Vallejo has one of the most brutal and deadly police departments in the country. They have killed more people per arrest than 97% of departments of a similar size — and one of those people was Sean Monterrosa. VALLEJO – The Vallejo Police Officers Association has not responded for nearly a year to a subpoena by attorneys representing the family of Sean Monterrosa, who was shot and killed by Vallejo police in 2020, leading the attorneys to ask a federal court to compel the police union to cooperate.
Attorney John Coyle, who represents the Monterrosa family, filed a motion to compel evidence from the police union on Tuesday, writing that there “has been a complete and total failure to respond” to the subpoena.
According to Coyle, he submitted a copy of the subpoena to VPOA attorney Michael Rains on Feb. 9 and the VPOA was formally served with the subpoena on July 5, but no one ever replied.
Failing to respond to a subpoena, a lawful order requiring a response, could result in a person or organization being held in contempt of court and subject to sanctions. Federal law requires any objection to the subpoena to be filed within 14 days after the subpoena is served.