Ahead of tonight's city council meeting, the Anaheim Police Association sent out robocalls attacking Mayor Tom Tait by saying he's supportive of "policies and procedures that will lead to more violence against police and less public safety."
The voice making the accusations is that of APA President Kerry Condon. This, of course, comes a month after the council voted to task the city manager's office with coming up with a police oversight proposal in wake of all of last year's controversy--or what we simply deem in this blog as the 'Anaheim Police Shooting Desmadre.'
Tait is the sole politician singled out by name. In his February 5, 2013 State of the City speech, the mayor pushed for, among other things, the creation of a citizen's review commission to rebuild broken trust between certain communities and the police department.
Taking issue with possible reforms on the horizon, Condon urged residents to sign a petition in support of Anaheim Police, contact council members and show up to City Hall this evening. The robocall follows an email blast by the association along similar lines. No word if any special T-shirts will be made for the occasion a la Fullerton.
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As to how would a citizen's review commission in any way endanger the lives of police? Interested parties will have to see what logic APA supporters are operating on this evening. We think they doth protest too much! The structural outline apparently favored by the city manager seems rather tame--much more details to come!
In the meantime, here's a recording of Condon's call to action (well, most of it anyway) forwarded to the Weekly and now passed on to you the reader.