September 19, 2022

The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee Tuesday tentatively rejected Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong’s bid for the continued use of automated license plate readers to solve crimes.

Councilmember and Chair Carroll Fife and Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan voted to send the request back to the city’s Privacy Advisory Commission before the committee considers the idea again.

Fife said she needs more time to decide.

Councilmember Treva Reid abstained from voting and Councilmember Noel Gallo was excused.

The item was sent back to the commission by the City Council in May of last year.

“We’re at an impasse,” Armstrong said.

“The equipment is not working,” said Sameena Usman during public comment, senior government relations coordinator for the Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “It doesn’t justify a half-million-dollar investment.”

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