Soon after the grand jury’s decision was announced, Mayor Kevin Johnson called it “just a sad day for America, in my opinion, when you think about injustice and all the things that have happened over the history of time. This one just doesn’t feel right.” Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com
Soon after the grand jury’s decision was announced, Mayor Kevin Johnson called it “just a sad day for America, in my opinion, when you think about injustice and all the things that have happened over the history of time. This one just doesn’t feel right.” Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com

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Sacramento police union head criticizes mayor’s comments on Ferguson indictment decision

By Ryan Lillis

rlillis@sacbee.com

November 25, 2014 08:05 PM

The head of the Sacramento police union said Tuesday he was upset with comments made Monday night by Mayor Kevin Johnson after a Missouri grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Soon after the grand jury’s decision was announced, Johnson called it “just a sad day for America, in my opinion, when you think about injustice and all the things that have happened over the history of time. This one just doesn’t feel right.”

Dustin Smith, head of the Sacramento Police Officers Association, said the mayor “shouldn’t be disappointed, he should be relieved” that the grand jury did not find Wilson “acted in a heinous fashion.”

“It’s a complete slap in the face to law enforcement throughout the nation,” Smith said.

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Smith and Johnson met Tuesday and both said the meeting went well. “We cleared the air and felt good about it,” the mayor said.

Johnson said he stood by his comments and that he did not intend to offend police officers.

“No matter what happened in Ferguson, (the comments) were not meant to be an indictment of police officers anywhere and certainly not in Sacramento,” he said.

Call The Bee’s Ryan Lillis, (916) 321-1085. Read his City Beat blog at www.sacbee.com/citybeat.