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The People and The Police: Oakland

by US National Archives
August 17, 2020

This video was found in the US National archives by franknews in our effort to build out a critical examination of what "justice" means in the United States, both today and throughout our history. 

"This film is about police brutality in Oakland, California, 1974. Narrator talks about how town was over half black in 1960's and police force was all white. How blacks were generally treated with disrespect. Some of policemen interviewed say they were hired as super cops and did not want to change way things were run. Changes were implemented, blacks were hired, and blacks in the community were beginning to feel a change as older policemen were told to less aggressive or be fired. Action Review Panel was set up to review police community relations. Several incidents resulting in arrest of blacks and charges of disorderly conduct were heard by panel. Speaking in this film is Ron Dellums and police chief, George Hart. Song, "Hey, You Old Oakland Town" is heard as camera scans streets and black community of Oakland."