Oakland police won acclaim for reducing force. But monitor says some cases went unreported

An independent monitor overseeing Oakland Police Department reforms called into question the agency’s celebrated decline in use-of-force incidents, saying in a report Thursday that officers on several occasions had failed to properly disclose that they had pointed their guns at subjects or gotten physical with them.

The court-appointed monitor, Robert Warshaw, said he discovered the undocumented uses of force by reviewing police files and watching body-camera footage in a sampling of arrests. He called the omissions “troubling” and opened a wider investigation, declaring he would look into a larger batch of arrests.


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