Further Evidence Emerges that the Oakland Police Under-Reported Use of Force Incidents
For the past several years, the Oakland Police Department has claimed that police officers are using substantially less force while making arrests. Supporting this assertion, OPD has published statistics showing a dramatic drop in the number of incidents in which an officer reported using any type of force, including drawing their guns on suspects. Between 2012 and 2017, officers reported a 75 percent decline in use of force.
But two months ago, a federal court-appointed independent monitor for the police department revealed that some use of force incidents weren't being reported by officers.