Not Quite Sure What to Make of This…

The Oakland Police Officer’s Association has posted an open letter to the citizens of Oakland.

As your police officers, we are confused.

On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza…

Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.

To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the “Stop Work” strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.

…is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?

…Meanwhile, a message has been sent to all police officers: Everyone, including those who have the day off, must show up for work on Wednesday. This is also being paid for by Oakland taxpayers. Last week’s events alone cost Oakland taxpayers over $1 million.

I snooped around on the website to make sure it was the real thing.  It seems legit.  Is it an attempt to drive a wedge between the mayor and the citizens?  I must admit that, if the police association’s claim is true, the mayor is sending a mixed message to the police.  Of course, they could always make their point clear by joining other city employees in refusing to show up for work…

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