Rashida Grinage 
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    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.
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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

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

With all due respect, Darwin, I cannot agree with your analysis. Currently, the Mayor appoints all of the members of the Citizens' Police Review Board. Under the proposed measure, the Mayor can appoint only 3 of the 7 commissioners and they are subject to public input and Council confirmation. Currently, the City Administrator who is hired by the Mayor and reports to the Mayor decides on discipline for officers who are found to have violated OPD policy or General Orders. The ballot measure strips the City Administrator of that authority and hands it to a sub-committee of the police commission -- a group of Oakland residents who are volunteers - not employees. The Commission can also unilaterally fire the police chief with a super majority vote.

So, the notion that this measure enhances or enlarges the power of the Mayor is difficult to accept, given the historical and current circumstances. The fact that it is not as independent as the Coalition for Police Accountability had intended cannot be translated into an argument that it increases the power of the Mayor.

There are other provisions as well that serve to increase the community's involvement in police practices and policies, budget allocations and the Commission can investigate any public safety issues that arise even if no official complaint has been filed.

All in all, if this measure is passed by the voters, it will significantly shift the authority over the police department away from the City Administration and provide a much greater role for Oakland residents to impact how our neighborhoods are served by Oakland police officers.

In summary: although it is not as much as the Coalition had hoped for, this Charter change is a dramatic improvement over the status quo and sets the stage for further reforms in the years to come.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/27/2016 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

Pamela is correct. Does the Commission still have 'teeth?' It may not have wisdom teeth, but it still has molars. The most important accomplishment of the measure is that it cuts the City Administrator out of the disciplinary process. This is a major reform. Although the Coalition is not getting everything we wanted, placing this item on the ballot is a significant step in what will be an ongoing process to bring the Oakland community into the process of how it is policed and will strengthen the ability to hold accountable officers who abuse their authority, racially profile and violate Department policy. The glass is not full, but it is more full than empty. No doubt there will be more work needed in the future, but make no mistake: this is a victory that should be celebrated and the work will soon begin to ensure a win in November!

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/25/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Town Business: A Strong or Weak Police Commission?

A masterful summary, Darwin. Thank you so very much for making a very complicated process understandable.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/18/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Town Business: Cop Crisis, but Don't Forget Coal and Housing

There's an updated Kalb-Gallo measure which will be available at the Public Safety Committee meeting tomorrow at 4:00 PM. They have made an adjustment to the arbitration process which should satisfy labor's concerns. The implementation of the Commission, if passed by the voters in November, wouldn't occur until late 2017. Unless there's more backsliding by OPD, we should be winding down the NSA and Warshaw's authority by then and the Commission would take over many of the functions he has had for oversight and monitoring.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 06/13/2016 at 11:54 PM

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