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Judge Approves Oakland Police Dept. Settlement

December 12, 2012 | 3:42 pm

Judge Approves Oakland Police Dept. Settlement

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a plan to have a court-appointed director oversee the embattled Oakland Police Department. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson signed off on the arrangement on Wednesday. It falls short of a complete federal takeover of the department, which Henderson had previously threatened. But it still vests broad […]

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Oakland’s Agreement on Police Dept: Receivership by Any Other Name?

December 6, 2012 | 4:05 pm

Oakland’s Agreement on Police Dept: Receivership by Any Other Name?

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So who will have ultimate authority in the Oakland Police Department? The city? The federal government? Or plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit against the department? All of the above, it seems. In an unprecedented deal, the city has agreed to submit the department to the authority of a new compliance director. While the city […]

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Oakland Police Avoid Federal Takeover, Give Up Control of Department

December 5, 2012 | 10:36 pm

Oakland Police Avoid Federal Takeover, Give Up Control of Department

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Oakland police officials have agreed to surrender authority of the department’s command staff to a court- appointed director. City leaders say they’re optimistic the deal with plaintiff’s attorneys and the police union will prevent a federal takeover. The department was under that threat after failing to complete court-ordered reforms in the 2003 Riders misconduct case. Critics have said Oakland police were […]

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November 15, 2012 | 8:36 am

A.M. Splash: Oakland Ordered to Negotiate on Police; SF Committee Approves Warriors Arena; SF Micro-Apartment Plan Faces Challenge

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Judge orders Oakland into negotiations over future of OPD (Oakland Tribune) The federal judge who will decide the fate of Oakland’s embattled police department ordered the city to begin settlement negotiations with attorneys seeking an outside receiver with powers to fire department brass. Citing several areas of mutual agreement, including the need for additional court […]

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Facing Legal Pressure, Oakland Police Announce Tip Line, Gang Initiative

October 4, 2012 | 5:07 pm

Facing Legal Pressure, Oakland Police Announce Tip Line, Gang Initiative

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Under legal pressure, Oakland police are unveiling two new programs they hope will help fight the spike in violent crime in the city. Five men were shot to death in a 18-hour period Monday night and Tuesday in the city. At the same time, pressure is mounting on the police to account for recent shootings […]

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October 3, 2012 | 2:54 pm

After Raucous City Council Meeting, Reid Hands Police Report to Blueford Family — Redacted

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Alan Blueford was an 18-year-old Skyline High senior who was shot to death in May by Oakland police officer Miguel Masso. From the Oakland Tribune today: Blueford was shot three times by Masso shortly after midnight May 6 at 92nd and Birch Street. Police have said that Blueford had pointed a gun at Masso. Law […]

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Oakland, SF Police Increase Patrols Around Movie Theaters After Colorado Shooting

July 20, 2012 | 3:49 pm

Oakland, SF Police Increase Patrols Around Movie Theaters After Colorado Shooting

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In Oakland and San Francisco, police officials say they’ll add patrols around movie theaters playing ‘The Dark Knight Rises” today, in the wake of a deadly shooting in a Colorado movie theater. SFPD spokesman Albie Esparza said officers will enter theater lobbies and talk to employees randomly throughout the day. “Even though the Colorado shooting […]

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April 30, 2012 | 5:00 pm

Monitor’s Report Could Place Oakland Police in Jeopardy of Federal Receivership

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NBC Bay Area has posted a draft of the latest report from the Independent Monitor for the Oakland Police Department (pdf). The monitor issues quarterly assessments on OPD’s level of compliance with the 2003 Negotiated Settlement Agreement that grew out of the “Riders” police brutality scandal. Under the settlement, the city agreed to institute dozens […]

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Oakland Announces News Police Tactics as Misconduct Reports Loom

April 24, 2012 | 9:27 am

Oakland Announces News Police Tactics as Misconduct Reports Loom

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On Monday, The Frazier Group is expected to release its report on the Oakland Police Department’s response to last year’s Occupy protests and the many incidents of officer misconduct alleged by demonstrators. Next week, the city council will decide whether to expand the scope of that investigation. Also on Monday, the federal court-ordered monitor overseeing […]

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Reporters Arrested, Detained During Occupy Oakland Protest; Newspaper Guild Wants Meeting w/ Quan

January 30, 2012 | 4:15 pm

Reporters Arrested, Detained During Occupy Oakland Protest; Newspaper Guild Wants Meeting w/ Quan

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On Saturday, when police and Occupy Oakland demonstrators squared off in clashes that resulted in the arrests of at least 400 people, a handful of journalists found themselves either detained or arrested themselves after getting caught in a police “kettle.” Here are just some of the dramatic tweets from reporters during the confrontations: Vivian Ho, […]

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