Memorial Fund Established for Pacifica Man Killed in SWAT Confrontation

Rest in peace, Errol.
Rest in peace, Errol.
The memorial fundraiser for Errol Chang family will end in a few days.

We are reaching out to the community one last time to help make our goal of $15,000. We are halfway there.

To all those people who have already donated, thank you. Your love and support has been overwhelming.

For those who can not donate please share Errol Changs story. Awareness is key to change! Thank you all so much!

Claudia Vilagi April 03, 2014 at 03:06 PM
It is clear to me that something is very wrong here. I never would have believed that this could happen in "peaceful" Pacifica. A mentally ill man dead in a barrage of bullets after stabbing a SWAT team member? Surely he could have been subdued in a gentler fashion. Why don't these "peace officers" carry tranquilizer darts? A letter writer in yesterday's Trib. asked why the police only waited 6 hours before "going in" to the house, and the offcer that he questioned didn't have a good answer. Another hour or two might have led to a completely different outcome...but we'll never know now, will we?
MadMonkey April 04, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Claudia - we no longer have "peace officers" and have not for some time. We now have "law enforcement". The "negotiator" said the same thing, over and over again. He did not try to talk him out, I mean really talk to him. Maybe even get his parents to talk. Sad, very sad.
Claudia Vilagi April 05, 2014 at 10:14 PM
Hi John, Yes, that's why I put "peace officers" in quotes. The more I think about Mr. Chang, the angrier I become. It is obvious to me that zero effort was made to reach a viable outcome for him. Moreover, I am aware of several other residents of this town who suffer from mental illness. Will they wind up on the wrong end of a cop's gun too? When will the Law Enforcers learn to respond appropriately to people who are mentally unbalanced? The public needs to be educated about this as well. I believe that the primary reason that there hasn't been an appropriate public outcry in response to Mr. Chang's unnecessary death is because the mentally ill are regarded as undeserving of legal protection, or guilty until proven innocent. I want to thank you, Mr. Negley, for your well-written letter about Mr. Chang in the Tribune. I had only thought about writing in, but you actually did it. What more do you think that we can do?
catberry April 06, 2014 at 01:12 PM
The community needs to come together and show up at some of the council meetings. Jackie spier would be someone to contact as well as other congressman. We can not allow what happened to Errol Chang to be swept under the rug. I attended the candlelight vigil and although it was very peaceful, you could see the anguish and feel the pain, everyone was feeling.
MadMonkey April 08, 2014 at 04:21 PM
The more people are vocal about issues the more attention they get. Catberry - you are correct. For those that can make it to the council meetings and Jackie Speier really listens to every comment. She has responded to my questions and comments in the past and then taken action, which is something we see lacking in officials these days.


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