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Oakland Police Fee slams Mayor Thao over police chief place

(KRON) — The Oakland Police Fee was crucial of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao in a statement posted to social media and despatched out to media members Tuesday.

The assertion comes after the Oakland chapter of the NAACP credited surging crime to Thao’s determination to fireplace Oakland Police Division Chief LeRonne Armstrong in February. Thao dismissed that notion in an interview with KRON4.

A brand new chief has but to be employed, and Thao reiterated at a neighborhood assembly on Saturday that she can not achieve this till the police fee presents her with three finalists. In its assertion, the fee stated it was “deeply disillusioned” by her feedback.

“We’re additionally deeply disillusioned within the mayor’s purposeful deflection of the NAACP and neighborhood’s considerations by casting blame on the Fee for the shortage of a police chief, which was led to by the mayor herself,” learn the assertion, which was authored by Dr. Tyfahra Milele, the chair of the fee.

The fee identified that its web site reveals it plans to current the finalists by mid-October. Milele stated the police fee up to date Thao on its timeline final week.

The assertion additionally says Thao fired Armstrong with out consulting the fee and refused to fulfill with the fee for 2 months because it ready to seek out Armstrong’s substitute.

“As an alternative of offering instant assist and assets for the Fee to do its work, the mayor eliminated a retired superior courtroom decide — one among seven Common Commissioners — and a number of other shorthanded the already small fee of unpaid volunteers,” the assertion stated.

KRON4 has reached out to Thao’s workplace for a response. Now we have but to listen to again.

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