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Oakland PD To Miss Reforms Deadline After Slew of Setbacks

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

March 18, 2011

OAKLAND, CA – The Oakland Police Department, battered by a series of setbacks and layoffs, will miss the deadline on reforms ordered by a federal court after the Riders scandal a decade ago.

The department has completed the majority of the reforms ordered in a 2003 settlement to a lawsuit stemming from the misconduct of four officers who were accused of planting evidence and beating suspects.

But independent monitors reported the department has complied with more than half of 22 outstanding tasks, was in partial compliance with eight others and not in compliance with one task.

The department still faces the risk of sanctions and the appointment of a receiver.

Outstanding tasks involve complaint procedures in the Internal Affairs Department; use of force reporting policies and vehicle stop policies.

“This agreement should have been done a long time ago,” attorney John Burris said Thursday after a marathon meeting with police, the city attorney’s office and the city administrator.

Burris and his fellow attorney, Jim Chanin, brought the lawsuit against the city.

Burris characterized the meeting as a positive work session but also expressed frustration that the reforms have taken so long.

“Our concern is that we’ve been here before.

“The question is whether it will be different this time,” Burris said.

Chief of Police Anthony Batts and Mayor Jean Quan have pledged that they would speed up progress despite instability in the top department leadership that has impeded progress.

The city attorney’s office could not be reached for comment.

The attorneys, police and city officials will meet again in June.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 3 years ago


    Interesting read, I feel it's important to know about these things.

  • Fto_davidson_photo_max50


    over 3 years ago


    BE CAREFUL of this guy! As long as you're in law enforcement this guy will do anything & everything to get you blamed, fired, jailed & sued!!!

  • Fto_davidson_photo_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Burris is the wanna be johnny cochran of Oakland..

  • Badge__hat_max50


    over 3 years ago

    1846 Comments need to say more.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Time to pull in the lose ends.

  • Blue_ine_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Burris is a joke! Anything to get more camera time.

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