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“Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now.”
“Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now.”

Darryl McAllister wrote this.
He is the Chief of the Union City Police Department.

His 18 year old son was just arrested for a disgusting attack on a 71 year old Sikh man who was just walking in a park in Manteca.

Fortunately he suffered only minor injuries.

I was so touched by what the Chief wrote.
He didn’t try to hide.
He didn’t write something that sounded like corporate lawyers wrote it.
He talked like a parent.
He talked like a dad.

Here’s some of what he wrote:

Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values.

Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves.

Despite having the desire any parent would have in wanting to protect their child, my oath is (and always will be) to the law and my vow of integrity guides me through this horrendous difficulty.

My stomach has been churning from the moment I learned this news.

Even though my status as a law enforcement leader has no bearing or relation to the case whatsoever, I am nonetheless devastated by how much the nature of my son’s actions are such a departure from everything I have stood for in my personal life, and in my 37-year policing career.

My son began to lose his way a couple years ago, while he was a juvenile, running away and getting involved in a bad crowd.

He pretty much divorced his friends and family, associating with people none of us knew.

He got into trouble for some theft-related crimes and he ended up spending another three months in adult jail as a result.

Since being released he has been wayward and has not returned to our family home for several months.

Manteca police tracked, found, and arrested my son in Modesto.
My wife and I worked with Manteca PD to help them track him down and arrest him.

He now faces serious felony charges for which, if convicted, he stands to spend a considerable about of time in prison.
My family is shaken to the core.

His sisters (one corporate and the other about to start law school), are at a loss to understand any of this.

It's difficult for us to comprehend how one of three kids who grew up with the same parents, under the same roof, with the same rules and same values and character could wander so far astray.

In the eyes of the public the fact remains that the father of the perpetrator of this despicable crime is a police chief, period.

I pray that we, as a community, in conjunction with my family, can get through this and be even stronger as a result.

I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to so many of you from the Union City Community who have expressed your kindness and empathy for the victim and his family, the Manteca community, and for me.

You are the true spirit of character that makes this community so great.

---Chief DarrylMcAllister

Any parent knows how difficult it can be raising kids.
You try your best but sometimes things don’t work out the way you had hoped.

As a fellow dad I feel for what he’s going through.
And I appreciate his honesty and integrity.


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