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Berkeley’s chief defends having cops hunt for son’s phone

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Berkeley police chief Michael Meehan is digging in after the latest embarrassment directed his way—the revelation that he had 10 cops, including four working overtime, to try and find his son’s presumably stolen cell phone. He tells the Oakland Tribune that detectives worked the case properly and that no preferential treatment was involved. He’s also attempting to distance himself from the personnel decision, saying field supervisors decided how many officers to deploy.

Add: Will that fly with folks already upset over Meehan’s lapse of judgment in ordering a sergeant to a reporter’s home after midnight to complain about a newspaper story? When asked if he thought his job is in jeopardy, he tells the Trib’s Angela Woodall: “That’s a great question for the city manager.”
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