One year later, this Friday, is the anniversary of Tara O’Sullivan’s death. However, a dedication planned on a Sacramento baseball field this week is now cancelled. The inside story is that some say there are no plans to ever dedicate it to O’Sullivan due to the current anti-police climate – and weak-kneed public officials. Others in the community are wondering if the dedication will happen.
But the story gets even more disturbing.
A group of police officers had recently gone to the designated North Sacramento baseball diamond and painted the backstop black with a thin blue line through it, in honor of O’Sullivan’s untimely death.
What is the meaning of the “Thin Blue Line?” The black space above the thin blue line represents society, order and peace, while the black below, crime, anarchy, and chaos. The Thin Blue Line running between them, “law enforcement,” separates the two, keeping crime separated from society.
California Globe was told that City Councilman Allen Warren had originally said it was his idea to dedicate the baseball field in North Sacramento, in his district, to Tara O’Sullivan’s memory.
After the thin blue line was painted on the backstop, the public was then told it was vandalized so city staff painted over the vandalism with black paint, covering the blue line.
However, no one has produced proof of the vandalism. Instead some sources say Councilman Warren had city workers paint over the blue line to appease the “defund the police,” anti-cop groups.
A source sent this email reply from Councilman Warren to a community member who was upset: “I’m told that non city staff painted over the blue on the backstop. It was my idea to honor officer O’Sullivan. Currently I’m checking with the family to see if the dedication will be rescheduled for the fall. The dedication will happen!”
Tara O’Sullivan’s dedication ceremony debacle may or may not be cleaned up by Friday, but it does coincide with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s announcement to create an Inspector General position to investigate Sacramento Police Department use of force incidents that result in serious injury or death, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday. “Steinberg announced the proposal Monday morning amid a national outcry for public officials to pass policies to reduce police brutality, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.”
It appears Steinberg is attempting to put some distance between his inability to make important decisions as Mayor, and appeasing the media and the loud splinter group of professional agitators to “defund the police.”
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