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CA: California progressive politicians turning away campaign cash from cops

[cbs8.com – 6/9/20]

As the wave of protests over incidents of police brutality and racist policing enters its second week, progressive California politicians are rethinking their financial relationship with the unions that represent law enforcement officers.

On Thursday, state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, a Democrat, announced on Twitter that he would no longer be accepting campaign contributions from police, sheriff and prison guard unions. He promised to donate roughly $20,000 he has received from such labor groups to date to nonprofits that serve Bay Area youth.

Sen. Lena Gonazalez of Long Beach, also a Democrat, responded with a tweet of her own: “Same!”

Earlier this week, three county prosecutors and George Gascon, who is campaigning to become  district attorney of Los Angeles, wrote a letter to the state bar association urging the organization to prohibit D.A. candidates from receiving campaign contributions from law enforcement unions.

“Policing is in need of serious reform and it’s important to me that my constituents understand that I am willing to fight for that reform,” Wiener said in a phone interview today. He noted that he was inspired by New York state Sen. Michael Gianaris, who announced he would be redirecting contributions from police officer unions to bail funds and nonprofits. He was joined by seven other lawmakers.
Wiener said he had heard from other California legislators expressing interest in following suit, but declined to name names,  saying that he would rather leave it to them.

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  1. G4Change

    I hope and pray that this is the beginning of the end of what I call a “Cop Culture” in this country. They’re finally cancelling the TV show “Cops”. They have temporarily gotten rid of “Live PD”, and I hope that becomes permanent. Enough with our worship of cops!!!!
    I really hope this is finally it…what happened to that poor man in MN may have been the shot heard around the world – or at least around the entire USA.

  2. Laura

    Well Good that Sen Wiener is returning money received from Police, Sheriff and Prison Guard…maybe he will now be more open-minded and give more attention to the placing of so many registrants into Tier 3 on the Tier Registry? One can hope Sen Wiener and others will see the right path now that their way may have become less cluttered with any prior obligations, due to the acceptance of donations.

    • TS

      Returning the donations is one thing Sen Wiener should have done, but he did not and merely passed along the donations to what he saw as worthy orgs to garner the same political favor with the public with double the possible reward of doing so by turning away LE orgs too.

  3. C

    I’d be so stoked to see the CCPOA’s contributions to the governor and anyone else get rejected. Filthy dirty prison guards are wanna be cops that couldn’t make the cut, with way too much political influence, but I’m not bitter…

  4. Eric

    Be careful not to get distracted. The police don’t make the laws. The punitive culture we live in and the oppression from the registry are not designs of the police but of the politicians. Assembly woman Lorena Gonzales would like nothing more than to have every one of us living under a freeway overpass or to be indefinitely incarcerated. She has tirelessly defied rulings of the superior court, state supreme court and federal district courts that ruled in our favor. Agenda driven politicians are the problem, and one of their tactics is to deflect the blame. People like Lorena Gonzalez will throw the police under the bus and, as she did with the tired registry, attempt to make back door deals to sabotage it and keep us under the boot heel. She laughs while every one is focusing on the police while people like her made the policies.

    for my annual registration and occasional residency checks the police have always been respectful to me, as I have to them. We can both tell in each others eyes that this is an annoyance. Want to defund some of the police funds? Think how much money is wasted on the registry. Does Lorena Gonzales have any plans of cutting that to save untold money? Ha, don’t be ridiculous. It seems the state assembly and Governor Newsome could save hundreds of millions of dollars by abolishing the this baby sitting. No, the police only enforce the idiocy pushed through by the legislators. Please keep our focus on reclaiming our civil and constitutional rights which have illegally been taken from us by legislators, not the police,

    • Will Allen

      Sure, but don’t give law enforcement (LE) a pass either. They may whine about having to do brainless, paper-pushing, grunt “work”, but PLENTY of them think the Registry Hit List is just fine. They also lobby ALL the time for more laws. You will constantly find law enforcement and their organizations lobbying for more laws for more $$$$$ for them to grow their crime business. So don’t be letting them off the hook.

      Further, LE needs to know that the Hit List is harming them. The Hit List is causing people like me to do everything I possibly can to weaken LE. And that is across all fronts. Taking any resource we can from them. Causing all work that they do to be harder, take longer, be less effective, fail, and so on. Hit Lists are why I, and a lot of other people, cannot support LE for anything. We make that matter in reality.

      Lastly, I think the Hit List should cause everyone pain, suffering, discomfort, annoyance, etc., always. I think every time that LE has to deal with them or even think about them, it should make them physically ill. Everything about the Hit List should be unpleasant for everyone, always and in every situation. That is why I complain to anyone every single time that I do anything related to the Hit List. I’m not going to be silent.

      I’ve told my local politicians that they have their Hit List, it is sitting there, existing, doing nothing useful. But I’m going to see to it that they suffer incessantly because of it. The Hit List isn’t existing without consequences.

      And ultimately, I think the real answer is to attack big government. Because what a disgrace it is, isn’t it? Does anyone think our founding fathers envisioned our “free” country looking like the idiocy it is today? There are so many laws that if you stacked the paper up, it would probably go to the fucking moon and back. What kind of nonsense is this? How about instead of hiring professional liars and grifters to continually grow big government, that we demand it shrink?? Who the hell signed up for this BS “governance”? Most people who are living in America need to learn how to mind their own fucking business and stop harassing other families. So … attack out-of-control, nanny big government. Attack politicians, law enforcement, and everything to do with it.

    • A.D.A.T.

      The two entities work together. Law enforcement contributes ideas and plans they feel will enhance their control, while legislatures review and modify these inputs in order to shine the light on their “concern for the community” and lift their support base. Meanwhile the police unions barter for contracts that will protect the same officers that break the laws that were intended to protect. It is a classic case of the Hydra. There are so many heads to this monster that killing it needs a Ulysses ( enter Janice ).

    • w

      Truth.

      Police are just doing what they’re trained to do, so the fix is to retrain them.

      But I’ve begun to see a pattern here in this talk of investing in communites. Community policing. Or in plainer terms vigilantism. With sites like Nextdoor.com and all these “silent tactics” becoming a way of dealing with 290 it might be that this is a larger scheme to take the police – and their sworn oaths – out of the equation.

      Also runs parallel with reclassifying the whole agenda to civil “public safety” rather than criminal punishment.

      Food for thought.

      • kind of living

        At least with a vigilante’s you can protect yourself with out the worry of a bunch of oath braking turd coming in and further escalating matters . Cops are their for the body count ,not to save you . So we need to be able to protect our self’s . If they are truly not going to protect RC’s by hiding our info or using their intel to curb the violence against us what good are they , if anything we should at least get our second amendment back and watch how fast the vigilante crap stops . Bullies and cops seem to be on the same team when it comes to RC’s , so why not get rid of at least one of our biggest oppressor’s , the police are also one of the biggest pushers of this registry the very ones that started beating the drum about registry’s to begin with , when I first started on this registry it was about 35 years ago , had zero issues with the cops the registry was for LE only in CA , and when they started to talk about ramping the registry LE WAS on the on the bandwagon beating the drum spinning all the horror stories and they (LE) would protect the public with this these new tools and the witch hunters would get to participate , well that’s all it took , all the nosey Nancy’s and the crazy Karen’s came out of the wood work with a cause in their boring life’s with plenty is Low T Andy’s (Captain Save A Ho’s)

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