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Oakland police chief steps down
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthai Kuruvila, Demian Bulwa and Henry K. Lee

Posted on 05/08/2013 7:03:00 PM PDT by artichokegrower

An understaffed Oakland police force struggling with rising crime and a court order to curb officer misconduct is again looking for a leader, after Police Chief Howard Jordan abruptly stepped down Wednesday, citing an unspecified medical reason.

Jordan, who announced his departure in a morning letter to the rank and file, was a longtime Oakland police veteran who led the force for 19 months, a tumultuous time of Occupy protests, budget cuts and wide alarm over killings and robberies. The department's failure to finish reforms ordered a decade ago after a police abuse scandal prompted a federal judge in March to appoint a compliance director with the power to seek Jordan's firing.

The chief's announcement stunned many at City Hall, including City Council members who had met with Jordan in closed session Tuesday afternoon and were unaware of any health problems. Mayor Jean Quan, who appointed Jordan to the chief's job, said she "personally was very saddened and surprised."

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Oakland is an extremely liberal city with an extremely out of control crime problem. Now the chief of police, a public servant, who contracted for the job, is whimping out, won't finish what he started, won't step down and do another job within the department, won't just go away. No he's got to stick it the taxpayers with a disability pension because his $200,000 plus retirement just wasn't enough. Thanks a lot chief. Enjoy your feeding at the public funded trough.
1 posted on 05/08/2013 7:03:00 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

Can’t have it both ways.

Cops are hated for doing nothing and hated for doing something.

In my neck of the woods we solved the problem by eliminating the need for cops.


2 posted on 05/08/2013 7:08:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: artichokegrower
the POS is looking for a nice phony medical pension...
3 posted on 05/08/2013 7:08:48 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL, but I have a suspicion that wouldn’t scale up to Oakland!

That said, I think anybody who takes that job would be an idiot. The bottom line is, no matter how heinous were wrong the suspects are in nearly any situation, you won’t get me support from either the community where the politicians there.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 7:11:47 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel

The occupy protests are a perfect example of cops caught between liberal occupiers, city government, and business owners.

They pepper spray the occupiers, the mayor throws a tantrum, then occupiers feel emboldened and trash businesses with police knowing that city government won’t have their backs.


5 posted on 05/08/2013 7:18:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: artichokegrower

Better report here:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23199562/oakland-police-chief-howard-jordan-announces-medical-retirement


6 posted on 05/08/2013 7:22:36 PM PDT by Selene
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah. It is a lose-lose situation, as I see it.

Pfft. Liberalism. Live by the sword...their cities will all turn out like Detroit. Sad.


7 posted on 05/08/2013 7:28:06 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: rlmorel
Actually I would rather live in Detroit than most major cities. Unlike NY or Chicago, in Detroit you still have the freedom to eat or drink what you want and you also have a right to defend yourself (Open carry in Detroit). Its kinda like a wild west for urban frontiersmen.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

-CS Lewis

Yeah, I'll take the robber barons who don't care about the people over the liberal saviors any day of the week.
8 posted on 05/08/2013 7:33:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: artichokegrower

In Oakland, a documented history of past gang affiliation is NOT grounds for disqualification as candidacy for employment with their PD..!!

Mull THAT one over, next time you’re pulled over....


9 posted on 05/08/2013 7:51:16 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

I don’t plan on visiting Oakland - ever.


10 posted on 05/08/2013 7:55:47 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: rlmorel
That said, I think anybody who takes that job would be an idiot.

Yes, anyone who takes that job expecting to actually *do* the job would be an idiot. But those whose cynical back-up plan is to scam the system using the union cash machine voters and politicians have stupidly put into place may be on to something.

Increasingly I see life in America as an intelligence test. You can keep on slaving away and paying taxes to support public employee unions and the indolent or you can put your ingenuity to work figuring out ways to survive "off the grid."

11 posted on 05/08/2013 7:59:09 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: smokingfrog
I don’t plan on visiting Oakland - ever.

That's my strategy too. Only problem is: I'm worried that Oakland is going to be visiting me.

12 posted on 05/08/2013 7:59:10 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: rlmorel

re: Oakland...let it burn....


13 posted on 05/08/2013 8:17:01 PM PDT by hatfieldmccoy (It's not racism..... it's probability, actuarial tables, statistics. Facts are stubborn things.)
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To: Bernard Marx

Well, I don’t know about all that, but I do think that any dispassionate observer would only have to look at the dynamic involved in the liberal politics in Oakland and the propensity of both private citizens and politicians to completely take the side of wrongdoers.

