As the top physician in the jail, she oversaw its initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which remains a danger as most staff and detainees are unvaccinated.
The agreement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, would place the sheriff’s office under court supervision for up to 6 years, maybe longer.
From victims’ rights to police accountability, O’Malley leaves a complex legacy. Her decision to not appoint a successor also creates the most open election for DA in decades–maybe ever.
A federal investigation found that the county’s lack of community-based services forces people into inadequate treatment in emergency rooms and Santa Rita Jail.
Critics of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern seek state law change to promote competitive elections and progressive candidates.
Berkeley police officers have used force 105 times since 2015, but the department won’t reveal details. Lawyers say Berkeley is less transparent and forthcoming than other cities.