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Amid a homicide surge in what once was dubbed "America's Safest Big City," 66 young San Jose cops turned in their badges Thursday as a $115 million budget shortfall led to the city's first-ever police layoffs. The somber embraces of laid-off cops with fellow officers come as tensions simmer between cops and city leaders over pay and benefit cuts needed to save jobs as more deficits loom. While the toll was much less than had been feared weeks ago because dozens of the 122 who were given layoff notices found jobs in other police departments, the cuts will take a historic toll on San Jose's police force. In addition to the cops let go, the city cut nearly 100 police positions left vacant by recent retirements and departures, shrinking the force from 1,271 to 1,106 officers. That's fewer cops than the city had two decades ago, when San Jose had 200,000 fewer people." "It hurts a lot," said Mayra Aguayo, 24, after turning in her badge, city identification card and keys at the San Jose Police Officers' Association headquarters following a lunch for those cut from the force. "We gave our all to the city." Lt. George Beattie, the POA's president, thanked the laid-off officers after the lunch, noting that most if not all had approved a contract cutting salaries 10 percent, preventing an additional 156 cops from losing their jobs.
Originally posted by SaturnFX
Clearly what needs to happen is to give the rich a bigger tax break...that should solve it.
Originally posted by HenryPatrick
Let's not forget the golden chance this gives TPTB to roll out some national pro-fascist police state propaganda. Everybody in the country heard about Camden and the problems they had when cutting the police force. They cut the police force in places that have incredibly high crime rates, and then when crime obviously gets worse, all the news channels and newspapers shout to everybody how terrible life would be everywhere if there weren't tons of fascist cops invading our lives. In reality, most places have FAR TOO MANY cops, and one way to trick people into thinking it is a good thing is by telling them lies about how their lives would be without the police state in effect. That is why everyone heard about Camden, and everyone will hear about this.edit on 7/1/11 by HenryPatrick because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by acrux
reply to post by Paulioetc15
If all these police forces just stopped their ridiculously expensive & pointless war on drugs & then legislate & tax their soft drugs, they might have enough monry to keep the officers employed. Sorry that's why so many cops got a job in the first place, to enforce the draconian control laws.
Originally posted by BigJoninTexas
It's funny how there's so many police brutality threads on ats and now that a few police officers got cut everybody is like, " oh my gosh what are we going to do?"