Michael Meehan: Berkeley Police Chief Harasses Reporter
Berkeley PD Chief Michael Meehan Sends Armed Cop to Intimidate Doug Oakley
Bay Area reporter Doug Oakley wrote something that Michael Meehan, Chief of the Berkely Police Department, didn't like. Michael Meehan's response was to send an armed officer to Doug Oakley's home in the middle of the night, in order to "persuade" Oakley to change his story.
After getting a late-night visit from Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, armed but out of uniform, Doug Oakley made the changes, but that wasn't enough for Michael Meehan, who kept badgering the reporter for yet more changes.
We can't interpret Michael Meehan's move as anything other than a censorship attempt, and we're not alone on that.
This the story that got Michael Meehan's knickers in a twist relates to a Berkeley homicide, the investigation of which was allegedly botched by BPD.
Oakley said after Kusmiss left, he began shaking and had a panic attack, wondering if Meehan "can do this whenever he's mad at me, or send someone else who is not as sympathetic as Mary and threaten me."
“The Police Chief has apologized directly to the reporter involved and expressed his sincere regret for his actions on Thursday night…. The Chief has acknowledged his lapse in judgment and assured me that nothing like this will happen again,” Daniel said in a statement.
Michael Meehan is now hoping to keep his job, though the police union isn't so confident in him. We can't help but wonder if this is the first time that Michael Meehan has used the Berkely Police Department as his personal goon squad.
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