Deadly Secrets: How California Law Has Shielded Oakland Police Violence

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Below you’ll find supporting documents referenced in Deadly Secrets: How California Law Has Shielded Oakland Police Violence.

OPD Officer-Involved Shooting Incidents

Sixteen officers currently in the OPD are responsible for nearly half of the department’s total 85 shootings between 2000 and 2010. Misconduct allegations filed with the Citizens’ Police Review Board against these officers would have been public records before the Copley ruling; they are now confidential.



A Pre-Copely Citizens’ Police Review Board Complaint

In 2000, Andre Piazza filed this misconduct complaint against OPD Officer Patrick Gonzales. The Copley ruling now shields documents such as this complaint from public view. Policing watchdogs say officers such as Gonzales, with repeated misconduct complaints and involvement in controversial use-of-force incidents, are most likely to later fire their weapons at suspects. Copely severely curtailed watchdogs’ ability to monitor complaints and identify patterns.

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