Oakland Police Department

11 Sep 2019

Oakland Councilmember Wants to Rid Police Commission of Political Influence

Voters decided less than four years ago to establish an independent Oakland Police Commission as an extra level of oversight on the police department, which would have had some teeth if allowed to do the job they were sent in to do. With the overwhelming passage of Measure LL, the

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31 Jul 2019

Oakland’s Facial Recognition Ban Sets Stage for Similar Laws Nationwide

The city of Oakland took their ban on use of facial recognition software a step further Tuesday with another unanimous vote in city council. The ordinance barring municipal use of the software will be voted on once more in September and is expected to pass without objection, making Oakland the

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12 Jun 2019

Oakland Budget Fight Is Not about Money, It’s about ‘Values’

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and team penned out how she thinks Oakland’s financial resources should be budgeted but City Council President Rebecca Kaplan and supporters have different ideas about where the city should, and shouldn’t, spend its cash. As the month-end deadline nears for the city to approve a 2019-2021

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17 Apr 2019

The Sideshow Showdown Could Get Ugly

Tension between the Oakland Police Department and residents who live in the city is not a new thing, neither are sideshows that have become fairly synonymous with East Oakland culture, but as the weekend events grow in popularity…and destruction, so does the tension. The standoff between participants and police are

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12 Dec 2018

The Oakland Village Encampment Eviction was a Disgrace

The people at Oakland’s Housing and Dignity Village were treated with anything but dignity when the city of Oakland gave them the boot Thursday. The “homeless” encampment at Edes Avenue and South Elmhurst Avenue was a safe and sober tiny-house community to at least 13 women and children, but it also acted

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06 Dec 2018

This Week’s News: Burning Bus, Bad Cop, Trump is Scared and Workers Rock

This week’s news touches on some serious worker solidarity in San Francisco; a burning bus, a bad cop, baller rumors and one snarky marquis in Oakland; the death of George H.W. Bush; G20 highlights and lowlights; all the Special Counsel fun Trump came home to and a bunch of other

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05 Dec 2018

Oakland Police Department Pays for Bad Behavior, Again

An Oakland Police Department officer and once-Rookie of the Year “slapped” a child and the city is about to foot the legal bill. Add that to the other four settlements payed out for police misconduct and vehicle accidents in this year alone, and OPD is really batting a thousand. The

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21 Jun 2018

This week in news: June 21, 2018

There’s just no amount of sugarcoating in existence to make this week’s news any easier to swallow, and unless you live under a rock with no Wi-Fi, you already know that. But before we dive into that abyss, let’s touch on some stories that were buried under all the horrific

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