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In the wee hours of the morning of January 23rd, after hearing testimony from hundreds of people, the Oakland City Council voiced its approval (7-1) of a controversial police consulting contract extension which would bring William Bratton to Oakland.

William Bratton, currently a high-priced consultant, former Chief of Police of Boston, New York and Los Angeles, and potentially a future Chief of Police of London, England, is well known for the heavy-handed tactics that he claims reduces crime: Stop & Frisk, curfews, gang injunctions, "broken windows theory" (wherein petty crimes are pursued with religious fervor) and the like.

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So it was that while people are outraged at Oakland's crime rate (especially the significant increase in the number of homicides in 2012) many at the City Council meeting were equally outraged that the City of Oakland would even think of paying massive consulting fees to someone who represents everything bad about the existing Oakland Police Department.

OPD is already under a Federal Consent Decree to reduce police violence and operate within the confines of the US Constitution - strictures which it continues to fail at after ten years of "trying."  In May 2012 an OPD officer shot dead Alan Blueford because of what many believe was an illegal and racist Stop & Frisk, the latest in a long line of police killings in Oakland, something the Consent Degree was supposed to deal with. Oakland signed off on a crowd-control policy in 2005 as a result of another civil rights lawsuit. This one it also routinely and, impartial observers might conclude, deliberately violates (the shooting of stationary, unarmed, non-threatening Scott Olsen on October 25th, 2012 being only the most notable violation among many examples over the years the policy has in theory been in effect). One might think that the last thing Oakland would want to do was to bring in one of the most prominent "get tough on crime (and damn the Constitution)" advocates in the entire world.

... any police department in America that tries to function without some form of 'stop and frisk,' or whatever terminology they use, is doomed to failure. -- William Bratton, January 14, 2012
But one quickly perceives that rational thought and Oakland do not mix. The realization that bringing Bratton to Oakland would likely embolden OPD to continue on with its historically documented oppressive tactics should have been enough to convince a sane City Council that he should never have been hired. That the Oakland Police are still out of control no one -- except the Oakland police and their cheerleaders -- disputes. In fact the just released Federal Monitor's report notes
This reports marks the second consecutive quarter of overall decline in the Department's compliance with the agreed-upon Tasks of the Negotiated Settlement Agreement...

This is the seventh consecutive reporting period we have found OPD out of compliance with officers pointing firearms...

Nine reports did not comport with NSA-required elements; each of the incidents involved an unnecessary escalation to potentially using lethal force in situations where other less lethal force options were available to the officers or should have been considered

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But there's more. The fact that Bratton's presence and recommendations seem likely to lead Oakland's police to behave even more unlawfully than they already do will also set up the city up for numerous future lawsuits, something you might think even an insane City Council would worry about.

Oakland quite possibly spends more per capita on settling lawsuits caused by questionable and unconstitutional policing than any other city in America. Certainly it spends more per capita than any other significantly-sized city in California, having shelled out about $60,000,000 in the last ten years, double that of San Francisco, which has about twice the population, and vastly more than San Jose, the Bay Area's biggest metropolis. Just months ago Oakland settled a civil rights case involving public strip-searches (!) for $4.6 million, and

The city has paid out nearly $19 million over the last two fiscal years in connection with claims and lawsuits... More than half of the payouts involved the police department.
There is no reason to believe this fiscal bleeding will stop. Here are just some of the major lawsuits that have arisen in the last year or so and which are pending against OPD and the City of Oakland. They could easily cost its taxpayers tens of millions of dollars over the next few years:

