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Oakland PD’s new master—federal judge and his ‘compliance director’

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Give Oakland officials style points for negotiating a deal to avoid a first-of-a-kind federal receivership of the police department for foot-dragging on court-ordered reforms. It means they get slightly better headlines from yesterday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson to place the department under the thumb of a court-appointed “compliance director.” He’ll have authority over Chief Howard Jordan and top commanders, and oversight of the department’s purse strings.

Semantics aside, the judge warned that if there are any more delays in carrying out police reforms ordered up 10 years ago in the wake of the so-called Riders police scandal, he won’t hesitate to expand the compliance director’s powers to those of a full receivership. The Mercury News’ Matthew Artz writes about it.
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