Oakland Police accountable in Frazier Group review of Occupy Oakland October 25, 2011 fiasco

Outside consultants roast OPD over the failure of the negotiated settlement agreement. Here are some of the findings

OPD’S MANAGEMENT OF THE OCTOBER 25, 2011 PROTEST WAS POOR AND CRIMINAL ACTS BY OFFICERS MAY HAVE HAPPENED

“Years of diminishing resources, increasing workload and failure to keep pace with national current standards and preferred practices led to the cascading elements resulting in the flawed responses noted during the events of October 25, 2011.”

“Factors that contributed to the failure of response according to the Frazier Group include turn-over in leadership/command, staffing cuts leading to low morale and “brain drain,” overwork.”

CROWD CONTROL FAILED

“A review of the current OPD Crowd Control Policy, and actions conducted throughout October 25, 2011, revealed that OPD did not satisfactorily exercise preferred practices.”

“Review of Occupy Oakland event video and departmental personnel interviews have revealed that the crowd control tactics used by OPD are outdated, dangerous, and ineffective.”

“THE OPD INTERNAL INVESTIGATION OF SCOTT OLSEN’S INJURY WAS LESS THAN OUTSTANDING

“During the evening deployment (B-Watch) at FOP Park, following the decision authorizing less-lethal munitions and chemical agents, officers from OPD and allied agencies deployed chemical agents from behind bicycle fence barriers. It was during this exchange that xxxx was struck in the head with a DSFB (“beanbag”) round or chemical munition and critically injured. Immediately following xxxx’s injury, and while he was lying on the ground, at least one chemical agent canister was deployed by an identified OPD officer into a crowd that had surrounded xxxx to render aid.”

‘We should note that the review team has serious concerns regarding the quality and breadth of the OPD criminal investigation involving this situation. The review team has received information that the criminal investigation has been closed. However, it is our belief that OPD should consider a re-examination of the quality of this investigation.

“All existing OPD chemical agents and less-lethal impact munitions should be replaced with state of the art munitions that will reduce injuries, help prevent property damage, and minimize canister “throw-backs:”

RECORDS REQUIRED AFTER THE ACTIONS WERE MISSING OR NEVER FILLED OUT BY OPD STAFFERS

“Less-lethal munitions and chemical agent issuance/usage records for Tango Team members and supervisors for October 25, 2011 do not exist.”

USE OF FORCE REPORTING WAS NO GOOD

“OPD practices regarding “group reporting” or collaboration following use-of-force events do not meet current standards or preferred practices.”

REVIEW OF VIDEO FOOTAGE

“During the interviews and review of video footage it became apparent that the OPD investigations, including investigative status, accountability of munitions deployed, injuries, mutual aid resources and activities, and so forth required the services of experienced, unbiased investigators not available to OPD.”

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

“On October 25, 2011 (and in subsequent Occupy Oakland events), actions by some OPD members provided reasonable suspicion that an officer-involved criminal act may have occurred.”

“Information that is obtained during IAD investigations is often confidential and should not be shared, accessed, or communicated in any manner with department members who do not have a need and a right to know. OPD must establish explicit policy and accountability which safeguards against broadcast of confidential IAD information outside of the IAD purview, in settings where multiple components of the department are gathered.”

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