What to Ask Police Chief Mike Sellers
By Robert Haugh
On Monday, Santa Clara Police Chief Mike Sellers will host another “Chat with the Chief.” We reported that it will be at the police department, an unusual location.
But we’re glad he’s open to public questions and we’ll try to be there. We’re wondering what we should ask him. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments. Or you can email directly via this form. Based on recent news reports and info from multiple sources, here are some issues that would be good:
Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold called for Sellers’ resignation because he’s defended officers action in a recent $6.7 million settlement, the largest payment in the city’s history and a major black mark on the department. Plus, numerous officers have been caught engaged in criminal activity.
$6.7 Million Settlement
Sellers has said publicly that the officers actions were legally defensible even though they did not have a warrant when they entered a home to arrest a teenage girl.
The 49ers told the city that Coldplay would violate the weekday stadium curfew and it was up to Sellers to do something — or nothing. The police department did nothing.
Sellers asked for a raise earlier this year. But the council has not acted on it. Our sources suggest that he won’t get one given his performance.
Sellers won re-election last year in historic squeaker. The election results weren’t final for weeks and even we thought he lost. Oops.
Last year, this own department voted “no confidence” on his leadership — the first time in department history.