Thursday Must Read: Batts Quit After Bad Report; Jordan Expected to Take Over OPD

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1. Outgoing Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts announced his resignation just days after the city received a scathing report from court monitors overseeing the police department, the Chron reports. The report by the monitors, who are all veteran law enforcement officials, criticized OPD for “backsliding” in implementing mandated reforms. The monitors also appeared to pin blame on Batts, stating that “it is ultimately the leadership of the department that must be the impetus for reform and public confidence.” During his two years in Oakland, Batts has made very little progress in implementing the reforms that grew out of the Riders’ case.

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2. Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana and Mayor Jean Quan are expected to name Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan as the department’s interim chief today, the Trib reports. Jordan, an OPD veteran, previously served as interim chief in 2009 after ex-Chief Wayne Tucker resigned and before then-Mayor Ron Dellums hired Batts.

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