As the elections loom I wanted to share this so folks clearly understand why its important to vote for these judges.. Don’t but into this hype of it doesn’t matter and both parties are the same.. Its total BS and if this happened to your mom.. maybe you’d think twice and try to use your vote as way to disrupt the system at the very least… This comes from a Church member who had stage 3 cancer.. Pay attention to what the judge’s (John Creighton)policy is.. Never to dismiss resisting arrest cases. What does that mean for protestors or folks who wish to ‘discuss’ a ticket with an officer who decides that your conversation was ‘resisting arrest’.. Please think about this.. he also says he wants to start a ‘gang court’
I took my ballot home to do more research on the judges.. cause with bankrupticies, increased parking fines and foreclosures all around us..we need compassionate judges on the bench
ELECT VICTORIA KOLAKOWSKY FOR JUDGE
I read your endorsement of John Creighton and I want to share what he did to me. He is
not the right candidate to elect as Superior Court Judge – far from it.
In 2004, I was a 56-year-old, law-abiding resident of Oakland, had a minor traffic
accident, and when the driver who hit me refused to identify himself and the police did
not come. After many calls to OPD, I was given permission by their dispatcher to drive
I waited ten more minutes, still no police arrived, so I drove home, calling OPD to let
them know I was doing so.
All my calls to the police were recorded and I have the tapes, so there is no doubt about
these facts or my recollection of them.
When OPD arrived at the accident, the driver who hit me said, “she’s not here”. Without
calling dispatch, a sergeant issued an all-points-bulletin against me. At my home, another
officer, even though I begged him to call dispatch, detained me, grabbed me, arrested me,
and I was taken first to Highland Hospital for my injuries, then to jail.
What was a bad afternoon of split second poor decisions by OPD, turned into four years
of hell, and horrendous expense to our city.
In 2005, as monthly court appearances continued, I was diagnosed with Stage 3C breast
After a long struggle to stay alive, four years of litigation in three lawsuits, horrendous
physical and financial damage to me, the case is over. However, I will never forget
walking into court the first day of trial in 2006, holding my coat away from my chest (my
mastectomy was two days before) so I wouldn’t “prejudice” the jury.
I “won” the case – acquitted of the charge of resisting arrest – but truly there was really no
win for anyone.
For two full years before my trial, John Creighton had the tape recordings and facts of
what happened and the authority to drop these charges, yet refused to do so.
His policy to never drop a resisting arrest charge was the only thing that mattered to him.
He deliberately pursued a case with no merit. Neither his own DA assigned to the case,
the settlement judge of the court, nor the facts, could convince him to do the right thing.
Creighton claims to be committed to “reducing backlogs” in our courts, yet caused
four years of waste at taxpayer expense. He claims to want to start a “gang court”, yet
the resisting arrest charge is a common way to hide police misconduct and manipulate
underrepresented people. He is not the right candidate for Alameda Superior Court judge.