Proposed Settlement Would Appoint Police Czar But Would Spare OPD from Federal Receivership

A proposed settlement agreement between the City of Oakland and civil rights attorneys would keep the Oakland Police Department out of federal receivership. The agreement, however, would require the city to hire a “compliance director,” a sort of police czar, who would have the power to fire or demote Police Chief Howard Jordan and other members of OPD’s command staff — pending final approval by US District Court Judge Thelton Henderson — for failure to live up to the reforms required by OPD’s federal consent decree.

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