2nd dist. Council Candidate Fox Moves To Velcro Opponent Allen To LB Police Union Contribs, Challenges Allen To Return $48,000 LBPOA Spent To Get Her Into Runoff And To Commit To Donate $2 For Every $1 It Spends To Support Her In Runoff
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|(June 8, 2020, 7:10 p.m.) -- 2nd dist. City Council candidate Robert Fox moved today (June 8) to tie runoff opponent Cindy Allen to the Long Beach police officers union, calling on Ms. Allen's campaign (a) to return roughly $48,000 spent by LBPOA's PAC to support Allen in the March 2020 initial election and (b) to commit to donating $2 for every $1 LBPOA may spend in the November runoff as "independent expendutres" to elect her to the City Council.
In a release, Mr. Fox (the surviving Reform Ticket candidate in the 2020 eleciton cycle) stated: "If Cindy Allen wants any credibility on police reform whatsoever, she must immediately return the following contributions. She can do so by making equivalent donations from her general election campaign to anti-police abuse organizations" and cited a November 25, 2019 LBPOA PAC contribution to Allen's campaign committee and $47,463.01 spent by LBPOA for its own "independent expenditure" campaign to support Allen in the primary race.
"We cannot have a councilmember with such a massive conflict of interest on this issue at a time like this, when the George Floyd murder has ignited a massive awakening on police abuse and practices, systematic racial inequality, and police political power," said the Fox campaign release...and a few hours later the Fox campaign Facebook page posted an Instagram graphic tying Allen to LBPOA's election contributions
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For her part, on June 3, Ms. Allen (a retired LBPD officer and spouse of a retired LBPD Commander) issued a statement on her Facebook campaign page, echoed in a signed mass mailing, in which she called for "difficult conversations about systemic racial inequality in law enforcement, healthcare, employment, education housing, the judicial system, and countless other aspects of life in America. There are generations of pain that are manifesting on the streets around our country. We must hear their voices and work for justice."
A day later on June 4, Ms. Allen wrote on her campaign's Facebook page that she had "joined in at today's sit-in at Long Beach City Hall" and "reflected on my time as a police officer and my privilege in this world as a white woman. I have taken a step back to peacefully protest George Floyd’s murder to listen to communities of color who live these experiences every day, and continue to grow as a white ally. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that #BlackLivesMatter. We can not move forward locally or nationally until we address the systemic racism that happens on a daily basis. I fully support the proposals that are coming out from the "8 Can't Wait? campaign which will be forthcoming in LA County and Long Beach. And, I look forward to using my experience as a former officer to work with our community to make additional recommendations to ensure that #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to reviewing our police policies."
To this, Mr. Fox responded in his June 8 release: "Talk is cheap."
Fox said said Allen hadn't mentioned "instances of systemic racism documented in [LBPD] while she served as a field training officer, vice officer, and gang investigator from 1989 through 1998."
Fox cited his record in working to oust a former LB Police Chief under whom LBPD's practices included trying to entrap members of the Long Beach LGBTQ community. Fox has also called for "independent review of instances of police abuse reported (and generally buried by city management) to our non-independent Citizens Police Complaint Commission and will soon roll out a set of proposed police reforms."
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