Olsen v Oakland, OPD, Roche et al

Without warning, one of the officers fired a high-velocity round... at Mr. Olsen, hitting him in the head. The impact fractured Mr. Olsen's skill and caused hemorrrhaging of his brain... Mr. Olsen lost his ability to speak and perform basic mental and physical functions.
Sabeghi v. Oakland, Uu, Patterson, Gonzalez
Officer Uu and other officers beat plaintiff so viciously that they ruptured his spenic vein... Police officers, jailer and jail medical personnel mocked and ignored his pleas for help. Plaintiff was not taken to a hospital until approximately 128 hours after the beating.
Campbell et al v Oakland, Howard Jordan
Mr. Campbell was filming police officers... when he was shot in the leg... with a lead-filled shot bag... These police actions were in direct violation of the crowd-control policy that Oakland adopted in ILWU Local 10 v Oakland and Coles v Oakland.
Blueford vs Oakland, Jordan, Masso, et al
On May 6th, 2012... Officer Masso shot ... Alan Blueford to death when Mr. Blueford was on the ground... Officer Masso shot decedent three times on the ground... Mr. Blueford did not present a legitimate threat to Officer Masso...

All gunshots that struck Mr. Blueford were blatantly unreasonable, excessive uses of force against a man who had fallen to the ground... At the time of the shooting, the decedent was on his back, trying to get up.

Jones v. Oakland
Tony Jones...  filed a $10 million lawsuit in federal court Wednesday accusing the officer of violating his civil rights... Officer Cesar Garcia shot him in the back and Garcia and the city of Oakland violated his constitutional protections against unlawful detention, unlawful arrest and the use of unreasonable force... "At this point it's uncertain if Jones will be able to walk normally again."

The suit alleges that the city of Oakland was negligent by keeping Garcia on the police force despite its knowledge of his "wrongful and dangerous behavior" in previous incidents, including "his violent tendencies, his propensity to use deadly force without sufficient justification and his pattern and practice of using unnecessary force."

Angell et al v Oakland, Alameda County, Howard Jordan et al
Without a dispersal order or other warning, class members were detained, arrested... and imprisoned for 12 to 85 hours... class members were incarcerated for long periods in overcrowded and inhumane conditions, including unheated or deliberately chilled cells... no sleeping facilities, sometimes standing room only, no toilet facilities, no feminine hygiene, and and no food, water or medical care.

Defendants' actions deprived the plaintiff class of their right to freedom of speech and association; the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures; the right to equal protection... the right to be free from the use of excessive and/or arbitrary force...

Ovetz v Oakland
A College of Marin instructor is suing the city of Oakland over treatment he says he received from police during a Jan. 28 protest... Without provocation, Ovetz claimed, officers struck him in the face, slammed his head into the ground and beat him with a baton, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California... Ovetz was arrested and jailed for several days on suspicion of obstructing an officer and resisting arrest but charges were dropped...

The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of money, alleges violations of several constitutional rights in addition to excessive force, false arrest, assault and battery.

The Bratton effect? Even more unconstitutional actions by police. Even more lawsuits. But even this is really the tip of an iceberg. In a recently released report on the effects of 'Stop & Frisk' tactics in New York City, the Center for Constitutional Rights goes into detail about the human impact of aggressive police tactics on communities which include
  • Expectation of Harassment: Trauma and Humiliation
  • Fear as a Way of Life
  • Military-style Occupation
  • Increased opportunities for Sexual Harrassment by Police
  • Collateral Consequences of Arrests: Unemployment, Loss of Access to Housing, Shelter and Public Benefits, Impact on Family Members
THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT'S aggressive stop-and-frisk practices are having a profound effect on individuals, groups and communities across the city... NYPD stop-and-frisk program affects thousands of people every day in New York City and it is widely acknowledged that an overwhelming majority of those people are Black or Latino... Residents of some New York City neighborhoods describe a police presence so pervasive and hostile that they feel like they are living in a state of siege.
In its zeal to rid Oakland of guns and gun violence Oakland's so-called leaders ignore the evidence before their eyes: they can no more stem the flow of guns into Oakland by magical policing than could they stop global warming by City decree. When vehicular traffic from Nevada is inspected for bananas rather than semi-automatics -- and semi-automatics are as available in Nevada as one-armed bandits -- only a politician would ramble on about removing guns from Oakland's streets as a practical solution.

