Cop Layoffs Could Happen Before Mehserle Verdict

As each day goes by without a verdict in the Johannes Mehserle case, the chances that Oakland will lay off eighty police officers before jurors finish their deliberations continue to rise. Currently, the layoffs are scheduled to take effect on Monday, July 12 — unless the Oakland police union agrees before then to start contributing to its pension plan like other city employees do. The police union has been in negotiations with City Administrator Dan Lindheim and council members Jane Brunner and Ignacio De La Fuente. Mayor Ron Dellums has also participated in the talks.

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