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‘Super-cop’ William Bratton and top brass shake-up at OPD

May 12, 2013

by Ann Garrison

Oakland had three acting police chiefs in five days last week, and on Thursday, the police department’s controversial consultant, William Bratton, released his six-page report which criticized OPD’s top brass.

OPD Chief Howard Jordan, consultant William Bratton press conf 030613 by Avila Gonzalez, SF Chron
Oakland’s then Police Chief Howard Jordan and consultant William Bratton speak at a press conference March 6. – Photo: Avila Gonzalez, San Francisco Chronicle
At a press conference on Wednesday, Interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan announced his sudden decision to step down and seek medical retirement, effective immediately. In accordance with department procedure, Assistant Chief Anthony Toribio then took his place as acting chief, but for only two days.

On Friday former Deputy Chief Sean Whent became interim chief, and Toribio returned to captain’s rank. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan then announced that Oakland would spend $30,000 on a headhunter’s nationwide search for a permanent chief.

Three new deputy chiefs who share Interim Chief Whent’s experience in investigating OPD internal affairs were also named, leaving only one of the previous week’s top five commanders in place.

The Oakland Tribune reported that unnamed inside sources told them Jordan “raced for the door” because Thomas Frazier, the court appointed federal compliance officer brought in to clean up the department, planned to seek his ouster.

On Thursday, in between Jordan’s announcement and Whent’s appointment, the OPD officially released a report by its consultant, William Bratton, titled “Oakland Crime Reduction Project, Bratton Group Findings and Recommendations,” which said that the OPD must more rigorously apply his Compstat policing model to make it work and criticized top brass for not doing so.

No one seems to have reported that William Bratton, rather than federal compliance officer William Frazier, was behind this week’s sudden shakeup in the OPD chain of command. However, back on Jan. 22, the day that the Oakland City Council met and voted to contract with Bratton as an OPD consultant, Berkeley law professor Frank Zimring, who authored a book praising Bratton’s work in New York City, told KPFA Upfront Host Brian Edwards-Tiekert that Bratton would not be effective unless he was effectively in charge:

“The reason that you have an outsider coming in is that you have too many different perspectives. You’ve got a mayor, you’ve got a police chief, you are soon going to have a director of compliance with a long, ineffective consent decree. And everybody’s got to be on the same page.

“So the good news about a consultant would be if everybody wants to work with him. Then, it seems to me, Bratton’s credibility could be a real down payment towards changes in Oakland. If, on the other hand, it’s just going to be one more player with another set of perspectives, that’s the last thing Oakland needs.”

No Oakland officials have suggested that William Bratton, who is a former chief of both the New York City and Los Angeles police departments, might be recruited by Oakland’s headhunter, though popular Oakland blogger Zennie Abraham joked, on April Fool’s Day this year, that Bratton already has the top job.

Abraham was prescient at least regarding Interim Chief Howard Jordan’s imminent departure.

In 2009, Businessweek reported that Bratton had become chairman of Altegrity Risk International, a new division of Altegrity, a billion dollar company owned by the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners.

Altegrity Risk International was created to bid on highly lucrative State Department contracts to help train police forces in 14 “post-conflict” nations, including East Timor, Haiti and Afghanistan. Bratton described this turn in his career as “like the Peace Corps but better paying.”

Bratton went on to become the CEO of Kroll Associates, a similar business, which has since been acquired by Altegrity. He later stepped down as Kroll’s CEO but remained as its senior advisor. He also serves as vice chair of the Advisory Council of the Homeland Security Department.

Oakland writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Global Research, Colored Opinions, Black Star News and her own website, Ann Garrison, and produces for AfrobeatRadio on WBAI-NYC, KPFA Evening News and her own YouTube Channel, AnnieGetYourGang. She can be reached at ann@afrobeatradio.com. If you want to see Ann Garrison’s independent reporting continue, please contribute on her website at anngarrison.com.

 

11 thoughts on “‘Super-cop’ William Bratton and top brass shake-up at OPD

  1. serious2020

    13 May 2013

    How much does it cost to purchase a criminal?