No, if there is to be any solution to Oakland's violence -- and I don't claim to know if one is possible -- it is in providing a sense of hope to the young people of the city, rather than leaving them to stare down the barrel of endless cycles of poverty.

Bratton should indeed go home, dragging his philosphy behind him.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:07 PM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, California politics, SFKossacks, Progressive Policy Zone, and Barriers and Bridges.

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  •  Bet he loses the London job in less than a year if (7+ / 0-)

    he even gets it.

    Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

    by arealniceguy on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:27:27 PM PST

  •  Stop and Frisk (6+ / 0-)

    comes with very specific instructions.  It's based on Terry v. Ohio and the Wiki article explains the specifics pretty well.

    ...the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures is not violated when a police officer stops a suspect on the street and frisks him without probable cause to arrest, if the police officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime and has a reasonable belief that the person "may be armed and presently dangerous."
    [Note that the officer must have reasonable and articulable suspicion of the crime and additional suspicion of a weapon (no "gut feelings" allowed).  A cursory pat-down is allowed solely to determine the presence of a weapon.  If drugs or its paraphernalia is suspected, this does not allow a further search.]

    In New York, young minority males were systematically thrown against a wall, searched thoroughly and prosecuted for anything the cops found.  The cops, in unison, proclaimed their adherence to the law but they can't always be trusted to tell the truth.

    This is what can be expected for Oakland where the Police Department already suffers from a very bad image of civil rights abuse.

    The system isn't broken; it's fixed - OWS sign

    by john07801 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:42:02 PM PST

    •  A perfect example of a slippery slope. (6+ / 0-)
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      By allowing this at all the Supreme Court has effectively given leave to police to do whatever the fuck they want: accost people for no reason and then, if (so rarely) challenged, "articulate" some ridiculous reason why they claimed the stop was justified.

      •  Contract is for $250,000 budget is $200 million (1+ / 0-)
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        The contract for Bratton's services is a total of $250,000 of which half will go to Bratton personally. Out of a total department budget of about $200 million this seems to be worth having someone with Bratton's experience and accomplishments see if he can have a positive influence on more effectively combating crime in Oakland. A big part of Bratton's approach is collecting and using better data to allocate scarce police resources.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:06:59 AM PST

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    •  many times a cop will cite a perceived bulge (2+ / 0-)
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      in the person's clothing or state the person made a suspicious move as to either conceal contraband or access a weapon.  Given the paranoia some officers display, the bar is still not very high

    •  "... [the cops] can't always be trusted to tell... (6+ / 0-)
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      ... truth." hahahahaha

      Three years covering cops and courts for the Rocky Mountain News. One year covering cops for Front Range Publishing. More than 60 arrests at civil rights, antiwar and anti-nuclear weapons protests. Twenty-three months reform school, 13 months in a prison camp (draft refusal), and a total of about three months in various jails, usually overnight or two, but three weeks for "parading without a permit" and "insurrection" (lol) against the state of Georgia for participating in a civil rights protest in Georgia.

      So, yes, I have a little personal experience with cops not being trustworthy bearers of the truth.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:06:01 AM PST

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      •  Insurrection! (0+ / 0-)

        That's a topper!

      •  Cops lie?? (1+ / 0-)
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        I've been to 5 trials of Occupy Oakland folks; cops lied like rugs in each, even when videos were shown contradicting their sworn testimony.  And juries decided to believe them!

        She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.

        by Boadicaea on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:20:02 PM PST

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      •  I can attest... (0+ / 0-)

        to what you're saying.  I also have had dozens of arrests going back to my teens in the '60s in civil rights, peace, nti-Vietnam, womens' rights, union organizing, et al. I have also suffered more than my share of police violence and the occasional gunshot aimed at me in the South.  

