For Immediate Release
Jude Schneider (310) 497-7312 or
Eric Rose (805) 624-0572
Los Angeles, October 17, 2008 – By a 10 to 2 vote, the Los Angeles City Council today went on record to oppose Proposition 5 on the November ballot, supporting the position taken by the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
“We congratulate the City Council for taking a realistic look at Proposition 5 and understanding that the unintended consequences of this measure could be to severely hinder our ability to take and keep criminals off the streets,” said Tim Sands, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
“Drug treatment and rehabilitation advocates, community leaders, civil rights organizations, crime victim groups, drug prevention organizations, and California's leading law enforcement associations all agree that Proposition 5 is poorly drafted, deeply flawed and fiscally irresponsible,” concluded Sands.
The state proposition, which Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley calls “the worst public safety proposal ever,” is also opposed by the California District Attorneys Association, the California State Sheriff’s Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the California Police Chief’s Association, former Governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis, and every leading newspaper in Southern California.
About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,000 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com