Recent Oakland City Council meetings have proved loud and contentious, and with the proposed $250,000 contract to bring on controversial police consultant William Bratton on the agenda, tonight's meeting may be just as raucous.
The former Los Angeles police chief and New York City police commissioner, Bratton is credited with sharp reductions in crime in both those cities.
But some civil rights groups have criticized his "stop-and-frisk" approach in which officers detain individuals they deem to be suspicious and search them for guns. Some opponents also worry that he will push for anti-gang injunctions.
"Some elements on the city council thought that this would be a no brainer," Issac Ontiveros of Stop the Injunctions Coalition told KQED's Andrew Stelzer. "Now what we’re seeing is ‘No, we don’t want this guy, we don’t need this guy,' and Oakland Chief of Police Howard Jordan also distanced himself from Bratton, even as he’s asking him to come on as a consultant."
Opponents have booed and jeered so much during recent City Council meetings that some meetings have shut down.