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Richmond Police Chief Stands Up to Rank and File Officers’ Criticism “I would do it again,” says chief who held “Black Lives Matter” sign

Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus set off a storm of protests – including from some rank and file members of his wn department, when he held up a “#Black Lives Matter” sign at a local [...]
Maria Moore spoke on the use of excessive force against protesters by Berkeley police at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Her sister Kayla, an African American transgender schizophrenic woman, died in police custody in 2013 after friends had called for help due to Moore’s bizarre, but not threatening, behavior.

Berkeley Council Hears Police Abuse Claims, Fails to Act

By Judith Scherr More than 100 people came to a raucous Berkeley City Council meeting Tuesday to vent their anger at what they said was police use of excessive force at Dec. 6 protests against [...]
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Ella Baker Center Holds Vigil for “50% Jobs Not Jails” Campaign  

The Ella Baker Center recently organized a candlelight vigil in front of the Alameda County Administration building in downtown Oakland where community members and faith leaders demanded more funding for jobs, not jails.
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Explosive Growth Coming to Oakland, Say Developers

  Local business people packed into the grand ballroom in Oakland Marriott City Center last Friday to hear Mayor Jean Quan, Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf and a panel of five major Bay Area developers talk about [...]
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Oakland Officers, After a Rocky Start, Utilize Body Cameras  

The Oakland Police Department, which has required police officers to wear body cameras for the past 4 years, found itself ahead of the curve this week after President Barack Obama proposed to spend $263 million [...]