Kat Gilje 
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Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

As an Alameda County resident, I am deeply disturbed by this threatening, disparaging and racist behavior by a public representative sitting on an Alameda County public task force. Given that this representative was recommended by Sheriff Ahern, I am concerned that the behavior reinforces a pattern of racism and antiimmigrant policy that I have witnessed emanating from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office: from strongly opposing the California Values Act to publicly supporting the nomination of AG Jeff Sessions. Especially at a time when white supremacy and militarization are so explicit at the highest levels of government in the United States, I am horrified that our county hosts a weapons expo and militarization training event for swat teams from around the world. I hope that the community effort led by Stop Urban Shield succeeds in redirecting resources to deescalation, community preparedness and nonmilitarized emergency response. Bravo for that work, and to all who hold fast to a vision of freedom and justice, on a foundation of love and care for each other.

Posted by Kat Gilje on 09/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

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