Friday, May 13, 2016

SMPD Sergeant Edward Delcoure's Controversial "War On Cops" Fund Raising Letter


I'm not sure anyone gave this fund raising letter much attention, but it was very controversial in some quarters. Not in Sierra Madre, of course. At least as far as I can tell. Nobody brought it to my attention, or complained. But in other cities something similar to all hell breaking loose was the widespread reaction.

Why would a Sierra Madre Police Association fundraising letter raise so much fuss elsewhere? Because this letter was actually taken from a template used by many different cop unions all across California. It is a form letter that local Police Association members can just plug their names and pictures into, then mail out. And there is something in this letter that upset a lot of people.

As an example, the Davis Vanguard, out of the City of Davis, trashed the use of this Police Association fundraising form letter in this way (link):


You can read the rest of this article by clicking on the link I provided at the top of this page. There is also the following op-ed piece from a paper called Berkeleyside (link).


And this:


For the rest of the East Bay Express piece link here.

So there you go. I am not saying that Sgt Delcoure is guilty of any the above because he attached his name to what was a controversial form letter. However, Police Departments do have to represent all constituencies. He probably should have just read it a little more carefully first, and then reflected upon the possible implications.

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49 comments:

  1. Just another reason why we need to bring in the LA Sheriff's Dept. full-time.

    Hell, they're already here 6PM to 6 AM 7 days a week because our supposedly special SMPD couldn't do their job!

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    1. how many SM officers have fallen on the job?

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    2. From drinking?

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    3. How many would be acceptable to you 8:17? Is that how you measure the need for you police department? The number of dead officers? What a sad commentary on the people of Sierra Madre.

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    4. I am not sure that is what was said here. Sierra Madre is a very safe place to work. Citing problems from far more dangerous cities than ours in order to raise money for whatever the dubious purposes does not look very good.

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    5. Please read it again, not sure what else cam be talen from that comment.

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    6. 2:18 please take a Valium. The SMPD has a history of antics, rants and hissy fits.

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  2. Sgt. Delcoure was just promoted. This after leading a union that has sued our city many times, and sending out a race baiting letter like the one above. Are there no consequences for public employees in Sierra Madre?

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    1. he got promoted?

      what he do, did he also shoot an unarmed sleeping man in the back?

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  3. Nothing like fear mongering to help raise money from the citizens so they can fund campaigns that will raise taxes on those very same citizens.

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    1. yeah, what about the SM cop who shoots an unarmed man in the back and subsequently gets promoted?

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    2. 5:38- please point out one race baiting comment in the letter. Is it perhaps your own racist interpritation of the letter? Is that all it takes to make someone a racist, the act of calling them one...he's stating facts. Grow up Sirerra Madre....grow up.

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  4. Lazy. He can't compose a letter that reflects issues in our town?

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    1. I'm not sure how much Ferguson and Sierra Madre have in common. Except, of course, the letter our new Sargeant signed.

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    2. They are both in the United States.

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    3. It seems like both are full of crazy anti everything people.

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  5. Once the police were allowed to unionize, it changed the nature of the relationship with the public completely. The union tactics (when I say "union" every police officer who is a member of that union is responsible for those tactics) have become despicable. They have been turned into political animals whose predominate concern is no longer protecting and serving the public but getting the highest salaries and pensions they can extract. The union has never been against any tax increase. On the contrary, not only are they in favor of every tax increase, they use their power and influence, including any monies raised by this solicitation letter, to advance their cause and elect those candidates who will most likely be in favor of increasing their compensation. So when you get one of those political mailers, like the ones most recently in favor of Katheryn Bargar who is a candidate for county supervisor to replace Mike Antonovich and the mailer talks about how she is the "public safety candidate" and "tough on crime" and supported by the various law enforcement "associations" and firefighter associations, please have your antenna go up. The reason she is getting their support is because she will support further salary and pension increases so that these people can "retire" at 50 with lifetime pensions and free medical care. But they don't retire. Even they know they are too young to do that at the age of 50. So they spend the last 5 years of their career figuring out what job they will do to supplement their 6-figure pension. Please see through that and don't vote for any candidate favored by the unions. It will only mean higher and higher taxes. And don't forget that the Sierra Madre Police Association at one time retained the most despicable lawyers to represent them - I think the firm was Lackey Dammlier so something like that. They were very bad people who would do anything on behalf of their union clients to get their way in negotiations with the city. Google that law firm and find out what they did in San Gabriel and other cities. I can never forgive the Sierra Madre police for using that law firm. That's why we need the Sheriff's. There would then be no more meddling by the police union in local politics.

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    1. The law firm in question was Lackie, Dammeier and McGill. These were really bad actors. The unions used them to bludgeon cities into submission. They didn't mind disparaging a city's reputation to get their way in salary negotiations. They are now defunct because they got caught in a web of corruption. They got in big trouble. They were retained by the Sierra Madre Police Association because of their reputation to force cities into submission. Horrible people. That's our loyal police force for you. The same ones who left in droves at the first inkling that the UUT might not get passed. Times have indeed changed. Police used to work because they loved protecting the public and loved law enforcement. Now its all about the money. Sorry but its true. Why should I donate any money to the Police Association when they will only be using that money against me as they agitate for higher and higher taxes. The only benefit you do get is that sticker they want you to put on your car - a not so subtle quid pro quo that if you support the union, you may get out of a traffic ticket or two. Just further corruption.

