Just last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti let everyone know that he was fed up with people in the hills above his city hosting huge parties in defiance of his orders prohibiting large gatherings. In response, he issued yet another order, stating that the utility companies would be directed to shut off the electricity and water to residences where such activities were taking place. Repeat offenders would be dealt with by the police because these types of risky gatherings will simply not be tolerated.
That all sounded good on paper but there was one minor problem. The police aren’t exactly onboard with the idea. One of the larger police unions issued a statement saying that the Mayor should find some other government workers “with clipboards” to go out and handle the scofflaws. The police are already busy enough with the rising rate of shootings in the City of Angels and other upticks in actual crime. So what’s a mayor supposed to do when the cops effectively tell them to go pound sand? (CBS Los Angeles)
The police union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers up to the rank of lieutenant is speaking out against Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to turn off power and water at properties that repeatedly defy coronavirus health orders to avoid large gatherings.
“Mayor Garcetti has demonstrated to be a professional political contortionist,” said Robert Harris, Board of Director for the Los Angeles Police Protective League…
Harris said that he would prefer officers to deal with situations the union views as a higher priority.
“Mr. Mayor, you should send your civilian staff out there with a clipboard and let my officers get back to what they’re supposed to be doing, dealing with the rise of shootings and killings in the city right now,” Harris said.