Governor’s statement on slain Oakland Police

From Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

“This is a tragic day for law enforcement officers everywhere. All four officers dedicated their lives to public safety and selflessly worked to protect the people of Oakland. Maria and I join the Bay Area in remembering their service and honoring their sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost, the Oakland Police Department and law enforcement officers throughout California during this difficult time.”

In honor of the officers, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • htMac

    I hope every police dept. in this country see’s this. This is exactly why when a LEO is extra cautious it should be praised, not criticized. I do not blame any LEO that treats civilians like possible suspects when they first encounter them. This country right now is worse than in the old days with gunslingers and such. The lawless attitudes of the criminal scum as well as most of the civilian scum (that live in these areas) who Taunt the police… HOW DARE THEY! It is looking more like the next internal conflict in this country will be the good guys against the bad guys. And I will bet my life on it that the Good Guys WILL win! My sincere sorrow and grief for the families of these LEO’s. Nothing anyone can say will relieve the extreme grief you all are feeling and will feel for the rest of you life. May the rest in peace. (as far as the old days with gunslingers goes. Back then everyone knew who the gunslingers were. No a days you just don’t know)

  • Toni

    This has shaken me to the core. What a senseless act. Words can not fully express what I feel. I am angry, sad,fed up with Oakland and its residents. For 3 officers loose their lives to protect the city, people stand by an mock them.

    Its crazy. I will try to stay clear of Oakland city limts as much as possible. Not becasue of fear, but has a reminder that what this city has become.

  • RR

    Is Barbara Lee still thinking it over?