It’s unclear how the Fresno Rotary Club chooses officers to honor in their annual Public Safety Officers Awards luncheon, but this year they picked Fresno Police Officer Gunter Meiss. It’s worth mentioning that Meiss has shot more people than any other police officer in the Fresno Police Department.
Meiss was one of five people honored by the Rotary Club of Fresno Monday with “public safety awards” for their “exceptional service in the line of duty”.
The Fresno Bee reported:
The club each year recognizes members of the law enforcement and public safety community as a way to thank them for service and heroism.
In a report from 2010, Meiss was one of 25 officers still on duty after repeat instances of violence.
A California Public Records Act Request uncovered a previously withheld list of 27 Fresno police officers involved in repeat shootings of civilians from 2002 through 2009, 25 of whom, according to an official with the Fresno Police Department, are still on active duty today. Of these 27 officers, four were involved in at least three separate shooting incidents over the same period. One officer, Michael Palomino, was involved in four shooting incidents. In the context of a statewide investigation focusing in on four major police departments, the Fresno Police Department stands out in scale. During the same period, the similarly sized Oakland Police Department had only five officers involved in repeat shootings, although Fresno enjoys a much lower crime rate.
Meiss, in 2010, topped the list of repeat shooters with 5 shootings on his record. Since then he was also involved in a shooting in 2012, bringing his total to 6.
According to the Community Alliance, Meiss was involved in officer involved shootings in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2012.
Mike Rhodes, former editor of the Community Alliance asked “Why are most FPD officers never involved in an OIS and someone like Gunter repeatedly kills suspects?”
Furthermore, why is an officer that repeatedly kills suspects rewarded for it?