Audit Says Oakland Police Commission Isn’t Fulfilling Duties

“A blistering city audit of the Oakland Police Commission found that the civilian watchdog group has not completed several of its City Charter requirements, lacks organizational structure and suggested it wields too much power in its ability to fire the police chief,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported May 28. “The 66-page audit, which The Chronicle obtained before its official release, comes as council members weigh a new ballot measure that would fortify the commission’s authority.”

Regina Jackson, who chairs the commission, said the auditors relied on misconceptions, glossed over the commission’s achievements and improperly weighed in on the firing of Oakland’s police chief.

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