Opinion: Police Accountability Requires Real Consequences by Henry Gage III

It is profoundly disappoint­ing to discover that Chief Kirk­patrick believes her officers’ use of lethal force against an uncon­scious man was “within law and policy,” as Chief Kirkpatrick writes in her addendum to the Executive Force Review Board Report. This is not the language of a reformer. This is a failure to advocate for progressive changes to both law and policy. Kirkpatrick’s addendum is an attempt to calcify an unaccept­able status quo.


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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