Earlier this year, Anne Kirkpatrick became Oakland's newest police chief. Kirkpatrick’s got a Southern twang and change maker cred, having just left her job leading reform efforts at the Chicago police department. But some are skeptical that any one chief can change a department rocked by scandal for so long.
Have you ever had a police officer from your town, live on your block? The answer is likely, no. And there’s a good chance that your local beat cop doesn’t even live in the city they patrol—they likely commute out to the suburbs when their shift is over.
"African Americans in San Francisco are cited for resisting arrest at a rate eight times greater than whites even when serious crimes are not involved, according to statistics drawn from court records.