"This Violence Must Stop". Our Condolences go out to our Brother Patrick Underwood and his family and friends who was shot and killed at the Federal Building in Oakland Friday night while on duty during the riots. Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions LEOSU Organizing Director Steve Maritas noted that "all our members should take extra precautions while working and in uniform as these riots continue nationwide. While we all mourn the senseless killing of George Floyd and we respect the right of those who continue to protest, we say that these protests must be peaceful and "This Violence Must Stop."
“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
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On 05/29/20 two of our Protective Security Officers were ambushed in an act of violent cowardice. Both officers were shot while on duty protecting the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building located in Oakland, CA. Tragically, Dave Patrick Underwood passed away due to the injuries he suffered. Our other officer on scene also suffered multiple injuries from the shooting and is in serious condition. We as his fellow officers want to express our deepest sympathies to the officers involved and their families by this senseless act of violence. In order to support our brothers in arms and their families, we are asking for anyone to help support these families by donating whatever they can to this cause. The Underwood family is fully aware of this campaign and I send them all my loving thoughts and prayers. My name is Jennifer Tong, and I am both officers' supervisor on the federal contract. I have worked side by side with both men and cannot describe the pain we as their brothers in arms feel. Please be aware that all funds accrued from this campaign will be split in half. One half will be going to Officer Underwood's next of kin and the other half will be going to our injured officer to help all parties during this tragic time.