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Tue May 16 2017Call Goes Out to Defund OPD, Invest in Community
Tue May 16 2017As Oakland Holds Public Budget Forums Throughout May, Pressure Grows to Cut Police Funding
Defund OPD writes: The process of allocating Oakland’s 2.6 billion dollar budget for 2017-2019 has begun. We believe that the scandal-ridden and dysfunctional Oakland Police Department consumes far too many of our city's resources. It’s time to audit police spending and performance, and redirect wasted funds to community-building, constructive strategies for making Oakland a safer and better place to live.
Based upon the public records requests we filed, Defund OPD learned that Officers are dispatched thousands of times to situations in which they are completely unnecessary and fundamentally unqualified to handle. For example, thousands of calls concerned parking violations, such as a car blocking someone’s driveway. Oakland police officers are the city’s highest paid employees, and we are wasting tons of taxpayer money sending them to wait for tow trucks!
Even more alarmingly, we learned that thousands of dispatch calls are for mental health incidents. The handful of officers that do have Crisis Intervention Training spend a meager 5 hours in a workshop. Contrast this to a licensed social worker, who has approximately 6800 hours of relevant training or mental health professionals who have developed real expertise over years of training, and have de-escalation skills that save lives. Given the increased potential for fatalities (e.g. the killing of Kayla Moore by Berkeley Police during a mental health call), as well as the high liability the City incurs due to a tendency toward rapid escalation to violence when officers interact with people in crisis ($1.03 Million in misconduct settlements in 2015 alone), we cannot afford to keep sending unqualified police officers to these medical emergencies. For the cost of one officer, Oakland could hire 2-3 skilled professionals with the skill set to manage mental health crises with the care and expertise such situations require.
SURJ Bay Area Statement of Support for Reem’s Bakery Thursday Aug 17th 1:15 PM
Alameda County Sheriff's Office Retweets and Follows Nazi Accounts Wednesday Aug 16th 3:41 PM
Onward: A Statement from Eric Clanton (3 comments) Wednesday Aug 16th 1:36 PM
Indybay Co-Founder Kaye "Nana" Griffin Passes On Tuesday Aug 15th 8:12 PM
Say No to Hate in the Bay: Oakland Solidarity with Charlottesville, Aug 13, 2017 (video) Monday Aug 14th 7:14 PM
From Oakland to Charlottesville: Love & Solidarity Sunday Aug 13th 4:47 PM
Black Coalition Sends Open Letter to Mayor Schaaf Demanding Answers on OPD Actions Monday Aug 7th 1:14 PM
Warning: Oakland's Stork Club to Host The Mentors' Anti-Antifa Rape Rock Tour (1 comment) Saturday Aug 5th 5:08 PM
Strong rent control laws will slow rent hikes & homelessness (1 comment) Friday Aug 4th 8:55 PM
Please Save Berkeley's People's Park (2 comments) Thursday Aug 3rd 7:28 PMMore Local News...
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Technology, Automation, Internationalism, Longshore Workers And The Future Of Work Tuesday Jul 25th 12:55 PM
Report On Cuban Labor Movement & Cuba's Health and Tourism Union by Victor Manuel Lemagne, Friday Jun 30th 9:19 PM
KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Looks At NNU Single Pay Campaign And CWA West AT&T Contract Fight Friday Mar 31st 2:37 PM
Korean Labor And The Impeachment & BAAQMD Retaliation And Document Destruction Monday Mar 20th 5:07 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson supports $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD (1 comment) Friday Mar 17th 3:52 AM
In condemned remarks, HUD Secretary Ben Carson calls slaves “immigrants” Monday Mar 6th 9:07 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson leads subsidized renters & union employees into uncertain future Friday Mar 3rd 1:57 AM
Milo Yiannopoulos' false narratives and liberals cherry picking the left. Sunday Feb 5th 7:14 AM
Should someone 5150 Trump for being a threat to himself and everyone else? (1 comment) Saturday Jan 14th 8:19 PM
Mumia Wins Federal Court Victory On Hep-C Treatment! Thursday Jan 5th 8:22 PMMore Global News...
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US out of Al Qaeda (cont.)...8-15-17 Mouse Report Tuesday Aug 15th 9:21 PM
US out of Al Qaeda...8-8-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 8th 1:41 PM
Death Sod Army...8-1-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 1st 2:21 PM
KPFA's Action Abhorrent Saturday Jul 29th 9:10 AM
KPFA's “Deplatformed" Author and Biologist Richard Dawkins Speaking In Corte Madera (1 comment) Friday Jul 28th 1:53 PM
Bombing Protest to Life...7-25-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 25th 3:02 PM
Richard Dawkins speaks about KPFA Manager Quincy McCoy canceling his talk in Berkeley (2 comments) Monday Jul 24th 1:08 PM
KPFA Corporatist GM Quincy McCoy Attacks Free Speech In Canceling Dawkins (1 comment) Monday Jul 24th 8:10 AM
KPFA management cancels Richard Dawkins’ speech because of his tweets about Islam-So Much (2 comments) Saturday Jul 22nd 10:21 PM
UK Wars R US: exMI5 on agent Tunworth Manchester op...7-18-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 18th 2:42 PMOpen Newswire...
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