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    2. 6:20, who appears to be 6:34, and is probably Fellner pretending to be someone else, try pressing "enter" twice every once in a while and voila! you'll make paragraphs. Watch--> "enter" "enter"

      Now kindly name the right wing anti-union individuals, corporations, and foundations that donate to the organizations that pay you.

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    3. Based on the content of this letter, is the SMPA a rightwing or a leftwing organization?

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    4. Based on the content of this letter, SMPA is a self-serving organization, who completely lost sight of their mission.

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    5. They serve themselves.

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    6. SMPA is a failed union who can't even cover Sierra Madre 24 hours a day.

      Gotta love PD unions, though. Even command Sgts. get to be members.

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    7. Dear 8:04,
      It's a blog, no one has to disclose who they are. It's like Martin Truitt posting all the time as a "Yes on Measure UUT" shill.

      It's the internet. Don't like what you're reading?

      Go to another page. Super "duh!"

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    8. If you don't like news, try the Mountain Views News site. It is sanitized for the needs of the anxious and easily upset.

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    9. An added benefit of the MVN is that it may be used as bird cage liners.

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    10. Not always. It constipated my budgies.

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    11. Poor Polly!

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    12. Somebody is unhappy. I think it is 8:04.

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    13. I think it is because 8:04's buddies were caught playing the race card. For money.

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    14. Dear 8:47: I never asked 6:20/6:34 who s/he is.

      Dear 8:51: The writings of 6:20/6:34 are not "news," they are comments to mod's article.

      Dear 11:38: I am quite happy!

      Dear 3:15: They are not my buddies. Neither are you.

      Dear All of the Above: The opinions you hold dear must be pretty shaky if you can't handle a wee little request about who pays one of your fellow travelers.

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    15. Hold on a second. Let me go see if I can find someone who cares.

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    16. 9:17 if you were my kid I think you'd be in the time out corner for pouting.

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    17. I like how 10:02 shows he doesn't care--by commenting!

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    18. It was a courtesy.

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    19. Apparently 5:58 punishes his kids for having opinions that differ from his. Enjoy your grumbling and lonely empty-nest years, 5:58, when you'll always be wondering why the kids live on the other side of the country and won't call or visit.

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  6. I completely agree. The biggest problem I see is that -by now- it is almost impossible to get voted for if you do not have the endorsement of the firefighter and police associations.
    In my opinion, this engagement violates the law. Remember, when in our last election, a local police officer was shown reading a book to a kid in his bed? It is not the duty of the police officer to read books to kids, yet he was shown in his uniform (to represent his official duty, which it clearly was not). As a nation, we have become so safety-obsessed that we do not even object to a police officer in our kids' bedrooms. We are giving up our freedom for what we call "safety". I call it fear.
    Given this analysis and the unreflected rhetoric, if a candidate positions him- or herself against those entities, they also appear to support crimes. And that is the catch-22.

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  7. This latest attack against the good residents of Sierra Madre is just another example of those 'biting the hand that feed them' shame on the SMPD for using fear mongering to scare the voters that inversely gave them their jobs back, that was a clear mistake as seen in this letter. That will teach you a lesson for believing any or all of the SMPD crying letters before the last election on UUT.

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  8. Here are the stats on Lackey Dammlier, http://www.sbsun.com/government-and-politics/20131219/attorneys-from-now-defunct-upland-law-firm-sued-for-fraud-malpractice

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  9. The SMPD union contributed $4,000 to the Yes On MUUT effort. How much of that was raised by this letter?

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    1. The union wasn't current on their IRS filings as of a few years ago. And rumor had it they owed Lackie, etc. about 10-20 grand in unpaid legal fees. Bet some of that $$ is coming from other unions.

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  10. The letter is insanely inapplicable to Sierra Madre, unless by "fallen officers" it literally means SMPA contributions help officers that occasionally trip and fall on the job.

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  11. Of course the letter doesn't apply to Sierra or even surrounding areas, but if you read the Berkeley op-ed they are more interested in pointing their fingers at the police instead of acknowledging that some of the violence against the police officers are indeed violent offenders who do target police officers in various areas of the country. Should Ed have sent the letter to Sierra Madre residents? No, but was it as inappropriate as it is made out to be? No.

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  12. Yeah its just like blogging as the Sierra Madre Tattler right Eric Maudry...

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    1. I don't ask for money. Not into the whole mooch thing.

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    2. Knee-jerk liberal blather. You want protection from bad people but curse the people who do it. You sit in safety while they work for YOU and you have the nerve to acuse them of greed. SMPD is one of the lowest paid anywhere in the area. Whu would anyone want to work for you people.

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    3. Knee-jerk liberal blather. You want protection from bad people but curse the people who do it. You sit in safety while they work for YOU and you have the nerve to acuse them of greed. SMPD is one of the lowest paid anywhere in the area. Whu would anyone want to work for you people.

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  13. Today I received a political call. As soon as I heard they were endorsed by the police association, that is a red flag for me. Cross her off my list.

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    1. Same for me yesterday.

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