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Oakland City Council to approve $127k for 121 OPD shotguns

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Oscar Grant Plaza / City Hall
Oakland, CA

There is a good chance that the only reason this is even appearing on a committee meeting agenda is because the sum is more than $100,000 otherwise the citizens would not have known of this. One might wonder if this purchase came out of the recent Urban Shield vendor weapons display. The Oakland Police Dept will say the shotguns they already have are old and overused – which is a tired argument. Municipal police departments are not supposed to be firing weapons aside from on the firing range and these weapons – if maintained – will last for a very long time.

City of Oakland Finance & Management Committee


4 Subject: Purchase of Remington Shotguns and Accessories
From: Finance Department
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Authorizing The City Administrator To Award A Contract To LC Action Police Supply, The Lowest Responsible, Responsive Bidder, A Corporation, To Provide Remington Shotguns And Accessories, In An Amount Not To Exceed One Hundred Twenty-Seven Thousand One Hundred Ninety-Five Dollars And Twenty Cents ($127,195.20) Per Request For Quotation (RFQ) No. 5608, Specification No. 15-680-52 And The General Conditions Therefor On File In The Purchasing Section According To Its Bid Filed With The City On June 29, 2015

OPD wants to purchase 121 REMINGTON 870 18" barrel shotguns at roughly $300 per gun. The add-ons push the price to over $1,000 per shotgun. These include: and Vang Comp Ghost Ring Sights Notice the following quote: "Vang Comp Ghost Ring Sights turn your basic shotgun into an effective combat tool. By having these sights installed on your shotgun you increase the range at which you can effectively send slugs downrange. It's not just the slugs that receive a performance boost but the Ghost Ring sight picture offers the perfect balance between speedy target acquisition and pinpoint accuracy."

From the resolution ... "WHEREAS, funds are available in the General Purpose Fund (1010), District Command Administration Organization (108010), Supplies Technical and Scientific Account (52913), Undetermined Project (0000000), Community Oriented Policing Services Program (COPS) ..." COPS?! Is that what residents considered community-oriented policing? Or would they consider proper rubber-soled walking shoes to be community-oriented policing?

This is about priorities and stockpiling weapons for the upcoming repression. When combined with the OPD request of $279,000 for 8 “paddy wagons” to be heard later in the day, OPD will be consuming over $400,000. Funds that this supposed cash-strapped city could easily direct elsewhere.

Either appear in person or contact the four council members who warm the chairs on this committee to say NO to these purchases: DKalb [at]; AGuillen [at]; LMcelhaney [at]; ACampbell-Washington [at]
Added to the calendar on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 5:38PM
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