SAN DIEGO—Former city attorney Mike Aguirre always has an opinion, now he's speaking out on how he feelings about San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne.
"I'm standing up saying 'police chief, you sit down,'" said Aguirre.
The former city attorney said he thinks the chief is scaring the public into voting for Prop D. The measure would implement a sales tax that would raise $103 million a year for the city.
"It's intimidating to have the chief stand up with a badge and gun saying you're to do this," said Aguirre. "It's clearly a threat. In the law it's called economic duress and the police should not be doing that."
Lansdowne said he is not endorsing Prop D, yet stressed if there's no financial help the police department will be left to make $15.9 million in cuts which includes cutting more than 100 officers.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Lansdowne said the last time he addressed the public in this manner was when "an irresponsible city attorney" asked him to evacuate the city during the 2007 wildfires.
Aguirre said it doesn't matter whether the two men like each other.
"What matters is that he's not permitted to use his badge to intimidate citizens," he said. Aguirre said he plans to continue speaking out.