Police criticized in Calif. cop shootings

An Oakland police officer walks past a wall bearing the names of officers who gave their lives in the line of duty Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at police headquarters in Oakland, Calif. Oakland's police department has been left stunned after four officers were killed as a result of confrontations with a armed parole violator on Saturday, the department's worst single-day death toll. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

January 7, 2010 4:12:31 AM PST
A series of crucial missteps in the hours after two Oakland motorcycle officers were gunned down led to an ill-fated decision to storm the apartment where the suspect was hiding, a move that ended in two more police deaths, a panel of law enforcement experts said Wednesday.