Community Discussion: “After Federal Oversight of OPD Ends, What Then?”


The Oakland Coalition for Police Accountability is holding a community discussion, “After Federal Oversight of the Oakland Police Department Ends, What Then?” – which will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd. in Oakland


As a result of the “Riders” class action lawsuit, the City of Oakland settled with plaintiffs’ attorneys John Burris and Jim Chanin in 2003 and crafted an agreement that required the Oakland Police Department to comply with a set of important reforms in training, discipline, investigations, racial profiling and use of force.


Compliance was meant to be achieved in five years, but full compliance has still not been achieved after 12 years and $30 million of associated expenses.


Given the length of time it has taken (longer than any other US city) to meet the standards agreed to by OPD, how can the public be assured that these reforms will be sustainable once the federal order has been lifted?


To respond to this question, Deacon Reggie Lyles, former Berkeley police lieutenant and public safety advisor to Mayor Jean Quan, will facilitate a discussion with panelists: civil rights attorney Jim Chanin; Dr. Joe Marshall, a member San Francisco Police Commission; Pastor Michael McBride, director of PICO Network’s Urban Strategies and Live Free Campaign; and artist/activist Cat Brooks, co-founder ONYX and Anti-Police Terror Project PTP.


An extensive Q and A discussion will follow the presentations.


Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call (510) 306-0253, or email [email protected]


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