I was still a working cop when Daniel Hahn was appointed Chief at the Sacramento Police Department. I knew quite a few people at Sac PD at the time, and some of them had worked with Hahn prior to him leaving to be chief at another smaller local agency. They said he was a good cop and they had high hopes for him.
I haven’t spoken the those guys lately, as since I retired I no longer have contact with them, but I can tell you that the working cops I have spoken to from there, absolutely do not share those high hopes. In fact, they are disgusted and morale is in the toilet.
So, in a move sure to fix nothing, unless sinking morale even further is what you consider improvement, Hahn has written a piece for the publication “Inside Sacramento” which he titled “Chief Complaint.” Fitting title since that is what he seems to be doing through the whole piece, complaining.
To be honest, I didn’t make it past the first paragraph without calling BS on something he said. He complains that “progressive black chiefs” are being fired as fallout from Black Lives Matter protests, but ignores the fact that so are chiefs of every other skin color. Additionally, not all of those black chiefs were fired, some resigned. Ironically, he is complaining about actions being taken by progressive Democrat mayors and city councils in most cases, many of whom verbally supported the Black Lives Matter movement, as does Chief Hahn himself.
He continues by whining that he received criticism from lots of cops for the way he handled the recent “protests” in Sacramento. His woe-is-me complex is getting pretty thick here, and it is obvious he cannot take criticism.
“Some said I was appointed chief only because I’m Black. Others said I’m childish for speaking my opinion. And I should resign because I failed to uphold my oath by not using more force with protestors (sic).”
You completely missed the mark, Chief. You received criticism because you allowed “protesters” to vandalize private and public property and you ordered your cops to NOT arrest them. You prevented the cops from enforcing the law. It had nothing to do with the amount of force, it had to do with you letting them run wild without repercussions.
“I don’t disagree with the sentiment behind Black Lives Matter. The purpose is rooted in righteous cause.”
Really, Dan? Really? They are self avowed Marxists. Their “righteous cause” is communism. They hate law enforcement and want it eliminated. But wait Matt, read on to see how he justifies this…
”Research reveals prosecutors often over-charge Black suspects. Judges often hand down more onerous sentences to Black offenders. The list of people who have contributed to unrest in Sacramento extends beyond the criminal justice system, deep into history.”
Okay, uh, prosecutors are NOT THE COPS, judges are NOT THE COPS. Yet you are agreeing with people blaming… the cops? Additionally, you fail to mention the reasons behind most of those enhanced sentences and charges. People often claim it has to do with race, but if you dig deeper, at least during my lifetime, those stiffer sentences were due to crime enhancements, such as being members of criminal gangs, or based on past criminal activity.
And deep into history? Can we please stop talking about stuff that happened before most of us were born? Next you are going to complain about slave patrols or something other ridiculous crap like that.
”We can’t talk about law enforcement’s ancestry of slave patrols without recognizing that Black people were legally enslaved and not considered complete humans. Newspapers advertised rewards for their capture. In 1964, a California initiative called Proposition 14 legalized race-based discrimination when selling or renting a home. It passed in Sacramento County by 62 percent.”
Oh FFS Dan, slave patrols? Dude, just shut up already. Even uber liberal Snopes has debunked that crap. Law enforcement existed LONG before slave patrols were a thing.
Thus far, the most recent item of evidence you have offered about how racist society is occurred before 99% of your department was even born, and it was a proposition pushed by a real estate association, NOT THE COPS.
“These actions produce tragic consequences. Here’s one example: A 27-year-old homeless Black male, mentally ill and drug addicted, has been cited, arrested or given a notice of trespass in our city numerous times. He has been cited at least 10 times in four months for indecent exposure, attempting to light fires, threatening people, throwing himself in front of moving cars, breaking windows, blocking traffic while ranting in the streets and trespassing. Police arrest and book him or place him on a mental health hold. He is fingerprinted, cited and released, again and again.”
Wait, I’m confused. Who are you blaming for that situation? Because I know exactly where the blame lies on that one, with your progressive Vice Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, with your progressive Governor Gavin Newsom, and with your boss, Darrell Steinberg.
That situation you described above is 100% the fault of Prop 47, which Harris disguised as the “Safe Schools and Neighborhoods Act” and her utterly deceitful title, in combination with California’s plethora of zero information voters, got that enacted. Newsom and Steinberg were ardent supporters of Prop 47 when Steinberg was a state senator and Newsom was Lt. Governor at the time. Thanks to Prop 47, the drug charges are no longer felonies, meaning in most cases they will not be prosecuted because the DA’s have no bargaining power and they cannot force the offenders into rehab programs, nor can they lock them up long enough to get sober and receive mental health treatment while in custody if they refused to go to the rehab programs.
Nothing you are describing in this entire piece has anything to do with racism, yet in your very first paragraph you blamed racism. There are indeed societal problems that need addressing, but they have nothing to do with race, and the cops are neither the cause nor the solution; we are merely the band-aid trying to hold the whole crap show together.
As a cop, you should know that.
As a cop with a platform, that is what you need to be telling the public.