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Tue May 16 2017Call Goes Out to Defund OPD, Invest in Community
Tue May 16 2017As Oakland Holds Public Budget Forums Throughout May, Pressure Grows to Cut Police Funding
Defund OPD writes: The process of allocating Oakland’s 2.6 billion dollar budget for 2017-2019 has begun. We believe that the scandal-ridden and dysfunctional Oakland Police Department consumes far too many of our city's resources. It’s time to audit police spending and performance, and redirect wasted funds to community-building, constructive strategies for making Oakland a safer and better place to live.
Based upon the public records requests we filed, Defund OPD learned that Officers are dispatched thousands of times to situations in which they are completely unnecessary and fundamentally unqualified to handle. For example, thousands of calls concerned parking violations, such as a car blocking someone’s driveway. Oakland police officers are the city’s highest paid employees, and we are wasting tons of taxpayer money sending them to wait for tow trucks!
Even more alarmingly, we learned that thousands of dispatch calls are for mental health incidents. The handful of officers that do have Crisis Intervention Training spend a meager 5 hours in a workshop. Contrast this to a licensed social worker, who has approximately 6800 hours of relevant training or mental health professionals who have developed real expertise over years of training, and have de-escalation skills that save lives. Given the increased potential for fatalities (e.g. the killing of Kayla Moore by Berkeley Police during a mental health call), as well as the high liability the City incurs due to a tendency toward rapid escalation to violence when officers interact with people in crisis ($1.03 Million in misconduct settlements in 2015 alone), we cannot afford to keep sending unqualified police officers to these medical emergencies. For the cost of one officer, Oakland could hire 2-3 skilled professionals with the skill set to manage mental health crises with the care and expertise such situations require.
Community Feed before Occupy Oakland General Assembly Wednesday May 24th 7:35 AM
Sarah Yoell, Step Down! We Demand REAL Community Oversight of the Oakland Police Department Tuesday May 23rd 2:59 PM
Report on Projection at Oakland Coliseum (1 comment) Wednesday May 17th 9:34 PM
Commemorate revolutionary resistance and Judi Bari Day Wednesday May 17th 1:08 PM
UC UAW 2865 Calls For Resignation of UC Pres Janet Napolitano "we support ...resignation" (1 comment) Tuesday May 16th 4:36 PM
Paying More for Being Poor — Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System Monday May 15th 7:13 PM
Tell Oakland's City Council: Defund OPD, Invest in Community Monday May 15th 11:20 AM
Rob Bonta bill AB 423 fails in legislature to preserve Oakland SRO hotels Saturday May 13th 9:00 AM
An Open Letter to the Berkeley City Council: Police Militarization, Urban Shield and Trump (1 comment) Friday May 12th 4:49 PM
Standing Rock Copwatchers in the Bay Area Thursday May 11th 2:05 PMMore Local News...
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KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Looks At NNU Single Pay Campaign And CWA West AT&T Contract Fight Friday Mar 31st 2:37 PM
Korean Labor And The Impeachment & BAAQMD Retaliation And Document Destruction Monday Mar 20th 5:07 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson supports $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD (1 comment) Friday Mar 17th 3:52 AM
In condemned remarks, HUD Secretary Ben Carson calls slaves “immigrants” Monday Mar 6th 9:07 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson leads subsidized renters & union employees into uncertain future Friday Mar 3rd 1:57 AM
Milo Yiannopoulos' false narratives and liberals cherry picking the left. Sunday Feb 5th 7:14 AM
Should someone 5150 Trump for being a threat to himself and everyone else? (1 comment) Saturday Jan 14th 8:19 PM
Mumia Wins Federal Court Victory On Hep-C Treatment! Thursday Jan 5th 8:22 PM
Trump accuses millions of voting illegally this past election (2 comments) Monday Nov 28th 6:15 PM
As Protests Gain Momentum In Bay Area, Trump Campaign Is Scrubbing His Website Thursday Nov 10th 9:29 PMMore Global News...
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Party of Robert E. Lee don't need no stinking voters...5-23-17 Mouse Report Tuesday May 23rd 3:23 PM
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Snuff Monsters 'R' US...5-9-17 Mouse Report Tuesday May 9th 3:21 PM
Media gas attack ad nauseum...5-2-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday May 2nd 2:50 PM
7th Annual 9-11 (was an Inside Job) 4 Day Stop Driving Global Warming now Monthly Thursday Apr 27th 3:53 AM
IFPTE20 March For Science -Denialists/Charters, Workers Memorial Day & OSHA MayDay ILWU Tuesday Apr 25th 11:32 PM
People's Park 48th Birthday Party Tuesday Apr 25th 1:09 PM
5300 Port Chicago Hwy. tracks protest...4-18-17 Mouse Report Tuesday Apr 18th 2:08 PM
Media Bull on Syria (2 comments) Tuesday Apr 11th 2:26 PM
Media Gas Attack on Syria (1 comment) Tuesday Apr 4th 2:28 PMOpen Newswire...
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