Professor Tuman Discusses Federal Oversight of Oakland Police Department

Thursday, July 14, 2016
EAST BAY TIMES -- “The existence of a monitor with the power to dismiss a police chief means that our city government and our people are not really in control of what happens with the police department,” said Joe Tuman, a professor of political and legal communication studies at San Francisco State University who has run unsuccessfully for Oakland mayor. Tuman, an Oakland resident, said the current environment in his city could make it difficult to find a qualified chief. “The existence of a monitor is going to be a real factor. Why would somebody want to come here knowing they are stepping into a situation where several years of their tenure they will have this oversight?” he said.“"Who wants to step into that?”