SAN LEANDRO, Calif. - On Monday, San Leandro Police Officers' Association issued a press release where they first expressed condolences for the family and friends of Steven Taylor, a Black man who was shot and killed by a police officer inside a Walmart store back in April. 

But towards the end of the release, the POA lashed out at Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley who charged Officer Jason Fletcher with voluntary manslaughter, calling the decision "politically motivated and legally deficient."   

The POA said they disagree with O'Malley's characterization that this incident was a failure by police to attempt de-escalation techniques. 

As the POA put it, "...we are confident that the evidence will establish that this incident was an unfortunate example of de-escalation techniques simply proving to be ineffective."

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