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Re: “Critic Accuses Oakland Leaders of Failing to Report Police Department Sex-Crime Scandal to District Attorney

To the Editor and EBX Readers:
The headline and entire premise of the story are based on incorrect information.
The story reports that the Court’s order requires “city leaders” including the Mayor, City Attorney and City Administrator to report to the District Attorney reasonable suspicion that an officer committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.
However, that is not true.
As you can see from a quick reading of the relevant section of the order (it’s only two sentences), the requirement doesn’t apply to or even mention the Mayor, City Attorney or City Administrator, nor does it apply to the Court-appointed Monitor/Compliance Director or plaintiffs’ attorneys John Burris and James Chanin.
I’m writing for the sole purpose of fact checking so your readers know that the whole story is based on a misreading or perhaps a misrepresentation of the order.
Here is the entire section:
“OPD shall develop a policy to report, as soon as possible, evidence of criminal misconduct by a member/employee to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for their review and collaboration. Said report to the District Attorney shall be made when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the member/employee has been involved in a felony or serious misdemeanor.”
Your reporters only quote the second sentence, so readers don’t know that the first sentence disproves Mr. Chanin’s accusations against “city leaders” right out of the gate.
The Court order is unambiguous that the police department reports to the DA when investigators have reasonable suspicion that an officer has committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.
I ask that you correct the inaccurate language in the story that states “the decree required … city leaders to notify the district attorney.”
And at a minimum the story should note that the actual language of the order contradicts Mr. Chanin’s accusations against the City Attorney and other city leaders.

Alex Katz
Chief of Staff
Oakland City Attorney's Office

Posted by Alex Katz on 09/26/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

Kudos to the pedophile for his spectacular assault on a man this time.

Posted by David Baron on 09/26/2016 at 7:55 AM

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Re: “Low-Level Cops Facing Punishment in East Bay Sex Crimes Scandal

Let me start off by saying I am pro-law enforcement. That being said, I was troubled by this story. I'd say most cops, no matter the department, are good people. There's no way you can convince me of anything else. Repeated stories of misconduct understandably make people question their faith, but I'll stand firm in mine. Anything that is presented as systematic, definitely starts at the top. The low-level boots on the ground, unfortunately suffer the brunt of the consequences. Case and point, but totally unrelated, WELLS FARGO!! To whom much is given, much is required. Law enforcement will have to find a way, QUICKLY, to meet the requirements of those who are starting to hold them accountable. "Because I said so," is no longer going to cut it. Cops across the board will have to deal with the ill-consequences and misperceptions.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 09/25/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Low-Level Cops Facing Punishment in East Bay Sex Crimes Scandal

Why is anyone paying an 'independent' court monitor if he cannot follow unacceptable behavior under his nose???

Posted by pat lantz on 09/25/2016 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

I'm simply at a loss parenthetically not surprised by the anti black comments... Why do some find their best response is to say Go Back You Africa? That's easy to say Mr. Mertz... Let's see Poland is it, yes that's the origin of your name. Holocaust right? Your people fled, right? Ummmm... I'm guessing you're angry by now as you should be because that was a horrible act against humanity and America help Save and continues to support you by honoring those who died and those who survived. But your people fled to a country built on the backs of Slaves who didn't ask to come nor wanted to or NEEDED to like yours. So by your logic let's all return from whence we can and give the Indiana their land back... Dumbass. As far as the sexual applications, Johnson should have never permitted himself to be in a place of probability but in this country we ALL are innocent until proven guilty. Don't get upset when the law of justice actually works for a non-white. Lastly, yes he's a public official, but first he's a man. I CERTAINLY doubt any man of any public office, or a simple husband, father etc. would not punch a person who has escalated from heckling to physical assault. If any of you are willing to eat his pie.... Then go get some in your face.

Posted by IfMyPeople-Cor7:14 on 09/24/2016 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Soda Industry Spent $67 Million Fighting Sugar Taxes and Health Labels Since 2009

The product and political approach of Big Soda both have much in common with those of Big Tobacco. The playbook includes silence on the reality of the health-damaging effects of the product, distraction, deflection, and, of course, the ever-popular Big Lie.

Mr. O’Hara’s comment is insightful and relevant in that one of the memes that Big Soda has inserted by into the conversation is the canard that a soda tax is ineffective in achieving its goal of reducing sugary beverage consumption. Of course, big soda feels no need to be consistent in their arguments. Anything their strategists think may be effective will do just fine.

The particulars of the Big Soda campaign in Oakland feature wrapping themselves in the false flag of concern about the welfare of economically disadvantaged communities (who knew they cared about regressive taxes?). And then there’s the pushing of the recently manufactured “grocery tax” lie out of the mouths of recruited minority business owners (amazing how they all thought up the same argument!), with, of course, colorful contextual images of fresh fruit and so on.

Posted by David Cohen on 09/24/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “This Weekend's Top Five Events

When did San Francisco become the East Bay? 3/5 of these events is in SF. Boooo.

