Showdown over Oakland police search policy delays vote

The Oakland City Council on Friday rejected both the Police Department and civilian police commission’s competing versions of a new policy for searching people on probation and parole, sending the matter back to the commission to iron out the differences.


But the move was viewed as a victory for the relatively new civilian body, which was tasked with helping to shape the Police Department’s discipline and protocol. While Oakland police brass insisted their draft would be the most progressive in the country, the commission argued it didn’t go far enough.


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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