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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.
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Campaign to defund OPD challenges Oakland City Council Sunday Jul 16th 2:51 PM
Protesters Shut Down Oakland City Council Meeting, Call for Budget That Responds to Oakland's Needs Sunday Jul 16th 2:47 PM
Prosecution Not Promotion - Protest OPD Promotions Ceremony Thursday Jul 13th 4:10 PM
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Shut Down YIMBY Town (2 comments) Saturday Jul 8th 3:49 PM
Act for Mumia’s Freedom, Free Mumia! End the DA’s Cover-Up! Monday Jul 3rd 10:16 AM
Legislature Advances Bill To Stop Secret Surveillance In California Thursday Jun 29th 2:41 PM
John Ramondetta Exposed to Berkeley Community as Neo-Nazi Organizer Thursday Jun 29th 12:45 PMMore Local News...
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Report On Cuban Labor Movement & Cuba's Health and Tourism Union by Victor Manuel Lemagne, Friday Jun 30th 9:19 PM
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 PMMore Global News...
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Richard Dawkins speaks about KPFA Manager Quincy McCoy canceling his talk in Berkeley Monday Jul 24th 1:08 PM
KPFA Corporatist GM Quincy McCoy Attacks Free Speech In Canceling Dawkins Monday Jul 24th 8:10 AM
KPFA management cancels Richard Dawkins’ speech because of his tweets about Islam-So Much (1 comment) Saturday Jul 22nd 10:21 PM
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Omni & Food Not Bombs RASISM torwards INDIGENOUS Community Thursday Jul 13th 1:48 PM
Calling out left's Russia bs...7-11-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 11th 3:37 PM
Anna Mae Discovers America...Celebration Cancelled...7-4-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 4th 2:39 PM
Killing the Co-worker...6-27-17 Mouse Report Tuesday Jun 27th 10:51 PM
Wonder War...6-20-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Jun 20th 1:44 PM
30 OPD officers Guilty (No Firings) of Child Molestation/Pimping as City Pays 1 Million (1 comment) Monday Jun 19th 11:12 AMOpen Newswire...
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