Mary Vail 
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Re: “Attorneys Tell Federal Judge OPD Commanders Should Still be Disciplined for Mishandling Sex Crimes Case

Chief Kirkpatrick has repeatedly stated that bad culture trumps good policy,every time every time. Lois and Holmgren are not just part of the bad culture, but the leaders of it. Holmgren, I believe, is one of the third rail untouchables in OPD who makes sure that fellow officers (and himself, of course) will never be disciplined. The agrument that Whent was protecting former Chief Whent (very much not part of the OPD bad culture inner circle) is fantasy. Swanson report is done, but hope investigative journalists will keep digging to determine whether or not threats to Whent by other OPD employees caused Whent to act as he did, i.e., Whent tried to push scandal under the rug because the real powers told him 'make it go away or else'. --Rather than Whent wanting to conceal the scandal to hasten day that OPD would be found in compliance with the NSA. The passage in the City's filing stating that OPD has addressed the poor investigations with holding 'reflection sessions' is, well, a joke, revealing and disturbing.

Posted by Mary Vail on 09/26/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Report: No More Officers Will Face Discipline in Celeste Guap Police Sex Crimes Scandal

Agree with Jim Chanin on what appears to be disparate discipline culture in OPD. If you want to get rid of cover up culture (key tool to preservation of that culture is doing surface, biased, 'make it go away' investigations when the suspect or person being scrutinized is a fellow officer.) do not remedy situation with reflection and chat circles for the offenders. If you have high-ranking officers involved in a 'protect us' culture, the solution is not to promote them, either. Everything Internal Affairs did wrong with initial investigation IA has been doing wrong since before the NSA and since. The refusal to change is defiance of the NSA requirements. Maybe its time to put OPD in receivership----or require that IA be staffed with investigative personnel who are not members of OPD. Bad culture and effective career immunity is not fixed by more promises to change, tweaking internal procedures and policies. As the current OPD Chief has said....bad culture trumps good policy every time. So how about some accountability and real change, for a change.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 09/18/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

I lost any faith in OPD's will to punish powerful alpha cops within OPD when (January 2016) Holmgren tried to discourage the victims of home invasion (by intoxicated cops) from pursuing a criminal complaint---and nothing happened to him. As long as such OPD officers are viewed by OPD brass, the Court and fellow officers as being the disciplinary third rail and politically untouchable there will be no accountability, bad acts will recur, there will be no cultural or practice reform and no full NSA compliance. The statute of limitations for discipline of anyone for actions and in-actions may have run, but there's no statute of limitations for overturning a promotion........

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/24/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

After reading more....Monitor's and Swanson reports and latest EBX coverage, agree with Len.....The OPD culture will never change when OPD supervisory officers become politically untouchable and receive successive promotions.....Very disappointed in new Chief's promotion of Holmgren (bad decisions/actions in Occupy, Cortez and at multiple stages of the O'Brien and Jasmine victimization / sex scandal cases....Chief Kirkpatrick's excuse--Monitor OK'd the promotions, doesn't fly because that approval occurred while Swanson investigation still in progress.....Instead of being revisited, the Lois and Holmgren promotions are being finalized today......

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/14/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

I'm with Councilman Gallo on this. Thanks for this further report. The 3 promotions need to be cancelled. In a normal workplace with normal levels of accountability, Holmgren would be gone when it came to light that he was trying to prevent career consequences for the home invasion cops. It is becoming more apparent to me that powerful members of the OPD brotherhood/family are like the too big to jail banks/bank executives---zero consequences except forgiveness and promotion....

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/07/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “New Oakland Police Sexual Misconduct Case Leads to Discovery of Drugs Stashed in Locker

Time for a complete take-over of OPD....breaking the law to or while enforcing the law does not make us safer........

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/29/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Troubled by Police Mishandling of Sex Crime Investigation, Federal Judge Orders City of Oakland Back to Court

Instead of focusing on the Monitoring costs...try the nearly $100 million the City has had to pay on police misconduct settlements and Court losses since the NSA went into effect.....for police conduct that too often has amounted to both violations of the law and the terms of the NSA. Breaking the law to enforce the law does not make us szfer, nor does keeping and promoting cops that break the law, to buy momentary political peace with the OPOA.

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/28/2017 at 2:33 PM

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