In the course of useless compensation negotiations with the city, the vice president of a police union in Los Angeles exhorted officers to leave the city and seek employment elsewhere.
Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (PPL), stated this in a message on her personal Facebook page as the discussions were going on in late June. The LA City Council is biased against police, according to Sandoz’s now-deleted statement.
“Go somewhere that respects the work you do and you don’t have to beg for a great contract,” she wrote, according to a screenshot of the comment posted last month and now obtained by the Los Angeles Times. “Go somewhere that has a city council or city manager that openly acknowledges the great work you do, go somewhere that doesn’t have two or more City Council members who hate you (no exaggeration).”
The about 9,000 police officers in the city are represented by the LA PPL. Since 2019, the city has already lost 1,000 cops.
Sandoz is upset because the city is losing officers who are fed up with how they are treated by city authorities. The loss of policemen, according to LA Police Commissioner Erroll Southers, is “very, very discouraging,” as reported by the Times.
In a statement to the Times, Sandoz defended her statements and said that cops had already decided to depart the city before she entered the conversation.
“My comments were part of a larger online thread about officers who stated they already decided to leave the LAPD,” she told the outlet. “And I stand by every word I wrote to those who decided or are strongly considering leaving the LAPD for another agency.”
Meanwhile, in the biggest city in California, violence and homelessness are rising sharply. Last week, Democratic Mayor Karen Bass signed an updated state of emergency declaration regarding homelessness, giving her new authority to speed up the construction of additional housing, request the emergency services of city employees, and coordinate citywide planning to address the homeless crisis.
Fox News Digital sent a comment request to Bass’ office, but they didn’t react right away.
Overall, California is the state with the largest number of homeless persons. According to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, California was home to 171,521 persons or 30% of all homeless people in the nation on a single night last year.