The judge who will decide whether to order a federal takeover of Oakland's police department scolded the city Thursday over Police Chief Howard Jordan's failure to respond to emails from the department's federal monitor.
U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson called the city dysfunctional and gave it until next Friday to investigate the integrity of its email system. The order came in response to Jordan telling the monitor Thursday that he had not received emails sent on Oct. 13 and Oct. 17 regarding court concerns over disciplinary recommendations made by the department.
Earlier this month, attorneys filed a motion asking Henderson to appoint a receiver with extensive powers to force the department to comply with reforms spelled out in a 2003 agreement that settled the Riders police corruption case.
A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Dec. 13.
In issuing the order, Henderson made clear that the city needed to be completely responsive to the court's inquiries, "especially at this critical juncture when a motion is before the court to appoint a receiver due to defendants' dysfunction and inability to complete the reforms they agreed to implement nearly 10 years ago."