Correctional officers stage protest at CCPOA headquarters

By Jon Ortiz, Sacbee — State correctional officers are staging a small protest at CCPOA‘s West Sacramento headquarters, calling for the union’s executive council to step down over a series of legal and leadership miscues that the protesters say reveal ethical and possibly legal lapses among their leaders.

Eight men gathered this morning in the union office building‘s parking lot, near an SUV from which hung a crude spray-painted banner that read, “TAKING BACK CCPOA.”

Their stated aim: Get rid of the current slate of CCPOA leaders and restore the union’s honorable image, which they say has suffered from infighting, lawsuits and public spats with Schwarzenegger.

It’s difficult to know how many correctional officers are involved with protest, since they’re circulating to the site throughout the day, said CCPOA board member Ian Pickett, a Kern Valley State Prison sergeant who organized the event.

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