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Couple reached out to East Bay police, terrified their son would be killed by a cop. He died in police custody anyway

Couple reached out to East Bay police, terrified their son would be killed by a cop. He died in police custody anyway

Parents of Jacob Bauer filed a wrongful death suit Thursday

OAKLAND — In the spring of 2018, it was clear to Pleasanton residents John and Rose Bauer that the mental health of their adult son, Jacob, was quickly deteriorating. He was normally genial, outgoing, and attentive, a “computer nerd” who’d worked for Bay Area tech companies for years, his mother said.
But lately, Jacob Bauer had been paranoid — to the point that he complained passing airliners were spying on him — and prone to verbal outbursts. By June 2018, he was in “crisis mode,” his parents said, and they grew concerned for his well-being. They didn’t think he would harm himself; they were worried he’d have a fatal encounter with the police.
“Because of all of the stories you seen in the paper, all of these things that you hear that (police) do not give them time and distance, they deploy their SWAT team tactics, and then it’s too late,” Rose Bauer said in an interview Thursday.
Despite precautions the Bauers took — mentioning to officers during four face-to-face meetings that their son was mentally ill yet “harmless,” writing a card for him to give to police saying he had a mental illness and for them to call a lawyer the family had retained, and reaching out to local mental health facilities, only to be told there was no bed space — their fears were realized. Jacob Bauer died in police custody on Aug. 1, 2018.
Pleasanton police say they were taking Bauer into custody after he caused a disturbance at a local grocery store, that he resisted and tried to bite officers and that he went unresponsive while they were placing him in a restraint device. A lawsuit filed by the Bauer family Thursday morning tells a much different story: that police caused Bauer’s death by assaulting him, hitting him with a baton and stomping on him several times.
And a private investigator hired by the family says he watched a passer-by’s cell phone video of the incident that backs up the family’s account, showing officers use a Taser on Bauer — hitting him in the chest or neck — and stunning him at least three or four times while he screamed in pain. At another point, the investigator wrote, the video shows police hitting Bauer with a baton and stomping on his chest.
An attorney for the city of Pleasanton did not immediately respond for a request for comment on the suit.
Gary Gwilliam, a civil rights attorney hired by the Bauer family, put Bauer’s death in the context of several other officer-involved deaths around the Bay Area, all involving mentally ill subjects who were either shot or died while police were attempting to restrain them. He cited the recent fatal shooting of Miles Hall, a Walnut Creek resident shot by two local officers who were responding to a call about Hall having a mental breakdown. Hall allegedly waved a large metal bar at police before they shot him.
“These are people who are mentally ill, they’re not criminals. They shouldn’t be treated like criminals,” John Bauer said in an interview Thursday.
The county coroner’s report determined that Bauer died of “acute methamphetamine toxicity,” which his family also disputes. They hired their own forensic pathologist who independently reviewed Bauer’s death and found that he had been asphyxiated, writing the officers’ restraint as well as meth use contributed to Bauer’s death.
“They are supposed to get training at the police department as to how to deal with people like this, yet here we see once again another outrageous example of the police department not responding to someone who was mentally ill,” Gwilliam said.
The last day of Bauer’s life, he left his home around 2:30 p.m. to get something to drink at a Raley’s a few blocks away. Once there, he began screaming, then left the store. A concerned manager called police, thinking Bauer needed help, Gwilliam said.
Officers contacted Bauer a short distance from the store. There, they attempted to detain him. A police news release says Bauer resisted for five minutes, and that he bit and scratched the officers. During the ensuing struggle, he went unresponsive, was taken to a local hospital, and pronounced dead, police said.
Days earlier, Bauer’s parents had their last of four meetings with an officer, where they expressed concern that their needed help for his mental illness. They said the officer told them Bauer needed to hit rock-bottom before they could help him, and encouraged them to evict their son. At a prior meeting, an officer who identified himself only as “Mike” assured them that if their son did have an encounter with police, it would be resolved peacefully, Rose Bauer said.
“My life will never be the same. Jacob was a very big part of my life…He was always helping me, he was always there for me,” Rose Bauer said. “He was witty, he was funny, he was generous. All that is gone now. Every day I have to wake up and remind myself that he’s dead, no longer in my life, just my memories.”

Former PG&E Contractor Pete Bennett file papers to run for Walnut Creek City Council but Walnut Creek Officers escorted him the building with loaded weapons. Part 1 of 4

Former PG&E Contractor Pete Bennett file papers to run for Walnut Creek City Council but Walnut Creek Officers escorted him the building with loaded weapons.  

Part 1 is covered by a East Bay Times Editorial.  Follow The Unarmed Constituent, The Unarmed Candidate and the The Bennett Kidnapping Incidents which is directly linked to Police Officers currently and formerly employed in Walnut Creek.


There’s blame on both sides for the Walnut Creek City Council’s dysfunction.
Consequently, although there are three council openings in the upcoming election, we endorse only two candidates, incumbent Loella Haskew and Kevin Wilk, former member of the transportation and arts commissions.

We cannot back either of the other two candidates, incumbents Bob Simmons and Justin Wedel, because of their actions during their current terms.
It’s a shame. Walnut Creek is on better financial footing than most cities, although its pension debt continues to rise. Nevertheless, Simmons, Haskew and Wilk want to eventually put a sales tax hike before voters. We remain to be convinced of the need.

