Monday, September 1, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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The other Michael Daniels story

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From page A10 | May 25, 2014 |

Michael Daniels is a family friend. When Michael was arrested in August 2012, Vallejo police towed his van and trailer away. Upon his release two months later, Michael lost all his personal items, the trailer and the van because of the more than $2,000 in storage fees.

After the charges were dropped, Michael was released at night wearing a plastic jumpsuit and flip-flops. He walked to a liquor store on Texas Street and asked to use the phone. We drove to Fairfield to pick him up off the street. He had no money or clothes.

He stayed at our house four days before leaving to be with his family in West Virginia. He left because the police took everything.

In September 2013, Michael was working in West Virginia. Six federal marshals broke down his door and brought him back to California. At that time, I assumed the police had more evidence against him. Why would they spend the time and money to bring him back from West Virginia if they did not?

After the verdict, Michael was released at night with only the clothes he had on when he was arrested the second time. He walked to a store near the jail and called us to pick him up.

He was put on the street with nothing. We gave him money and paid his airfare to West Virginia.

Having no experience with the criminal justice system, I am appalled at the actions of the police, the district attorney and the sheriff. They used their tremendous power attempting to convict Michael in order to save face, not for justice. They put him on the street like a piece of garbage. What would have happened to him if he had no one in the area to call? How can they bring him to California and not send him back home?

This has opened my eyes to local politics. I am not voting for District Attorney Don du Bain. Solano County deserves better.

Mishal Robinson

Vallejo

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