Published: Thu, January 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Anne Kirkpatrick picked as Oakland police chief

Anne Kirkpatrick picked as Oakland police chief

Kirkpatrick was hired as the Spokane Police Chief back in 2006 to reform the department after a police brutality scandal that led to the death of Otto Zehm.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told a news conference she appointed Anne Kirkpatrick to lead the department, which the mayor previously condemned for promoting a "toxic" and "macho" culture.

In all, the Oakland Police Department has had six police chiefs since 2011: Paul Figueroa, Ben Fairow, Sean Whent, Anthony Toribio, Howard Jordan and Anthony Batts. She is a lawyer and was the former police chief in Spokane, Washington.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee reluctantly pressured the former top police official to resign last May in response to protests over police killings of unarmed African-Americans and racist text-messaging scandals.

Kirkpatrick takes over a police force that has been troubled in the past. The department, still reeling from the sexual misconduct scandal which resulted in criminal charges against five officers, remains under federal oversight, now in the 13th year of the monitoring program.

In an interview with a Bay Area television station, 19-year-old Jasmine Abuslin claimed she had sexual encounters with dozens of police officers across the East Bay.

Kirkpatrick was a finalist for Chicago Police superintendent last spring, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel eventually picked current Supt.

Civil rights attorney John Burris, who is a vocal Oakland police critic, said Wednesday that he hopes Kirkpatrick "develops an appreciation for the different interest groups in the community".

Schaaf and her spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but late Tuesday, sources said the city administrator's office sent an email to council members saying someone in Chicago had leaked Kirkpatrick's name, and Schaaf's office was not going to confirm the information.

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