Councilmember Taylor's Statement on The Decision To Fire Chief LeRonne Armstrong
February 16, 2023
To say that I am disappointed is an understatement.
I truly believe that the decision to fire Chief Armstrong and the way it was made places Oakland on the wrong trajectory for public safety, police reform, government transparency, and community trust/empowerment.
This decision was set in motion several weeks ago when Mayor Thao first placed him on administrative leave and issued a nationwide press release, publicly alleging his misconduct without providing him a forum to publicly respond. And as I wrote in my statement on January 21st, "Placing someone on administrative leave - especially at the senior executive level - is clearly a step toward (their) possible dismissal”