        I also went the draft-refusal route as did you, but was extraordinarily lucky that the federal judge made so many errors my attorney ended up getting it noll-prossed instead of re-tried, although I did spend a couple of months at Allenwood before it all got straightened out (for 2 years after that, I was the only draft-age male in the country who was not legally required to carry a draft card!).

        In all of the times I've seen police testify in my own or any others' trials where I was a personal witness, I have never heard a single one tell the truth - that's more than coincidence or the occasional misunderstanding can account for.  

        The same is true with the media, who consistently simply made up fake quotations allegedly from my testimony. Even sending them the pertinent portions of court transcripts and requesting a "correction" all went for naught.

        People tend to believe the police, even when their lies are obvious, blatant, and even self-contradictory.  The mentality is not "presumed innocent until proven guilty," but "well, the police wouldn't have arrested him if he didn't do something illegal."  

        "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." --Frederic Bastiat, French writer and economist, 1850

        by Beartooth Bronsky on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:37:00 PM PST

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  •  What is truly amazing are the statistics (8+ / 0-)

    on how many Stop and Frisks have been done over a year (tens of thousands) in New York, most of young men of colour, and how pathetically small the number of arrests made and contraband seized has been over that year. Ben Jealous, the head of the NAACP, quoted the numbers at Netroots Nation and I was staggered. Not only is it a violation of civil rights, it's a waste of money.

                      Shaking my head at Oakland's council,
                                       Heather

    Hmmmm ... Maybe we should do an action when many are there for NN ? Just a thought.

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:56:36 PM PST

    •  Yup. (3+ / 0-)
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      how pathetically small the number of arrests made and contraband seized has been
      Makes mockery of the concept of "reasonable suspicion."
    •  San Jose is a ways from Oakland... (2+ / 0-)
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      •  I guess that depends on perspective :) (3+ / 0-)
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        My family drove from Vancouver to San Jose many, many times from when I was about 11 until I was about 16, including the year we made the trip 7 times. All of the trips, except the first one, were 21 hours straight through except for meals and gas :)   San Jose to Oakland seems close :)

                                   Hugs,
                                   Heather

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 10:17:05 PM PST

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    •  Statistics... (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't care whether 99% of those stopped and frisked were found with contraband, or only one lone person.  It is a violation of the legal meaning of "probable cause" in the Fourth Amendment, which reads in its entirety:

      The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

      "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." --Frederic Bastiat, French writer and economist, 1850

      by Beartooth Bronsky on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:41:31 PM PST

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      •  Oh I agree with you, (0+ / 0-)

        just pointing out that it isn't even effective.

                               Thanks,
                               Heather
                               

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:39:07 PM PST

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  •  fascism's handmaiden - go home /nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 10:03:58 PM PST

  •  I am totally opposed (3+ / 0-)
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    ...to all of this: to Bratton, Stop & Frisk, Pepper spray, frag bombs & other brutal tactics against peaceful, First Amendment demonstrators, against all the brutal, violent suppression tactics against non violent protestors.  

    But President Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security's tactics against Occupy, have shown me that the First Amendment right to dissent died along with other rights, like the 5th Amendment right to due process.

    To dissent now means to risk either death or a life long prison sentence for some absurd charge like espionage.

    Congratulations, Mr. Obama.

    "Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred.” Vaclav Havel

    by dharmasyd on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 10:32:15 PM PST

    •  But FSM forbid anyone dare suggest our (3+ / 0-)
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      2nd amendment rights are not inviolate and God-given!

    •  Congratulations, Mr. Obama (0+ / 0-)

      It is true that Barack Obama is no better than his predecessors when it comes to actually defending the freedoms we are alleged to have been granted in the Bill of Rights, but, in this, he is following in a long and nauseating tradition.  I've experienced violent suppression and mistreatment by local, state, and federal authorities from the time I was 16 and involved in civil rights and anti-war demonstrations in the '60s until just a few months ago, when I was attacked by police twice in a park in Philadelphia during the recent Occupy National Gathering at the ripe old age of 64.  As police using bicycles held out as shields were forcing the crowd backward (nobody was resisting in any way), Park Police were clubbing us from behind.  I was clubbed and knocked to the ground, and later forced backward over a brick retaining wall by cops using their bicycles as weapons. Check out #natgat and especially on YouTube for some interesting video, though most of the really brutal stuff mysteriously disappeared within hours.