I think that your IQ would have to be pretty low not to see this and wonder to yourself “Hey… What do these people expect me to actually do If I take this job?”

But, as to your point that we, as paying taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners on purpose by people who game the system… Well, it’s nothing new. It is as if every new example of is being used as a simple application to rip off the scab and rub salt, waiting for it to heal a little bit again before repeating the process.

Nothing personal, but your comment that people who haven’t “found a way to live off the grid” are failing and intelligence test of some kind and are therefore stupid is unnecessary. I think you could’ve found a way to make that point another way. Just my opinion.

In your particular situation, you may have found an acceptable way in your personal or professional life to do this, but I don’t think that it is equally easy for everyone.


14 posted on 05/08/2013 8:21:23 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: hatfieldmccoy

I do think that Oakland will burn. It will go the way of Detroit.

And I think many large, liberal cities will do the same once the money runs out.

Boy, this is just a bundle of refreshing sunshine on Free Republic here tonight.


15 posted on 05/08/2013 8:22:48 PM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: smokingfrog

I was in Oakland last night and will be there tomorrow for work.

The town is done.


16 posted on 05/08/2013 8:33:09 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: wac3rd

Good luck & stay safe.


17 posted on 05/08/2013 8:38:04 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: hatfieldmccoy

re: Oakland...let it burn....

BS! There are a lot of decent folks in Oakland including my daughter. You have $h!t or brains!


18 posted on 05/08/2013 9:16:38 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: artichokegrower

Oakland is like a war zone in some areas yet the Alameda County Adminstrator will walk out with a pension of over $400,000 ++++ when she retires the office for the ALameda County Supervisors is located in Oakland yet crime is high in that city. Oakland has not been able to hold onto a chief in that city for along time before him, one lasted 2 years before that 4 years (and that one had it with the supervisors of Oakland). I don’t blame him I blame the leaders in Oakland the police have their hands tied behind their backs they are darned if they do and darned if they dont, I think one day Oakland will become detroit but maybe they already have Oakland in our local newspaper was listed as “robbery capital in the nation” I don’t live in Oakland but live close to it and most of the crime comitted in my city the people commiting the crime are from Oakland.


19 posted on 05/08/2013 9:17:17 PM PDT by proudCArepublican
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To: rlmorel
Boy, this is just a bundle of refreshing sunshine on Free Republic here tonight.

I concur and I think it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Stock up on beans, bullets, and band-aids.

20 posted on 05/08/2013 9:40:11 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (What difference does it make?)
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To: artichokegrower

Understaffed?

Isn’t that an opinion?


21 posted on 05/08/2013 9:41:26 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Bernard Marx

They will hire a butch lesbian for the job like many other big cities


22 posted on 05/08/2013 9:42:59 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: artichokegrower
Huh... Is there a flush handle anywhere near this... "Oakland" place?


23 posted on 05/08/2013 9:44:47 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: GeronL

You mean like Washington DC?


24 posted on 05/08/2013 9:47:35 PM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: cripplecreek

Look up “Moral Busybody” in the dictionary and you’ll see a pic of Marco Rubio


25 posted on 05/08/2013 9:50:26 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: basil

even Dallas


26 posted on 05/08/2013 9:59:32 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Haven’t had any dealings with the Dallas Chief—watched the DC chief in horror one day as she stood by and watched members of code pink spray her police car with red enamel spray paint.................


27 posted on 05/08/2013 10:05:32 PM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: basil

No, Dallas County Sheriff I think.


28 posted on 05/08/2013 10:07:52 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: basil

lol


29 posted on 05/08/2013 10:10:04 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
LOL -- you're so right! And there's no shortage of those in Oakland/Berkeley. It's quite the reverse of lesbian Gertrude Stein's comment who said of her home town (Oakland): "There's no there there."

What a strange world we've allowed to come into being. What does one do to stop this insanity?

30 posted on 05/08/2013 10:39:01 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: cripplecreek
...Detroit...kinda like a wild west for urban frontiersmen...

FOTFL FOTFL FOTFL

(sobering up) Sorry. Not a pretty picture, really, but the irony is beyond compare.

31 posted on 05/09/2013 11:10:23 AM PDT by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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