An independent monitor says the Oakland Police Department is making a “slight improvement” in meeting reforms that were mandated in the settlement of a police brutality lawsuit a decade ago.
Two Oakland police officers recently pointed their guns at a sleeping toddler while investigating a misdemeanor case, according to the court-appointed monitor overseeing the Oakland Police Department.
James Chanin said he and co-counsel John Burris sought to have an outside person oversee the Oakland Police Department because, “We got tired of waiting.”
Civil rights lawyers who had sought a federal takeover of the Oakland Police Department reached a settlement with the city Wednesday that calls for a compliance director, not a receiver, to oversee the department.
A federal judge has ordered city officials to negotiate with two lawyers who want the embattled Oakland Police Department to become the first in the nation to be taken over by the federal government.
Lawyers overseeing the terms of a settlement stemming from an Oakland police corruption lawsuit have filed a motion requesting that the federal government take over the department.
The use of tear gas against Occupy demonstrators Tuesday night may have violated Oakland Police Department crowd control policies drafted after the controversial use of non-lethal projectiles at an Iraq War protest.
A federal judge has given the Oakland Police Department until June to come up with a plan for carrying out reforms ordered back in 2003.