Against the Grain

Resisting Police Reform in Oakland

Oakland’s Police Department has been a poster child for abusive and violent law enforcement. But award-winning journalist Darwin BondGraham argues that the OPD is exceptional only because of the scrutiny it’s received. He discusses the department’s history from the Red Scare of the 1920s to the Black Panthers in the 1960s to Occupy Oakland in 2011 and beyond, highlighting the ways activists and others have fought to hold the police department accountable against the odds.


Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham, The Riders Come Out at Night: Brutality, Corruption, and Cover-up in Oakland Atria Books, 2023

Photograph by Pete Rosos


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