Batts Demotes Two Commanders of Botched Raid

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts has demoted two commanders of the botched March 21 raid that left two cops dead. According to the Trib, Batts stripped Captain Rick Orozco and Lieutenant Chris Mufarreh of two ranks yesterday in the wake of a scathing independent report on their handling of the raid. The Chron reported that Mufarreh pushed for the ill-advised raid before a full contingent of the department’s SWAT team was in place, before an ambulance was on scene, and before attempting other measures to apprehend Lovelle Mixon, a parolee who had just killed two other officers. As for Orozco, he and then Deputy Police Chief Dave Kozicki, who recently took an early retirement just before the release of the hard-hitting report, quickly approved the raid even before setting up a command post.

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