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.
The Berkeley Law Center for Law and Work will host a five-hour webinar about police reform on Friday, Jan. 29, convening sixteen lawyers, judges, policy experts and professors to discuss possible changes to police-related labor laws. RPLG Founding Partner Jon Holtzman will speak on a panel about transparency in the negotiations and administration of police labor agreements.
RPLG has formed a multi-disciplinary Public Safety Reform and Innovations Group to serve as a resource for public agencies navigating this complicated and urgent issue.
Partner Jon Holtzman recently served as Special Counsel to the Fresno Commission on Police Reform (CPR), leading an RPLG team that provided guidance for the entire Commission.
RPLG enthusiastically announces that Jamal Anderson, a former deputy district attorney for San Mateo County, has joined Renne Public Law Group as a Senior Associate.