Emotions ran high at Oakland City Hall on Tuesday night as dozens of people spoke out against a controversial plan to bring a former Los Angeles and New York police chief in to advise Oakland’s 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.
The San Francisco Police Department plans to classify all suspects by both race and ethnicity, Police Chief Greg Suhr said Wednesday, replacing a system which followed state guidelines to classify arrestees according to five racial categories.
San Francisco’s mayor has abandoned a police stop and frisk proposal designed to get weapons off the streets.
Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement Tuesday that he is not considering a policy that will violate anyone’s constitutional rights and result in racial profiling, but he is “willing to move forward with bold ideas that get to results.”
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed into law Wednesday a measure that requires input from the community about the police department’s participation with the FBI on a joint terrorism task force.
Protesters took to the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall over the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on Arizona’s controversial immigration laws. They say it’s a case of merciless racial profiling.
Police departments around the country have not done enough to combat racial profiling in the last decade, East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis said Tuesday.
Latinos in Oakland’s Fruitvale District gathered with some prominent political supporters to call for the repeal of a Homeland Security program they claim promotes racial profiling.