Tag Archives: John Burris

Attorney Michael Rains enters Alameda County Courthouse. Photo by Rachel Loyd.

John Burris and Michael Rains: Justice is in the eyes of the beholder

Two of the Bay Area's top lawyers often find themselves on opposite sides of high profile police misconduct cases. One is a plaintiff lawyer who often sues police departments, another defends officers in and out...
Attorney John Burris speaks to the media at the Hayward Hall of Justice before Oakland officer Giovanni LoVerde's arraignment. Photo by Andrew Beale.

John Burris, lawyer who tackled “Riders,” takes on Guap case

One of the Bay Area’s most distinguished civil rights lawyers has taken on the case of a sexually-exploited teen suing the City of Oakland and several other Bay Area jurisdictions.

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan announces resignation

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan announced Wednesday morning that he is stepping down from the department and seeking medical retirement. The abrupt resignation came moments before a scheduled news conference with Jordan and former New...

Thomas Frazier, lead investigator of Occupy Oakland response, named OPD compliance director

Federal Judge Thelton Henderson named former Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier as the new compliance director of the Oakland Police Department on Monday.
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Judge approves settlement agreement, new compliance director in OPD takeover dispute

Nine years after the Oakland Police Department was ordered to comply with a series of court orders or be put into receivership, a federal judge approved a settlement agreement Wednesday between city officials and civil...
OPD officers arrest a protester during the Occupy Oakland encampment eviction on October 25, 2011. OPD's actions during this and other Occupy-related protests have been criticized by the independent monitor. Photo by Brittany Schell.

Oakland city officials argue against motion for police receivership

In a federal court document filed Thursday, city officials rejected a motion by local attorneys for a federal takeover of the Oakland Police Department, pushing instead for the creation of two new positions that would...
Jeralynn Blueford, mother of Alan Blueford, leads supporters in a "Justice for Alan Blueford" chant on the steps of Rene C. Davidson Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

Blueford family and supporters denounce DA’s investigation

The investigation by the district attorney’s office into the death of Alan Blueford at the gun of an Oakland police officer was biased and slipshod, Blueford’s family and supporters said at a press conference on...
OPD officers arrest a protester during the Occupy Oakland encampment eviction on October 25, 2011. OPD's actions during this and other Occupy-related protests have been criticized by the independent monitor. Photo by Brittany Schell.

Monitor: Oakland Police backsliding on reforms

The Oakland Police Department has slid backward in its nearly decade-long effort to comply with court ordered reforms, the independent monitor of the department wrote in a quarterly report released Monday.
Walter Riley and Dan Siegel, Blueford family attorneys

Blueford family, attorneys still have questions after release of police documents

Standing before a well-worn banner reading “Justice for Alan Blueford,” on Friday attorneys for the family criticized the heavily redacted Oakland Police Department crime report released October 2 that details the 18-year-old’s death.

After room reaches capacity, Blueford protestors shut out of city council meeting

About 100 people packed in to Oakland City Hall during Tuesday night’s council meeting before police temporarily barricaded the doors to prevent the possibility of a raucous protest, similar to the one that shut down...

Hundreds peacefully protest Johannes Mehserle jail release

Oakland activists organized a peaceful march from the Fruitvale BART station to Frank Ogawa Plaza on Sunday night to protest the upcoming release of ex-BART police officer Johannes Mehserle from jail. Mehserle was convicted of...