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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 [...]
Dan Siegel speaks at a press conference held by the Anti Police-Terror Project in front of the Oakland Police Department headquarters. Photo courtesy of Twitter/Terri Kay.

Hotline Established for Police Whistleblowers to Report Corrupt Officers in Oakland

Police accountability activists this week established an anonymous hotline for whistleblowers to report “corruption, misconduct and predatory policing” within the Oakland Police Department (OPD).   The hotline was set up by Civil Rights attorney Dan [...]
Members of the Coalition for Police Accountability speak in front of City Hall about their ballot measure. Photo by Tulio Ospina. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Will an Independent Police Oversight Commission Make the November Ballot in Oakland?

The Oakland City Council, operating under the cloud of a continuing police child sex abuse scandal, is set to decide July 19 whether to place a measure on the November ballot to create a civilian [...]
Cat Brooks (center) of the Anti Police-Terror Project speaks at a press conference in front of the Oakland Police Department about the several demands the community has of the city and the police department. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Black Lives Matter Demands Oakland Mayor Schaaf Resign Civilian-controlled policing and more community investment on community list of demands

While Oakland is reeling from widening revelations of the Oakland Police Department’s rape and racist text scandals, the community is demanding changes to the way the police department is run and to the city’s public [...]
Low wage workers and housing advocates wake up
Mayor Libby Schaaf at her house Monday morning,
demanding protections for Oakland’s most vulnerable
residents. Photo by Nicole Dean.

Sunrise Protest Urges Oakland Mayor to Wake Up and Fight Displacement

Dozens of low-wage workers and housing rights advocates gave Mayor Libby Schaaf a wake up call at her house early Monday morning, demanding that she take urgent action to protect Oakland’s most vulnerable residents from [...]