Tag Archives: OPD

Activists outside Oakland City Hall raise a sign in support of the #ByeLibby campaign. (Photo from @surjbayarea/Twitter)

Oakland Approves Petition to Recall Mayor Schaaf

Now that the City of Oakland has approved a petition to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, activists are hitting the streets to talk with residents and to collect signatures for their campaign.

Councilmembers Seek More Local Residents, People of Color as Police Officers

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted to continue discussing proposals to reform Oakland Police Department (OPD) hiring and recruitment practices to enable more local residents to become OPD officers.
Speaking at the news conference were (L to R) OPD Deputy Police Chief John Lois, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth and Mayor Libby Schaaf. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Four Police Officers Fired, Seven Others Suspended in Police Sex Crime Scandal “I am deeply sorry for the harm this scandal has caused,” says Mayor Schaaf

The City of Oakland this week concluded its administrative investigation of the sex crime scandal involving over a dozen Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers, which led to the removal of three police chiefs in one [...]
Assistant Chief David Downing

Mayor Schaaf Accused of Promoting Acting Police Chief Without Notifying Public Sources say Assistant Chief Downing is promoting white officers at expense of Black officers

Concerns are being raised that Mayor Libby Schaaf has promoted Oakland Police Department (OPD) Acting Assistant Chief David Downing to a position as permanent Assistant Police Chief, without informing the public or the City Council.
(Left to right) Rev. Ben McBride, Rashidah Grinage, Noel Gallo. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Police Commission Will Be on November Ballot

Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a November ballot measure to change the city’s charter in order to create a citizen Police Commission, which will have the power to investigate and impose discipline [...]
Mayor Libby Schaaf. Ben Margot/AP

Did Mayor Schaaf Intimidate Council Members to Vote to Enhance Her Power?

Only two members of the City Council – Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan – were willing to stand up for a motion to deprive the mayor of the power to appoint three members of the [...]
Jeralynn Blueford, founder of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice in Oakland, speaks at Tuesday’s City Council meeting demanding the city place an independent police commission on the November ballot. Blueford’s son, Alan, was killed by Oakland police
in 2012. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council to Vote on Police Commission Tuesday, July 26 Community wants commission to be independent of mayor and city council appointees

Nearly 100 people showed up to speak at Tuesday’s city council meeting in support of a strong, independent police oversight commission in Oakland, which will be voted on next Tuesday.
Rebecca Kaplan

Council Members: OPD Must Recruit Local Residents, Women and People of Color

A proposal advocating changes to the Oakland Police Department’s recruiting practices passed unanimously this week at a packed Public Safety Committee meeting.   “We have for many years received concerns about underrepresentation of people of [...]