Concord Cop Gives Off-Duty Police Lieutenant a Ticket, Captain Voids it “In the Interest of Justice”

November 29, 2011 17:15 pm · 321 comments

On October 7th at 8:37am, an off-duty Concord Police Lieutenant was issued a citation by a Concord Police Officer for the Lieutenant’s role in a traffic collision on Galindo Street, directly in front of the Concord Police Department.

The off-duty Lieutenant, identified by the City of Concord as Robin Heinemann, was responsible for the collision, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

The collision report states, according to sources, that Lt. Heinemann was making a left turn into the Police Department’s Driveway from Galindo when she failed to yield to oncoming traffic, causing a two-vehicle collision.

Lt. Heinemann was then issued a citation by Officer Ron Bruckert for violating vehicle code section 21801a (failure to yield to oncoming traffic during a left turn movement).

Ten days after the citation was issued to Lt. Heinemann, it was voided by Concord Police Captain David Downing. In a supplemental report, which was viewed by, Downing states “After conducting a review with Off. Bruckert, Sgt. Nunes, Lt. Graham & Lt. Heinemann concerning the accident, I decided to rescind the citation (#32-669043) to driver #1 in the interest of justice.”

Captain David Downing was asked what he meant by “in the interest of justice“, and although he acknowledged our request for a comment, he did not answer the question. also tried to obtain the full report and the voided citation, but was denied by the Concord City Attorney’s Office. Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger was also contacted, but claimed the City Attorney’s Office had already answered our question.

According to the California Courts website, the fine for a failure to yield to oncoming traffic citation is about $234.

301 In da know November 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Occupy CPD

302 jw November 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

@ Claire Voyance,
What’s the point of typing P*g? Try to stop being a bed-wetting moron and just say PIG.

@ Good Friend of Driver,
Holy shit dude, just a little overboard on the melodramatic and asinine metaphors, aren’t we? Ladders, prosthetics, amputated sense of justice….ugh, how embarrassing for you.

And The Realist is correct from the standpoint that your friend isn’t dealing with anything different than any of us that have been “not at fault” in an accident. While dubious at best that the citation was dismissed, it is completely irrelevant to dealing with insurance. Your friend is LUCKY that the police report apparently lists the other driver as being at fault, because there are times when it’s simply “my word vs. your word,” and liability is 50/50. So really, next time you and Friend are sipping on Sea Breezes, watching “The Notebook” while your nails dry and you commiserate on this crisis, you might want to consider acting like grown-up men for a change.

@ The Realist,
Much of what you say is indeed true regarding insurance and Driver #2 and his friends/family having their pweshus wittuhl feewings huwt…but it is Grade-A Bullshit that the ticket was dismissed.

303 Uncle of driver 2 November 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM

RE: Realist @292
I agree with you Citizen Watchdog Realist is probably a police officer, my guess it’s the LT. who caused the accident. She had the same smug nasty attitude the day of the accident towards my nephew. She is a real peice of work. But we all deal with people like that in our everyday lives, it’s just sad that she wears a uniform and carries a gun. And we have to pay her to cya herself instead of looking out for the public. Everyone voice your opinon at the next council meeting Tue 6th 6:30 pm

304 LT November 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM

@Realist “Anyone can get in an accident–that’s just the way it is.” Yes, because they aren’t paying attention…. Any little man knows what causes an accident.

305 Uncle of driver 2 November 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM

JW @304
Really, I think you need to switch to decaf.

306 The Realist November 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

OK, look-I can’t be both Capt Downing AND Lt. Heinemann.

@Cit Watch Dawg: I am not Capt. Downing–just stating the obvious. I didnt say I was in favor of voiding the ticket, nor did I say I was in favor of issuing it…simply that this is an insurance matter and their (the insurance company) fighting a claim has nothing to do with Lt. Heinemann

Which brings me to uncle knucklehead again: No I am not Lt. Heinemann either. Whiner.

And finally to my dear Claire…classy as always. I will try to say this so even you understand, “Go F#%& Yourself.”

To everyone else–have a nice day.

307 Uncle of driver 2 November 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

LT @ 306
Yes anyone can cause an accident and normal people get cited when they break the law. And the LT was turning into the police station which she has done many many times before. But as per the eye witness she didn’t just creep thru the intersection, she gunned it thru the intersection. She is a police officer who is suppose to be well trained on her driving skills not too mention obey traffic laws. The main point is the LT is not above the law, and is subjected to the same laws we are. There is a reason the captain voided the ticket, that’s the question I would like answered. Obviously it wasn’t in the interest of justice, quite the opposite.

308 SanDee November 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM

In the “Interest of Justice”..Shouldn’t it be in the “Best Interest” of the public we serve?

This type of action is really bad SOP’s for any Police Dept Not to mention terrible PR, as it leads to the public perception that the police are not held accountable for breaking the laws they are entrusted to enforce.
By rescinding the citation he broke that trust.

I commend officer Bruckert for doing his job.

309 Uncle of driver 2 November 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Dear The Realist:
Uncle knucklehead here, maybe you should consider decaf too! Obviously hit a nerve, your points might be better taken without name calling.

310 Claire Voyance November 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Ahoy Pete Malloy,

The website editor inserted the asterisk. I don’t mind the edit.

RE: “Fallacy of Attack”
Your foolish use of big words you don’t understand is hilarious.
There is no such thing as a “Fallacy of Attack”
There is a fallacious argument called an ad hominem argument.

311 Claire Voyance November 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM



312 Citizen Watchdog November 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

If we all occupy the next city council meeting and make public comment this will get some attention.

313 jw November 30, 2011 at 2:47 PM

@ Uncle #307,

Aww, boo-hoo. Tampax, aisle 5.

314 John Voss November 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

correcting my email

315 jmd November 30, 2011 at 4:13 PM

The City attorney wears nice shoes, and he has really good hair.

316 Anon2 November 30, 2011 at 6:19 PM

The City attorney is probably “lucky at cards.”

317 The 4th Horseman November 30, 2011 at 7:43 PM

The city attorney, like most department heads (and other department higher-ups), have not put in full careers for the city of Concord, they are carpet baggers who simply put in five very short years here and then collect medical insurance and a pension for life. People rag on public pension issues, but the real shame are not the lifer civil servants for our city getting a (mostly) well-deserved pension…its carpet baggers like the city attorney (while we have to subcontract out for important issues), the chief of cheap parlor tricks, the captain in question, the HR dictator, and most notably Novato’s #1 son, the city manager. Lifetime medical and nice perks like that should only be given to career employees–not 5 year (or less) wonders.

318 ... December 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

thats ridiculous. interest of justice my ass

319 kristina December 1, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Just because shes a cop, when she is OFF duty she should obey all laws just like the rest of us!

320 Horse'n Around December 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Wow> We have 300 comments on this topic. But we have 7 comments on an officer that has lost his life and left behind a family. Just show’s how we all gravitate towards the negative and aren’t able to at least say a few kind words about an officer who put his life on the line for the citizens of Vallejo. Very sad.

321 mortimer December 4, 2011 at 7:55 AM

After reviewing the Concord”s chiefs response regarding the conflict between the two officers, one would think he would have an outside agency ie. the CHP or the Contra Costa Co.s DA office review the case To determine if it necessitated a citation. The officer’s supervisor had to approve the report the day of the collision or shortly afterward. I would also like to know if the Lt received a SR1. This document has to be submitted to DMV in Sacramento within 10 days whenever an accident has $750.00 in damage, injury or a death. If the chief really cares, he will have this matter reviewed by a neutral party.

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