The Heroes We Honor in Oakland


A memorial to four officers killed in the line of duty by a man wanted on a parole violation is seen Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at police headquarters in Oakland, Calif. Oakland's police department has been left stunned after one officer died after being taken off life support and three others were killed during confrontations with the parolee on Saturday, the department's worst single-day death toll. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A memorial to four officers killed in the line of duty by a man wanted on a parole violation is seen Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at police headquarters in Oakland, Calif. Oakland's police department has been left stunned after one officer died after being taken off life support and three others were killed during confrontations with the parolee on Saturday, the department's worst single-day death toll. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

In the city where I live, we saw four police officers gunned down when trying to arrest a 27 year old parolee who was in violation of his parole agreement. Our community watched in horror, as these brave men made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our community.

The collateral damage will be faced by their families and especially by the wives and children left behind. Violence has again shown its ugly head here in Oakland. The city has struggled to rid itself of this image of a domestic war zone and these incidents do not help the cause.

There are many good people in this city and many wonderful places. However there are serious problems and violence is still too prevalent to ignore. This latest bloodbath should be a wake up call to all of us to take our community back. Enough is enough. We must make this a city of Peace.

As we honor these heroes today let us strive to not make their deaths in vain, mere statistics in this terrible legacy of violence. Let us really make our city a place where cops are not slaughtered.

Today we mourn and grief. Tomorrow we roll up our sleeves and make the changes needed.

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