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Antioch Police Chief Tells City Council Officer Mellone is Qualified to Work Anywhere in California

by ECT

On Monday, via a Public Record Request, the Antioch Police Department provided a copy of an email sent to the city council regarding the investigation into documents released by the City of San Francisco concerning Officer Mike Mellone and his involvement in an officer involved shooting.

According to the documents released, APD had hired as private firm to investigate the hiring of Mellone and do a background check which resulted in 1,600 pages of new documents for review. The investigating firm, along with the police chief, said Mellone is qualified to work anywhere in the State of California.  The cost of this investigation was not provided at the time of print.

The shooting in question occurred on April 7, 2016 of Luis Gongora. The hiring of Mellone prompted protests from citizens including a hunger strike, and a petition that resulted in 3,252 have signatures upon hearing Mellone was hired.

Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks briefed the city council via email on December 22, 2020 with an end result that Officer Mellone is still qualified to work as a police officer anywhere in the State of California.

In his letter to the City Council, Chief Brooks stated the following:

“I hired Officer Mellone back in August 2019. At the time he went through the same rigorous testing process as every other APD applicant. This included an oral interview, medical investigation, polygraph test, psychological evaluation, and thorough background investigation. As a side note, the Antioch Police Department is audited annually by the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to ensure our background investigations are conducted in accordance with POST standards. Office Mellone passed all aspects of the hiring process. During the background investigation, all available information concerning Officer Mellone’s employment with SFPD, including the shooting of Gongora, was examined and vetted and no disqualifying information was identified.

In June 2020, the Antioch Police Department became aware of new documents released by SFPD pertaining to the Gongora shooting. These documents were not available during the initial background investigation and hiring of Officer Mellone. Therefore, they were sent to our independent licensed contracted background investigator to inspect. The purpose of this review was to determine if any new information was provided that was not known to us at the time Officer Mellone was hired – and if there was, would any of the information have altered the ability for Officer Mellone to serve as a police officer.

Upon completion of this investigation it has been determined that no new evidence was identified, and Officer Mellone is still qualified to work as a police officer anywhere in the State of California. Please see the attached summary as confirmation of this fact.

I had originally reassigned Officer Mellone out of patrol until results of this investigation were known. Now that the investigation has been completed, he will return to his regular patrol duties in January with my full support. Officer Mellone is a very caring and competent officer who has spend his entire adult life working in law enforcement. And while some people have questioned his intentions or abilities based on limited information they know about one incident 4 ½ years ago, I am completely confident in his abilities and know he has the right temperament, values, and character to serve as an Antioch Police Officer. If I didn’t, I would not have hired him in the first place”

In a document provided by Crump Investigations, it highlighted that on June 15, 2020 he was hired to complete a supplemental investigation of Antioch Police Officer Michael Mellone.

The background investigation included interviews with multiple persons, including family members, friends, significant others, co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, etc of Officer Mellone. It also included reviews of his educational transcripts, prior employment background investigations, performance evaluations, personnel files, other departmental application information, a California Department of Motor vehicle report, vehicle insurance documentation, Selective Service registration information, law enforcement agency checks, FBI and DOJ reports, a financial credit report, etc. In additional, he reviewed the information provided by the Department of Police Accountability-City and County of San Francisco regarding information received by them about M. Mellone while he was employed as a police officer with the San Francisco Police Department — Crump says there was no disqualifying information identified in his review.

According to Crump’s document, the additional documents totaled over 1,600 pages and included, but not limited to, documents from the City of San Francisco Police Department, City of San Francisco Department of Police Accountability, and the City and County of San Francisco District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau. The documents included various criminal, internal, coroner, administrative reports, memorandums, notes, and bulletins. They also included transcripts of various interviews that were conducted regarding the officer-involved shooting of Luis Gongora.

Antioch Police Officers Association President Jason Venderpool issued the following statement after it was known the documents were released via public records request.

“We are glad the investigation is over. Officer Mellone, as with the rest of the Antioch POA, are excited to move forward and continue to provide service to protect the citizens of Antioch,” said APOA president Jason Vanderpool.

