After an extended delay, the Citizens Police Review Board will "tentatively" hold its Occupy Oakland public forum on May 16 at the Allen Temple Baptist Church from 6 p.m. until 10pm.
The focus of the forum is expected to be the Oakland Police Department’s response to the Occupy Oakland encampments and protests between Oct. 25 and Jan. 28.
The meeting was initially slated for Feb. 9, but was cancelled by the board because of a host of challenges including the YMCA Occupy action in January and the possible guest list for the forum. It also was unclear if top Oakland officers would actually attend.
One of the tangles that led to the meeting's initial delay was a proper venue for the event - several Occupy Oakland members are restricted from being inside or around City Hall. This issue was not addressed in the packet.
Previously, CPRB said it hoped to have Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, a representative from Internal Affairs and an OPD expert on crowd control and mutual aid. Unnamed community groups also are expected to participate, along with the general public.
The Oakland police actions around Occupy Oakland has attracted international attention. CPRB said it has received "numerous" calls from around the nation and a petition signed by 700 people calling for an investigation into alleged police misconduct. There are eight Occupy Oakland complaints filed with CPRB alleging police misconduct.
As part of the packet, CPRB lists a set of questions that were sent to the Oakland Police Department that it believes "will arise from the discussion in the forum."
"Our intent is not to surprise command staff or other presenters with these questions, but to elicit clear responses to issues of public concern," the online information read.
Those questions for Oakland police include: