Thursday Must Reads: OPD Shoots at People More Often than Police in Similar Cities; Oakland’s New Police Czar Wants Officers to Use Tasers Instead of Guns

News stories that East Bay progressives and environmentalists shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland police officers shoot at people much more often than cops in other cities with high crime rates, and more than twice as often as those in larger cities like San Francisco and San Jose, a Tribune investigation has found. The investigation also found that Oakland police often shoot at unarmed people after mistaking harmless items for weapons, shoot people in the back at an alarmingly high rate, and have a small number of officers on the force who have shot at people repeatedly. The investigation also uncovered troubling evidence about the killing of Gary King Jr. in 2007, who was shot in the back by Sergeant Patrick Gonzales as King was running away, and of OPD’s ongoing inability to adequately investigate internal affairs cases.

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