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Federal authorities are poised to take control of the Oakland Police Department more than a decade after a rogue group of officers called the Rough Riders exposed widespread deficiencies in the agency and attracted national attention by planting evidence, using excessive force and falsifying police reports.
Oakland officials are scheduled to make their case to maintain control at a December 13 hearing in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, but as department brass, the rank-and-file, city hall politicians and vested interests jockey for position in what could be the brave new world of federal receivership, one group, in the words of San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson, is “practically begging for a takeover.”
The Oakland Police Officers' Association filed a scathing critique of management and the agency, in general, with Judge Henderson, arguing that department leaders mislead the public about reform efforts, direct internal affairs officers to conduct “dishonest” investigations of cops and fail to properly train officers in the aggressive policing strategies forced upon them by city officials, according to the Chronicle.
Oakland Police Union Clashes with Leadership as Feds Consider Takeover
Originally posted by stirling
The local sherrifs office is where to start.....
If the people put their input into his office and back him up, he may be able to start a reform going through his direct authority.
The State is next in lie....and they should be preparing to send in replacements at least on a temporary basis.....
The Best chance of beating the feds out of the district is to stand behind the sherriff