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Federal Judge Takes Over Oakland Police Department

December 14, 2012  | 

A federal judge has placed Oakland Police Department reform efforts under his direct control, citing nearly a decade of inadequate attempts to comply with a legal settlement in a case that unmasked systemic police brutality and racial profiling.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Wednesday signed off on an 11th-hour agreement reached last week between the city and plaintiffs' attorneys under which he will appoint a full-time "compliance director" with sweeping powers to dictate changes related to the case.

That director will have the ability to order expenditures of up to $250,000 without city approval, revamp police policies pertaining to required reforms, demote personnel or order other staffing changes. With Henderson's approval, the director would even be able to fire Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan if progress to revamp the department stalls.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

Tags: Oakland PD, Consent Decrees, Racial Profiling, Excessive Force


Comments (3)

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Tom Ret @ 12/14/2012 10:18 PM

Before this judge makes any sweeping changes, I suggest he put in some time on the street to see firsthand what the officers face.

Maljoir @ 12/15/2012 7:15 PM

I'd bet my next paycheck that would never happen, and if it did it would be a dog and pony show. Good Luck Oakland, stay safe.

William 322 @ 12/18/2012 5:58 PM

Oakland PD has been politicized for many years when I was there even. Hopefully things won't be ran by young buck's right out of the Academy. Wait and see. Hope some one is on their 6.

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