Mayor Jean Quan sent an open letter supporting Bill Bratton's contract to the city council on Friday.
Mayor Jean Quan announced her support for the consulting contract that would could bring former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton to Oakland in a letter to the city council on Friday.
The letter, posted to Quan's official Facebook page, comes after the council's public safety committee
"When it comes to public safety, Oakland deserves and needs the best," Quan wrote. "Whether it’s strengthening the police force, improving community partnerships, or bolstering prevention strategies we use to fight crime, the bottom line remains the same: we must always work toward and demand the very best."
The letter also addressed the civil rights concerns that had the council chambers in an uproar. Protestors were angry with the city's choice of Bratton, who in the past has come under fire for his support of the same "stop and frisk" policies he pursued as police commissioner for New York City.
Quan attempted to address those concerns in her letter, saying "racial profiling will not be tolerated in the Oakland Police Department. Period."
Like many others, Quan has focused on Bratton even though he is not an official member of Strategic Policy Partnership, LLC., the consulting group that could be getting the contract with Oakland.
In its Tuesday meeting, after hearing the passionate demands for the city to find a different solution for Oakland's crime wave, several council members asked SPP Chariman Bob Wasserman if he would reconsider adding Bratton to his team.
He said he would.
The city council will debate the SPP contract in its next meeting on Jan. 22.