Rashidah 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 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:
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

Re: “OP-ED: It’s Time for Oakland City Council to Change Its Schedule

I agree with most of what you say, Andrea, and a few of us have additional suggestions for changes in the Council's procedures. However, when you say, "The only people who stay are the chronic insomniacs and the people who are paid to be there: council staff and lobbyists for real estate developers," I and my colleagues must strongly disagree. Many of our Coalition members as well as other activist groups stayed until the bitter end in order to advocate for the issues that were important to us and those we represent. We are not paid, not insomniacs and not lobbyists -- we are simply committed to a democratic process that requires our representatives to consider the wishes of their constituents.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 07/26/2018 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Wrestle for Control Over New Police Commission Staff Positions

Great job, Darwin. You nailed it. Only one point I feel to make. Due to the standard 'severability' clause, if there were a legal challenge to these two provisions, the remainder of the Ordinance would still be in effect. Consequently, there is no reason to fear that the work of the Commission would be impeded simply because these two provisions would come under a judicial review. Readers should feel free to express their advocacy to the Council members to reaffirm their affirmative vote when it is brought back for a 2nd reading.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 06/20/2018 at 7:33 PM

Re: “New Data from Stanford University Shows Oakland Police Have Dramatically Reduced the Number of Stops of Black People

Must agree with the comments of J Takenouchi: the article has an overly optimistic spin. The fact is that stops are down overall. So that means that there are fewer stops of African-Americans, as well as fewer stops for whites, Latinos, etc. There is an admission that the disparity still exists -- that's the point! What needs to change is the disproportionate numbers -- not the absolute numbers!
Also need to point out that the majority of the stops are 'equipment' stops, rather than intel-based stops. The generic term is 'pretext' stops -- brake light malfunction, expired tags, etc. And that is the sector of stops where the disproportionate number of African-American stops is located. Hmmm,....
In short, this report appears to be good news. In reality, there are fewer stops being made overall -- that's the only real story here.

Posted by Rashidah Grinage on 02/08/2018 at 11:49 AM

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