Oakland Cops on the Chopping Block

By Christie Smith
|  Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 AM PDT
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Oakland Cops on the Chopping Block

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Oakland has about 776 officers and the city is considering reducing that number by 200 in stages.

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Talk about reducing the number of police officers in Oakland and people listen.

Oakland has about 776 officers and the city is considering reducing that number by 200 in stages. Can Oakland afford that? Can Oakland afford not too?

Notoriously-known for it's violence, Oakland city logged it's 40th homicide of the year this week in a shooting near the Eastmont Mall -- which also houses the police substation. The city is looking at a tough situation as they they face a looming $32 million budget deficit.

This week, community leaders spoke on the issue with family members of a homicide victim. They fear fewer cops will mean more criminals roaming the streets. All this happening as the city negotiates with the police union over salaries and benefits. The union president says such deep layoffs will send the wrong message.

Mayor Ron Dellums and other city leaders on Tuesday will talk to the media about the options and the tough choices.

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