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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker Resigns

Police Chief Wayne Tucker resigned Tuesday amid numerous investigations of the department's management. During the last year the department has come under fire for everything from its handling of the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey in 2007 to a whistleblower complaint that alleged Tucker improperly promoted an officer who was then president of the police union. Tucker said he has tried to resign several times during the last six months but Mayor Ron Dellums convinced him to stay. Tucker criticized the City Council for failing to adequately fund the department and for suggesting a 20 percent budget cut this year. "They are paying lip service to public saftey," he said.


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Anonymous said...

Tucker was actually pretty responsive to citizens, but he did poor job of running the department. It is good news that he is moving on. Too bad Dellums gets to appoint the new chief. We can basically count on Dellums to pick the wrong guy.