    The article entitled, 'Super cop' William Bratton and top brass shake-up at OPD, is very interesting. I was just wondering about what was happening with Bratton and his maneuvering after the LAPD retaliatory elimination of Christopher Dorner.*

    'How much does it cost to purchase a criminal?' is my question and response to the powers that be in Oakland, in light of the facts presented.

    So this is it. Oakland now has its very own war toy: an international mercenary / OPD police chief / corporate CEO / interim mayor, all for the bargain basement price of $250,000.00.

    Blood money, money drenched in the lives of young AFRIKAN men, women, and children, has bought Oakland powers that be someone who will control a bigger slice of the city government's budget, who has enough national and international connections to coordinate Homeland Security Affairs from Oakland, (like a mini-Guantanamo Bay going up right in the heart of downtown Oakland,) along with having a closet full of state of the art toys, such as drones and a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) (among other things*,) and access to DOJ contracts w/ the Israeli military* capable of teaching a murderous band of thugs with badges how to build everything from wiretaps to bombs and how to acquire and use state of the art weapons of mass destruction without shooting themselves in the foot) plus a boatload of vigilante style, murderous cops, who will be answerable only to an infrastructure willing to use retaliation, corruption, special renditions, torture, murder, and the utmost in terror tactics.

    Reminds one of the U.S. School of the Americas, only much worse. And stop and frisk is only the beginning. It will ramp up to and surpass School of the Americas on every level very quickly.

    For those who do not know, SOA is the combat school run by the U.S. Army.

    "Most of the courses revolve around what they call "counter-insurgency warfare." Who are the "insurgents?" We have to ask that question. They are the poor. They are the people in Latin America who call for reform. They are the landless peasants who are hungry. They are health care workers, human rights advocates, labor organizers. They become the insurgents. They are seen as "the enemy." They are those who become the targets of those who learn their lessons at the School of the Americas." – Father Roy Bourgeois

    Congratulations Jean Quan – you've just officially ushered into being the prototype infrastructure for the city of Oakland to have its very own, high tech, militarized, corporate owned and controlled death squad.

    A 'new deal' in terror tactics to be grown, maintained, and exported. Good old demon-cracy at its finest. Mitt Romney, the heavy handed curmudgeon, couldn't have handled something like this. Obama's lips, however, are already surgically attached to Israel's behind, and Obama will be one of the main players – as long as he's useful. But what can you say? Obama's mentor, ronald reagan had breakfast with Bonzo the Chimp. Obama's got Mickey Dee's in an Israeli commercial, rounding up Israeli kids to go share a "Big America Burger," Israel's version of a big MAC?*

    (continued…)

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    1. Seamus

      This is one sentence from your post…

      "Blood money, money drenched in the lives of young AFRIKAN men, women, and children, has bought Oakland powers that be someone who will control a bigger slice of the city government's budget, who has enough national and international connections to coordinate Homeland Security Affairs from Oakland, (like a mini-Guantanamo Bay going up right in the heart of downtown Oakland,) along with having a closet full of state of the art toys, such as drones and a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) (among other things*,) and access to DOJ contracts w/ the Israeli military* capable of teaching a murderous band of thugs with badges how to build everything from wiretaps to bombs and how to acquire and use state of the art weapons of mass destruction without shooting themselves in the foot) plus a boatload of vigilante style, murderous cops, who will be answerable only to an infrastructure willing to use retaliation, corruption, special renditions, torture, murder, and the utmost in terror tactics. "

      This is bad structure and poor-quality content. This is a mess. You can't make words become true by getting very upset as you type them.

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      1. serious2020

        Seamus, I disagree with your statement.

        Obviously you have a problem with what I said, fine. But what I said is the truth. William Bratton is a corporate monster. He is not the solution to Oakland's problem of police department corruption and killer cops. The SF BAYVIEW newspaper has published numerously upon this topic. And it is truth that a huge portion of Oakland's 'budget' is involved in funding police who target and murder young AFRIKAN and Latino men, as well as terrorizing their families. This in fact is an ongoing issue. My article 'Protesting Police Murder of Alan Blueford and the war on AFRIKANS, can be found at http://sfbayview.com/2012/protesting-police-murde

        The documented facts and figures in that article came from diverse and verifiable sources, such as: Oakland City Council meetings, FBI and OUSD records, police training videos, scholarly books and theses, videos, my own photos documenting rallies, and the quoted works of other investigative journalists.

