The Public Safety Committee will be voting on the enabling legislation that will establish operational procedures for the new Police Commission. It’s item #8 on the Agenda. The meeting begins at 5:00 but the item will probably not be heard until after 6:00 PM. Speaker cards will be available and may be submitted here: https://solar.oaklandnet.com/Speaker/form
The Coalition for Police Accountability has submitted a Substitute Ordinance which is based on the Kalb.Gallo Ordinance but has several key changes. These alterations and the reasons for them are listed in our “Proposed Amendments” document.
Application can be found here: The deadline for submitting your application is June 30! All information about Measure LL which describes the functions and duties of the Commission, and the application process can be found at this web page of the City. For further information, please contact the Coalition of Police Accountability by calling (510) 306 0253 or emailing: email@example.com
Please help get the word out by sharing this link to your contacts ! We want as many folks as possible to be aware of this possibility so that the Commission truly represents the diversity of the Oakland community!
1st Selection Committee meeting May 2 The first agenda items are presentations about rules and procedures, so skip to discussion items 5, 6 and 7 about how the Selection Panel will outreach to the community to solicit applications from Oakland residents who wish to be police commissioners.
Note: The Coalition’s changes to the Kalb. Gallo proposed Ordinance of Feb. 6 are here: 4.8 Coalition Ordinance in bold/underlined text.
By April 10, the Mayor and the City Council must appoint the 9 member Selection Panel of Oakland residents who will, in turn, choose 4 of the 7 Police Commissioners and 1 of the 2 Alternate Commissioners. Every Oakland resident is eligible to apply to be a member of this Selection Panel.
Ideally, applicants should be long-term residents of Oakland who have sound judgment, appropriate life experience, independence, courage and good listening skills. Selection Panel members will need to be available to discharge the function of designing the application process for Commissioners, reviewing the applications, interviewing candidates and making their choices between April 11 and the end of August (based on Measure LL requirements).
To apply: contact your Council member or Mayor Schaaf: (email addresses below)
Mayor Schaaf firstname.lastname@example.org
District 1 Dan Kalb email@example.com
District 2 Abel Guillen firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3 Lynette McElhaney email@example.com
District 4 Anne Campbell-Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
District 5 Noel Gallo email@example.com
District 6 Desley Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org
District 7 Larry Reid email@example.com
At-Large: Rebecca Kaplan firstname.lastname@example.org
Support the Coalition’s substitute ordinance by filling out the comment section below.
The deadline is Wednesday, March 8! Unless a strong Ordinance is passed, the Police Commission (Measure LL) will not be able to fulfill its mission!
Our substitute ordinance:
- Gives more power to the Police Commission to send investigations back to the Agency to add information that the Discipline Committee deems necessary in order to make decisions in complaints which consist of allegations of serious misconduct. The Discipline Committee needs to have authority to require the Agency to supplement its original investigative report and findings if it feels that important or relevant facts were not provided.
- Adjusts the Commissioner training to those topics that are relevant to the job of a Commissioner. The Citizens’ Police Academy (mandated by Kalb.Gallo) requires Commissioners to attend a nine-week course much of which is not connected to the work of the Commission. We believe this is an excessive burden and unnecessary. Visiting the dispatch center and the crime lab may be interesting, but the Commission’s job is not to fight crime but to focus on allegations of misconduct and the policies that govern the way that police officers interact with the community. We believe that the CPA course can be collapsed into a 10 hour weekend training.
- Establishes that Commissioners must re-apply if they wish to serve a second term; there is no automatic roll-over (as is the current system). (Kalb. Gallo version is silent on this). The voting records of Commissioners must be publicly reported (again, Kalb. Gallo is silent).
- Establishes that the Agency (where complaints are brought) must be located in a venue that is street–level and visible. (Kalb. Gallo silent on location.) Complaints of misconduct should be able to be filed on-line as well as via phone, in addition to being mailed or delivered in person.
- Sets minimum staffing levels for the Commission and the Agency in order to inform the City’s 2017-2019 budget allocations. (The Kalb. Gallo version omits some essential staffing, such as the Counsel to the Commission and the Administrative Director of the Commission, as well as clerical support.)
On November 8th, more than 80% of Oakland voters approved Measure LL, a change to the City Charter that establishes a Police Commission and the Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) to investigate complaints of misconduct by Oakland police officers and Park Rangers. The Commission also has the authority to review and create police policies and practices and discipline police officers found to have engaged in misconduct.
Former St. Louis police sergeant Reddick Hudson discusses his experiences and testifies to the racial disparities in law enforcement practices, calling for increased accountability.