Oakland, CA 94607
This week, the East Bay Express published the results of a review of civil rights settlements for police misconduct by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Not surprisingly, they found that Alameda County leads the region in civil rights payouts. The article describes the brutal and often fatal lawless behavior that has cost us millions of dollars in just the last 3 years.
We know that the Alameda County Sheriff and deputies invested heavily in the re-election of incumbent District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to protect and preserve the status quo. We also know that O’Malley has publically stated that she will NOT swiftly, thoroughly and transparently investigate officer-involved shootings and police brutality and make her findings publicly available. Without that check, lawlessness rules the day and the taxpayers will continue to pay.
We cannot give up the fight! We have to continue the political fight to hold all law enforcement agencies and public officials in Alameda County accountable. Civil rights attorney Glenn Katon (quoted in the East Bay Express article) says it best:
“Apart from the obscene amount Alameda County taxpayers are paying for the sheriff’s incompetence and/or malice, more disturbing is the emotional trauma that has been inflicted behind those numbers, . . . The dead and maimed bodies, grieving families, and emotional trauma people will live with for the rest of their lives.”
I invite you to join us for the first organizing meeting of local activists by the Real Justice Political Action Committee. The public is welcome to attend and help us plan the way forward. I hope to see you there. Bring a friend.
Thank you in advance for your courage and continued support,