Oakland Mayor Names New Police Chief

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An Oakland Police officer walks by patrol cars at the Oakland Police headquarters on December 6, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf named Anne Kirkpatrick the city's next police chief on Wednesday. Kirkpatrick's most recent position was leading reform efforts within the Chicago Police Department. Prior to that, she was chief of police for Spokane, Washington, a city with roughly half the population of Oakland. Kirkpatrick will be Oakland's first female police chief. We discuss her appointment, which comes after a major sexual misconduct scandal within the department and seven months without a police chief.


Alex Emslie, reporter, KQED News

Meghann Cuniff, Orange County reporter, LA Daily Journal; former reporter, The Spokesman-Review