Monday, July 2, 2012

(Napa County) Grand jury recommends civilian police review board


The Napa County grand jury is calling for the establishment of a civilian police review board that would analyze controversial cases within the Napa Police Department and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

This recommendation is contained in a grand jury report issued Monday exploring the circumstances surrounding the Nov. 28, 2010 fatal shooting of Richard Poccia by Napa Police officers.

The report does not say whether the shooting was justified, but does recommend better communication and understanding between police and the community and says there should be closer cooperation between law enforcement and mental health agencies.

It also recommends measures be implemented to increase trust and communication between police, the Napa County Mental Health Crisis Center and Napa residents.

The 60-year-old Poccia was shot and killed by Napa police Officer Nicholas Dalessi outside his Alta Heights home. The report states Poccia had been in mental crisis for several days and officers believed he was armed with a knife or gun.

No gun was found, according to the report, but a closed pocketknife was found near his body.

Poccia’s family is currently suing the city of Napa, its police department and two Napa officers. The suit, filed in January, alleges Poccia’s civil rights were violated and seeks unspecified monetary damages, including punitive, legal expenses, funeral and burial expenses, according to court documents.

1 comment:

Perfecto Bauer Garcia said...

I believe some of the Napa Police Officer's should learn what the meaning of protect and to serve is!

I know of a couple Police Officer’s that are PREJUDICE AND BIAS against my father, their names are Officer Judy Bond and Officer Andrew Hess. You can see their behavior on you tube, just click on the link below.

Perfecto Bauer Garcia