Sonoma County

"The harder path is creating a more just society..." August 20, 2011 Letter by Mary Moore

Letter To the Editor: Press Democrat  August 20, 2011

[Regarding Article "Santa Rosa Mayor Defends Kids Handling SWAT Weapons" Read below]

It is useless to try logic with people who have become so desensitized that they don't instinctively react with outrage at the idea of our local police using guns and tanks in an attempt to "reach the community" through its children via the "cool" factor as was just done in South Park.

Santa Rosa Deputy Who Murdered Albert Leday Jr. June 2nd Has Shot Two Other People in the Past

"...three shootings — most officers go through their career with no shootings — it just raises a lot of concerns.”

'Deputy involved in June 2 shooting involved in two other shootings'

By JEREMY HAY     THE PRESS DEMOCRAT 
Published: Monday, July 5, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a man last month in Santa Rosa has been involved in three of the 11 officer-involved shootings that the sheriff's office has recorded this decade.

Sgt. Mark Fuston, who on June 1 killed Albert Mike Leday Jr., 49, after a high speed chase, was one of two deputies who fatally shot a Windsor woman in 2000 after she pointed a toy gun at them. In 2003, he shot and injured a fleeing gang member.