Why is it that the final segment of Oakland's last Citizens' Police Review Board Meeting was closed to the public, the part dealing with the 2008 murder of Casper Banjo by Oakland Police? Why is it that records of police misconduct and records of discipline imposed on officers are so hard to come by? Could a more transparent and open process have prevented the recent murder of Oscar Grant III and others? Some emphatically say yes. Those active in the struggle against police abuses believe that the OPD and other police agencies must be monitored by new police commissions with the power to enforce findings, impose discipline, and fire officers. That may be the only way to turn the tide against the current state of affairs, which includes a complete shielding of records on police misconduct, officers unaccountable to the public they are sworn to serve, and a staggering number of police murders and other abuses.

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