by Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
A city across the bay from San Francisco whose large African-American population has struggled with gentrification and police violence for decades — has a long reputation for police corruption and surveillance.
Many people outside of California first became aware of the Oakland Police Department’s terrible internal controls during the Occupy movement, when swivel-eyed, pistol waving undercovers vied with the attempted murder of a decorated veteran and vicious, unprovoked shooting of photographers for headlines. After Occupy, there was the official stonewalling and the revelation that the top cop had a policy of ignoring any complaints, queries or messages about Occupy.
In the years since Occupy, there have been unprovoked police killings and cops who raped teens with impunity.
Oakland isn’t just a locus of police violence, though: it’s also ground zero for some of the most extensive, least transparent urban mass surveillance outside of China, with “fusion centers” and license trackers being deployed without citizen oversight or consent, often in total secrecy.
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