Controversial Flier in Stockton Targets ‘Cowboy Cops’

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A group in Stockton has been handing out fliers offering a 25 hundred dollar reward for any information leading to the arrest or firing of any Stockton Police officer.

Stockton residents who spoke to FOX40 have mixed opinions about it.

"I think it's a good idea, especially with all the events going on now with police brutality and that whole thing," said Chajan Douglas.

"It's not a good thing, we need their protection," another woman, who didn't want to give her name, told FOX40.

"Police corruption has been going on since the beginning of time and they're not going to cut it off. But it would be good if they could slow it down," said Rubin Glenn.

"I think the police are doing a good job, that's (how I feel)," said Omar Montoy.

Community activists have been handing out the flyers around the city, which offer the reward for "any info and/or video leading to the conviction of/or firing of any stockton police officer."

An announcement was also made on the Facebook page "Stockton Police Department Corruption Reporting Page".

Some citizens believe the offer couldn't hurt.

"Yeah I agree. Because the police shouldn't be corrupt, because that's the last people on the planet should be corrupt. I can understand politicians," Glenn said.

"Everyone needs to be more aware of what they're doing, and us regular folks," said Douglas.

But Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones is not happy about the idea.

In a statement release to FOX40, Jones said, “This flier appears to invite retribution against our officers. I’m concerned that the flier might be intended to put officers at risk, which would be reprehensible, and it is sad and disheartening to see a flier like this with a $2,500 bounty.”

And many agree with Chief Jones.

"They're just trying to do their jobs, I (wouldn't) want someone going sneaking around trying to get me fired," Lydia Davis said.

Some are outraged the flyer names specific officers.

"You don't publish the family's addresses, and put them at risk," one woman told FOX40.

Even those who believe the reward is a good idea, disagree with naming the officers.

"They shouldn't have their names on there until they get 100% proof. You know, innocent until proven guilty. That's the way it's supposed to work right?" Glenn asked.

FOX40 tried to reach the people who are making and handing out the flyers but none responded to our calls and emails in time for this report.

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