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The Oakland Citizens' Police Review Board held a symposium on Bias-Based Policing on December 9th. Acting Manager Patrick Caceres acted as moderator, introduced the panel of experts and then took questions and comments from the audience.
The panel assembled was comprised of the following:
* Chief Ron Davis, East Palo Alto Police Department
* Jack Glaser, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, whose specialties include hate crime, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and unconscious social cognition
* Captain Paul Figueroa, Oakland Police Department, head of Internal Affairs
* Attorney Jim Chanin, whose specialties include civil rights and police misconduct.

Bias-based policing is a replacement term for 'racial profiling.' The new term is broader in that it accounts for a wider scope of bias than race. Each of the panelists contributed from the perspective of their respective backgrounds, but it was apparent from the nature of the audience's questions and comments that most attendees' concerns were about the larger issue of police accountability and misconduct, in general. Questions were raised about the type of individuals that were recruited by police organizations, the degree of training police have in cultural sensitivity, whether it matters that police reside in the community in which they serve, what the 'sustain rate' is for allegations brought against officers, and why officers have qualified immunity from damages paid in misconduct settlements.

PUEBLO was very well represented, with at least six members in attendance in an audience of about 35- 40. Mayor-Elect Quan appeared briefly at the start, saying that she had talked with Judge Henderson and was aware that she needed to pay particular attention to police behaviors and compliance with mandated reforms. Council member Desley Brooks attended the meeting and stayed for the duration.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Caceres announced that there would be a follow up to the symposium at the CPRB meeting of Thursday, Dec. 16th at 6:15 PM. Based on the feedback solicited at the symposium, there will be a discussion of next steps needed to create solutions.

Oakland Local featured an article highlighting the CPRB's functions and potential, in addition to eloquently explaining police bias and how to strategically combat it.
Follow the link below to check it out:

Experts, community discuss how to combat race bias in Oakland policing (Analysis)

Created: 12-13-2010

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