Top Cop Politics

This case illustrates why all the politicians backed her and the District Attorneys who previously have had the job for three decades were against her. Joyce Dudley is non-serious and avoids all the important parts of the job in favor of dancing under the stars and glad-handing. The tough decisions are not made or are relegated to underlings who have no authority or experience.

The Santa Barbara Police Department Union must feel some buyers remorse? Yes, even the very unions that hoisted her into office must be dismayed by her political lack of loyalty and they should be. Throw the cop under the bus? Sure, as long as it helps Dudley.

Denunzio did or didn’t resist; by definition this means if he did not, the law declares the officer to be guilty of abuse. No decision is a failure of leadership and a nod to her liberal fans without angering her police union friends. Is this what law enforcement’s top cop should be concerned with. Perhaps the community ought to consider truth above politics, decision-making above political posturing. and vote for all politicians, even those in law enforcement, with that in mind.

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