keywords: oakland police, oakland california, police brutality, police community relations, black panther march, traffic stop
Synopsis: This film is about police brutality in Oakland, California, 1974. Narrator talks about how town was over half black in the 1960's and the 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 be 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. Shows members of the Black Panthers chanting and marching, street scenes in Oakland, police making a traffic stop.