Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Embattled Oakland Deputy Chief Steps Down

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Oakland Deputy Police Chief Dave Kozicki, who commanded an ill-advised raid earlier this year that resulted in two dead cops, has decided to retire early, the Trib reports. Kozicki tells the paper that he was not forced to step down, but his decision comes just weeks before an outside report is expected to heavily criticize him for his role in the March 21 police officer deaths.

Kozicki and former Police Chief Wayne Tucker also had come under fire for delaying a 2007 raid on Your Black Muslim Bakery so that Kozicki could finish a backpacking trip. Had the raid not been delayed, journalist Chauncey Bailey likely would still be alive.

New Police Chief Anthony Batts declined to comment on Kozicki’s retirement decision, but Assistant Chief Howard Jordan praised the deputy chief, calling him “very creative,” and a “leader.”

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