Rashida Grinage 
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  • Robert Warshaw Needs to Clean House at OPD

    The Oakland Police Department won't be able to emerge from federal oversight until its new overseer gets rid of the police commanders who refuse to hold rogue cops accountable.
    • Feb 19, 2014
  • Oakland Cops Think City Is Too Liberal

    A newly released survey also reveals a divide within the department between an old guard resistant to change and new officers who want OPD to become a modern, progressive police force.
    • Jan 29, 2014
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Re: “New Lawsuit Alleges Oakland Police Conspiracy to Cover Up Home Invasion by Drunk Cops

Does anyone seriously think that we don't need a civilian oversight police commission? Even under a Federal judge, these shenanigans continue unabated. Beyond unacceptable. Yes on Measure LL! www.yesonll.com

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 10/28/2016 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Officer Ryan Walterhouse Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

Ya think?
Too many excuses by too many people for too many years. Yes on Measure LL. Oakland deserves better. www.yesonll.com

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 10/20/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

As a member of the Coalition for Police Accountability and the Measure LL campaign, I want to express our gratitude and appreciation for your endorsement. It represents a very thorough understanding of the context and history of the Measure as well as a recognition of the role Measure LL can play in helping to rectify the problems associated with our police department and influence future policy decisions and standards of conduct.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 10/12/2016 at 6:07 PM

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: “Oakland Police Union Writes $1,400 Check to Unseat Councilmember Noel Gallo

Great idea! I would like to know her position, as well.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 08/29/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: On Oakland's Police Commission Ballot Initiative and 2016 City Council Races

Thanks, Darwin, for pointing out the very substantial change in police accountability offered by the potential police commission. The glass is certainly much more than half full and much will depend on Oakland residents applying to be commissioners who will bring diligence, fairness and commitment to delivering results for the Oakland community.
We also need to appreciate that the vote was unanimous to place this measure on the ballot -- something that did not seem likely only weeks ago. Special thanks to Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, the principal authors, Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks who supported the Coalition's call that all 7 commissioners be appointed by the selection panel instead of only 4, and Lynette McElhaney who became our 4th sponsor at the time of the vote.
We look forward to informing Oakland voters about the merits of this proposal so that we prevail in November! Folks who want to help should visit the Coalition's website: www.coalitionforpoliceaccountability.org and click on 'volunteer.'

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 08/02/2016 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Congrats to Susan Harmon and the others in the Privacy Council who prevailed in stopping this training. There is a growing movement in law enforcement to embrace the idea of guardians instead of warriors. Training such as that put on by the Killology Research Group go against this trend and perpetuate the 'us' vs 'them' mentality that relies on the use of force rather than de
escalation strategies that are now being taught in San Francisco.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/29/2016 at 4:54 PM

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