Fwd: CA NAACP to Hold Public Hearing on Police Brutality in Oaland
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Subject: CA NAACP to Hold Public Hearing on Police Brutality in Oaland Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 20:35:07 -0500 (EST) From: joypatkinson@... To: tnettershome@...
CALIFORNIA STATECONFERENCE OF THEN A A C P1215 K Street, Suite 1609, Sacramento , CA 95814Alice A. Huffman, PresidentFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 10, 2010Contact: Joy Atkinson323.954.3777213.840.4173CALIFORNIA NAACP TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON REPORTED BRUTALITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS CARRIED OUT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN OAKLAND(Sacramento, CA)……Alice Huffman, President of the California State Conference of the NAACP, announced that the CA NAACP will hold a public hearing to discuss and explore solutions to brutality and civil rights violations carried out by Oakland law enforcement. The hearing will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero, Oakland.Huffman stated, “In recent weeks, the City of Oakland has contended with the brutal killing of Derrick Jones, an unarmed African American man slain by the bullets of police officers, along with the injustice of Officer Johannes Mehserle’s 2-year sentencing for the January 2009 murder of Oscar Grant. It is important to note that during this same period, on November 11, there were drastically different law enforcement tactics employed towards a white man named Craig Valentino, who shut down the Bay Bridge while waving a pistol, and told authorities that there were explosives in his vehicle, as he endangered his 16 year old daughter. This inconsistency is questionable and an issue that needs to be explored.”The Oakland Police Department has been under investigation for several years and under court orders to make changes in their administration of justice regarding police misconduct. In the backdrop of the recent killings and Mehserle sentencing in Oakland, the NAACP continues to be confronted with scores of civil rights violations. A local disconcerting fact is that just 13 percent of the children in Alameda County are African-American, according to U.S. census estimates,yet two of every three youths booked into the juvenile hall facility there in August and September of 2010 were African-American. Half of the new detainees were black boys.According to Huffman, “The purpose of this hearing is to address civil rights violations in Oakland and the perpetual devaluation of African American lives.” The planned agenda will cover the following topics:
- Frame the police officer practices in the City of Oakland and County of Alameda, and their relationship to the experiences of local African American individuals, families and communities; and to provide a forum for affected families to share their experiences, attempts and desires to receive justice, as well as have their questions answered by the responsible authorities.
- Provide the NAACP, other community leaders and elected policymakers with a vehicle to receive testimony from, ask questions to and dialogue with, families, local law enforcement authorities, and state and federal officials regarding their perspectives, and relevant details about the current civil rights and criminal justice landscape.
- Set in motion a series of next steps resulting in several alternatives that may include law enforcement admission of culpability, terminations, disciplinary and corrective actions, accountability, oversight, police officer standards, training and practices addressing the wrongful demonization of African Americans.
- Produce a report with a set of concrete findings and recommendations