Mary Vail 
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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

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

Thanks Darwin for doing this article, as Measure LL/Police Commission issues haven't been covered much lately and how LL is implemented can change a lot, for better or worse. Better to have the Ordinance a little late than rushed thru with defects----and we are not that far apart....Was very disappointing to me that Council President Reid , for whatever reason, seemed to in an 'on strike/shut process down' mode, rather than being willing to hear from authors and public about the 5 to 6 areas of disagreement. The first Commissioner appointment process was launched in early June...with notice 2 applicants that general (not criminal) background checks will be done on all nominees.....time will tell if current or future SC is overruled on that.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 06/15/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

In response to Julia's question......Selection Committee service is volunteer---no financial compensation involved.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 04/20/2017 at 6:01 PM

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