Melinda Zapata 
Member since Jan 29, 2012

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  1. Is It Time for a Special Prosecutor?

    Some academics and policing experts question whether OPD and the Alameda County DA can properly investigate law-enforcement misconduct.

  2. OPD Facing More Legal Trouble

    The police department's use of force with Occupy Oakland not only has prompted litigation, but could play a role in whether the agency ends up in federal receivership.

  3. OPD Used Violent Cops Against Occupy

    Records reveal that the department put officers with histories of using deadly force on the frontlines during Occupy Oakland protests.

  4. Anonymous Targets Oakland Officials

  5. Will OPD End Up in Receivership?

    A federal judge could begin the process of taking over the police department this month.

  6. A New Way to Punish Oakland Cops?

    Judge Thelton Henderson is considering holding officers in contempt of court as new evidence surfaces that some cops are violating departmental rules.

  7. Cop Identified in Scott Olsen Incident?

    Video and police records indicate that Oakland Police Officer Robert Roche threw a stun grenade at protesters trying to help the injured Iraq War vet.

  8. Oakland Police Officer-Involved Shooting of Alan Blueford Raises Questions

    The family of Blueford, who was shot and killed by an Oakland police officer, files a federal lawsuit.

  9. The High Costs of Outsourcing Police

    Nine out of ten Oakland cops live outside the city — a fact that costs Oakland nearly $200 million in lost revenues a year, and may explain OPD's disconnect with the people it's supposed to serve and protect. 

  10. Deadly Secrets

    How California law shields a small cadre of Oakland police officers involved in violence.

  11. Oakland's Other Gang Program

    A $2 million program designed to lower gang violence is on hold apparently because it conflicts with the city's gang injunctions.

  12. OPD Takes More Steps Backward

    Chief Jordan announces new a crowd-control policy that civil rights lawyers say is weaker than the old one as a new report criticizes the department for making no progress on its reforms.

  13. Cop Identified in Kayvan Sabeghi Beating?

    Video and OPD records indicate that the military veteran was savagely beaten on November 2 by Oakland Police Officer Frank Uu, who has since retired from the force.

  14. Oakland Police Department Sees Itself as a Victim of Occupy

    A recent internal report also reveals that the head of Internal Affairs was in charge of field operations on the night of October 25.

  15. Oakland Police Commission Faces Obstacles

    City regulations and state law preclude an independent commission from shining a light on police misconduct and meting out discipline.

  16. Police-Related Legal Costs Spike in Oakland

    The total legal costs for police misconduct was $13.1 million last year, according to OPD records.

  17. Damning Report of OPD

    Despite the city's claims of reform, the Frazier Report details the Oakland police department's culture of impunity and failure to change.

  18. OPD Screws Up Scott Olsen Investigation?

    A new report reveals that a department investigator may have compromised the investigation into the shooting of the Marine veteran.

  19. Are Stay-Away Orders Against UC Berkeley Students Unconstitutional?

    Some legal experts say they are — when used as a weapon against nonviolent protests.

  20. Deanna Santana Tried to Alter Damning Report

    Emails show that Oakland's city administrator sought to redact portions of the Frazier Report that included strong criticisms of the police department and its handling of Occupy Oakland.

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