More needs to be done

The disturbing incident of Alameda Police Department (APD) arresting Mali Watkins for dancing in the street in front of his house would probably not have been averted by the Eight Can’t Wait reforms to address police violence that the city is now considering.

Instead, the basic issue appeared to be the utter and complete unwillingness of initial responding officers to listen to what Watkins was saying to them! This should have been a two-minute conversation. And so a larger problem is revealed: an apparent APD culture of treating a black man as voiceless, unworthy of listening to. 

I’d like to know how Chief Paul Rolleri intends to address this travesty of respect. I’d also like to know whether Rolleri has apologized yet to Watkins. I urge others to join me in calling his office to ask.


Jennifer Gray