To the Editor:
A Patch article last Wednesday detailed a finding by the Contra Costa County District Attorney that false criminal charges were made by Cathie Kosel against the Kensington Police Chief and one of his officers.
The Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District (KPPCSD) Director alleged that Sgt. Ricky Hull aimed his car at her at a high rate of speed in an attempt to harm or intimidate her. But the DA investigation showed that this incident could not have happened. Department logs showed that Officer Hull was elsewhere responding to a call at the time. Readers should review the article for full details and supporting documents.
What could be more despicable than making false criminal claims, particularly against members of the KPD? The DA report establishes Kosel telling a very serious lie, one which if believed could have had significant consequences for KPD employees, including the loss of their livelihoods.
Kosel is currently running for re-election to the KPPCSD, the agency that oversees the KPD. These false allegations are among a body of evidence that demonstrate her very poor relationship with the Department. It astonishes me that anyone would support her given these circumstances.
Kosel claims that her goal on KPPCSD is to save taxpayers money. But think about the time required to investigate these false charges and the legal expenses incurred by the KPPCSD and impacted police personnel. This entire matter has been a colossal waste of time and money, motivated by Kosel’s desire to discredit the KPD by any means available.
Kensington voters should hold Kosel accountable for these and other instances of misconduct by voting her out of office on Nov. 6. Our police officers put their lives on the line for our protection. Let’s ensure a fair and responsible KPPCSD Board oversees the KPD.
– Rodney Paul
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