Nation of Cops Attends Oakland Officers' Funeral

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2009 4:11 PM CDT
The funeral was attended by Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Garamendi, Attorney General Jerry Brown and Mayor Ron Dellums.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Law enforcement officers from across the country descended on Oakland today for the funerals of four cops gunned down by a fugitive last weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. All 815 members of the Oakland force attended while officers from other jurisdictions patrolled the streets in their stead. An overflow crowd that included 19,000 officers from as far as New York and Boston filled two stadiums.

"I was hoping not to have to go to another one of these things. It's a tough job," said a 25-year veteran of the Oakland PD. "But our job is to protect and serve, and sometimes we die for it."