Oakland's police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned.
Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live and [sic] Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.
Fascinating stuff. It means that the homeowner is on his own, and criminals know it. Say 'good-bye' to your car - don't worry, you can report the theft on-line. Vandalism? Minor stuff. Don't have email? Oh well.
Burglary? This one worries me a bit. Does this mean that if a criminal is breaking into your home you should sit back and let him take your stuff? Should you show him around the house pointing out the valuables? What about your personal safety?
Gun control advocates always speak of the police always being around to save you in case of trouble. In this case we see this isn't true. What adds salt to the wound is that California has very tight restrictions on gun ownership. What are homeowners supposed to do to protect themselves and their families?
I wish the citizens of Oakland much luck. They're going to need it.