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Assembly adjourns in honor of slain Oakland cops

By Josh Richman
Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm in Assembly, Mary Hayashi, Nancy Skinner, Oakland, Sandre Swanson.

At the request of several members, the California State Assembly today adjourned in memory of the four police officers slain in Oakland over the weekend.

From Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley:

“I am shocked and saddened by the horrific deaths of four Oakland police officers. My deepest condolences go out to the families of the officers and the Oakland Police Department. I will remember their service and sacrifice. I also want to express my support and gratitude for all of the law enforcement officials who protect our communities on a daily basis.”

From Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley:

“While we are aware of the risks that our officers go through, we never imagine a loss of this magnitude, and it does not make grieving any easier.

“This violent tragedy that began with a routine traffic stop reminds us how real these risks are, and how much courage is shown by all those who serve in law enforcement.

“This is a terrible loss for so many, not just for the community of Oakland, but for all of us across this state.”

UPDATE @ 7:07 P.M.: From Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda:

“This was one of the most horrific acts in Oakland’s history. These officers made an historic sacrifice, and I have deep appreciation for how neighbors responded to the shooting and led police to the perpetrator. I also believe it is necessary for the entire community to come together to support these officers’ families, as well as the men and women of the police department who continue to put their lives on the line every day for the safety of our community.”

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“Such a shocking tragedy is a wake-up call to the terrible shortcomings of our criminal justice system. Not only did it utterly fail to rehabilitate this individual, it also released him back into our community without sufficient oversight to keep us safe and keep him from returning to a life of crime. We need to acknowledge these failings, and reform our system so that it truly protects the public and ensures that those who serve their time are rehabilitated and do not re-offend.”

“Most importantly, the State Legislature needs to revisit its regulations and supervision of the sale of assault weapons. These guns have a deadly purpose that far exceeds any recreational use. In the hands of criminals, they expose our police officers to unacceptable risk and further endanger our community.”

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