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What happened to Delicia Wilkerson-Smith?

By From page A8 | August 16, 2014

Did I naively dive into that black hole of monumental bureaucratic indifference and find the doughboy perched behind its stone wall of dismissal?

It has been more than three months since the discovery of the body of Delicia Wilkerson-Smith in the Putah Canal. With my inquiry on June 19 via the Daily Republic I also sent copies with a brief explanation of my reasons to the District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams and City Councilwoman Pam Bertani. Both, in their recent election campaigns, spoke of an imperative to address crime issues.

What could be more fundamental to a crime than the Coroner’s Office determining the cause of a death that was called suspicious by the police? Having received zero response from either of them, I am reminded that there was no lack of response from them or their assistants as they recently successfully solicited my vote.

This suspicious death should be foremost before the mayor’s new commission on crime or should we simply read, political sop to public concern. We as a society will be judged, ultimately, by how we treat those most vulnerable among us. Fairfield police Lt. Stephen Crane has been quoted twice: “We are waiting for the coroner’s report.” Does cause of death – apparently dependent on whose death – get treated as perhaps the same as third-degree mopery?

Does this issue – at this time – constitute a meager crop of political hay? I must ask myself, is my inquiry legitimate? Does it deserve to be dismissed as just another venal and ridiculous rant from a crank? I really don’t think so. I believe those elected and hired by the people, to conduct their business, should need no reminder about equal justice under the law.

I’m still waiting.

Ray Tucker


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