As police compensation over-burdens cities, some police unions are fighting cuts with intimidation, according to this CNBC story.
Of course — congratulations, SPOA! — Stockton is mentioned, because the police union bought the house next to the city manager “and immediately began noisy renovations.”
“Kathryn Nance, president of the Stockton Police Officers’ Association, denied that the union ever tried to intimidate Deis,” the story says. “Obviously that is his opinion,” Nance said. “His allegation is ridiculous, at best.”
Sure. That’s why the SPOA agreed to sell off the house in the settlement of Deis’s lawsuit.
It is disappointing to see Nance backing the house purchase.
Police deserve our support. If they want to play hardball at the bargaining table, that is their right. But when they go overboard — and when they bought the house, they went overboard – it is worth a reminder that some of their authority is moral authority. Not the color of the law, but being the good guys. That includes adhering to fair labor practices, not defending unfair ones, including an intimidation tactic even they could not defend in court.