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Motion seeks to have feds take over Oakland police

Associated Press Published: October 4, 2012
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Henderson increased the oversight authority of a court-appointed monitor. Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan now must consult with the monitor before making important department decisions such as promoting and disciplining officers and changing policing policy and tactics.

Jordan and Mayor Jean Quan said Thursday they both believe the department is making progress with the reforms. They said the city is in compliance with 85 percent of the 52 mandated changes.

"We're all working to move in the same direction, which is full compliance," Jordan said in a statement. "It's not been easy. It's been challenging. But no one here (is) ducking from the responsibilities we have.

"We all want the same thing. Judge Henderson wants the same thing, and I want the same thing: constitutional policing in Oakland."

But the lawyers contend Oakland's time is up as the city already has been allowed two extensions and two independent monitoring teams, and has spent "thousands, if not millions of dollars" on consultants to help get in compliance.

"We are fed up with the lack of consistent progress by the city," Burris said. "It is time for a change."

Oakland's deadline to respond to the motion is Nov. 8. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Dec. 13.