SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Valley Transportation Authority officers on Thursday launched paperwork concerning the gunman who killed 9 of his colleagues on the gentle rail yard in San Jose final month, together with an account from a colleague who feared him.
The company launched particulars Thursday from an preliminary assessment of the personnel file of Samuel Cassidy, greater than two weeks after the capturing. Cassidy, a 20-year worker of VTA, killed co-workers on the facility on Might 26, earlier than taking his personal life.
In line with the paperwork, the company discovered 4 separate incidents inside the previous two years that have been elevated to administration.
VTA stated in early 2020, a verbal altercation between Cassidy and an unnamed coworker was reported to the company’s Worker Relations division and Workplace of Civil Rights. Throughout questioning by a supervisor, an worker reported that one other colleague stated about Cassidy, “He scares me. If somebody was to go postal, it’d be him.”
Officers stated the employee refused to call the colleague who made the assertion.
Regardless of that incident, the VTA didn’t really feel there was something in Cassidy’s file that had raised crimson flags.
“Upon additional investigation, there was nothing in Cassidy’s disciplinary historical past, or extra data to clarify or help that concern,” the company stated Thursday. VTA is constant to seek for any extra paperwork from the incident.
Again in July of 2019, the company stated Cassidy was despatched house with out pay for 2 days for insubordination after he refused to comply with firm coverage in signing out a two-way radio wanted for his job.
The opposite incidents the place Cassidy was reported to administration embrace when he refused to attend a compulsory CPR class citing COVID-19 issues again in October and unexcused depart and inappropriate use of a VTA radio the next month.
VTA officers stated they haven’t discovered any paperwork or historical past of complaints of Cassidy making racist or threatening remarks. The company additionally stated they didn’t obtain data from the Division of Homeland Safety or another federal company about Cassidy.
The Wall Road Journal reported that Cassidy was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Safety following a 2016 journey to the Philippines. In line with a Homeland Safety memo obtained by the Journal, Cassidy had “books about terrorism and worry and manifestos … in addition to a black memo e-book crammed with numerous notes about how he hates the VTA.”
Cassidy reportedly informed brokers he had no issues with folks at work.
VTA officers stated there are “1000’s of pages” of paperwork associated to the case nonetheless needing assessment.