police misconduct http://kalw.org en Reforming the Oakland Police Department http://kalw.org/post/reforming-oakland-police-department <p><em>Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, two things shaped the Oakland Police Department.&nbsp; The city had one of the highest crime rates in California, and four police officers calling themselves the &ldquo;Riders&rdquo; beat, robbed, and framed hundreds of residents in the flatlands of Oakland. For years the officers were praised for sweeping drugs from the rough streets of West Oakland. But in 2000 over 100 plaintiffs came forward and accused the &ldquo;Riders&rdquo; of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:31:16 +0000 Joaquin Palomino 13739 at http://kalw.org Reforming the Oakland Police Department