ONN – Lorie Carter Owens, Oaklanders, Must Understand Oakland Police Chief History And Blacks
Oaklander Lorie Carter Owens took time to engage me in the Facebook Group NAACP Oakland, and because I made the video blog called “Susan Manheimer: Oakland Mayor Schaaf’s Allergy Against Black Police Chief Candidates Continues“. She wrote this:
Folks, as an Oakland native and resident, and also as the president of the San Mateo branch of the NAACP, I cannot speak for Mayor Schaff’s motivation in selecting Chief Manheimer. I cannot speak to the qualifications of LeRonne Armstrong or if this person should have been chosen instead of Susan Manheimer. But I can speak about Chief Manheimer. You couldn’t ask for a better police chief. Yes, the population of blacks in San Mateo is very low, which makes it all the more impressive to me that she worked so hard to connect with the black community and kept the relationship strong during her time as chief of police. Chief Manheimer has worked hand-in-hand with the San Mateo NAACP for many years. Check her record as Chief of Police in San Mateo. Have you heard about any abuse of African Americans during her tenure? The author of this piece may not like Mayor Schaaf’s action in appointing Chief Manheimer to this interim position. But he crossed the line by insinuating Chief Manheimer doesn’t know how to work with black people because she comes from San Mateo. That is an irresponsible assumption that I vigorously refute. Oakland is blessed to have Chief Manheimer in the interim position for as long as we have her….Rev. Lorrie Owens, NAACP San Mateo Branch
My response was this:
This is the fifth time Mayor Schaaf has avoided appointment of a black person to the role of Chief of Police. A record that is without precedent since 1977.
Moreover, a number of very qualified African Americans who should have been Oakland Chief of Police have left.
Most notably Philadelphia’s top cop Danielle Outlaw:
She went on to write that I should be an objective journalist; my response is that I’m a vlogger and blogger, not a journalist – I share my views and biases.
But this history is fact:
Oakland Police Black Police Chief History:
Joseph Samuels 1993-1999 – Oakland’s first African-American police chief (appointed by Mayor Elihu Harris).
Richard Word 1999-2004 – Oakland’s second African-American Police Chief (appointed by Mayor Jerry Brown)
Wayne Tucker 2004–2009 – Oakland’s first white police chief of the 21st Century, and appointed by Mayor Jerry Brown. He resigned in controversy surrounding the death of former Oakland Post Reporter Chauncey Bailey. Then-Oakland City Councilmember Jane Brunner (District 1) said that city’s next police chief should be someone with experience in an urban environment such as Oakland. Brunner also said she thinks Tucker was ill-prepared for the post because he spent nearly 40 years in the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, where he mainly focused on crime in less populated areas.
Anthony Batts October 19, 2009–October 13, 2011 – Oakland’s third African-American police chief
Howard Jordan October 13, 2011–May 8, 2013 – Oakland’s fourth African-American police chief
Anthony Toribio (Interim Chief) May 8, 2013 – May 10, 2013 Oakland’s second white police chief of the 21st Century lasted just two days.
Sean Whent May 10, 2013–June 10, 2016 – Oakland’s third white police chief of the 21st Century, ousted as part of the fallout from the Celeste Guap Sex Scandal.
Ben Fairow (Interim Chief) June 10, 2016–June 15, 2016 – Oakland’s fourth white police chief of the 21st Century, lasted just five days on the job after Mayor Schaaf lost confidence in him.
Paul Figueroa (Interim Chief) June 15, 2016–June 18, 2016 – Paul was Oakland’s fifth white police chief of the 21st Century, and was ousted by Mayor Schaaf after just four days on the job.
Sabrina Landreth (City Administrator) June 18, 2016–January 4, 2017 – Although representing civic control, Ms. Landreth became the City’s first white female police chief, and sixth white police chief in the 21st Century.
Anne Kirkpatrick January 4, 2017 to February 21, 2020 – Anne Kirkpatrick was Oakland’s second female police chief, and became the seventh white Oakland police chief in the 21st Century.
Darren Allison (Acting Chief) February 21, 2020 – March 23rd, 2020 – Darren was Oakland’s eight white Oakland police chief in the 21st Century.
Susan Manheimer March 23rd, 2020 – present – Susan becomes Oakland’s ninth white Oakland police chief in the 21st Century.
Under Mayor Schaaf, there have been five Oakland police officers, all white, two female, none black. Moreover, the last time Oakland hired a black person to be top cop was 2011, and when Jean Quan was Oakland’s Mayor. Come next year, 2021, that will have been a full ten years ago.
Oakland Must Return To A Time When Qualified African Americans Could Expect To Be Hired For Top Jobs In Government.
The main problem, as I said in the vlog, is that on social media and in society, younger black voices are starting to express the view that if you’re black you can’t expect to be treated fairly in any area of society. We can’t afford to allow such a racial caste system to develop. That was not Oakland’s way in the 90s and through the first decade of the 21st Century, but now, we see major signs of backsliding: BBQ Becky and Jogger Joe are just some of the sadly numerous examples of institutional, and traditional racism that have appeared right in Oakland.
Oakland’s Government should not be allowed to reflect that racism.
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