Jerry Brown To Prod Oakland Police On Decree


A new report on the Oakland Police Department’s failure to fulfill a consent decree has attorneys talking about an extension and Mayor Jerry Brown appearing at police lineups, the Oakland Tribune says. The report from an independent monitoring team contends the department didn’t complete half of its agreed tasks as directed by court order almost two years ago. “We did not do all of the things we were supposed to get done, and we are now,” Deputy Chief Pete Dunbar said. “We’re going to get it done. Some of (the criticism) is not unfair. Some we brought about ourselves. We took too casual an approach, and people were not held accountable.”

The 85-page report highlights the department’s chronic inability to track and document completed training; the large number of missing vehicle and pedestrian stop data forms; and the poor quality of internal affairs investigations. The decree is a result of a 2003 settlement by the city with 119 plaintiffs in a civil case that claimed a group of officers known as the “Riders” ran roughshod over their West Oakland neighborhood, planting evidence, filing false reports, and beating people. Brown said he will also begin attending daily lineups, the pre-shift meeting for all officers, to make it clear the consent decree needs to be embraced. The police department “is doing a great job,” Brown said. “Homicides are down 23 percent; other violent crimes are also down. There’s a lot of good stuff going on. This agreement has not been embraced at the levels it should, and I’m taking steps to see that it is.”


Comments are closed.