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Resisting Reform: Recommendations from the Clinic’s Report on OPD Reform

The Stanford Law School International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic would like to thank everyone who provided their opinions, recommendations, and ideas at our event at Laney College on Thursday, December 12.  We appreciate the time and assistance of so many community members, including our panelists, organizers, and participants, and we hope everyone found the event as useful and informative as we did.

We recognize that the reform of the Oakland Police Department is an ongoing project with many stakeholders, the most important of which is the community that OPD is committed to protect and serve.  Since not everyone was able to attend the event, we would like to invite anyone with an interest in OPD’s reform process to join the conversation here.

We have divided our preliminary recommendations into individual blog posts.  We invite your comments and feedback on each of these posts.  We hope to draw on this feedback as we finalize our recommendations before releasing our report, Resisting Reform.

To provide us with your thoughts, please click on an item and it will take you to the post where you can read about our proposed recommendation, and share your thoughts in the input in the comments beneath.  Comments are anonymous by default, but please feel free – if you wish and believe it to be relevant – to share with us your institutional affiliation or role in the community.

  • OPD:
  1. Develop proactive, credible, and publicly-accessible processes to demonstrate officers’ awareness of policies designed to protect the rights of Oakland citizens (ex: Oakland’s Crowd Control Policy, OPD’s business card policy, etc.)
  2. Publish Crowd Control Compliance Reports following any police encounters with social protest movements
  3. Increase the opportunities for OPD officers to engage with the Oakland Community
  4. Recruit more OPD officers from Oakland
  5. “Civilianize” the oversight of the OPD
  • Alameda District Attorney and US Attorney’s Office:
  1. Prosecute more OPD officers who have been found to commit crimes or egregiously violate policies
  • Oakland Municipal Authorities:
  1. Change incentives for Oakland City Attorney to aggressively pursue decisions to terminate OPD officers as a result of serious violations of departmental policy
  2. Improve communication with the police department
  3. Improve communication with the public
  4. Create political space for police reform
  • California’s Mutual Aid System:
  1. Reform to allow for greater department discretion and officer accountability
  • Citizen Activists:
  1. Find creative and non-violent means of expressing opinions and ideas, and stay involved in the conversations between the OPD and the city


If you think we’ve missed any major recommendations, or you have a general comment, please click here.

Thank you for your support; together, we hope to spark dialogue between all the parties involved that will lead to a more transparent, accountable, and communicative OPD.

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