Rashidah 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
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    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.
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Re: “Police Commissioners Spar with Oakland Police Department Over Authority to Revise Search Policy

As always, a masterful presentation of a tortured, twisting and turning process! What got lost was the importance of this policy which seeks to address the ongoing racial disparities in traffic stops and the low recovery rates for searches of African-Americans. This continued profiling is one of the reasons we're still under Federal Oversight (task 34) and OPD's refusal to endorse the Commission's recommended enforceable policy in favor of un-enforceable 'guidance' is symbolic of the Department's resistance to reform.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 12/12/2018 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commissioner Resigns Calling the Oversight Board's First Year a 'Squandered Opportunity'

This is a real loss. Andrea tried consistently to maintain the focus on the Commission's mission. She will be sorely missed.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 11/29/2018 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Federal Judge Faults Oakland Police for Not Complying with Key Reforms

And the City moved swiftly to sign a new labor contract seven months ahead of schedule and on the same day as the police department fell on its face in Federal Court. The City Attorney's attempt to provide a positive 'spin' on this dismal reality was pathetic. Maybe it's time for the Police Commission to start conducting some investigations of its own into the backsliding of OPD, moving further away from compliance with the NSA.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 11/28/2018 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Oakland Review Agency Exonerates Police Chief Over False Statements Regarding ICE Raid

Anthony Finnell was the CPRB Director. In order to provide continuity, he was allowed to transition to the position of Interim Director of the CPRA. The Commission is charged with hiring a permanent director and Mr. Finnell could apply for that position along with other candidates.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 10/12/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commissioners Complain to Mayor About Lack of Support

Congratulations and gratitude to Darwin for reporting on our still pretty new Police Commission. It's important to cover stories that are not just about what happened yesterday but about ongoing systemic issues in our governance. The City's failure to provide support for a Police Commission that they support rhetorically but not substantially needs to be exposed. The fact that the Commission still lacks staff support that was budgeted in June 2017 is appalling and needs to be called out.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 09/28/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Consider Less Intrusive Search Policy

This potential policy change will be discussed at the Police Commission meeting Thursday, Sept 13 at 6:30 PM in City Hall. Folks who feel strongly about this issue should plan to attend and weigh in.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 09/12/2018 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Bicycle Advocates Decry Arrest of Najari “Naj” Smith

Anyone can file an official complaint with the Police Commission's Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) by going to this online site:
https://apps.oaklandca.gov/CPRA/
You can upload video and photos to the complaint form and initiate a formal complaint that will be investigated by civilians - not Internal Affairs. Also, folks should attend tomorrow's (Thurs) Police Commission meeting at Oakland City Hall -- 6:30 PM and sign up to speak at Open Forum at the start of the meeting.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 08/22/2018 at 10:33 AM

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