Four Oakland police officers involved in the fatal shooting last year of a homeless man they said pointed a gun at them were placed on administrative leave Tuesday.
Sources speaking on condition of anonymity said the officers face termination proceedings.
The move came less than a week after the release of documents showing the Police Department’s federal monitor, Robert Warshaw, ripped Chief Anne Kirkpatrick’s decision to lightly discipline the officers involved in the shooting of Joshua Pawlik, 31, on March 11, 2018, despite the recommendations of an OPD review board that called for harsher punishment.
Sgt. Francisco Negrete and officers William Berger, Brandon Hraiz and Craig Tanaka were placed on administrative leave, a police spokesperson said Tuesday night. “At this time, the department will not be discussing any additional details.”
Monitor Warshaw's harsh criticism of Kirkpatrick for not meting out tougher discipline was revealed last week in documents released under the state’s new police transparency law, Senate Bill 1421. In a Feb. 19 letter Warshaw called the chief's analysis of the shooting “disappointing and myopic.”