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Rashidah Grinage, Oakland Citizen's Police Review Board, 4/23/09: pdfs, photo, and audio
On March 23rd, the Oakland Citizen's Police Review Board (CPRB) held its monthly public meeting in Council's Chamber at City Hall. Sadly, besides the Board members and investigators themselves, in attendance were only a CPRB intern, one complainant, his legal representative, Sanjiv Handa of the East Bay News Service, Rashidah Grinage of PUEBLO, and yours truly.
After Rashidah Grinage spoke, the CPRB went into closed session to discuss two specific complaints against officers in the Oakland Police Department. Such hearings are closed to the public as per the Copley ruling and the California Police Bill of Rights.
Oakland Citizens' Police Review Board - 2008 Review, Pending Cases, March Agenda, 3/26/09:
Oakland Citizen's Police Review Board website:
For more info on PUEBLO - People United for a Better Life in Oakland see:
You can fill out a speaker's card online to reserve time to support the civilianization program: http://www.oaklandnet.com/cityclerk/speaker_instructions.cfm. Rashidah Grinage says the proposal, item #6 on the agenda, likely will not come up until almost 6:30pm.
More or less, after working with the CPRB and Pueblo in the Mayor's Task Force on Police Issues, IA has done an about-face and now objects to virtually the entire proposal. IA suggests that any civilian investigators hired work under OPD supervision, which completely defeats the purpose of having independent investigators.