Riders are back in the news this month, stay tuned.

Consent Degree 2007

Unable to comply with yet another time table set and reset by order of the Federal courts, the Department will step aside from dealings with the Oakland Police Association. The public employee union will lose their long held advantage and influence with administration and personnel at negotiations and accountability investigation. I believe it will be ineffective to threaten Federal legal  observers and court-appointed compliance auditors with he sea of petty lawsuits claiming damages when any disciplinary investigation kicks up a suspension or criminal conduct.

There is good, rational, self-preservationist logic behind the popular rejection of cops from society in Oakland. And the shit goes down with no let up, so Oaklanders can see that members of the OPD feel a lot more hostile towards Oaklanders than the other way around.Oaklnd shoot somebody in the back every month. Oaklanders don’t hardly ever retaliate. Maybe we’d all be better off if the OPD began to regain some of that cleansing fear of miltant anti-cop action that they appear to have become desensetized to the talent history has for repeating.

Those BPA guys brag to people that they can trust about offing pigs. Without exception, the pigs that got offed in the 70s deserved far worse. Everyone who was present during that period of armed struggle against cointelpro with its planned genocide of the black nationalist in Oakland, is still angry and outraged. There comes a time when all your friends become targets and you have to throw down to defend yourself. When that time comes, self-righteousness can cloud the dangers of escalation and wars for territory. Unable to comply with yet another time table set and reset by order of the Federal courts, the Department will step aside from dealings with the Oakland Police Association. The public employee union will lose their long held advantage and influence with administration and personnel at negotiations and accountability investigation. I believe it will be ineffective to threaten Federal legal observers and court-appointed compliance auditors with he sea of petty lawsuits claiming damages when any disciplinary investigation kicks up a suspension or criminal conduct.

Those BLA guys brag to people that they can trust about offing pigs. Without exception, the pigs that got offed in the 70s deserved far worse. Everyone who was present during that period of armed struggle against cointelpro with its planned genocide of the black nationalist in Oakland, is still angry and outraged. There comes a time when all your friends become targets and you have to throw down to defend yourself. When that time comes, self-righteousness can cloud the dangers of escalation and wars for territory.

It takes a generation to come up and reach the same political conclusions as those reached by preceding generations. At this point, Oaklanders have been so abused by their police force despite the white liberal corrosive optimism that reform will somehow bring peace, the popular wisdom is to treat police as you would a wild animal that has been cornered but not bound, never turn your back nor expect kindness.

There have been some developments in the continuing settlement negotiations between the federal court and the OPD. The crux of the Judge’s reticence is that OPD administration seems incapable of disciplining officers or completing internal investigations.

Proof positive of good, rational, self-preservationist logic behind rejection of cops from society in Oakland. And the shit goes down with no let up, so anybody sees OPD’s hostility with the population. Oaklanders are frequently reality-checked police are fucked up all over, , the most notable aspect that makes Oaktown  different is that the civilians actually demonstrate against police misconduct. Oakland critically examines the story the press puts out about each use of force and if that dog won’t hunt, then there will be a lawsuit and press conferences and the officers will have to play Haskell and make the effort to NOT shoot somebody in the back about every month or so. Oaklanders don’t see their calls for accountability and justice as retaliation. There have been times of armed struggle when blood oath and vendetta ruled the passions of street revolutionaries driven by short-sighted optimism. Maybe we’d all be better off if the OPD regained some of that cleansing fear of militant radicals neighborhood patrolling to keep cops off their block. All the distortions and cover-ups have left many who lack the political savvy to understand history that they didn’t witness, to perceive a kind of a mystery or maybe an object lesson in the strength and power of the mob. Since cointelpro was so effective to jailing, killing, or discrediting the most articulate witnesses to the struggle, fools on both sides of this Riders scandal, or the military coup taking place at city hall, they think this is the first time it’s happened. We are not quite to the point that anti-cop action appears desensitized to the talent history has for repeating.

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