      For some reason, even though the melee went on for at least an hour and resulted in at least a couple of people being carried off on stretchers to hospitals, not a single mention of it appeared in the Philly newspapers or TV newscasts.  I wonder why {sigh...}

      "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." --Frederic Bastiat, French writer and economist, 1850

      by Beartooth Bronsky on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:52:10 PM PST

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  •  A Terry Stop and stop and frisk are not the same (2+ / 0-)
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    Stop and frisk is a management system / quota system that puts strong pressure on police to "find" reasons to stop and frisk people they otherwise could not. It undermines trust and credibility.

  •  the guy gets around here are some links (3+ / 0-)
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    http://online.wsj.com/...
    http://www.1union1.com/...
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/...
    http://ronkayela.com/...
    http://abclocal.go.com/...
    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    Plenty more links out there as this guy seems to sow disaster wherever he goes and has enough baggage to do a Grand Tour

  •  Where is the outrage over 8 year olds being shot? (3+ / 0-)
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    I lived in east Oakland for over 15 years, near Mills College on 64th avenue  before relocation elsewhere.   I still have many friends and acquaintances who call that city home, and I still visit frequently.

    I simply wish the "activists" in the city would express as much outrage towards the perpetrators of the crimes ranging from vandalism to murder which continue to plague the citizens of Oakland.

    Perhaps I am showing my age, I will be 61 years old in May, but an 8 year old girl getting shot offends me a great deal more than anything cited in the main diary post.  And just to be clear on the demographics, I am an African American male liberal Democrat who was a solid supporter of Rep. Barbara Lee and was proud of her membership in the progressive caucus, and her opposition to the Iraq war.

    But I think the hysteria over "stop and frisk" demonstrates a serious case of misplaced priorities.

    When are we going to see some righteous indignation about incidents like this one just last week?

    http://www.ktvu.com/...

    8-year-old girl recovering after East Oakland drive-by

    •  I think the main point is (3+ / 0-)
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      that Bratton and his policies are going to make things worse, not better.

      There is no claim that Oakland doesn't need some substantial change.

      ______
      "Und wer nicht tanzen will am Schluss - weiß noch nicht dass er tanzen muss", Rammstein, "Amerika"

      by cris0000 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 02:40:11 AM PST

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    •  I'm not sure why you think that (2+ / 0-)
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      Activists are ignoring the problem of violence in Oakland. There are numerous groups that work on the issue. And more than that, the problem of police violence and harassment isn't separate from the larger problem of gun violence.

    •  Do you think it is more important to be outraged (1+ / 0-)
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      over the shooting of an eight year old girl or the unjustified  mass incarceration of hundreds of thousands of African Americans and Latinos and their subsequent disenfranchisement and inability to use social services and get a job?

      If people choose to work to change a system referred to pretty directly as "The New Jim Crow" instead of trying to convince a few gangs in East Oakland to stop shooting each other and at random, are you really going to criticize this effort?

      It seems weird to criticize people for protesting particular injustices and not others.  Why isn't everyone protesting that enough isn't being done to stop AIDS in Africa?  After all that's killing hundreds of thousands of people.  Or Malaria?  Or a horrible war in { pick the war de jure } ?  

      People are outraged at the Oakland Police because they are arguably the worst police force in the nation.  That seems like a pretty valid reason to protest.  Given that there is no obvious correlation between the number of police and/or police tactics and the homicide and shooting rate in Oakland and nationwide, the entire  meme that somehow protesting police violence detracts somehow from ways to reduce violent crime seems misplaced.

