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Town Hall for Justice on AB312, BART Review, and OPD Complaints, Oakland, 4/25/09: audio
The Town Hall for Justice for Oscar Grant met again on Saturday, April 25th and discussed keeping the pressure on state legislators to vote AB212 out of committee before the bill becomes a "two-year bill." The upcoming Saturday, May 2nd public meeting BART is holding to present possible civilian police review models was also discussed. The featured speaker this week was Rashidah Grinage of People United for a Better Life in Oakland (PUEBLO) who highlighted the possibility that budget cuts might be used to end civilian police review in the City of Oakland while at the same time there is an alternative opportunity this week to completely "civilianize" police review in Oakland if the Public Safety Committee can be so persuaded in their hearing Tuesday, April 28th. Rashidah Grinage is asking for public support to help make civilian review more powerful than ever in Oakland.
Minister Keith Muhammad speaks first here and addresses all of these issues and more:
Town Hall for Justice on AB312, BART, Orloff Recall, and Caravan for Justice III, Oakland, 4/18/09: audio
(includes contact info for legislators to pressure on AB312)
"Civilianization" of Oakland Police Internal Affairs Department
(Public Safety Committee hearing Tuesday, 4/28/09)
BART public meeting on Saturday, May 2nd to review civilian police oversight models
(includes relevant documents to prepare for meeting)
Town Hall Meetings
Every Saturday 4pm - 6pm [except May 2nd, as "Town Hall" to be held at BART public meeting]
Olivet Institutional Missionary Baptist Church
807 27th Ave, Oakland
For more info on the "Civilianization" of the Oakland Police Internal Affairs Department, see http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/04/27/18591408.php.
Jack Bryson's sons were on the Fruitvale BART platform with Oscar Grant the night he was murdered by Johannes Mehserle and they were abused by BART police as well.
Krystof speaks about the upcoming meeting on May 2nd when BART will present possible civilian review models, BART's recent hiring of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and related topics.
For more info on May 2nd public BART meeting, see http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/04/23/18590941.php. For more information on BART's hiring of NOBLE to review their police force, see http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/04/25/18591221.php.
Announcements are made about the May Day event at Fruitvale BART on May 1st (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/04/22/18590777.php) and a Death Row and Judicial Oppression Forum in Berkeley on May 7th (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/04/12/18588102.php).
Daniel Buford emphasizes the importance of keeping focus on the incompetence of BART police chief Gary Gee.