Allen, et al v. City of Oakland, et al

Filing 553

ORDER requiring identification of persons responsible for certain tasks. Signed by Judge Thelton E. Henderson on 08/31/10. (tehlc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/31/2010)

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Allen, et al v. City of Oakland, et al Doc. 553 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 v. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA DELPHINE ALLEN, et al., Plaintiffs, MASTER CASE FILE NO. C00-4599 TEH ORDER REQUIRING IDENTIFICATION OF PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR CERTAIN TASKS CITY OF OAKLAND, et al., Defendants. On January 22, 2003, the parties' negotiated settlement agreement became an order of 12 this Court. The agreement originally provided for a five-year term of monitoring, and the 13 Court subsequently ordered the two-year extension contemplated by the agreement. The 14 parties entered into a memorandum of understanding for an additional two years of continued 15 monitoring, which became an order of the Court on November 24, 2009. 16 We are now approaching the halfway point of the November 2009 memorandum of 17 understanding. It is clear from the Monitor's most recent report, the Court's assessment of 18 that report, and the lengthy history of this case, that, although the City has made measurable 19 progress since monitoring began in 2003, significant work remains to be done. 20 As this Court has repeatedly emphasized, accountability and sustainability are key 21 components of successful implementation of the reforms to which the parties agreed over 22 seven years ago reforms that, again, as the Court has repeatedly emphasized, are important 23 not simply because they are orders of the Court, but because they will help to create a more 24 effective police department in the City of Oakland. Defendants have taken some steps to 25 create more accountability, as reflected in the exhibit to the April 27, 2010 joint case 26 management statement that lists, in table format, the tasks currently being monitored and 27 individuals or groups responsible for next steps on each task. However, that table often lists 28 more than one individual responsible for each task for example, the Internal Affairs 1 1 Division command staff or, even more broadly, multiple divisions of the department. The 2 Court finds that it would be more effective and appropriate to have specific individuals 3 named as the persons responsible for each task, and to concentrate responsibility in the 4 Department's most senior command staff. While the Court understands that the actions of 5 rank-and-file officers, supervisors, and mid-level command staff are critical to ensuring that 6 reforms are implemented, responsibility and accountability must ultimately lie with the 7 Department's senior and executive leaders. It is also important for compliance efforts to be 8 monitored more regularly than once every quarter. 9 Accordingly, with good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants 10 shall identify a senior executive i.e., someone at the deputy chief level or higher to be 11 responsible for each of the following specific areas: 12 13 1. Internal Affairs, which shall include Tasks 2-7, 16, 33, and 37; 2. Use of Force and Supervisory Control, which shall include Tasks 18, 20, 24-26, 30, 14 and 35; 15 16 17 18 3. Stop Data, which shall include Task 34; 4. The Personnel Assessment System, which shall include Tasks 40 and 41; 5. Training, which shall include Tasks 42 and 43; and 6. Discipline, which shall include Task 45. 19 Defendants shall include the identification of such individuals as part of the joint case 20 management conference statement due on or before September 9, 2010. An individual may 21 be designated as the responsible person for more than one of the above six areas, but each 22 area may only have one designated executive. 23 The persons identified by Defendants along with the Chief of Police, who shall 24 continue to bear ultimate responsibility for the entire Department shall be responsible for 25 ensuring compliance with all aspects of the respective tasks and may, if it appears warranted 26 under the circumstances, face contempt proceedings in this Court. In addition, the identified 27 personnel shall submit brief weekly written reports discussing the identified individual's 28 personal knowledge of the progress achieved, problems identified, and any other factors 2 1 relevant to compliance for the tasks in each area during the immediately preceding calendar 2 week (Sunday through Saturday). These reports shall be submitted to the Monitor via 3 electronic mail on each Monday by 12:00 noon, Pacific time, with the first such reports due 4 on September 27, 2010. The Court will discuss these reports with the Monitor on a regular 5 basis. 6 7 IT IS SO ORDERED. 8 9 Dated: 08/31/10 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 THELTON E. HENDERSON, JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

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