        Contrary to your statement, it is very GOOD form for journalists to refrain from repetitiously quoting the same facts in numerous articles, particularly when 99.9/10% of the SF BAYVIEW readership retains what they read.

        You Seamus, seem to be among the .1% that either has an 'unstable' retention rate – or you neither read nor engage your active brain cells (presuming there are any) before your mouth opens or you set pen to paper, whichever the case may be.

        Spending $250,000.00 to hire a mercenary/assassin to run Oakland is not only a seriously stupid move on Jean Quan's part, but it is also a waste of this city's limited resources; and can be considered theft from the very social and health programs that need funding. For the needless pain and suffering this has caused, it does indeed represent the usage of blood money. The same funds that should be used in the service of the people of the city of Oakland have been diverted to pay a viper that none but the poor seem to see. It isnt often that we see the bullet with our name on it, but this time we did, and "we the people" packed Oakland City Hall in protest.

        This isn't emotionalism talking. This is fact. Read the Every 36 hours [UPDATE] published by the Malcolm X Grassroots Organizing Movement' @ http://mxgm.org/report-on-the-extrajudicial-killi… And read the numerous articles in the SF BAYVIEW regarding the peoples' protests against giving up one penny – much less $250,000.00 to hire a snake in the grass such as William Bratton.

        In posing the question, 'how much does it cost to purchase a criminal?' I presented documented information re: Bratton's access to DOJ contracts. And only mildly re-iterated previously stated information re: the training in Israel received by 14 different police departments, 3 of which Bratton has headed. In so doing, I allowed myself the license to draw logical conclusions based upon investigated and documented facts. The public, of which you are a part, is of course free to do the same.

        In conclusion: I learned to read before I was 2 years old, so that by the time I was 2, I could read almost anything. At age 12, I read an entire library, at the rate of 20 books per week because I was bored and had nothing else to do at the time. My point in saying this is that I fight, with absolute due diligence, to investigate situations before attempting to speak upon them authoritatively or in any other form. I also study the works of veteran investigative journalists, so as to better learn how to present research to the public. So if you're an English teacher, attempting to take me to task re: my sentence structure and syntax, say that. If you are a cop, well your little emotional display under the guise of attempted intelligent discourse fell flat.

        Be that as it may, whatever you are, it is really crass of you to state that I am throwing out unsubstantiated conclusions as fact during the course of some kind of unbalanced psychological display. It shows a certain lack of sophistication on your part. But all is not lost. There is a remedy for people such as yourself who do no investigation and therefore forfeit their right to speak.

        The solution, should you choose to accept it, involves you finding a bar at which you can broaden your mind by having a beer or two.

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        1. Seamus

          You're not just using hyperbole. You're beanie is flipping from the anger or something. And, I know my noting you don't use periods enough in your writing would be 'substantiated' if you weren't just saying … stuff.

          Not English teacher.
          Not cop.
          just little Seamus of Oakland at your service.

          TQ for time.

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  2. serious2020

    13 May 2013

    How much does it cost to purchase a criminal?
    (conclusion…)

    Half a world away, stupid assed Jean Quan has fulfilled her highest function to date: she's handed over Oakland's citizenry to one of the largest terrorist organizations in the country: killer cops w/ suits and badges headed up by a paid mercenary killer.

    How much longer Jean Quan will be allowed to stumble around being clueless and stupid is anyone's guess. She doesn't truly run anything and anyone who thinks Bratton isn't going to consolidate his power base and remove obstacles from his path better get a grip. The OPD won't be the only show that Bratton will controlling.

    And the acronym OPD? Don' be surprised if the good ole' stumblin' bumblin' terrorists in blue acquire a new and (more) euphemistic moniker; one that more accurately reflects its owner's(?) corporate status. Like the U.S. Army School of the Americas is now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC))

    Howard Jordan ran for the door because he's just a Steppin-fechit puppet, and a wanna be saber rattler. He'll get a desk job that is perhaps the equivalent of buying paper clips or rubber stamping kill orders.
    Bratton, however, is the genuine article – a real live Nazi minded mercenary with a sadistic twist and corporate, militarized police and CIA special ops pretensions. He can kill just as easily with a phone call, a 3 piece suit and a smile; as with brass knuckles, guns, and a night stick like a thief in the night.

