Oakland and Berkeley Get More Oversight Of Policing

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In a busy night for the Bay Area, both Oakland and Berkeley, cities which will be considering surveillance equipment transparency ordinances in the next month, made important strides towards increasing community oversight of policing and law enforcement.

In Oakland, an overflowing crowd that filled up the full council chamber pushed back against the removal of the Oakland ICE raid public hearing and prevailed: reinstating the hearing for December 5, and starting the process for a revised city policy eliminating future police cooperation with HSI/ICE raids in the city. The group also called for an independent investigation of false statements by the police chief about the raid and the now-terminated memorandum of understanding with ICE.

In Berkeley, acquisitions of military surplus equipment through the DHS 10333 program will now require council approval, an item to address racial profiling in stops data passed unanimously, and the city’s Police Review Commission was given permission to draft up measures to increase their powers, including a possible ballot amendment revising the city charter.

 

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Oakland’s Communities Demand City Response on ICE Raid

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Scores of Oakland residents are expected to attend the Tuesday evening meeting of the Public Safety Committee after a public hearing on the controversial August 16 raid was abruptly pulled off the agenda just a few days beforehand.

The public safety committee meeting begins at 6pm.

Oakland Communities Demand City Response On West Oakland ICE Raid

Advocates for immigrant rights have expressed great distress about the Trumpian rhetoric and the increasing rate of detentions and jailing of undocumented immigrants during the first 10 months of the Trump Administration.

On Saturday night, the San Francisco HSI/ICE headquarters looked a little different than usual.

 

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Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan Object To Removal of ICE Raid Report

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Earlier today on November 10th, Oakland City Council members Desley Brooks (the chair of the Public Safety Committee) and Rebecca Kaplan, issued a press release objecting to the cancellation of the November 14 ICE Raid hearing.

Kaplan said the action was “inappropriate” and Brooks described it as “troubling”.

The full press release can be read below.

Press Release by Council Members Brooks and Kaplan

East Bay Citizen coverage.

KTVU Coverage

KPIX Coverage

 

On November 14, citizens of Oakland will still gather at the Public Safety Committee to have a long overdue public conversation about OPD cooperation with HSI and ICE. The meeting will begin at 6pm at Oakland City Hall.

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Oakland City Council Pulls ICE Raid From Public Safety Agenda

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After Bay Area media reported on the complaint filed against the OPD chief for making false statements to the public about the West Oakland ICE Raid, the Rules Committee abruptly pulled the item from the November 14 Public Safety agenda – canceling the public hearing they scheduled on October 12.

However, there is a thing called Open Forum.

And on November 14 at City Hall, it will be about future OPD cooperation with ICE Raids in our sanctuary city, and what community oversight of law enforcement looks like.

 

 

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Internal Affairs Complaint Alleges Oakland Police Chief Untruthful About ICE Raid

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On November 7, 2017, an internal affairs complaint was filed by Privacy Advisory Commission Chair Brian Hofer and 7 fellow complainants (Attorney Margaret Cunningham, Wellstone Club Politics Chair Pamela Drake, Sanctuary Advocate Linda Olvera, Sharon Rose with Block By Block Organizing Network, Media Alliance ED and OP member Tracy Rosenberg, Reverend J. Alfred Smith Jr of Allen Temple Baptist Church, and Sociology Professor Judith Stacey) against Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick for false statements made to the public and Oakland’s City Council about the August 16 West Oakland ICE Raid.

5 additional individuals and two organizations joined on to the complaint on November 13. The additional signers are No Coal in Oakland activist Michael Kaufman, John Jones III of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), Rebecca Merton with CIVIC, attorneys Mary Vail and Alan Brill, and organzational support from the California Sanctuary Campaign and Citizens Initiating Visits with Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC).

Oakland’s Public Safety Committee will have a hearing with OPD Chief Anne Kirkpatrick in attendance on November 14 at 6pm at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

A copy of the complaint is below.

Kirkpatrick CPRB complaint

East Bay Express coverage

East Bay Times coverage

KTVU Coverage

Splinter Coverage

NBC-Bay Area

Univision Coverage (with Santos, the 25 year old in deportation proceedings due to the raid) 

San Francisco Chronicle coverage

Fox News Coverage

KPIX-TV Coverage

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NYU Law Forum on “Privacy Localism” Features Oakland DAC Victory

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On November 4, privacy experts from around the country convened at the NYU School of Law to talk about “Privacy Localism” or how local communities can fight back against the encroaching surveillance state. Oakland’s fight against the Domain Awareness Center took center stage in several of the presentations. OPAC Chair and OP member Brian Hofer attended, and participated in a 2-hour roundtable discussing best practices across the country.

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