Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

African Americans were pulled over by OPD15,000 times last year, nearly 10,000 morethan the next racial group.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILHalf of the more than 11,000 traffic citations issued by Oakland police officers last year were given to African Americans, the department reported this week. Similarly, 62 percent of all vehicles stopped by Oakland police were driven … Continue reading Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

Oakland council committee moves to cool OPD coordination with ICE

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplanaddressing the public safety committeeon Tuesday night.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILAn Oakland City Council committee backed an ordinance Tuesday night that revokes authority previously given to the city administrator for entering agreements with the U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE)."It sends a strong message and brings peace of mind to members of our community," … Continue reading Oakland council committee moves to cool OPD coordination with ICE

With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's motionallowed the city approve its two-year budgetjust under the wire before a Friday deadline.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILFor a budget battle in Oakland that resulted earlier in the week with an abrupt adjournment in response to civil disobedience, it didn’t take much to inflame what became another wild night inside the council’s chambers. … Continue reading With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

ALCO DA hopeful Price says she’s running on police accountability, criminal justice reform

Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Pricesays Alameda County D.A. Nancy O'Malley did not protect victim of police sex crimes.ALAMEDA COUNTYUnseating Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley might be the longest of longshots in the East Bay next year. But Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price believes a campaign advocating for police accountability, criminal justice reform, and her … Continue reading ALCO DA hopeful Price says she’s running on police accountability, criminal justice reform

Oakland settles notorious police misconduct lawsuit for $1 million

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThose involved in Oakland's notorious police misconduct scandal that included the alleged sexual abuse of a then-underage girl have either been fired, suspended, or charged with serious crimes. Now, it's the city's turn to pay for one of Oakland's darkest moments.During a lengthy meeting that concluded just before 2 a.m, Wednesday morning, the Oakland … Continue reading Oakland settles notorious police misconduct lawsuit for $1 million

ANNE KIRKPATRICK TO BE OAKLAND’S FIRST FEMALE POLICE CHIEF

Anne Kirkpatrick is slated to become Oakland'snext police chief, according to reports.OAKLAND | Anne Kirkpatrick, a former Spokane, Wash. police chief and current head of a Chicago police accountability task force, is set to be named Oakland's next police chief, according to numerous media reports.Kirkpatrick, 56, will become Oakland's first female top cop and end … Continue reading ANNE KIRKPATRICK TO BE OAKLAND’S FIRST FEMALE POLICE CHIEF

Schaaf highlights crime reduction, fixing housing crunch in first state of the city

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her first state of the city Wednesday night at the City Council chambers.OAKLAND | STATE OF THE CITY | Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf entered the City Council chambers for her first State of the City address Wednesday evening with a drum line beat blaring behind. The first-term mayor’s flair for … Continue reading Schaaf highlights crime reduction, fixing housing crunch in first state of the city

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guests Robert Gammon; Dr. Death

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AGENDA NOTES: Oakland’s Homeland Security grant does not yet include approval for thermal imaging camera

Oakland City Council will decide Tuesday whether to accept a $578,000 Homeland Security grant.Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, third floorTuesday, April 21, 2015, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT Any time grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security appears on an Oakland City Council agenda, you can expect privacy advocates have … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: Oakland’s Homeland Security grant does not yet include approval for thermal imaging camera

Oakland city attorney ‘haphazardly’ prepared cases against disciplined cops

Oakland City Attorney Barbara ParkerPHOTO/Shane BondOAKLAND | An investigation precipitated by the controversial reinstatement last year of an Oakland police officer disciplined at an Occupy Oakland protest in 2011, found the city attorney’s office typically handled arbitration hearings “haphazardly” and waited until the last minute to prepare for hearings or even assign cases.The investigation lead … Continue reading Oakland city attorney ‘haphazardly’ prepared cases against disciplined cops

Former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown says D.A. Nancy O’Malley is racist

Alameda County D.A. Nancy O'Malley andformer Black Panther leader Elaine Brown.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland Civil Rights icon Elaine Brown called Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley a racist at a special session of the Oakland City Council last Saturday.The meeting's sole agenda item was a lengthy discussion on the strained relationship between law enforcement and … Continue reading Former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown says D.A. Nancy O’Malley is racist

Police and race relations in Oakland headline an eventful discussion

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | It may have been Oakland’s most eventful public meeting in recent memory. Rep. Barbara Lee called for protesters to continue applying pressure toward alleviating social and economic equity and ridding the city of police brutality at a special session of the Oakland City Council. Public officials and stakeholders met to discuss … Continue reading Police and race relations in Oakland headline an eventful discussion

Libby Schaaf woke up this morning to the reality of being Oakland mayor

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.OAKLAND | Is Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf enjoying a free pass from the press that her predecessor Jean Quan never enjoyed? Yes. Example: the press scrum that followed Schaaf on a tour of Oakland schools earlier this month. You know, as if she didn't know the school district was in the dumps?Will … Continue reading Libby Schaaf woke up this morning to the reality of being Oakland mayor

Oakalnd to pay protesters $1.3 million for wrongful arrests at YMCA

Oakland Police Department has shown a great deal of restraint lately when it comes to interactions with various protests on its streets. However, the city is still paying the misdeeds of its near past.From Courthouse News:The 360 Occupy Oakland protesters who claim they were falsely arrested and subjected to unconstitutional jail conditions after a January … Continue reading Oakalnd to pay protesters $1.3 million for wrongful arrests at YMCA

Desley Brooks’ amazing speech on race in Oakland; need for civil disobedience

Desley Brooks: "Our city has been torn upby angry, young white people, but that’s not the perception that goes out."OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Councilmember Desley Brooks can sometimes confound even her strongest supporters with a propensity toward inflammatory and in-your-face remarks, but when she is on, few in Oakland speak with more passion and clarity … Continue reading Desley Brooks’ amazing speech on race in Oakland; need for civil disobedience