Calif. PD facing layoffs of 150 officers
Oakland had the sixth-highest violent crime rate in the country in 2009 and the highest in California, according to preliminary FBI statistics
By Matthai Kuruvila
Oakland police union leaders ramped up their public-relations war with the city Monday over the possible layoffs of 150 officers, gathering at the site of a recent street shooting to warn that crime could become epidemic if the cuts go through.
"This is a dangerous city," Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, president of the Oakland Police Officers Association, said at a news conference at Eighth and Adeline streets in West Oakland, where 43-year-old James Johnson was shot to death June 6. If the City Council cuts officers from the city's 776-member police force, he said, "it could be a lot more dangerous."
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