Oakland Chief Quits In Dispute With City Council


Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker, whose department has been rocked by controversy, will resign next month and blasted the City Council for paying “lip service to their commitment to public safety,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Tucker, 65, will step down Feb. 28 after serving more than four years as chief. He said he was leaving because he had “irreconcilable differences” with the city council.

Four City Council members had prepared to seek a vote of no confidence in Tucker, citing spiraling violent crime, a below-average rate of crimes solved, and a stream of negative publicity. Mayor Ron Dellums praised Tucker’s work in overseeing changes in the department after the “Riders” scandal. In that case, several officers were acquitted of charges that they had planted evidence and beat suspects, but the city paid a $10.5 million civil settlement and agreed to implement reforms under the supervision of a federal judge.

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/01/28/MNF615HUNQ.DTL

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