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October 3, 2016

Coincidence? I think not.

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

I don’t know if it was intentional or just coincidence but the first two letters to the editor in the Alameda Journal/East Bay Times was nothing short of brilliant.

The first was a letter from Dan Wood regarding Jennifer Roloff’s problematic position on how a City, particularly this City, should respond to the epidemic of disproportionate police responses to routine scenarios involving Black people, particularly Black men.   From the letter:

You should listen to the question and her full response online by searching YouTube for “Roloff CADC.” Notice that what she says doesn’t even come close to addressing the intent of the question. What is the threat she is talking about that we need our police to protect us from? Did the question confuse her, or is she genuinely in favor of acquiring or borrowing even more military equipment for our police department? Either way, this does not sound like somebody that I would be comfortable representing me in matters of city policy.

We are fortunate that such violent incidents by “bad apple” cops have not happened on our island, but as hatred and xenophobia erupts around the country, I’m worried that we must be proactive in making sure that all people are treated with due respect. We cannot afford to go in the direction that Roloff is advocating.

To contrast that, School Board candidate and current vice president of the Social Services Human Relations Board, Jennifer Williams, has suggested opening a dialogue about race relations in Alameda, from her letter:

Requests were made to SSHRB that it consider creating a community forum for open dialogue regarding these issues and the current state of race relations in Alameda.

As leaders of organizations in our community that may be affected by recent acts of violence in our state and nation, you may share the concerns of other Alamedans about the impact of these events on Alameda residents, particularly our children and young adults, as well as our dedicated law enforcement family.

Two candidates, two elected bodies, two vastly different positions on how to address the issues that are currently facing our country as a whole and should be addressed on a local level.



  1. These are remarks concerning law enforcement within the minutes of the last SSHRB meeting to address the broader issue. Link at bottom.

    Vice-President Williams shared that she had received communications from community
    members who voiced concern regarding the impact recent and ongoing racially and
    bias-motivated events across our nation might have on our community. …

    Staff also shared the response below from Alameda Police Department (APD) Chief
    Rolleri. Chief Rolleri stated that APD would be happy to be at the table to discuss the
    issues brought to Vice-President Williams’ attention:

    • The Alameda Police Department has a working policy and ongoing training to guide our officers on how to respond to incidents and focus on de-escalating situations.
    • The Alameda Police Department has a zero tolerance policy for racism and racial profiling. To ensure the safety of our officers and our community, Alameda Police Officers are equipped with body cameras, and video is reviewed following all incidents where force is used.
    • Our community is fortunate to have a low level of incidents that require the use of force. An article published last year in The “Alamedan” documented that over the last five years, use of force occurred in 1.1 percent of all arrests. Looking at all calls for service, force was used in 0.04 percent of calls.
    • Over the last five years Alameda Police Officers have participated in the County’s Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an innovative first responder model of policy-based crisis intervention with community, health care, and advocacy partnerships. I have made it a priority to train all Police Officers, and to date approximately 2/3 of our officers have received this training. CIT focuses on de-escalation techniques, and has become a leading practice in law enforcement for training police how to respond to individuals in crisis.

    Additionally, APD leads or supports several other efforts to proactively support our diverse community. These include:

    • The Police Chief’s Advisory Board that was established over 20 years ago and continues to meet regularly with a broad representation of Alameda community leaders and residents;
    • The Alameda Police Foundation, whose goal is to improve the lives of underprivileged youth here in Alameda;
    • The Hate and Intolerance Response Team, which presents a united view of Alameda as a Hate Free City;
    • The Alameda Police Officers Association and Alameda Police Managers Association have participated annually in the Alameda Boys and Girls Club “Kids Nite Out” event, pairing a police officer with a youth member for an evening of activities and dinner, and
    • APD Chief Rolleri is on the Board of Directors for the Alameda Boys and Girls Club and ex-officio board member of Alameda Family Services.

    Comment by MP — October 3, 2016 @ 7:39 am

  2. “Hate and Intolerance Response Team”? Alameda has one? Then why hasn’t it done anything about Blogging Bayport Alameda? There is no blog more full of intolerance than this one.

    Comment by vigi — October 3, 2016 @ 9:18 am

    • and you keep coming back for more!

      Comment by BC — October 3, 2016 @ 9:51 am

      • vigi, you should talk when you are no longer part of the problem. Otherwise when they come to do the purge you might be at the head of the line.

        Comment by MI — October 3, 2016 @ 2:35 pm

  3. Vigi!

    Comment by Gabrielle "Gaby" Dolphin — October 3, 2016 @ 10:34 am

  4. Let us not talk about purges where humans are concerned.

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 3, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

  5. saw this:

    PUBLISHED: October 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm | UPDATED: October 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm
    This is in response to a letter to the editor published Sept. 30 that expressed concern about my answer in response to a three-part, long and confusing question asked at a public forum.

    I did not clearly articulate my thoughts on this important issue, and as my comments are being misconstrued, I wish to make myself clear.

    I do NOT support the militarization of police.

    I regret that I didn’t open my remarks with the fact that we live in a society that is flawed by racial injustice in all its manifestations … from mass incarcerations of people of color to racist exclusion from job markets, to increasingly segregated and unequal education, housing and to police brutality. It’s important that this is part of the conversation.

    Addressing the issue of police brutality here in Alameda, our police chief has shared with me that his officers are practicing community policing, aimed to connect with the people. The police are encouraged to walk our streets, engage with our residents; Alameda police have also taken other measures, including crisis de-escalation training and the wearing of body cameras. Chief Paul Rolleri also works to hire officers that reflect the diversity of our community. I support all of these measures.

    And while APD’s efforts continue, the underlying problem and its solution lies within our society; as your City Council member, I will work to build and rebuild community, engaging our residents and partnering with our civic organizations that are working to encourage and embrace unity.
    Jennifer Roloff
    Alameda City Council candidate

    Comment by MP — October 4, 2016 @ 10:26 pm

  6. Aaaawww, she was confused by the big questions and please everybody just forget about literally the first thing that came out of her brain on the subject because she didn’t really mean it!

    Comment by jasonbuckley — October 5, 2016 @ 6:46 am

  7. #6. Like you are doing anything worthwhile for the community other than supporting the local economy by eating at all the fast food restaurants. For a non envolved white guy you sure do toss a lot of stones from a glass house. What a joke.

    Comment by Loser Patrol — October 5, 2016 @ 8:36 am

    • Some people would help the city by not running. That can be a form of community-service too.

      Comment by BC — October 5, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

  8. That’s correct #7, so thank you very much for not running, and 6 while we’re at it.

    Comment by Loser Patrol — October 6, 2016 @ 2:40 pm

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