In The News - CHP report showed security gaps at Yountville Veterans Home before killings
The state-run veterans home where a former soldier murdered three women last month had security shortcomings that the California Highway Patrol identified in 2010, according to a report obtained by The Sacramento Bee.
It’s unclear whether any of the recommendations in the 22-page report could have prevented Albert Wong from attacking the therapy program he once attended at the Yountville Veterans Home. The California Department of Veterans Affairs (Cal Vet) also won’t say which recommendations it adopted.
In The News - DA gets $13,000 from police unions – and more protests – days after Stephon Clark's death
Sacramento County’s top prosecutor received $13,000 in campaign donations from two local law enforcement unions just days after Stephon Clark was killed by Sacramento police who shot the unarmed African American man, campaign finance records show.
The unions and Anne Marie Schubert’s camp call the donations’ timing less than a week after Clark’s death on March 18 an unfortunate coincidence. Clark, 22, was shot in the backyard of his grandparents’ south Sacramento home after police mistook the cellphone in his hand for a gun.
In The News - CSLEA Says Public Safety Officers who Guard Yountville Veterans Home are Unarmed
"SACRAMENTO -- “They’re dressed like deputies, they drive police vehicles with police lights," but the public safety officers who guard the Yountville Veterans Home, where a gunman killed three hostages Friday, are not armed, said Ryan Navarre.
“Local law enforcement counts on our officers, who are unarmed, to be the primary security for thousands of people on grounds,” said Navarre, who is with the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association."
In The News - Hostage crisis prompts California police union to ask for weapons
"A hostage crisis at a state veterans home on Friday prompted a California law enforcement union to repeat its appeal to arm the officers who provide security at state hospitals and veterans' facilities.
Fewer than nine unarmed state public safety officers work at the Yountville Veterans Home in Napa County, where a man armed with a rifle exchanged gunfire with police and took three employees of a veterans counseling program hostage."
In The News - Former soldier in Yountville attacks said he ‘wanted to get back’ at veterans workers
"YOUNTVILLE — Just days before Albert Wong shot and killed three mental health clinicians at a residential program for traumatized veterans in Yountville, the former Army infantryman told a family member he was angry at the staff members and wanted to get back at them after he was found with knives and told to leave."
In The News - Future of Pathway Home in question as investigators look into security, gunman