Oakland Police Shoot Themselves in the Foot

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The Oakland police union’s demand of no layoffs for three years in exchange for pension contributions ended up costing the jobs of eighty cops last night. In addition, the union’s hard-line stance has now jeopardized the jobs of at least 120 more Oakland police officers who may be out of work on January 1. Plus, the city may be forced to lay off even more cops next summer. In short, the union’s no-layoffs demand has completely backfired and is now threatening the livelihoods of more than 200 police officers — not to mention the safety of Oakland residents.