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Judge: Oakland police still far from meeting civil rights reforms, 16 years later - Story | KTVU
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - When 119 Oakland residents sued the city because of a band of rogue officers who planted drugs and beat up citizens, the deal made at the time (2003) was this: The police department would pay the plaintiffs $11 million and agree to be placed under federal watch for five years. Orrick didn't go so far as to say that the department is backsliding. But he tempered OPD's successes, telling Chief Anne Kirkpatrick that he does not believe the department's problems have been solved, especially in terms of racial profiling. He also said he believes the end of the oversight, technically called the Negotiated Settlement Agreement, is a long ways off.

"I want to see actual progress and achieve constitutional policing," Orrick said. "I have not seen significant progress in critical areas of the NSA."

Kirkpatrick told the judge that she disagrees with this view, insisting "there has been progression, not regression… The message at OPD is clear. Enough is enough."

She added that in her opinion, her biggest challenge is not unconstitutional policing, but rather "the narrative that we are not moving forward." She then added: "We have failed in explaining our progress.

Orrick didn't appear satisfied with Kirkpatrick's answer. "I'm not interested in PR releases or status reports," he said.
Oakland  police  oversight  2019 
7 weeks ago by Quercki
Press Advisory-The Coalition for Police Accountability Files Motion to Intervene in OPD Federal Oversight | Drake Talk Oakland
April 2, 2019

San Francsico, CA. Today Attorney Pamela Price representing members of the Coalition for Police Accountability, a broad based group representing Oakland’s diverse communities, filed a Motion to Intervene with federal Judge William H. Orrick in the class action case that arose out of the Riders’ scandal. That case resulted in the Negotiated Settlement Agreement [NSA] which was intended to be a process to reform the Oakland Police Department.

The NSA which was initiated in 2003, was to last no more than five years. Sixteen years and many police chiefs later, the Oakland Police Department still has not been able to comply with the tasks imposed by the court. The City has spent more than $29 million paying the court’s monitor and compliance director plus legal fees to plaintiffs lawyers. Despite this, OPD is backsliding on tasks to complete the agreement.

OPD’s execution style shooting of Joshua Pawlik, a sleeping homeless man, last spring and the resulting botched investigation and cover up by the police chief convinced members of the Coalition that another approach had to be taken to move the department forward. As a result, nine members of the group have joined in the Motion to Intervene at federal court.
Oakland  police  settlement  federal  oversight 
april 2019 by Quercki
(34) Oakland Now! Oakland police sliding backwards on reforms
This case from "2003 and stemmed from the Riders case of rogue officers planting drugs and beating West Oakland residents."

John Burris and Jim Chanin, plaintiffs' attorneys: "If this negative trend is not reversed in short order, (we) will have no choice but to consider additional measures such as those which force” a motion calling for increased oversight."

"Rashidah Grinage, of the Coalition for Police Accountability, said Burris and Chanin’s comments reinforce the need to remove Kirkpatrick."

Robert "Warshaw (the court monitor) in documents released this month, criticized Chief Kirkpatrick for her discipline of officers and commanders over the 2017 shooting of Joshua Pawlik. Kirkpatrick went against the recommendations of the Executive Force Review Board, which called for harsher punishments."
Oakland  police  reform  oversight 
march 2019 by Quercki
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politics  AOC  video  Congress  Oversight 
february 2019 by Quercki
Independent Police Commission Wins - Schaaf’s, Parker Overruled
(This) enabling legislation … assures that the staff and the legal adviser will operate under the supervision of the commission and not the city administration,” said Rashidah Grinage of the Coalition for Police Accountability, speaking at the City Council meeting.

The City Council gave final approval this week to an ordinance that will allow the newly formed Police Commission to function independently of the Oakland Police Department and City Hall administrators who work closely with OPD.

The “enabling” ordinance, which passed 6-1 at Tuesday’s council meeting, lays out guidelines for the commission that were not covered in Measure LL, an amendment to the City Charter approved by 83 percent of the voters in 2016.

Voting in favor of regulations that require commission staff to report to the commission and not to the City Administrator and the City Attorney were Councilmembers Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Annie Campbell Washington voted no.

At its first reading at the last council meeting in June, the measure passed over the objection of the City Attorney’s office and a legal consultant hired by the City Attorney.
Oakland  police  commission  citizen  oversight 
july 2018 by Quercki
Judge fires Oakland police overseer in surprise shake-up - Inside Bay Area
OAKLAND -- The city's police force got another jolt Wednesday when a federal judge fired his hand-picked official overseeing the Oakland Police Department, citing a lack of progress in completing a decade-old reform drive.

In ousting former Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas Frazier from the powerful post of compliance director, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson turned full day-to-day authority over the reform effort to Robert Warshaw, a former Rochester, N.Y., police chief, who has been monitoring the department's sputtering reform effort for several years.

The move, which came as a surprise to city leaders, will cut down the cost to taxpayers of what had become an increasingly Byzantine oversight regime. But it leaves the department firmly in the grasp of Warshaw, who has had strained relations with city officials.

Henderson appointed Frazier last March and gave him unprecedented power over the department in order to finally get police to satisfy court-mandated reforms stemming from the 1999 Riders police brutality scandal.
Oakland  police  federal  oversight 
february 2014 by Quercki

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