      •  yes I do think it is more important (4+ / 0-)
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        to be outraged about the fact that it is not safe for a child to walk to school or the store or to play in her front yard.

        yes I do think it is more important to be concerned about senseless violence that happened about 8 blocks from where I used to live.

        where are the diaries about how we capture and incarcerate the people like the shooters of that little girl.

        where are the outbursts in the chambers of the Oakland City Council demanding that these criminals and others be arrested and put on trial?

        my friends and neighbors are not in Africa. my friends and neighbors are not sick with Malaria.  they are living in a city where the prevailing political wisdom is to convince the average police officer that his best course of action is to work in another city.  

        call me parochial, but yes I most certainly do think it is far more important to be outraged at the shooting of an 8 year old girl because regardless of the political rhetoric, the fact is that when I am in Oakland next week, the biggest threat to my safety will not be a police officer. the biggest threat to my safety will be the criminals who have no qualms about spraying bullets regardless of who might be harmed.  

        •  Well, there you go. (1+ / 0-)
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          I do think you're viewpoint is parochial.  But you are entitled to it.

          What is not so apropos is your criticism of others for addressing other serious problems in society in lieu of your favorite issue.'

          Activists in Oakland are concerned about the environment, schools, police violence, health care, homelessness, and, yes, violence on the streets. just to name a few issues of concern.  That you chastise people for being engaged in one battle that you favor over another that may have less immediate implications but more national or global implications is, IMHO, not reasonable.

        •  The threat to your safety (1+ / 0-)
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          in Oakland may actually be the police.  You can't possibly be unaware of the fact that a black man driving or walking the streets is highly likely to be stopped for DWB, or adjusting his waistband, or just being there.  

          A black man picked by OPD to be stopped and questioned is  often arrested, jailed, beaten -- or killed.  Giving your demographics and political affiliation, even your views on the need for more stop-and-frisk, are unlikely to save you then.

          She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.

          by Boadicaea on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:32:19 PM PST

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        •  And, as a matter of fact (0+ / 0-)
          where are the outbursts in the chambers of the Oakland City Council demanding that these criminals and others be arrested and put on trial?
          One of the issues raised by 'activists' (in fact I raised the issue myself, speaking on 1/15 at the Public Safety Committee Hearing) is the ridiculous clearance rate for murders (less than 30%), the lack of detectives and the lack of technicians and the lack of decent labratory facilities.

          Instead of paying OPD officers an average of more than $170,000 / yr why not pay them half as much and hire some crime technicians, detectives etc?

          But no, we have a small number of absurdly-high-paid OPD thugs wandering around the city violating people's first amendment rights instead of solving crimes.

    •  Note the time (1+ / 0-)
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      This shooting took place during daylight hours. So much for instituting a youth curfew - as pushed by Gallo, De la Fuente and other shameless whores -  as a solution to Oakland's crime problems.

      Democracy - Not Plutocracy!

      by vulcangrrl on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 02:13:54 PM PST

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  •  The Sabeghi lawsuit for an incredible (1+ / 0-)
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    beating by four officers has a detail that illustrates OPD's culture.  

    One of his assailants was Sgt. Patrick Gonzales, who has already shot and killed 3 people as a police officer in his time on the Oakland police force.  And is still on duty.

    She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.

    by Boadicaea on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:41:06 PM PST

  •  God I wish you had not posted this (1+ / 0-)
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    on Super Bowl Sunday night at 9pm Pac time, when most people are either asleep or passed out, or are otherwise NOT on their computers or computer-type devices.

    This desperpately needs more eyeballs than it's going to get. And let's just say I'm not optimistic about this diary being "rescued" or featured on "Community Spotlight". But I sure hope I'm wrong about that.

    If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On". //"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

    by Oaktown Girl on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 01:28:05 PM PST

    •  Well, I had hope that after the Superbowl (1+ / 0-)
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      people would be coming back online and it would get enough recs for it to carry over on the rec list until Monday morning.

      Obviously that didn't happen, but I thought it was a reasonable way to go to shoot for lots of views.

