Oakland Mayor Warned Over Skipping Police Reform Depositions

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A federal court has warned Oakland Mayor Jean Quan that she could be punished if she skips another deposition about the pace of Police Department reforms.

Attorneys Jim Chanin and John Burris are trying to put the Police Department under federal receivership. They say the department has failed to fully implement reforms required under a 2003 court order.

The San Francisco Chronicle said the mayor canceled an all-day deposition on Aug. 30.

A federal magistrate has now warned the mayor to show up at a Sept. 25 deposition or she will face possible punitive actions.

The mayor said she will be there to testify.

The lawyers want Quan’s answers before an Oct. 4 deadline for submitting arguments on whether a federal judge should impose receivership.

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