OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Community activists cheered the Oakland City Council’s move to force a more transparent police reform process from the city administration Tuesday night.
The Council voted 8-0 to set a timeline for City Administrator Deanna Santana to complete the transfer of citizen complaints against OPD from the police’s discretion to her office.
Under the Negotiated Settlement Agreement, a court-ordered series of reforms that were mandated 13 years ago in the wake of the Riders Case, the city was supposed to have already undertaken the effort to move the Office of Inspector General and the public complaints process to under the city administrator’s authority.
The City Council’s vote on Tuesday was an attempt to hurry the administration along. The Council’s motion set an Oct. 15 deadline for the transition, as well as directing city staff to present a monthly progress report to the public safety committee of the Council…