Walnut Creek city council candidate Loella Haskew is photographed at the East Bay Times studio in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Loella Haskew (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

We back Haskew and Wilk despite their sales tax push. And that issue doesn’t determine our rejection of Simmons.
Rather, it’s the heavy-handed way he and Councilwoman Cindy Silva behaved during a 2013 child sexual abuse investigation. The probe stemmed from revelations that a part-time usher coordinator at the city’s Lesher Center for the Arts sent a 13-year-old inappropriate social media messages.
State law requires administrators and employees involved with children’s programs to report suspected child abuse to authorities. Walnut Creek police claimed that city employees failed to do so. The independent investigation showed otherwise.

Walnut Creek city council candidate Kevin Wilk is photographed at the East Bay Times studio in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Kevin Wilk (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

But the investigation concluded that City Manager Ken Nordhoff impeded the probe by evading questions and had placed four employees on leave while remaining silent about his own knowledge of the case.
After the council learned of the findings about Nordhoff, Simmons and Silva tried to derail the investigation, City Attorney Bryan Wenter told this newspaper after he resigned over the incident.
In a meeting with Wenter, the two accused him of abusing his power, and his upcoming job review was mentioned. Simmons and Silva claim they were just trying to speed up the investigation.
Even if their account were true, Simmons and Silva had no business acting on their own to direct the city attorney. That was unacceptable. Making matters worse, Simmons was evasive when we asked him about the incident this week.
As for Wedel, he went overboard in the opposite direction. He felt Nordhoff should have resigned and, as recently as November, publicly upbraided the city manager. It was counterproductive.
Nordhoff should have been punished short of termination. We know of no punishment. Last week, more than three years after the investigation, he announced he is leaving to take another job.
We wish we could back Wedel, even though we disagree with him on many policy issues. Walnut Creek needs divergent and younger voices.
One of the most promising, Kristina Lawson, the top vote-getter in 2010, opted not to seek re-election in 2014 because of “an unproductive and toxic environment” on the City Council.
That must change.


The Unarmed Constituent beaten by Contra Costa Library Security

The Unarmed Constituent

Bennett endures a nice set of cracked ribs just like prior incidents there is no police repor

The reality of information will blow your mind



The Unarmed Constituent sons are kidnapped by Walnut Creek Police and DA Mark Peterson

Pittsburg Officer Keeler was Sgt. Keeler of Pittsburg

The tale of history was invisible to Pete Bennett who handed over his son to a Walnut Creek Police Officer on July 5th, 2011.  Then his other son taken via yet another police incident on the way to God's place known as Hillside Covenant Church.

In 1988, a close friend was murdered employed the Safeway on Railroad Ave in Pittsburg CA.   Little did anyone know but several years later Officer Eric Bergen and Sgt. George Elsie would arrested for that murder in March 1988.

These events also occurred during the litigation in the Matter of Bennett v. Southern Pacific Transportation Corporation.   Bennett filed suit in October 1987 when his fledgling cabinet and millwork operation endured a long list of setbacks.
The Unarmed Constituent Series

Sgt. Keeler of Pittsburg and Meyers Nave

HUPPERT v. CITY OF PITTSBURG - Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson and Officer Keeler the kidnapper
HUPPERT v. CITY OF PITTSBURG United States Court of Appeals,Ninth Circuit. Ron HUPPERT;  Javier Salgado, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. CITY OF PITTSBURG;  Aaron Baker;  William Zbacnik;  Michael Barbanica;  William Brian Addington;  Wayne Derby,...

Inspector Raymond Giacomelli was shot and killed while conducting a murder investigation. ... Inspector Giacomelli's body was found inside the home by another inspector who had arranged to meet him at the scene. ... Inspector Giacomelli had been a member of the Pittsburg Police Department 


Constituent Begging Services

Constituent Begging Services

After losing millions over many decades a story unfolded when the FBI arrested member the Contra Costa County Narcotics Task Force in 2011 but by 2017, Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson was himself arrested.

Pete Bennett

McKesson Building

One Post Street

San Francisco CA

After several years of communicating with Senator Feinstein I decided to visit her offices.

By chance or perhaps not by chance the connection to Senator Feinsteins leads to Richard Blum and his holdings at CB Richard Ellis.

When City Attorney Mark Coon committed suicide that opened the not so obvious connections to Base Realignment and Closings but that's when Donald Rumsfeld former head of the Department of Defense began the BRAC Process.

The Unarmed Constituent: Sgt. Dave Rangel with his gun and Pete Bennett a unholy match or potential deadly match

The Unarmed Constituent: Sgt. Dave Rangel

The day this cop came close to killing me

This agency is under control of the California Department of Justice. In one of my many attempts to reach to City Attorney Sgt. Dave Rangel intercepted Pete Bennett as he attempted to enter the elevator leading to the third floor location of offices of the City Attorney, City Manager and City Clerk plus the IT department where former Councilman Justin Wedel worked during the 1990s.



The Unarmed Constituent - Don't tangle with Sgt. Rangel -

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The Murder Trilogy

Endlessly documented events of indifference and lies.

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The Nordstrom Murders

My first real date with Alicia Driscoll and her daughter was a simple June picnic
at her house on Norris Road. Just another Contra
Costa County Murder Suicide.

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A Contra Costa Times Murder Link

Contra Costa Times TriValley knows the Alamo 1st Mormons who stole my legal file
mid-December 2004. He was well informed of the
near fatal Bennett v. Collins incident and full
knowledge of the truck arson prior the Kinder
Morgan explosion that killed five in November
2004. The failure leads upstream to Contra Costa
District Attorney Mark Peterson (Purjury)


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