Citizens' Police Review Board

6:37pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Cops & Courts

Oakland City Administrator says civilian oversight of police faces roadblocks

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The last decade has seen more than a hundred officer-involved shootings – 39 of them fatal. When one of those shootings happens, OPD’s Internal Affairs division automatically investigates. But these investigations have been widely criticized.

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5:52pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Cops & Courts

Oakland’s civilian oversight provides justice for few

Closed session sign outside an Oakland Citizen Police Review Board meeting
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The top brass of the Oakland Police department looks a lot different than it did a month ago. In just one week in May, two police chiefs resigned: former chief Howard Jordan, then his successor, Anthony Toribio.

The departures followed several highly critical reports: one by an independent consultant, the other by the department’s court-appointed overseer. Both find that years after the landmark police abuse scandal known as the Riders case, the department is still struggling with leadership, accountability, and transparency.

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