Oakland Cops’ Union Uses Scare Tactics to Help Amy Lemley

The Oakland police union, which has played a prominent role in this year’s local election, blanketed North Oakland late last week with a mailer that attempted to scare residents about home-invasion crimes and convince them to vote for District 1 candidate Amy Lemley. As of Friday, the police union also had failed to disclose exactly how much it spent on the mailer as required by law. The union has engaged in illegal secret campaigning over the past few weeks in an effort to defeat Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan and City Attorney Barbara Parker and replace them with Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente and Jane Brunner, respectively.

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