#1 By: Cory Doctorow, October 17th, 2013 14:46
#2 By: Tim, October 17th, 2013 14:54
This is the same department that claims to be so under-funded that they basically won't respond to your 911 call unless someone is actively in the process of murdering you.
#3 By: Sarge Misfit, October 17th, 2013 14:54
(removes Oakland from his list of places to visit, changes travel plans to go around)
#4 By: soulb, October 17th, 2013 15:14
Totally... friends in Oakland have said that police won't respond when their home was broken into... And yet... and yet....
#5 By: layne, October 17th, 2013 15:22
And the $7 Million in funding is coming from the same Federal Govt that's moaning, crying and predicting doom if we try to actually balance the budget, restrain costs or cut any programs.
And that 7-mil is a drop in the bucket.
#6 By: Jeremy Sweeney, October 17th, 2013 15:56
Ah, Oaktown. Where "selective enforcement" always asks if you're white before responding.
#7 By: jackbird, October 17th, 2013 15:59
How much surveillance state can $7m possibly purchase? At ten times that I don't see that sort of project getting anywhere near completion.
#8 By: Earnestine Browning, October 17th, 2013 16:14
No grants. Pass a state law.
#9 By: c, October 17th, 2013 16:45
Next they will be hiring pre-cogs to stop crime before it happens.
#10 By: joeblough, October 17th, 2013 16:48
not really, on local neighborhood mailing lists, people have reported that opd dispatchers have refused to respond to 911 calls made by north oakland residents, chastising them for calling 911 about things the dispatchers considered harmless. statistically speaking, the demographic in north oakland is mostly white.
the department is completely underfunded. our political leadership has let this happen. we have less than half a proper-sized police department. i don't condone the PD's violence but i can see how it gets that way when the PD is understaffed.
by the way whenever there's a protest in downtown oakland, invariably it turns into a riot with stores looted and property destroyed. the oscar grant protests come to mind.
this $7M would be much better spent on basic policing stuff, not surveillance. but that's what the feds are giving, so oakland is taking. as jackbird says, it's probably just going to be a waste of money.
#11 By: Felix Hoenikker, October 17th, 2013 16:49
I didnt realize oakland was such a terrorist hotbet
#12 By: kpkpkp, October 17th, 2013 17:08
They already exist in Oaksterdam
#13 By: Thecorrectline, October 17th, 2013 17:36
#14 By: Boundegar, October 17th, 2013 19:26
...the center would be able to “paint a pretty detailed picture of someone’s personal life, someone who may be innocent.”
With fine enough resolution, nobody is innocent.
#15 By: gatto, October 17th, 2013 20:26
It might be worth spending time and money on addressing Oakland's underlying issues rather than trying to stamp out the behavior those issues generate. America's various wars abroad take this same tact: kill all the terrorists, even if that process generates yet more terrorism.
#16 By: GlyphGryph, October 18th, 2013 01:58
Yes, this is because Oakland refuses to hire decent police or enough of them to actually do anything. When the law is enforced by criminals and criminals learn to have no real fear of repercussions from said law enforcement, you tend to get crime problems.
Oakland ALREADY knows about way more crimes than they can be bothered to do anything about - I don't see how this would help. And the quality of Oakland policing leaves basically no chance it doesn't end up abused quite seriously.
#17 By: James Race, October 18th, 2013 07:59
The terrorists are easy to spot - look for the uniforms.
#18 By: Eric S., October 18th, 2013 09:49
Pffft, but that wouldn't employ more overzealous cops, get the upper echelon re-elected, bring in Federal Homeland Security funds, etc.
It's not about solving problems. It's about money and power.
#19 By: Donovan Acree, October 18th, 2013 09:52
Did I just read that these police are collecting an storing red light camera footage for cars passing but not committing an offense?
So they are collecting evidence on people not currently under investigation? Isn't that illegal?
#20 By: MT66, October 19th, 2013 14:25
I actually live in Oakland, how many of you do? The majority of Oaklanders want what remains of Occupy Oakland gone, they break shit, serve no purpose and cost the city money we do not have. It's not that they can't or won't hire quality cops, they can't get good candidates that can get through the academy, the drop out rate is terrible. Articles like this keep people away thinking that Oakland is something it's not. I've never had a problem with the cops not coming if it's something urgent. The problem of an understaffed PD has been going on for a decade or more, it's not a new thing.
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