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A naked man accosts passengers at the 16th and Mission BART Station. (Anwash12/YouTube)

BART Conducting Internal Review Of Naked Acrobat Incident

BART police announced Wednesday that retired Police Chief Patrick Oliver, a leading law-enforcement consultant, will begin an assessment on the department’s reforms this July.

06/19/2013

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Lawyer Says Off-Duty SFPD Officer Was Target Of Racial Profiling

An attorney for an off-duty San Francisco police officer who was pulled over and allegedly harassed by other officers in the city’s Bayview District last week said that the incident is “quite disturbing” and an example of racial profiling.

06/04/2013

An Oakland Police patrol car. (CBS)

Oakland Police Monitor Says City Making Slight Improvement In Reforms

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.

04/30/2013

Frenswa Raynor was shot in the face by an Oakland Police officer on April 3, 2013. (CBS)

Oakland Teen Mistakenly Shot By Police Retains Lawyer

The family of an innocent 16-year-old boy shot in the face by Oakland police Wednesday night has retained a civil rights lawyer.

04/05/2013

Chau Van said he was arrested after his name was mistakenly put on the Oakland Police Department's most wanted list. (CBS)

Man Sues Oakland For Police Department’s Mistake On Most Wanted List

A lawyer for a man who claims he was wrongly put on the Oakland Police Department’s “Most Wanted” list for six months in 2012 called the incident “an egregious and scandalous error.”

03/13/2013

An Oakland Police patrol car. (CBS)

New Oakland Police Compliance Director Welcomed By Mayor, Critic

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and civil rights attorney John Burris on Tuesday both welcomed the appointment of police expert Thomas Frazier to oversee long-overdue court-ordered reforms of the Oakland Police Department.

03/05/2013

Oakland police cruisers (CBS)

Oakland Police Pointed Gun At Toddler During Misdemeanor Probe

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.

01/31/2013

An Oakland Police patrol car. (CBS)

Lawyer Satisfied With Oakland Police Oversight Deal

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.”

12/06/2012

An Oakland Police patrol car. (CBS)

Oakland Police Reach Deal To Avoid Federal Takeover

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.

12/05/2012

An Oakland Police patrol car. (CBS)

Oakland Police Department Tries To Avoid Federal Takeover

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.

11/15/2012

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