    Sort of like Goebbels – the Nazi propagandist (who took cyanide w/ his wife and six children on 1 May 1945, in Adolf Hitler's underground bunker rather than be captured and executed for war crimes. Goebbel's family of step-children are now hidden billionaires.*

    Whatever Bratton's epitaph ends up being, for now, he is Oakland's very own bought and paid for high priced criminal.
    ————————
    *See:
    LAPD High Crimes http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/02/16/lapd-high

    An Israeli Trojan Horse http://www.counterpunch.org/2008/09/27/an-israeli

    JINSA's report on the Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) between the U.S. and Israel http://www.jinsa.org/events-programs/law-enforcem

    The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs' 13 May 2013 report on LAPD Deputy Chief of Police Michael Berkow. Berkow has been in place since 2003. He coordinated National Police Projects in Somalia and in Haiti, working with the governments of those countries, and with Israeli as the U.S. government's Department of Justice Police Project Manager from September 1993 to April 1995 http://www.jinsa.org/board-advisors/deputy-chief-

    McDonald's Israel commercial depicts Barack Obama eating a Big America burger http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/04/25/mc

    Nazi Goebbels' Step Children Are Hidden Billionaires http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-27/nazi-goe

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  3. Don Macleay

    Good article Ann. I have a couple of questions I would like to see the press ask the Mayor and that level of government. __What is it that caused these two police officers to run. Jorden from the force and Toribio from the job? __Why don't we have someone on staff able to step up and be our permanent chief of police? __How does this get us any closer to the kind of police accountability we have been promised since the Civilian Police Review was set up back in the 1970's? __Each of these questions have a lot of details, especially the third that is as old as our first black mayor and as current as the excessive use of force dealing with the Occupy movement.

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    1. Ann_Garrison

      All good questions, Don. Another on my mind is why Oakland isn't using the crime reduction model that Richmond has adopted, which has so radically reduced its crime rate. There was a report about it somewhere in this January 16th KPFA Upfront, titled "Richmond's success cutting violence with community policing," http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/88076.

      That's where I heard about Richmond's, but I imagine there are some text reports about it too. I asked my District #3 City Councilor, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, who used to live in Richmond, why Oakland wasn't following Richmond's lead, or asking someone from Richmond to come and help Oakland, and she gave me a rather strange response: that the Richmond PD didn't have the time or resources to come and help Oakland. If Oakland could afford $250,000 to hire Bratton as a consultant, why not a neighbor in Richmond for half the price? I'm sure the Richmond PD would have found the time and expertise to share in exchange for such a consulting fee.

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  4. seamus

    Oakland is now the robbery capital of America…and the police dept is half the needed size. And now there's massive disorganization and squabbling at the top. This won't do much for the morale of the police dept, nor the denizens of Oakland.

    How do we provide opportunities more attractive than those gained from shooting people and taking their stuff? Oof.

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    1. serious2020

      Seamus, Seamus, Seamus….here you are again…making unsubstantiated statements. 'Robbery capital of America?' From whence did this graceless comment come?

      Re: the size of the police department – referencing the OPD, presumably – how well, exactly do you know the OPD, such that you can spout such a figure? Are you a member?

      And 'denizens' of Oakland? It technically fits as a definition, in the free online dictionary for example one of the word's definitions is: "An inhabitant; a resident: denizens of Monte Carlo." But somehow, it feels strange in your contextual placement.

      As for your parting question, concerning providing more wholesome incentives to "shooting people and taking their stuff," I'd tell you to ask that question of the police in any city and/or country around the world.

      They are the ones that have so much fun shooting young, unarmed, Black and Brown men and women and taking every witness' cell phone and/or camera when we record the evidence of their wrong doing. Some of them even further target and beat up the witnesses as well.

      The reason that I won't bother asking you to ask them is because asking the police about something wholesome is about like asking pigs (ahem!) to fly.

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  5. Jshsbsbsh

    We really just need less black people in general. What are niggers good for besides picking cotton and selling crack. Make them slaves, send them back to Africa, or hang em from trees.

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