In his letter to the Council, Chief Brooks also stated the following:

Mellone worked from Antioch Police from 2006-12. In 2012 left to work for San Francisco Police. In his time with SFPD, became a field training officer (2013), received a life-saving award for administering SFPD’s first documented Narcan save of a person who had overdosed on drugs (2015), received a humanitarian award from Mayor Ed Lee (2015), promoted to sergeant (2018) received certificate of honor from SF Board of Supervisors (2018), and was an award recipient at the San Francisco Rotary Emergency Services Day (2019).

A request into how much this investigation cost the City of Antioch has not yet been provided.

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Lance M Jan 25, 2021 - 5:23 pm

It’s about time that a group of small but loud activists don’t just ‘will’ a police chief to turn their back to honor. Congrats Chief! We don’t want a single unqualified officer to serve us, nor do we want even one sacrificed to the cancel culture.

Antioch Jan 25, 2021 - 9:57 pm

I would expect that Tamisha could not pass 2% of the those standards. She yells about these officers even though they still go out everyday and serve and protect. APD please know the majority of people in America are behind you every day. Keep up the high standards that you and Antioch can be proud of. Sorry that some on the current council will never feel that way, no matter the facts.

Michael Kitterman Jan 26, 2021 - 12:16 am

Autopsy photos showing that mentally ill Luis Gongora was shot repeatedly in the back is not considered evidence? What about the body cam footage? It was also not considered? No interviews with former complainants of officer Mellone? In that case, those reports used to determine Mellone’s intentions or abilities were “based on limited information they knew about one incident 4 ½ years ago.”

Mr. Brooks is obviously trying to pull the wool over the eyes of those he is supposed to be protecting. Sorry top cop, but my I.Q. is a lot higher than average and you’re not pulling anything over mine.

Bill Moon Jan 26, 2021 - 4:33 am

This is good news. Sometimes you just have to appease the crazies in town. They are not going to like this but who cares, they are a small minority who just yell a bunch

Two Wheeler Jan 26, 2021 - 8:40 am

Looking at your FB profile Mr Kitterman, your post on ECT does not surprise me. You are clearly anti-LE, pro-BLM, and apparently anti American. You would be the first one to call the police for help when your chubby, white, woke self gets accosted by someone. Go to the police academy, if you can get in, and let’s see if you can pass and then get a job. Based upon your social media posts, I don’t believe that you would pass a background.

Nick P Jan 26, 2021 - 9:08 am

Two Wheeler, perfect stated. Kitterman got Butthurt about law enforcement at some time in his life and he can’t get over it.

Your Mother Jan 26, 2021 - 10:35 am

In summary: “We investigated ourselves and discovered we did nothing wrong. We agree.”

Sounds Good to me... Jan 26, 2021 - 10:40 am

Sounds like the City did a complete and thorough vetting process. Unfortunately we failed to properly screen our own District 1 City Council Member who is not only a felon, but is also training her children to follow in her foot steps. If we can’t keep our City Council members from encouraging crime with their own children, how can we criticize this Officer’s actions. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.

Simonpure Jan 26, 2021 - 12:18 pm

Tammany Brooks is the best thing that’s happened to Antioch in the 30+ years I have lived here. Federal Glover messed it all up and now Brooks has to repair the damage and that in itself is a very large task.

moonwork Jan 26, 2021 - 11:34 pm

I also support Chief Brooks 100%. He is a voice of reason and I am glad he is Antioch’s Chief because he is absolutely the best person for the position.

C. Rice Feb 1, 2021 - 1:39 am

How did that guy wind up with a first name like “Federal?” Were his parents that out-of-it? I bet he really got teased in school. By the way, he’s the worst thing to have happened to this area. Maybe on the same level and the foul-mouthed city councilmember, who need to be kicked out.

Martin Feb 20, 2021 - 4:40 pm

Hey Kitterman! Did you count how many times people were stabbed by this lunatic Luis Gongora in San Francisco? Maybe you should do that! The guy was crazier than a loon and thanks to Officer Mellone, the public is safe from lethal attacks. Three cheers for the good officer!

Roxanne Fox Feb 20, 2021 - 4:44 pm

The small bunch who held a “hunger” strike to protest the presence of Office Mellone, were seen sneaking food into their cars and chomping away. So much for a hunger strike! What a mangy bunch! Gotcha!

Girard Renard Feb 20, 2021 - 4:48 pm

Whatever happened to Shagoofa? Ahhhh! She was arrested for arson! Probably took lessons from Tamisha. Seems like Antioch has been cursed with these winners! What did we do to deserve this?

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