CA – Bodycam video was released on Wednesday of a Vallejo police detective shooting and killing a man in a Walgreens parking lot. Police responded to reports of looting during “peaceful protests” just after midnight on June 2nd.
The first unit arrived and chased two vehicles from the parking lot near Redwood and Broadway. Police indicated that there were as many as a dozen “potential looters” in the Walgreens.
When the second unit arrived, the officers spotted Sean Monterrosa near the drive-thru area of the closed business. He was wearing a black hoodie. Body cam footage shows an officer firing a rifle from the backseat of his vehicle after Monterrosa points what the officer thought was a gun toward them.
Additional security video would have been available had “peaceful protesters” (looters) not destroyed the security cameras that would have captured the area where the shooting took place.
Police shared captured footage of three people wearing masks and hoodies. The police footage does not show who actually did the damaged to the camera.
Police video shows officers trying to resuscitate Monterrosa in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. at a local hospital.
“I would say it’s always a tragedy when an officer has to use force. The officers reacted to a perceived threat.”
Certain members of the community expressed outrage at the chief, who would not condemn the officers’ actions at a press conference prior to the completion of an investigation.
The Vallejo police union filed a suit to stop the release of the officer’s name on June 16th, but the city opposed this injunction. Although the officer was identified by multiple sources on June 22nd, the injunction was issued.
He was also named in a federal excessive force lawsuit filed on June 17th for an incident in November of 2018. He and his family have been the target of several death threats, according to the union.
The injunction would have been a moot point since the Mercury News released the officers name on June 5th, prior to official confirmation by the Vallejo Police Department.
— david (@70103685david) July 10, 2020
City officials released a statement regarding the release of a police officers name that partially reads:
“Typically, the best practice is for the names of officers involved in shootings to be withheld from the public for several weeks so that the officer can prepare themselves and their family for any risks they may face as a result of their involvement with a shooting.
“The practice of deferring to release an officer’s name exists for a reason, and our Department denounces the online threats that have been made against our officers and their families.
“Premature release of information puts lives at risk, and we will be working to investigate the release of confidential information and those who have made the online threats.”
The release of the video comes more than a month after Sean Monterrosa's killing in Vallejo, California, where residents have demanded police reforms.https://t.co/e5SuZm3ZWe
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 9, 2020
The city released a statement regarding the shooting which was last updated on July 8th which said that Monterrosa did not surrender. Rather, he adopted “a tactical shooting position” and that in this position, the hammer looked like a gun.
Unfortunately, because the security cameras were destroyed, the available videos do not show the moments leading up to the shooting.
Meanwhile, in nearby Oakland, the School District has voted to remove police from schools.
Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s report on that.
Once again, another school district has opted to adopt the measure of removing police officers from school – this time in Oakland, California. Unsurprisingly, the “resolution” to remove police officers from the public schools within the district was named after George Floyd.
The same people who want gun control "for the children" also want police out of the schools because apparently the safety of children is a manifestation of white privilegehttps://t.co/1o44DyV1iZ via @BreitbartNews
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) June 25, 2020
The Oakland Unified School District is yet another school district among the several that have either held votes or passed measures to eliminate police officers from public schools.
With the recent craze over catchphrases like “defund the police,” somehow public schooling got entrenched into the dialogue surrounding police brutality.
In the OUSD’s measure to remove police from school, dubbed the “George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate Oakland Schools Police Department,” a unanimous vote was held in favor of taking the $2.5 million used to officers and administrative support for their efforts and will be redirected toward “student support services and restorative justice.”
Probably law abiding white males as usual
— Kirk M 🇺🇸🐻Ⓠ (@LankyQ) June 25, 2020
To what degree or genuine necessity there is in regard “restorative justice” for school-aged children isn’t something that’s well-defined. Still, Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell is tasked with creating an alternative means to ensure student safety by December 31st of 2020.
The OUSD’s move comes weeks after the Portland school district in Oregon did the same thing.
