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Re: “Arrests Are Down, and Crime Is Up

Both of the above comments are correct, as far as they go. I would add that as far as the Police Dept. itself is concerned, the problems stem from the consent decree resultant from the "rider" case. This consent decree was put into place at exactly the point in time when the destruction of the OPD as an effective police force began. Coicidence? Hardly. This... travesty of an agreement has set the police up to fail. As told to me by an Oakland cop that I am aquainted with, "as far as most of us (police officers) are concerned, we won't make an arrest unless there is blood in the streets and we saw the crime commited". The reason for this is that under the terms of the consent decree, any person arrested is asked (encouraged?) if they wish to file a complaint against the arresting officer and is given a list of attorneys and pro bono groups who's stock in trade is suing the city of Oakland. These complaints, WHETHER PROVEN OR NOT are entered into the permanent record of the officer. These folks need promotions and raises like anyone else. Understand the attitude? If it isn't an absolute slam dunk, no officer will risk it. This consent decree has got to go. I urge the reporter to address this issue in a future piece. No one ever speaks of this issue, but it is of tantamount importance. Something that should be pointed out is that after multiple trials, not a single conviction resulted from the riders case. Thanks for your time.
Thomas D.

Posted by Thomas D on 12/03/2008 at 10:10 PM

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