Oakland Police Department has a long history of misusing their authority on ordinary citizens, from protestors in Oscar Grant Plaza to youth of color walking down the street. We must have a mechanism to hold police accountable for their actions. Currently, citizens must go to Internal Affairs within the Police Department to make a complaint, which is unacceptable for a person who feels they have been wronged or abused by a member of the police force. Although the city council made a decision to place this process within Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB), this change has not moved forward, and the process remains within Internal Affairs. It is critical to reverse this situation and ensure that citizens are the ones reviewing complaints against police, and not those within the police department.
The Oakland Greens are appalled by the recent proposition to purchase a surveillance drone for Alameda County. We are concerned about how this drone would be used, who would be targeted by the surveillance, and where the funds for this purchase would come from. We are also very concerned by the proposed Domain Awareness Center, which would serve as a centralized surveillance resource, with access to video cameras, license plate readers, and gunshot detectors across the city. The police have lost our trust, and we are not comfortable with increasing their surveillance of citizens in this city when we cannot count on them to be fair and judicious in their use of such technology.