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Fliers across East Bay and at cop funeral encourage more cop killing; cops' blood boils
The [El Cerrito police] chief... urged his officers to act cautiously if they come across whoever is responsible for dropping the flyers. "I would not be surprised if this person is being followed by a vehicle that has a camera/video recorder capturing the contact and you are baited to do something inappropriate," the chief warned.
[Interesting that this Chief feels like his officers need extra instruction NOT to beat a suspect or otherwise commit illegal acts based on personal prejudice. He tells his officers, "Don't beat or shoot anyone over these fliers because the suspect(s) might be smart and you might get caught on camera." Nice going, Chief.]
An El Cerrito police officer returned to his patrol car the other afternoon to find a flyer tucked under the windshield that encouraged more cop killings in retaliation for Oscar Grant's shooting death by a BART police officer on New Year's Day.
The leaflet included photos of Oakland's four recently slain police officers across the top, along with Grant's picture on the side, and said: "Justice has bieng (sic) done for Oscar Grant those 4 f- cop killers deserve to die, hope more will follow."
It's not the first time the flyer has popped up. We're told the same leaflet was found on squad cars parked outside Oakland's Oracle Arena after the funeral service for the Oakland officers - all of whom were shot and killed by parolee Lovelle Mixon following a traffic stop.
"As one reads the flyer, your blood will boil," El Cerrito Police Chief Scott Kirkland wrote in a memo to the troops - and distributed to police chiefs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties - a day after leaflet showed up in his town.
The chief then urged his officers to act cautiously if they come across whoever is responsible for dropping the flyers.
"I would not be surprised if this person is being followed by a vehicle that has a camera/video recorder capturing the contact and you are baited to do something inappropriate," the chief warned.
"Secondly," Kirkland wrote, "if this person means what is said, your safety is paramount. Be extra vigilant and aware of your surroundings."
Kirkland, who says he was sickened by the flyer, told us he sent out his missive largely to make sure officers kept their cool and weren't provoked into doing anything that might later end up on camera and TV.
"We don't need that from law enforcement right now," he said.
Meanwhile, the Oakland Police Officers Association tells us they have received more than $500,000 in donations for the families of the slain officers.
Major donors include: Cisco Systems ($50,000), Clorox ($50,000), Morongo Indians ($40,000), Chinatown merchants ($30,000) and more small donations than can be counted at this point.