Federal Monitor Says Oakland Police are Neglecting Reforms
A court-appointed monitor says the Oakland Police Department is regressing as it implements mandatory reforms.
OPD agreed to the reforms to settle a police brutality case roughly a decade ago. A new report from the federal monitor documents a consistent refusal to report the misconduct of fellow officers, and lists instances when officers pointed firearms at people who posed no threat -- in one case, a sleeping toddler.
Jakada Imani, head of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, said this is what erodes Oakland residents' trust.
"When a cop watches another cop brutalize a young person, step outside the law, there’s a blue wall of silence," Imani said, "and so many people in Oakland have seen it. And when they have each other’s back, as opposed to having the law, the residents’ and the community’s back, that’s what undermines their community’s trust for them."
The mayor and police chief said in a statement they expect a federal judge will soon name a director of compliance to enforce the reforms.