Ex-Oakland police chief claims refusal to give ‘special treatment’ part of reason she was fired

Former Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, who was terminated last week without cause, spoke out about the reasons she believes factored into her firing.

On Thursday, the Oakland Police Commission voted to dismiss Kirkpatrick, who has been the city’s police chief since being hired by Mayor Libby Schaaf in 2017. The Police Commission, created by the passing of Measure LL in 2016, is a watchdog group comprised of Oakland residents. It has seven members, all volunteers, who have the unilateral power to fire a police chief with cause. If there is no cause, the mayor must sign off on the move; in Kirkpatrick’s case, Schaaf did so.

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