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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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Police Crowd Control Tactics Again an Issue in Occupy Oakland Protest; Video: Jean Quan Gives Media Tour of City Hall Damage

January 30, 2012 | 11:25 am

Police Crowd Control Tactics Again an Issue in Occupy Oakland Protest; Video: Jean Quan Gives Media Tour of City Hall Damage

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Sunday was meant to be a daylong ‘rise-up’ festival for Occupy Oakland, held at the site of what was supposed to be the group’s new social center. But when Occupy’s plans on Saturday to take over a building and establish a physical headquarters were foiled by police, Occupy regrouped and moved the gathering to Frank […]

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Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland From the Oakland Police Officers Association; Interview w/ Union

November 1, 2011 | 4:30 pm

Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland From the Oakland Police Officers Association; Interview w/ Union

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Below is the full text. And because you just can’t be too sure these days, I called them up to verify that the letter is genuine. The conversation went something like this: “Hi I’m calling up to verify something you posted on your web si- ” “It’s real.” “Are you getting a lot of calls […]

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November 1, 2011 | 3:30 pm

Occupy Oakland: Labor and the Call for a General Strike

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Here is an edited video of yesterday’s Occupy Oakland press conference on its call for a general strike in Oakland tomorrow. The full press conference is available on the Occupy Oakland site. Excerpt, from a woman identified as Louise Michael of Occupy Oakland: This Wednesday, Nov 2, the people of Oakland are going to make […]

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Video: Quan, Jordan Address Use of Force Against Protesters; Quan’s Approval Takes Another Hit

October 27, 2011 | 8:21 am

Video: Quan, Jordan Address Use of Force Against Protesters; Quan’s Approval Takes Another Hit

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Mayor Jean Quan and Interim Chief Howard Jordan held a press conference yesterday at which they addressed the use of force against Occupy Oakland protesters by Oakland police and other agencies. KTVU has raw video of a portion of the press conference. At the briefing, Jordan said that to his knowledge, no Oakland police officer […]

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September 23, 2011 | 7:57 am

Morning Splash: Judge Gives Oakland Till Jan on Police Reforms; Nurses’ Strike; Sonoma Student Faces Probation in Texting-While-Driving Death

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Judge delays decision but Oakland police still under federal pressure (Oakland Tribune) Judge Thelton Henderson on Thursday gave the city until January to make reforms required in a settlement to a police corruption lawsuit but stopped short of following through on a threat to put the Oakland Police Department under federal control. Attorney Jim Chanin, […]

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September 21, 2011 | 7:59 am

Morning Splash:Grim San Jose Budget Forecast; ‘Troubling’ Frequence of Oakland Cops Drawing Guns; Free Muni Rides for Kids?

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Budget forecast: San Jose may have to close libraries, community centers (San Jose Mercury News) Every San Jose branch library shuttered. All city community center programs shut down. No more school crossing guards or park rangers. Even fewer cops. That will likely be the reality for San Jose residents next summer if city officials don’t […]

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Morning Splash: Oakland Police OK New Deal; Civil Grand Jury Slams Central Subway Plan; Small Plane Crashes Into Watsonville Hospital

July 8, 2011 | 7:13 am

Morning Splash: Oakland Police OK New Deal; Civil Grand Jury Slams Central Subway Plan; Small Plane Crashes Into Watsonville Hospital

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Oakland police union OKs new deal including officer pension payments (Oakland Tribune) Officers of the Oakland police union voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new contract with the city, agreeing to pay 9 percent into their pensions in exchange for a promise of no layoffs until 2015, officials announced Thursday. The City Council approved a […]

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Oakland Restructuring Police Operations; Batts Expects Force to Drop Further in Coming Years

July 7, 2011 | 9:33 am

Oakland Restructuring Police Operations; Batts Expects Force to Drop Further in Coming Years

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Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts is overhauling the way his department investigates major crimes in the city. Batts said Wednesday the changes are part of a department-wide restructuring brought on by budget cuts, soaring crime rates and an eight-year-old federal court order calling for more officer oversight that grew out of the Riders scandal. When […]

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