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Cops Speak Out Against Use of “Thin Blue Line” by Hate Groups

Cops Speak Out Against Use of “Thin Blue Line” by Hate Groups

by Brianna Dunn Police union leaders are condemning the use of the “thin blue line” by hate groups and extremists. The symbol and phrase were originally created for communities to show their support of law enforcement officials. In a statement released Monday, The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) in a statement on Monday […]

What Is the Arnold Foundation Hiding?

What Is the Arnold Foundation Hiding?

By Eric W. Siddall As stories emerge about the Arnold Foundation’s “algorithm” pretrial release tool, we should be disturbed about the results. As covered in a previous blog, use of the tool is linked to two murders and the wholesale release of dangerous felons. However, a Wired story raises even more questions about the Arnold […]

We Condemn Nazis and White Supremacists

We Condemn Nazis and White Supremacists

By Daryl Turner As Nazis and white supremacists continue to plague our communities with marches and protests, let us be clear that we condemn their actions, beliefs, and rhetoric. What happened in Charlottesville last weekend was despicable and deplorable. It was an act of domestic terrorism. As law enforcement officers, we work hard every day […]

Texas Cops Oppose Anti-Union Bill

Texas Cops Oppose Anti-Union Bill

Via the Texas Observer: The Texas Senate passed a bill this week that appears to have driven a wedge between the Texas GOP and one of its key constituencies: law enforcement. “The very livelihood I’ve chosen, it seems the Republican Party is coming after it, and I don’t understand why,” Scott Leeton, president of the […]

Governor Furloughs Workers, Hits the Beach

Governor Furloughs Workers, Hits the Beach

There are quite a few state troopers out there who are not happy with their Governor, but none more so than New Jersey State Troopers who have called their governor, Chris Christie, “the worst governor in the United States.” When Christie announced that he would shut the state down over a dispute about the budget, […]

Big Surprise: Paper Misrepresents Contract Talks

Big Surprise: Paper Misrepresents Contract Talks

One of our local publications here in Honolulu, Civil Beat, recently ran a story about SHOPO contract negotiations. A lot of the information the paper printed was twisted to fit its storyline, as opposed to the truth. Many of the references to arbitration decisions are inaccurate. We know that many of our brother and sisters in law enforcement have […]

VIDEO: The Most Hated Man In Pensionland

VIDEO: The Most Hated Man In Pensionland

Via Governing magazine: John Arnold wasn’t a pension guy. The billionaire financier, who made a fortune in the stock market before retiring at 38, hadn’t ever really been interested in public retirement plans. But in early 2009, just months into the global financial crisis, Arnold began seeing a flurry of news articles about public pension […]

Pensions Slowly Being Reduced and Replaced

Pensions Slowly Being Reduced and Replaced

In Muskegon, Michigan, law enforcement people are getting the “two hands” treatment. That’s where someone gives you something with his or her right hand while taking something away with the left. According to multiple reports, Muskegon police would receive salary increases but also reductions to retirement benefits as part of a five-year labor agreement currently being negotiated. The deal […]

Mayors Missing as Pension Fund Goes Down

Mayors Missing as Pension Fund Goes Down

Via WFAA.com: The latest controversy in the Dallas Pension Fund tragedy, which one retired Dallas cop said was like getting a knife in this heart, was the slick mailer sent out to the people of Dallas from a group co-chaired by three former mayors who are promising to “salvage Dallas’ broken pension system.” Called the […]

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Look Hard at Your Pension Fund

Look Hard at Your Pension Fund

Via the Dallas Observer: Of course Dallas cops and firefighters are furious over the public tone of the pension fund fight, because so much of it accuses the ordinary members of the fund of somehow being at the bottom of the debacle. All of the talk about pension fund millionaires, for example, makes it sound […]

New Chief Has Fight On His Hands

New Chief Has Fight On His Hands

Via the San Francisco Examiner: The unveiling of San Francisco’s next police chief, veteran Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief William Scott, was a occasion of celebration at City Hall on Tuesday. A beaming Mayor Ed Lee announced to reporters who will lead the troubled department, and flanking the mayor were The City’s law enforcement […]

Is Trump Going After Collective Bargaining Rights?

Is Trump Going After Collective Bargaining Rights?

Via The Washington Post: President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter attack this week on a union official, followed by his choice of a labor secretary who has criticized new worker protections, has rattled leaders of the American labor movement, who fear unions may be facing their gravest crisis in decades. On Thursday, Trump announced that he would […]

Mayor Violates Officer’s Right to Due Process

Mayor Violates Officer’s Right to Due Process

Via KVUE.com: The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) is charging that the mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, violated Austin Officer Geoffrey Freeman’s rights to due process when they fired him after a fatal shooting of a naked and unarmed man last February. CLEAT has subpoenaed the Mayor to testify at an arbitration hearing […]

By November 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Trump Puts OT, Benefits On Chopping Block

Trump Puts OT, Benefits On Chopping Block

Ed. note: We just saw this alarming (but not surprising) story in The Washington Post. This is similar to what Elaine Cho (Labor Secretary in the George W. Bush administration) tried to do—change the wording of the Fair Labor Standards Acts to sneak through a provision to limit overtime for police, teachers, firefighters etc. If the […]

By November 21, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Iowa Officers Ambushed

Iowa Officers Ambushed

Via the Des Moines Register: Two metro-area police officers were shot and killed in apparent “ambush style” attacks early Wednesday. Police from Urbandale and Des Moines departments responded to a report of gunfire at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue at about 1:06 a.m. The first officers arriving on the scene found an […]

These Pensions Could Be in Trouble

These Pensions Could Be in Trouble

California’s pension program for police, teachers, and other public sector employees could be in serious trouble depending on the outcome of a current court battle. It could be a big win for the millionaires and billionaires who have been spending a fortune for years trying to reduce and even eliminate pensions for the people that […]

VIDEO: Officers Shot!

VIDEO: Officers Shot!

Via NBC News: A man armed with an assault rifle and wearing a ballistic vest was killed after shooting two Boston police officers responding to a domestic incident late Wednesday, officials said. Both officers were in “extremely critical” condition early Thursday, with one of them suffering life-threatening injuries from the dramatic shootout, Boston Police Commissioner […]

VIDEO: Facebook Threat

VIDEO: Facebook Threat

Via WXYZ.com: A Detroit man has been charged with felonies for making threats of violence against white police officers on Facebook. The message was posted shortly the day after shootings in Dallas where five officers were killed. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced felony charges against Nheru Gowan Littleton and he was arrested hours later […]

The Unthinkable May Come to Pass

The Unthinkable May Come to Pass

By all accounts, Dallas Police Department’s pension fund is in a bad way. Rumors that the fund could become insolvent are rampant and there have been scores of retirements including the Chief, David Brown, and the president of the union, Ron Pinkston. The crisis comes as the Dallas Police Department negotiates with City Hall to […]

By September 26, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Prop 57: Criminal’s Bill of Rights

Prop 57: Criminal’s Bill of Rights

By Eric Siddall Governor Brown’s Proposition 57 is a “Criminal’s Bill of Rights.” It grants convicted felons a constitutional right to get released after completing only a minimal part of their sentence. In some cases this number can go as low as two percent of their original sentence. This new “Criminal’s Bill of Rights” trumps […]

By September 21, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Hellbent on Killing Unions

Hellbent on Killing Unions

The big and bad news today is out of Texas. Right wing think tanks like the Goldwater Institute (our friends of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association know these guys) and the Texas Public Policy Foundation have filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin this week, claiming the city’s collective bargaining agreement with the Austin […]

By September 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →