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info_outline Tiny Constables 11/14/2020
Tiny Constables The City of Vallejo has purchased a cell site simulator, a powerful surveillance technology, without complying with a state law that requires public input. The Vallejo Police Department has already used the device two dozen times — up to 10 of them without first getting a warrant, according to an activist who is now suing the city.
info_outline State of Emergency 10/17/2020
State of Emergency Vallejo police are in a state of emergency. Crime is up and so are civil rights settlements, including a $5.7 million settlement to the family of Ronell Foster, who say they won’t stop fighting until Officer Ryan McMahon is convicted for his death. Last month, he became the first Vallejo cop to lose his job over a shooting — but only because he endangered another cop.
info_outline The Last Family 09/17/2020
The Last Family Ashley and Michelle Monterrosa joined the family-led movement to end Vallejo police violence when Detective Jarrett Tonn killed their brother on June 2, 2020. Raised in an activist family in San Francisco, they say they want their brother to be the last person killed by police in Vallejo, a city that continues to pay out millions to settle civil rights lawsuits, almost two dozen of which are currently pending in federal court.
info_outline Who Watches the Watchmen? 08/22/2020
Who Watches the Watchmen? The family of Sean Monterrosa has filed a lawsuit against the City of Vallejo and his killer, Det. Jarrett Tonn, but the interim city attorney wants the trial moved hundreds of miles away. Meanwhile, the city council tries to placate the public over a $2.4 million increase to the police budget by dangling the possibility of an oversight body. But in 2012, the city’s public safety board refused to discuss police misconduct, even as officers killed residents at 38 times the national rate.
info_outline Corrupted Data 08/07/2020
Corrupted Data The City of Vallejo’s new, $97,000 use-of-force dashboard omits multiple prominent police killings, its city council silently reviews written public comments, and the head of its police union says its department doesn’t take others’ problem officers — despite his own history of excessive force in Oakland.
info_outline A Deadly Year 07/24/2020
A Deadly Year Vallejo police killed six people in 2012. Three of these killings were the work of a single officer: Sean Kenney. One public defender says there were plenty of red flags in Kenney’s personnel file years before he shot his first person — not to mention his fifth.
info_outline Sean Monterrosa: June 2, 2020 07/09/2020
Sean Monterrosa: June 2, 2020 Sean Monterrosa was the 19th person killed by Vallejo police in the last decade. This episode examines the city’s response after Det. Jarrett Tonn — already involved in three other shootings — fired five times from the backseat of an unmarked truck, amid nationwide protests against police violence following the death of George Floyd.