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Oakland Council votes to hire ex-L.A. police chief in push to stop crime

Original post made on Jan 24, 2013

The Oakland City Council voted 7-1 shortly after 2 a.m. today to approve a controversial measure to hire former New York and Los Angeles police chief William Bratton as a consultant to provide advice to the Oakland Police Department.

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Comments (8)

Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2013 at 6:21 am

Why hire a "consultant" when she wouldn't let the last police chief do his job? Quan is a true liberal - looking to promote crime, disarm the law-abiding citizen and waste taxpayor dollars every chance she gets.


Posted by Teacake Frank, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 24, 2013 at 6:37 am

Yes, a true conservative libertarian Mayor would tell the police chief to crack a few heads. The criminals and would-be criminals need to have a healthy fear of the cops. Next, the Mayor should ideally relax gun carrying permits for the city's citizens, but this is Oakland and there aren't enough good citizens to have any real effect. Double the police force, do away with liberal citizen review boards, save the tax payers money by eliminating Internal Affairs over a five year period. Let the city's police force do its job and crack a few heads. Even the lowest of Oakland's scum will then get the message. FEAR THE POLICE!!!


Posted by Frankly, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Tea scum frank, you really are the ultimate contrarian to common sense. Even the most ignorant liberal must admit that Quans policies of pacifism would never work on the streets of Oakland or anywhere else for that matter. Cracking heads, as you put it, is exactly what these scumbags understand. Oakland has been a liberal policy failure for years...the experiment is over....you can't tame (Word removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)


Posted by Teacake Frank, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

(This post has been edited to remove comments/words deemed inappropriate by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) I hate the violence in Oakland and want the perpetrators stopped and put away, but there are good, hard-working people that live there that don't deserve the ugly things I see written here in a cavalier manner. It also degrades the person writing, to dehumanize an entire city based on race. I'll probably get blasted as a bleeding heart liberal, but I'm far from that. Please, can we just judge each person by the content of their character instead of painting with such a broad brush and in such repugnant terms?


Posted by lizzy?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2013 at 8:58 am

Hey, Liz, (This post has been edited to remove comments/words deemed inappropriate by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) Why are you resorting to racial stereotypes? Do you think that only ... thugs live in Oakland? What about the ongoing turf wars with Hispanic gangs in Oakland? Don't they count for something, too?

You're right, in that there are good hard working folks in Oakland, but they are the unfortunate minority in the city, not the 'black people', ..., etc. that you expressed sympathy for.


Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I expressed no sympathy for thugs - only an abhorrance of language that dehumanizes people, whatever their color. (This post has been edited to remove comments/words deemed inappropriate by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)


Posted by Elizabeth Ann, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 29, 2013 at 12:24 am

Elizabeth Ann is a registered user.

I am a bit embarrassed that I was censored by the editor. I was only describing more succintly what the other poster was alluding to, in order to weigh in on how wrong I felt his comments were. I've noticed some contributors writing more and more intolerant and hateful "us vs. them"-type posts and felt compelled to comment. I apologize if I was too frank in my language and will be more careful in the future.

In any case, without the edited words/comments, this group of postings doesn't make as much sense. Based on the edits, it seems the editor agrees with me that people should not be referred to as "animals" or any variation thereof.


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