Mayor Ron Dellums did not speak at the funeral for four Oakland police officers Friday at the request of at least two officers' families.
Speakers at Friday's funeral included acting police Chief Howard Jordan, former Oakland mayor and state Attorney General Jerry Brown, U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. A Police Department chaplain also read a letter from President Barack Obama.
Dellums was on a stage with other dignitaries Friday but did not address those in attendance.
"There were a couple of families whose wishes were that the mayor not speak," said Dellums spokesman Paul Rose. "And the mayor adhered to their wishes."
No information was available about which families made the request or their reasoning for it. At a press briefing in advance of Friday's funeral, police Capt. Paul Figueroa said the families were intricately involved in planning the service. He did not say how speakers were selected.
"At the outset, when I was given this assignment, we set our mission and priorities," Figueroa said. "And those are to honor all fallen officers and their families. All other comments, goals, requests from all over the world (were) subject to that."
Dellums did address a crowd of hundreds of people Tuesday night at an evening vigil at the site where the first two officers were shot in a traffic stop gone awry. He said the city was facing a moment of "shock and sadness" and commended
"We come to thank them," Dellums said. "We come here to mourn them. We come here to respect them. We come here to embrace them as community."
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