Third time seems to be a charm. I posted a lengthy response to your letter on Facebook and also in an email on your campaign website due to Medium being down. Now that they are up I will include it with this response. I wish you well on your campaign and in our combined efforts to stop the senseless war on drugs.
First of all, I want to thank you for posting my article on your Facebook page. I appreciate your stand on the War On Drugs and for recognizing my opinion on the subject, one that is based on 32 years as a cop. As to Randy Jones’s comment about my Lamborghini shenanigans, I’d like to enlighten him and any other naysayers about that incident and about me, knowing full well that once a person has adopted an opinion about an issue it is difficult to sway their opinion. So, here goes: In September 2012 I came into possession of a 2019 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Leggera, one of the ultimate super cars out there. I had the car for a month and, being a die hard “car guy” I made the best of the situation, driving all of my friends around and yes, exceeding the speed limit on a few occasions. My poor judgment of driving too fast was compounded by my poorer judgement of posting a video of one such ride on Facebook. I tagged a bunch of people who I wanted to see the video and when someone asked me how I fit twelve people in a Lamborghini I flippantly responded that “it was bigger than it appears and we were drunk.” Unfortunately my hyperbole and sarcasm did not come across well and on December 10 someone discovered the video and it went viral. Three days later I was transferred from my dreamy assignment in North Beach and sent to the dungeon like repository that is the Property Control section of the police department. I spent the final year of my otherwise illustrious career buried at the Hall of Justice while the investigation into my misdeed was investigated. Now, for some clarity. As soon as this story broke I notified the chief of police — my former partner and good friend — that I had screwed up, but that there was no truth to the allegation of drunk or reckless driving. During the course of the investigation I steadily and consistently admitted to having the Lamborghini and of driving too fast. Additionally, the passenger who shot the video, who was completely unidentifiable, came forward and admitted to his participation. I was suspended for ten days without pay and the passenger officer was suspended for three days without pay. So here are some salient points of Mr. Randy Jones to consider: He states that I “…consistently showed poor judgement and no regard for public safety…” based on one video and the accompanying news story. While I fully accept my boneheadedness in this instance, and a few others along the way, it is troubling that Mr. Jones would conclude or infer that my 32 years of police service were all “poor judgement” with “no regard for public safety.” I committed the transgression, I fully owned it, and so did the guy that was with me. Kind of puts a wrinkle on the whole “code of silence,” doesn’t it? I will not bore you with details of what my career was like but I consider myself to have been a productive, caring and compassionate officer who gave my all to recognizing my role as an ambassador to the city while taking the appropriate legal action when necessary. Now that I am retired I am spending much of my free time advocating for criminal justice reform. In the grand scheme of things my little joy ride pales in comparison to the immense problems plaguing society, especially within the law enforcement community.