Poll: Did Police React Appropriately to Refund California Protest?

After the San Marino Police Department apologized Thursday for not taking more action against Wednesday night's Refund California protest outside Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan's Woodstock Road home, we are asking how you feel about the police response.

Following the lively, non-violent protest by about 100 people from the Refund California Coalition outside the Woodstock Road home of Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan Wednesday night, issued an email statement to residents Thursday, apologizing for the SMPD's response.

"Despite the peaceful outcome and the restraint exercised by our police officers, I would have preferred a more proactive approach and in the future our officers will act to better protect property and if neccessary [sic] arrest protestors who violate the law," Schaefer said in the statement.

We are now asking how you felt about the SMPD's response to the protest, which resulted in no arrests.

One SMPD officer stayed in his patrol car outside the home for most of the protest, which lasted about 30 to 45 minutes, and eventually asked one of the organizers to move the group’s charter bus and vehicles parked on Woodstock Road, which does not allow street parking, .

Four cars from the South Pasadena Police Department, who was called in to assist, arrived at Virginia Road and Shenandoah Road near the scene shortly after the protesters started to disband.

Kristina Brown October 07, 2011 at 01:18 AM
The last time I checked, California is part of the United States. Free speech is part of our constitution. San Marino is not excluded. I'm sure there is a permit in there somewhere that probably didn't get filed. At some point, San Marino will realize that it's residents are living in the 21th century. I love that those protesters could find Woodstock Road!
Ron Johnson October 07, 2011 at 04:45 AM
FYI.. You can't get a permit to protest on private property. That is called trespassing. This isn't a free speech issue. Why don't you check your facts before you speak in a public forum.
John October 07, 2011 at 05:41 AM
To witness protestors trampling upon the private property of residences while a police force is present is beyond egregious. It's also dangerous considering that citizens in this country have the right to keep and bare arms and to defend their property with the use of force. These protestors are fortunate that this resident didn't exercise his rights in the same forceful manner...very lucky indeed.
Ray October 07, 2011 at 07:47 AM
It's a shame that 100 protestors mindlessly followed the lead of organizers who decided that getting their message out to the public required committing a crime at the home of a man whom, in all likelihood, they know nothing about. Sure, he works in an industry they have philosophical differences with. But they chose to personalize their attack against Mr. Sloan as an individual, without regard to whether or not he is a positive influence in the local community. That just makes the protestors look mean-spirited.
Bernard Azer October 08, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Free speech is one thing. Trespassing is another. Although we have the right to bear arms, defending one's self or property from harm is justifiable (Castle Doctrine) only when a violent intrusion or attack is imminent. I agree with John, things could have gotten ugly if the resident chose to confront the protestors. The SMPD should have at least gotten the protesters onto the street (public space) where they could legally protest.
Jack October 08, 2011 at 06:20 PM
It is frightening to see what happened in this case. The police were warned this was going to happen and were still unable to protect the homeowner. Then they stood by and let these people trample their lawn and use a bullhorn while standing on their front doorstep. I understand they didn't want to be filmed over re-acting, but how about peacefully announcing they were on private property and that they would give them 5 minutes to get off of the property or they would begin arresting these violators?! That's how they are dealing with this everywhere else. why couldn't San Marino manage to do this? I am disappointed and saddened that the police could not protect their own residents.
Ben October 11, 2011 at 03:43 PM
What is the harm that was suffered due to this one hour occassion that people seem to think justifies arrest? Do I get to call the police or get out my gun when the unwanted visitors come to my front door? The homeowner is an officer for one of the largest companies in the world, and these people were directly impacted by the actions of his company. I think they have a right to express themselves peacefully. If they damaged his front lawn, he can pursue the same remedies that anyone else would have to hold the offender accountable. By monitoring the situation, enforcing street parking limitations, and asking the protestors to move on, the police did their job without escalating the situation. Doing more would have been a waste of public resources. I'm sure there are real crimes in San Marino and neighboring communities that deserve more attention.


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