Oakland Police Department Response To Question Of Officer Violating Code In Boogaloo Boys Problem
(Last Updated On: September 12, 2020)

Oakland Police Department Response To Question Of Officer Violating Code In Boogaloo Boys Problem

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Response To Question Of Officer Violating Code In Boogaloo Boys Problem

The City Of released this statement and, in response to my blog post, sent it to me in the latest email thread I established – one that included the and the City Council.

OPD:

The ’s Departmental General Order C-1 is designed for regulations and specifications regarding uniforms, civilian clothing, and equipment for Police Department members, reserve officers and employees. This order outlines uniforms and appearance for police personnel and professional staff. C-1 does not dictate attire for an officer assigned to a specialized unit that involves undercover plain clothes operations. This is intentional for the undercover officer’s safety so the officer can dress in a manner that does not identify him or her as a police officer while they are undercover.

As stated in the attached message the concerns of the community have been shared with all Department plain clothes officers. Chief Manheimer and all members of the share community concerns when perceptions or references are made that would associate OPD with any extremist groups. The Department recognizes and understands the pain and suffering caused by such extremist groups who are intolerant and instill fear and hatred in our community. OPD stands with our community and will not tolerate any hate crime against anyone in our community.

Officer Johnna Watson

Public Information Officer

Office of the Chief of Police

My response:

Hello,

I was about to, and will, post this, but the response is troubling. I was informed of, but have not seen, the written responses to this on Mark Zuckerberg’s site (and I say that way, because that’s what Facebook is and I know him). I would not have done this, and for one of many reasons, but paramount among them is this statement: “C-1 does not dictate attire for an officer assigned to a specialized unit that involves undercover plain clothes operations. This is intentional for the undercover officer’s safety so the officer can dress in a manner that does not identify him or her as a police officer while they are undercover.”

Johnna, I wish you would have called me as a sounding board before you wrote that. The main problem is that ers now, by the thousands did recognize the officer, and had zero idea he was undercover because he looked like an officer in uniform who decided to put on a type of Hawaiian shirt that the Boogaloo Boys wear.

Also, and I say this as one who has lived in since 1974, was a red carpet teenage greeter for the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975, saw mature into a city that was proud to have black civic managers (many who were legendary), and myself came to just 8 NFL Owner votes of bringing the 2005 Super Bowl to . None of this is done without some respect for institutional memory and for protocol. This, the police constantly putting out statements, is such that Mayor Elihu Harris would have called you and Chief Manheimer into his office, and the conversation would not have been a good one. The simple rule: let the talk – not you or the Chief of Police. This is out of line. It’s unraveling at a frightening rate of speed.

The represents the community over you, yet both you and Chief Manheimer respond as if Mayor Schaaf does not exist. It’s not helping the Mayor. We have a Strong Mayor system for a reason – this is one of those reasons. Let the Mayor do her job and speak for the City of .

With much love and respect for you all. God bless.

Zennie

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