Former Oakland Police Department Chief LeRonne Armstrong, who criticized “Defund the Police” and was fired by left-wing mayor Sheng Thao after she took office this year, was wrongfully terminated, an outside report found.
As Breitbart News noted earlier this year, Thao fired Armstrong after he became a persistent critic of the failing policies of the Oakland City Council, which has been lenient toward criminals even as crime has skyrocketed.
Breitbart News noted:
Armstrong was a frequent critic of the far-left, opposing efforts to “defund the police” and speaking out against violent crime. Notably, he opposed a decision by the city in 2021 to cut $18 million from the police budget.
Mayor Thao suspended Armstrong over claims that he had mishandled two investigations into police misconduct — claims that he denies — and fired him after he organized rallies to protest his suspension.
Now, a retired judge heading an inquiry into Armstrong’s firing has found that he should not have been terminated.
The San Jose Mercury News reported:
[A] retired judge tasked with reviewing Armstrong’s appeal has concluded there was no basis for the fired ex-chief to face discipline.
“The discipline imposed on Chief Armstrong should be reversed and removed from his personnel record,” states retired Judge Maria Rivera in a new confidential report obtained by this news organization.
The appeal review, first obtained by KQED, is non-binding, meaning it alone could not force Armstrong’s reinstatement as chief of the Oakland Police Department.
The retired judge, Maria Rivera, stopped short of requiring Oakland to re-hire Armstrong, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and said that the parties should negotiate with each other on that issue rather than suing.
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