Last night, the Oakland City Council terminated local police participation in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) by unanimously passing a measure introduced by County Council President Rebecca Kaplan. It was a smashing victory for a broad coalition of local, state, and national groups led by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus and California CAIR. DRAD was a member of the coalition.
The FBI lobbied the council, but couldn’t muster much evidence to show that police participation in the JTTF benefits the people of the city.
The Coalition however, was able to demonstrate how damaging the partnership is. In a letter to the Council, and in testimony and emails, the coalition and supporters explained the problematic nature of the FBI’s JTTFs:
Oakland is the third city, after San Francisco and Portland, OR, to withdraw local police from the JTTF. Defending Rights & Dissent is currently working with the Justice for Muslims Collective and the Black & Brown Activism Defense Collective to launch a campaign to pull the Washington, DC police force out of the JTTF.