The National Sheriffs' Association Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson says that, by alerting criminals that there would be a law enforcement operation in her area, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put both citizens and police in danger.
"This is just another example of a California politician playing politics with the safety of the community,” Thompson said Wednesday in a statement condemning Schaaf's “dangerous and reckless” politics, which gave safe harbor to known criminals:
“What the Mayor is doing is dangerous and reckless. By alerting the public of the operation, she gave known criminal illegals safe harbor which ultimately put the people in that area, as well as law enforcement, in danger."
As the Associated Press reports, more than 800 criminals escaped capture because of Mayor Schaaf’s warning:
Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s acting director, told Fox News that the mayor’s warning on Twitter was “beyond the pale” and compared her to a gang lookout who tells people when a police car is arriving. Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice.
“There’s over 800 significant public safety threat criminals, these are people who are here illegally and committed yet another crime, been convicted of a crime,” he told Fox. “She gave them warning, and there’s 800 that we were unable to locate because of that warning, so that community’s a lot less safe than it would have been.”
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000.