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Who polices the police? Do you or your neighbors have any say in the way your town’s cops and sheriffs do business? For more than 35 years, cities around the country have been creating civilian oversight agencies – trying to make local police and sheriffs accountable to the communities they serve.
On this edition we take a look at the police killing of Oscar Grant in Oakland, and the debate over who gets to decide when an officer has done something wrong.
Barbara Attard, civilian oversight consultant, former San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints investigator and former Berkeley Police Review Commission Director; Marcel Diallo, artist and victim of police harassment; Rashidah Grinage, PUEBLO Executive Director; Jason Wechter, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Board Member; Reginald Lyles, BART consultant and former Berkeley Police Officer; Gary Gee, BART Police Chief; Jesse Sekhon, BART Police Officers Association President; Quintin Mecke, California State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s Communications Director; Greg Kaufory, attorney; Omar Osirus, Jan, and Bo, protestors; Daniel Buford, Allen Temple Baptist Church Reverend; Joyce Hicks, San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints Director and former Oakland’s Citizens Police Review Board Director; Patrick Cacares, Oakland Citizens Police Review Board acting director; Paulette Hogan, tasered Oakland resident who filed complaint with Internal Affairs; Chris Shannon, Oakland Police Lieutenant; Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant’s uncle; Mark Kroeker, Portland Police Chief.
For more information:
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police
Berkeley Police Review Commission
California State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano
Oakland Citizens’ Police Review Board
Oakland General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant
National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)
People United For a Better Oakland (PUEBLO)
San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints
San Francisco, CA
Articles, Blogs, Films, Reports, Other:
NACOLE list of Civilian Oversight Agencies
US Dept of Justice Report:
Citizen Review of Police: Approaches and Implementation. March 2001
City of Berkeley Police Review Commission 2004 report
Justice for Kendra James Community Information
From Oscar Grant, Where? Seeking Structural Change
Photography by Geoffrey King of the Streets of Oakland after the Mehserle Verdict
KRS-One – Sound of the Police