A former San Francisco police chief who now heads a police leadership program criticized Glenn Beck for comments that a California man says helped inform his plans for a killing spree, which esulted in injuries to several highway patrolmen in nearby Oakland.
Anthony Ribera, who served as San Francisco police chief from 1992 to 1996 and now heads a law enforcement leadership program at the University of San Francisco, commented on the rhetoric that led to a shootout between police and right-wing extremist Byron Williams that occurred this summer just across the bay in Oakland.
"Someone gets into a position of power, be it in the media or otherwise, and lets their personal animosity drive the rhetoric and there is no question that some people can embrace the rhetoric and take it to the extreme," he said when asked about the July 19 incident. "They influence people and the key is that when they are in highly-influential positions people listen to them and they have to temper what they say."
He is the second law enforcement leader this week to assail Beck, commenting just days after the top spokesman of the International Union of Police Associations, which represents about 500 local police unions, called Beck's words "inflammatory speech."