Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Black elected officials, faith leaders to hold town hall on police relations

ALAMEDA COUNTY | Aside from Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks’ remarks regarding racism last week, many of the region’s elected black officials have stood in the background as protesters demonstrate on the streets of Oakland and Berkeley on almost a daily basis following national attention on police brutality against blacks. This may be changing.

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson is leading an effort to allow members of the community to vent their frustrations following non-indictments against white police officers who killed black men alleged of crimes in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City. Cases of police brutality have also occurred in the Bay Area over the years adding a strong local link to the anger felt all over the country.

Members of the public can participate in the town hall this Wednesday being called “A community meeting with elected officials and community leaders on solving the strained relationship between law enforcement and our communities.”

The event is Dec. 17 and begins at 7 p.m. at Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland.


Would be great if Black elected officials would pursue agendas consistent with their constituents desires. I have never voted for a pastor and we are not in Alabama. Many people in the black community here are not into church and the electeds should respect that. Who needs to vent. Heck we need to vote.

Alameda's now-former African-American mayor was apparently asked multiple times to comment, and refused.

Her response seems to have been to add a uniformed police officer to city council meetings.


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