      Plan B had been to wait until Monday morning.

      •  Next time feel free to use me as a (1+ / 0-)
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        consultant for any and all sports-related matters, esp. as it relates to the timing of your diaries (unless it's something that needs posting ASAP, of course). I want your posts to have as many eyeballs as possible!

        If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On". //"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot

        by Oaktown Girl on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 06:51:27 PM PST

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    •  It managed to make the Recommended list (1+ / 0-)
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      briefly sometime Sunday night (I was asleep, so I don't know when).

      The rule unfortunately is that if it makes the Rec list it can't be put on Community Spotlight.  At least that was the rule some time ago when I inquired of them.

  •  This is a joke (1+ / 0-)
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    "Law & Order" types are pushing youth curfews and stop & frisk harassment as solutions to Oaktown's crime problems. This is clearly delusional - all seven of the first seven murders of 2013 took place before 8 PM. There have been (according to our neighborhood watch group) three homes in my nabe burglarized so far in 2013 - all during daytime hours when the homeowner was at work. And we're supposed to believe that these cops who whine that they're too darn busy and overworked to even bother investigating these burglaries and other crimes that have actually happened, will suddenly have loads of time to roam around looking for (minority, needless to say) youth out after curfew, pick them up, baby-sit them until their parents or whatever show up - all to prevent hypothetical potential crimes. Although they are also whimpering that the current court-imposed rule that they document all contacts with citizens takes too long and is too onerous, apparently they have no problem with stopping and harassing (minority, needless to say) random folks, and greatly increasing this reporting burden, again to prevent hypothetical potential crimes.

    Our local corporate media is reporting only on the positive aspects of Bratton's past ("He reduced crime!" ignoring the fact that crime went down everywhere when Clinton was President, because the feds provided increased funding for cops) while ignoring his past moral failings - he had to resign his position in NYC due to corruption charges, and during his tenure in LA in 2005 spent 1/3 of his time outside the city.

    I can save the Oakland City Council a bunch of money by telling them now what Bratton will undoubtedly tell them a year or so from now: the police need more money. That's an easy call because that's what cops always say when they screw up. No one will tackle the real problem - that Oakland cops spend their shifts snoozing, shmoozing, hanging out in "massage parlors", and providing protection to their prostitute girlfriends in karaoke bars. Then when crime skyrockets they blame Jean Quan and underfunding.

    Democracy - Not Plutocracy!

    by vulcangrrl on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 02:08:48 PM PST

    •  Heads police win, tails we lose. (0+ / 0-)

      If crime goes down, police take credit and say they need more personnel and money to keep it that way.

      If crime goes up, police say they need more personnel and money to get it back down.

      I told the Oakland City Council to save the $250,000 and have Howard Jordan buy Bratton's book on Amazon for $18. They didn't listen.

  •  Oakland is Everywhere (0+ / 0-)

    First of all, bravo for a well written story about an important issue.

    I applaud you for pointing out the mischief William Bratton might cause citizens and tax payers of Oakland  -- but William Bratton is a symptom rather than a cause of police abuse.

    If anyone thinks that police abuse is primarily about color then I would suggest you view the recent video of the pregnant woman on an LA freeway who was thrown to the ground and hogtied by the California Highway Patrol, her crime -- talking on a cell phone.

    Also, take a look at the video of the two women who were subjected to a public body cavity search alongside a busy Texas highway, their crime -- throwing a cigarette butt out a window.

    If you want to live in a world where possession of drugs and weapons are illegal then you must accept the consequences. One of the consequences is police abuse.

  •  Bratton's rationale on Stop and Frisk (0+ / 0-)

    The best answer to Bratton's comment about the "necessity" of implementing "Stop and Frisk" was made by an unlikely activist, Orson Welles:

    "Only in a Police State is the job of a policeman easy."

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." --Frederic Bastiat, French writer and economist, 1850

    by Beartooth Bronsky on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:18:43 PM PST

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