OAKLAND (KCBS) – Just as in Ferguson, Missouri, the city of Oakland has been rocked in the past by civil unrest, both during the Occupy protests and also following the shooting of Oscar Grant.
Oakland police clashed with Occupy Oakland demonstrators in 2011, firing tear gas and bean bag rounds. The handling of those protests prompted an independent investigation, the Frazier Report, which was highly critical of police action.
But Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said things are improving.
“For over a year, we haven’t had a use of force by an Oakland police officer. The complaints against the police department are dramatically down,” Mayor Quan said. “Just knock on wood, I’m grateful that we’re making progress.”