Posted by nkhesania on 09/24/2016 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Low-Level Cops Facing Punishment in East Bay Sex Crimes Scandal

Years ago, a cop I respected told me with bitterness, "They never hold the upper level to account. Nothing will change until they do."

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/24/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Major Pot Company Hit With Six Counts of Securities Fraud

Bruce Perlowin is not "The King of Pot"...Perhaps the "King of Bullshit"... Peter Smigowski is the real, exiled "King of Pot"...Perhaps ready to re-claim his "Throne"



Peter P. Smigowski

Posted by Peter P. Smigowski on 09/24/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

The tactic of saying 'Kapalan has precided over Oakland while there is a widening income inequality' as though the very problem she has fought tirelessly to address is her fault starts of the Poll with very disappointing retoric. This kind of language I see in wider political spheres (Presidential and state elections) where the pointing out of the problem by people who have policies that will surely make it worse is a tactic to get people to vote for them. Disappointing and frustrating to see this happening on a local level and not true to an Oakland community ethos that many here appreciate and ascribe to. Makes me even more suspicious of Libby Scarf's motives also.

Posted by Christine C on 09/24/2016 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

To all the people supporting the mayor for his beat down of this protester you guys should go fuck yourselves the fact of the matter is this man assaulted another man with a fucking pie not a baseball bat not his fists not his spit even so for all of you talking tough about hey if you're going to attack someone then you should make sure you have a backup plan or I would've broken his arms or whatever the hell you guys are commenting on as far as this protester is concerned at least he had the balls to stand up for a conviction that he has against the Mayor. A piece of shit mayor who has not done anything other than cost more revenue and tax problems for Sacramento. You people can tough talk all you want but our mayor is a piece of human garbage and waste.He is a child molester and a falsifier of records and has stolen money from the very city that you live in and love like I do. This man is a terrible mayor. The fact that this young man, protester, whatever you want to call him is getting charged with assault on a public official which could lead to a lot of jail time is pathetic. it was a pie and for you you people cheering on our mayor for beating the shit out of this guy makes me very very sad for the residents of Sacramento. it is obvious to me that the elite have come to Sacramento and that gentrification is a real thing. This kind of thing just proves once again that those in power, those with money can get away with whatever they want. You defenders of our mayor's actions make me sick. You are piles of human fucking waste!

Posted by Brian Paul Smith-moist on 09/24/2016 at 4:22 AM

Re: “Low-Level Cops Facing Punishment in East Bay Sex Crimes Scandal

Very disturbing is an understatement. The Negotiated Settlement Agreement was supposed to address exactly these long standing deficiencies and, to date, the Federal monitoring costs have exceeded $30 million. The failure of the City to ensure compliance is the reason we are calling upon the voters to pass Measure LL to establish an independent commission of Oakland residents. Something different must be done to provide Oakland residents with the ability to hold the Department accountable when they engage in such abysmal and unethical (if not illegal) behavior. We deserve better.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 09/23/2016 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

To the naysayers, Thompson is lucky he can still speak and see! Had this been someone else you might be attending Thompson's funeral. If you want to hit, expect to be hit back; that turn the other cheek scenario doesn't work for all!

Posted by bchocolate on 09/23/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

that mayor is my kind of guy Ase !

Posted by Alvin Hall on 09/23/2016 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

On one side, this pieman seriously needed that whooping years ago. Despite personally knowing the mayor and initially laughing at this (he deserved it!). I must admit he had every right to exact a good beat down.

The flip side, however is that none of the Leftist slime whining about this raised a voice when allied scum attacked Ann Coulter multiple times over the past few book tours.

I have to give the weenie little pos props for going after a target bigger than himself as opposed to the thugs that assaulted AC (what 100 lbs in an overcoats and boots?). Kiv, glad you weren't hurt, but you'll never believe these thugs deserve such beat downs unless you/yours are the victims. jess sayin'.

Posted by Richard Gamble on 09/23/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

A. I could be wrong but sounds to me like the protester tried to get away after hitting the mayor in the face with the pie so how is chasing a guy down tackling him and beating him "to a pulp" self defense? B. I get that a pie in the face is considered assault especially when done to a public official but once again "beating a guy to a pulp" for hitting you with a pie should not be considered as self defense ever. Don't get me wrong the protester should absolutely be prosecuted but so should the mayor for his actions. That is no way to react to such a small "assault" especially if your the mayor of your city. Ridiculous on both ends.

Posted by msboyaaa on 09/23/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

Nobody is right. There are no winners. Protesters need to stick to Protesting legally. Protesting is not Assaulting people. This is perpetuating one ignorant response after another. The American people are coming across like a mob of ignorant, violent, out of control jack asses. This is all so embarrassing.

Posted by Lola Garcia on 09/23/2016 at 1:36 PM
Posted by Donald Chump on 09/23/2016 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

People in this thread that keep making it about Johnson being black...knock it off! I don't care what color you are, if someone assaults you, you have the right to defend yourself and deliver an ass-whooping. It has nothing to do with being black or white. Grow up and stop segregating!

Posted by Nonrof1 on 09/23/2016 at 12:12 PM

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