Oakland police officers who face termination over fatal 2018 shooting sue the city

Five Oakland police officers slated to be fired following a controversial 2018 shooting have filed a lawsuit against the city and its civilian Police Commission, asking a court to spare their jobs and formally clear them of wrongdoing.

The suit, filed Monday in Alameda County Superior Court, is the latest chapter in what has been a contentious year of investigations and conflicting findings about the March 11, 2018, death of Joshua Pawlik. Pawlik, a 32-year-old homeless man, was discovered unconscious and armed in a yard between two homes in West Oakland, and was gunned down by police moments after he woke up.


The mission of the Coalition for Police Accountability (“the Coalition” or CPA) is to advocate for accountability of the Oakland Police Department to the community so that the Oakland Police Department operates with equitable, just, constitutional, transparent policies and practices that reflect the values and engender the trust of the community.

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