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NOBLE Honors Rashidah Grinage and PUEBLO at Awards Dinner, Oakland, 4/24/09: audio
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The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) held a 3-day training conference with various workshops at the Oakland Airport Hilton hotel. The theme of the conference -- "An injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere" -- is from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail, written on April 16, 1963, while King was being imprisoned for his part in a civil disobedience protest against racial segregation. On April 23rd, 2009, the Board of Directors of BART unanimously chose NOBLE to conduct a "top to bottom" review of the BART Police Department. BART Board and Police Department Review Committee member Lynette Sweet of Oakland said, "What we really liked about NOBLE’s proposal is that the organization truly demonstrated it understands the value of engaging the community in the process while at the same time it showed it has the expertise to conduct a comprehensive top to bottom review of our police force." The review is set to last four months and examine BART police culture, recruitment, training, policies, and investigatory practices. Recommendations will be made by NOBLE. BART has its first public meeting to review civilian police oversight models scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd at 1pm in Oakland. On April 24th, as a part of the training conference, NOBLE held an awards dinner to honor Bay Area activists and civil servants with community service awards as well as to pay tribute to notable achievements within their own ranks. Audio of three of the speakers is featured here. First is NOBLE National President Joseph McMillan, introduced by Dave Clark of KTVU, who MCd the awards dinner. Joseph McMillan -- speaking to the theme of the NOBLE conference and the recent deadly violence between police and civilians across the nation, including the BART shooting death of Oscar Grant on January 1st and the deaths of Lovelle Mixon and four Oakland police officers on March 21st -- declares that "injustice by law enforcement officials breeds injustice."

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