Although it is a small step, a recent appellate decision involving the City of Oakland carries significant promise for ensuring that local public agencies and civilian oversight boards can fully investigate allegations of police misconduct to ensure integrity in policing and maintain community trust.
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police officers last May, public entities across the nation – including many cities and counties – have started the process of re-examining policing and public safety models amidst demands for reform, restructuring and racial and economic justice.
On Friday, May 14, RPLG Founding Partner Jon Holtzman and Senior Associate Jamal Anderson presented on police reform at the League of California Cities annual City Attorneys Conference. The presentation explored the wide range of initiatives and policy changes on the table for cities addressing police reform in California.
Continuing a series of speaking engagements focused on public safety reform, RPLG Founding Partner Jon Holtzman will join a panel at the 44th Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference to discuss police arbitration.
During the session, panelists highlighted the need for improved officer training, better collaboration and communication between those most interested in reform, and the creation of police oversight bodies that are transparent, legitimate and fully resourced.
Featuring presentations by policymakers, former police chiefs, experts in alternatives to traditional approaches, and community advocates, the series will focus on exploring current reform and restructuring efforts and identifying actionable steps to implement change.