SFPD Monthly Community Meeting and Captain's Comments re: Oakland Police Tragedy
|March 25, 2009||Posted by jamie under Neighborhood Crime Watch||
The SFPD Southern Station Monthly Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 15th at 6:00 PM at the Old POA Building located at 510 7th St.
Oakland PD Tragedy
For information on the funeral for the four fallen Oakland Police Department Officers, please click on the link: www.opoa.org/funeral
For information on the Trust Fund set up for their families, please click on the following link: www.opoa.org/trustfunds
Wednesday, March 25th 2009
Where does one start when trying to comprehend the horrific tragedy that occurred in Oakland over the weekend. This terrible event brought to the forefront of the public what Police all over deal with EVERY DAY!
I have shown numerous times since I started writing this letter the situations the Officers of Southern Station go through. They recover anaverage of 9 guns a month. The Officers have taken the guns off people walking down the street, riding bikes, motorcycles, inside cars, after a struggle, while suspects were transporting narcotics, and at the site of a domestic dispute. Guns have been found in baby carriages and also hidden inside toy guns. This is why Police Officers give commands to stay in the car on traffic stops, tell the occupants to put their hands up, or people are cuffed prior to a cursory search. People act highly insulted that the Police tell them what to do. But it is the only recourse we have for our protection. The Police have to abide by rules; bad guys don’t. The bad guys don’t care. They are looking for a weakness to escape or attack. And we the Police don’t have a crystal ball to know every time who the bad guy is.
This tragedy has touched so many lives of families, friends, and co-workers. One of the members of Southern Station is the brother-in-law of one of the Officers that was killed. Families of law enforcement Officers stress levels go up after a tragedy, since they worry about their moms, dads, sons, daughters, etc. and they think it could have been one of their loved ones.
The outpouring of sympathy by the community as seen on the news is a reflection of the true feelings toward the Oakland Police Department by responsible individuals. The callous remarks, by a few disgruntled people, also posted by news organizations show the ignorance and lack of understanding of just what police are about. Even in the worst of neighborhoods, it is the Police who make it possible for people to hang on the corner. Without these brave Oakland Officers just think how much worse it would be in that city.
I wonder though, where do the Police go to demonstrate and vent theiranger. Should they go on a rampage and start turning over cars! Where are all those people who have cried out for justice so recently? I still see a prominent attorney on the news applying his one sided view of justice. It’s of no significance to them that 4 brave men who set out to help the community were murdered. They gave everything to serve those who couldn’t protect themselves and made the ultimate sacrifice.