Newsbrief: Oakland Rogue Cops Go on Trial 5/31/02

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In October 2000, DRCNet wrote about "the Riders," four Oakland Police Department officers suspended from their jobs after credible and repeated allegations that they beat defendants, planted drugs and perjured themselves in court (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/157.html#oakland). The reverberations from the Riders' rampage through West Oakland have since then poisoned relations between the Oakland PD and the city's minority communities and wreaked havoc with drug cases. Charges have already been dismissed in more than 70 cases in which the Riders were involved, and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is reviewing 300 to 400 more. And the city has been hit with 16 civil rights lawsuits with 117 plaintiffs so far; in February the city paid out $195,000 to a man falsely arrested and imprisoned on crack cocaine possession charges by the Riders.

Beginning on Tuesday, three of the four Riders went on trial facing a 31-count criminal indictment with charges ranging from kidnapping to assault. Clarence Mabang, 36, Jude Siapno, 33, and Matthew Hornung, 30, all face decades in prison if found guilty. The fourth Rider, Francisco Vasques, has disappeared and is believed to have fled to Mexico.

The rookie cop who blew the whistle on the Riders, Keith Batt, resigned from the Oakland PD and is now suing the city for lost pay, missed career opportunities, humiliation and mental anguish as a result of his decision to go to supervisors with his misgivings.

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