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.
    • Jan 29, 2014
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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

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

Is it any wonder that we are now in our 14th year of Federal oversight? Almost $40 million in associated costs borne by the tax payers. Let's hope the Police Commission will be able to motivate the City to do what it should have done long ago: get it together!!!

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 09/26/2017 at 12:20 PM

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

And that, folks, is why we need a police commission and why 83% of Oakland voters approved Measure LL last November.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 09/16/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “How to Fix the Police

My bad. It's Walden Pond books that will have Norm's books for sale on sight where he will be signing them.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/20/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “How to Fix the Police

In addition to the presentation by Norm Stamper about how to fix cop culture and the Q & A facilitated by Reggie Lyles, Laurel Books will have his latest book on site for sale and Chief Stamper will be signing immediately after the event. You can register for this free event here:

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/20/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

Troubling, to say the least. I hope the Police Commission will do their due diligence once they're up and running. We'll need all hands on deck to bring about the long overdue reforms that are needed to earn the community's trust in its police department.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/10/2017 at 11:14 PM

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