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Jessica Gatewood, Richard Linyard's mother. Photos by Ken Epstein

OPD Releases Video Footage in Two Police-Involved Deaths

  In an unprecedented move, the Oakland Police Department this week released body camera evidence to some representatives of the media but not to the general public in two police-involved deaths, hoping to clear up [...]
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Oakland Mayor and OPD Chief Discuss Police Cams on CNN

  In an interview last weekend on CNN, Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent and Mayor Libby Schaaf weighed in on growing national demands for police to wear body cameras in the wake of incessant reports [...]
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OPD Must Seek Ways to Avoid Deadly Force, Says Federal Monitor Black and Latino motorists and pedestrians stopped and searched disproportionately

  Independent Monitor Robert Warshaw, federal Judge Thelton Henderson’s representative in Oakland, is putting a spotlight on police shootings in cases that may be “by the book” and “legally defensible” but result in injuries and [...]
Scene of the June 6 police killing of Demouria Hogg, 30, in Oakland. Photo courtesy of ABC7 News.

Police Still Refuse to Release Evidence in Demouria Hogg Shooting Death OPD May be Breaking Law by Withholding Name of Officer Who Killed Hogg

Almost six weeks after the shooting death of Demouria Hogg, the Oakland Police Department and the City of Oakland have not released information related to the killing, including the name of the OPD officer who [...]
President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo courtesy of Evan Vucci / AP.

Obama: People Should Be Punished, But Not Sentenced to Life

Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post   The criminal justice system is “particularly skewed by race and by wealth,” President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in a speech at the NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, [...]