Apparently, nothing spells safety for your children at school like removing armed school resource officers – at least, that’s the logic provided by Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero.
But hey, removal of safeguards for children is a small price to pay for Twitter “likes” and clap emojis.
The announcement was made by Guerrero on June 4th, regarding the removal of armed school resource officers. According to the superintendent, the Portland school district is “discontinuing the regular presence of school resource officers.”
The time is now. With new proposed investments in direct student supports (social workers, counselors, culturally-specific partnerships & more), I am discontinuing the regular presence of School Resource Officers @PPSConnect. We need to re-examine our relationship with the PPB.
— Guadalupe Guerrero (@Super_GGuerrero) June 4, 2020
Instead, Guerrero says the district will increase spending on the likes of social workers, counselors, and something called “culturally specific partnerships” for the student body.
Whatever these “culturally specific partnerships” are exactly is a bigger mystery than that of who shot J.R. Ewing in the TV show “Dallas” back in 1980.
So, instead of police officers protecting children in school, they’re getting replaced with essentially the following:
- “Counselors” – someone to talk about your feelings with.
- “Social workers” – someone else to talk about your feelings with, tells everyone to be friends, and then tells themselves they ‘changed the world’ because they explained to someone how to fill out an EBT application.
- “Culturally specific partnerships” – ???
Guerrero’s move came shortly after Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty asked for the school resource officers be removed from Portland – amongst other requests:
“I’m asking you to join me in removing the Gun Violence Reduction Team, School Resource Officers, and Transit Police.”
Much like the James Bond franchise, one act of virtue signaling isn’t enough – there must be countless sequels of the same notion with just different actors playing the part.
That’s where school board chair Andrea Valderrama chimed in with her sentiments on Twitter.
Valderrama isn’t just trying to remove the school resource officers within the district, but wants them flat-out barred from maintaining event security if there’s some event planned at the school:
“The resolution will also direct the Superintendent to cease any further negotiations with the Portland Police Bureau and any law enforcement agency for the services of School Resource Officers, event enforcement, training, and any other services.”
The resolution will also direct the Superintendent to cease any further negotiations with the Portland Police Bureau and any law enforcement agency for the services of School Resource Officers, event enforcement, training, and any other services. 5/8
— Andrea Valderrama (@Chata_503) June 4, 2020
At this point, why doesn’t the mayor hop on board too?
Oh wait, he already did.
Mayor Ted Wheeler also stated on Twitter that he’s going to back the move of “pulling police officers from schools”. Another Twitter-approved elected official sounds the woke-bullhorn.
Thank you, @PPSConnect. We agree.
Leaders must listen and respond to community. We must disrupt the patterns of racism and injustice.
I am pulling police officers from schools. https://t.co/AN3JemgpEk
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) June 4, 2020
Are these folks so quick to forget that just last year in May, there was the incident at Parkrose High School in Portland that involved a student bringing a gun to school?
Not just a hand gun, but a full-blown shotgun. Luckily, the school’s football coach, Keanon Lowe, tackled the gunman before any harm could occur.
Now, while Lowe isn’t a school resource officer, he was a former wide receiver for the University of Oregon’s football team and was employed as a school security guard at Parkrose, too.
What Lowe wasn’t was a social worker or counselor, because he tackled the threat instead of talking them through their emotions.
Ironically, when news crews were doing a segment on school resource officers at Portland’s Lincoln High School in 2017, the SRO on duty had to literally break up a brawl between students.
The news clip was related to calls three years’ earlier to remove officers from schools, and Lincoln High’s principle said on camera that she liked having an officer on campus.
The notion of no school resource officers simply panders to the currently touted form of “safety” echoed by social media, since there’s a fringe-element creating a narrative that police are dangerous.
But removing school resource officers from campuses to make a small portion of the student body feel safe is only creating the illusion of safety.
Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.
Make sure you click “following” and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing! (See image below.) Thanks for being a part of the LET family!