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.
Please register by going to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/after-federal-oversight-of-opd-ends-then-what-tickets-18705865748
A facilitated discussion of the challenges in ensuring that the hard-fought for police reforms mandated by the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) are sustained after the Federal Order and monitoring have ended. There will be opportunities for Q & A after the formal presentations.
Facilitator: Deacon Reggie Lyles, former Berkeley Police Captain and Novato Police Captain, former Public Safety Advisor to Mayor Jean Quan.
Panelists: civil rights attorney Jim Chanin, Cat Brooks, co-founder of ONYX and APTP (Anti-Police Terror Project), Pastor Michael McBride, Director of PICO Network’s Urban Strategies and Live Free Campaign , and Dr. Joe Marshall, founder of the Omega Boys Club and 11 year member of the San Francisco Police Commission.
*Light refreshments will be provided between 1:30 and 2:00
Free Admission but donations will be accepted.
For more information, call (510) 306 0253