John Whitney

  12 posts

  Jul 20, 2022

Vallejo police killing of Ronell Foster led to internal conflict, newly released records show

While then-Sgt. Sanjay Ramrakha cleared McMahon of any policy violations in the fatal shooting, both the department's deputy police chief and interim police chief who ordered the investigation disagreed....

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  Jul 13, 2022

Records show Vallejo police paid for repaired or replacement badges for officers in shootings

Officers may have obtained refurbished or replacement badges to obscure a tradition of bending the tips of their badges to mark on-duty shootings....

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  Jul 08, 2022

Vallejo police lieutenant files harassment lawsuit against city

Lt. Herman Robinson filed his lawsuit alleging that Chief Shawny Williams has refused to allow him to return to work....

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  Jun 02, 2022

City of Vallejo seeks to quash subpoenas for investigator, PR firm in Monterrosa wrongful death lawsuit

Assistant City Attorney Katelyn Knight also confirmed, for the first time, the names of the other officers present when Vallejo police shot and killed Sean Monterrosa on June 2, 2020....

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  Apr 21, 2022

Arbitrator orders reinstatement of fired Vallejo police lieutenant

The arbitrator also ordered the city to pay 10% interest on Lt. Herman Robinson’s back pay....

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  Mar 31, 2022

How badge bending became a ritual among Vallejo police

For the last two decades, some members of the Vallejo Police Department have bent the tips of badges belonging to officers after they were involved in an on-duty shooting....

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  Mar 23, 2022

Judge says outside investigation into Vallejo police badge-bending tradition has ‘no value’

The judge said retired Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano's investigation into Vallejo police's tradition of badge-bending after shooting someone on duty is "not designed to bring some light" into the practice....

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  Feb 18, 2022

Vallejo City Council to get update on about 40 lawsuits

About half of the cases involve the city defending the Vallejo Police Department in federal and state courts....

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  Feb 15, 2022

Vallejo police sergeant referred to police chief as ‘Black Jesus’

The investigation sustained two findings that Sgt. Robert Greenberg used indecent/derogatory language and engaged in conduct unbecoming of a member of the department....

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  Nov 04, 2021

Fired Vallejo lieutenant alleges pattern of discrimination, false statements by chief

Herman Robinson, who served 47-years with the Vallejo Police Department before being terminated on April 1, alleges that Williams lied under oath....

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  Nov 04, 2021

Vallejo fights disclosure of badge-bending records in criminal court

Judge Daniel Healy had ordered that the city produce records under seal to the Solano County Public Defender’s Office....

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  Jul 30, 2021

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....

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