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California lays off cops; officers won’t respond to minor crimes

frustrated police officer laid off

Batts said the 80 officers slated to be laid off – mostly new officers – are “pretty sad and pretty depressed,” and those feelings are shared by the Police Department as a whole.

Sadly during the coming economic depression we’ll be seeing more and more of our men in blue being laid off to find other work (if they can find it). With 46 states nearing bankruptcy, it’s no wonder cities and states are looking to save money by resorting to laying off the people that keep “law and order” in these communities.

It is a sign of how bad things are going to be getting in the United States and around the world. California is definitely the canary in the coalmine of the US economy as we’re seeing with Gov. Schwarzenegger’s enactment of reducing wages for public sector workers. Detroit has cut most of its police force in the past 5 years and other states (Illinois, and many more too many to list) are following suit. Is America becoming a third world nation? Indeed, the scene playing out in the former engine of democracy is eerily turning into a bad Robocop movie.

Suffer These Crimes in Oakland? Don’t Call the Cops

Tue, Jul 13, 2010 NBC Bay Area News

Oakland’s police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if planned layoffs happen tonight at midnight.

Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, vehicle collision, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live and Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.

Here’s a partial list:

* burglary
* theft
* embezzlement
* grand theft
* grand theft:dog
* identity theft
* false information to peace officer
* required to register as sex or arson offender
* dump waste or offensive matter
* discard appliance with lock
* loud music
* possess forged notes
* pass fictitious check
* obtain money by false voucher
* fraudulent use of access cards
* stolen license plate
* embezzlement by an employee (over $ 400)
* extortion
* attempted extortion
* false personification of other
* injure telephone/ power line
* interfere with power line
* unauthorized cable tv connection
* vandalism
* administer/expose poison to another’s

Batts has only been chief since last October. “I came here to build an organization, not to downsize one,” Batts said.

Some 80 officers will be let go at midnight if a last-minute deal is not reached. Negotiations are going on at Oakland City Hall today in the mayor’s office. That is about a tenth of the force.


  1. Creation Creation July 15, 2010

    The End days of lawlessness. It is certainly happening. Whatever that is stated in the bible is happening now and the Anti Christ is fufilling it. What can i say. Lack of Food resources and Agriculture. A Govt that doesnt benefit the people and worsening the problem as it goes. Gun sales go up , Need to pay for Street lighting, Major poverty in family household and debt. There will come a time so very soon where humans turn to barbarians ~

  2. Frank Frank July 19, 2010

    They dont want the cops in their neighborhoods…good.
    Let them kill off eachother..we’ll just sit back and wait.

    I dont have alot of firearms and ammo, but Ive got enough to make it till I get more from my neighbors and friends.

    Let the games begin!

  3. Erick Erick August 13, 2010

    The bottom line, we are all doomed! Everyone on this entire planet is doomed! Sorry to be blunt. But if you’ve ever read Revelation and Daniel, and even Ezekiel, and just really pay attention to everything that is going on in the world, you know that time is short. The only hope for us is Jesus! You ever hear the saying, “Things get worse before they get better?” Well it is true. I hate to say it but things are going to get worse, much, much worse. And that is when a man will appear on the scene and tell everyone that he has come to save them. Do not believe him! He is not Jesus Christ but in fact he is anti-Christ. For those who say no to him and yes to Christ, eternal salvation awaits them. Christ will appear within a few years and destroy anti-Christ and set up his kingdom on earth forever and ever Amen.

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