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Who should investigate complaints against Oakland police?
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In 2008 alone, the Oakland Police Department has shot ten civilians, six of whom died. In none of those shootings were police charged with crimes or fired for their involvement. In fact, no officer in the Oakland Police Department has been charged with criminal activity or fired for civilian shootings since 2004. Several weeks ago, Capt. Edward I. Poulson, the head of the Oakland Police Department’s Internal Affairs Department, was suspended following allegations that he viciously beat a suspect, who later died, and then demanded that subordinates keep his brutality a secret. In light of these incredible facts, the public understandably has little confidence that the Internal Affairs Department will thoroughly investigate their complaints of police misconduct and bring rogue police officers to justice. The community demands a transparent and efficient civilian-run investigative agency, which will restore public confidence in the investigative process, empower civilians to report police misconduct and help repair the damaged reputation of the Oakland Police Department. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD AT THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING ON APRIL 28TH AT 5:30 PM

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