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  •  I thought OakFoSho did a great job (12+ / 0-)

    of presenting many of OPD's policy violations—like concealing name tags and failing to give dispersal orders—instead of just dwelling on the brutality and violence.

    That was a good approach for a Citizens' Police Review Board, but I’d like to see a similar public forum at some point that does focus specifically on the issue of brutality. One that presents a moral indictment of OPD to the people of Oakland, instead of a legal indictment to the Review Board.

    •  Yes, others have made similar suggestions (6+ / 0-)

      including Susie Cagle in a series of tweets today.

    •  I'd suggest that one issue that needs (6+ / 0-)

      to be dissected is how "moral" is defined.  The culture of obedience, to which our agents of law enforcement (and the military) are trained to submit, argues that morality is defined by just one commandment--obey.  And the reward for the submission this involves is that the obedient individual is absolved of all guilt ahead of time. Moreover, if obedience is the essence of moral behavior, then disobedience is ipso facto immoral and deserving of punishment. So, the cops, as they beat up citizens are driven by a sense of justice and entitlement.  They have been led to believe that they are the law and to countenance disobedience is to fail.
      So, what I would argue is that the culture of obedience has to be addressed at the top.  Oakland is going to need a majority of the council ready and able to replace a non-responsive administration.

      When the proposal to put OPD into receivership, the community should be informed that this is necessary because the people elected to council do not have the right stuff. The "progressives" sitting on the council are what conservatives refer to with reason as the "nanny state." That's not because they are meek and mild, but because they do not exercise authority on their own hook to manage the resources of the city. They are patsies and when the career personnel perceive that the elected people are patsies, they will walk over them, as well.
      One can tell the council is disfunctional just from the way the meetings are run.  The President of the Council is clueless.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 01:39:14 PM PST

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    •  Not sure that the people of Oakland (3+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber, jpmassar, KenBee

      need to be presented with a moral indictment of OPD. Many of us know all too well what we have in our police force. It's not like no one remembers the Riders case. Through the weakness and/or corruption of the last several mayoral/City Council administrations, the OPD has pretty much done as it pleased for years.

      But many areas of the city want increased presence by OPD because of an increase in crime. They are willing to live with the trade-off of OPD's "morality" when there are home invasion robberies happening on their street.

      Unfortunately, OPD reform won't happen without stronger leadership from the mayor (OPD hates her almost as much as OO does) and especially from the City Council (packed with OPD boosters until the next election.)

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