Oakland Police Continue to Under-Report Use of Force

A new report from the Oakland Police Department's Office of the Inspector General concludes that in nearly half the cases reviewed, officers under-reported when they used force to detain someone and that police were much quicker to use force on African-Americans and Latinos.

The two key findings:

-- Of 47 use-of-force incidents sampled and reviewed, 18 (involving 31 officers) were not in compliance with policy requirements. Seventeen of these went unreported altogether, where no use-of-force form was  completed, the OIG found. 

-- The percentage of African Americans detained  – and who police used force on but the cases were underreported --  is higher than the percentage of African-American arrestees.  For example, there were five cases where the audit determined a "weaponless defense technique," like a takedown or a leg sweep, should have been reported as a use of force but was not.  Of that number,  four people were Black and one was Latino. The auditors found another 12 incidents involving 19 people where the pointing of a firearm should have been reported as a use of force but was not. Of that number, 17 were African American and two were Latino.  "When force goes unreported, it inhibits the department's efforts to accurately assess potential racial disparities in the use of force," the OIG wrote. 

Oakland Police Continue to Under-Report Use of Force