Oakland Hires Controversial Consultant

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The Oakland City Council voted early Wednesday morning to hire William Bratton as a crime consultant. Bratton used to head the Los Angeles and New York police departments, where he saw double-digit reductions in crime during his tenure. While his "stop-and-frisk" and "zero tolerance" polices have been controversial, some officials hope his expertise could reverse Oakland's rise in violence. Are consultants the solution to Oakland's problems? How should the Oakland Police Department move forward?


Noel Gallo, councilman and head of the Oakland City Council's Public Safety Committee and former director for District 5 of the Oakland Unified School District

Rachel Herzing, co-director of Critical Resistance, an Oakland group opposed to the hiring of Bill Bratton

Matthai Kuruvila, staff writer covering Oakland City Hall for The San Francisco Chronicle

Bob Jackson, bishop at Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ in Oakland

Anthony Toribio, assistant chief of the Oakland Police Department