Oakland Police Turn Corner On History Of Violence

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Oakland, California's police department has long had a reputation as one of America's most violent, but the OPD is attempting to create a new era of peace.

The department gained notoriety for a series of beatings and false arrests in the early 2000s, and for its brutal response to the 2011 Occupy protests. But this winter, mass demonstrations for Michael Brown and Eric Garner were met by the OPD with a surprising level of restraint.

A new mayor, police chief and the extended usage of lapel cameras have improved relations between the police and Oakland citizens. Attorney Jim Chanin speaks with Here & Now's Robin Young how the department is becoming less violent.


This segment aired on March 11, 2015.


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