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Oakland Council to vote on hiring police consultant

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
People at an Oakland meeting hold anti-stop and frisk posters Oakland police

City leaders are expecting a big turnout in Oakland tonight when the city council considers approving the contract of a controversial high-profile police consultant.

If hired, William Bratton, a former Los Angeles police chief, will be paid $250,000 to consult the police department on ways to reduce its crime wave. But not everyone is on board.

Tempers flared at last week's meeting where protesters showed up to voice their concerns about possible racial profiling. Bratton favors a technique called "stop and frisk" where police can stop anyone they feel is suspicious.

The Oakland City Council is scheduled to take up the issue tonight at 6:30.

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