OAKLAND -- Mayor Jean Quan could literally pay the price, if Oakland again misses deadlines to complete police internal affairs investigations.
The judge overseeing police department reforms has agreed to the city's plan for completing dozens overdue Internal Affairs investigations stemming from Occupy Oakland protests, but warned in a court order Monday that not only might he fine the city for missed deadlines, he also might choose to fine the mayor.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson had previously ordered Oakland to specify the deadlines for finishing Occupy-related Internal Affairs investigations and the names of police brass responsible for meeting the deadlines. If the investigations aren't completed within a year, state law prevents any legal actions from being taken against officers found of wrongdoing.
The city anticipates spending about $750,000 to farm out 29 of the most complicated complaints to outside investigators to meet the deadlines, while assigning five officers to Internal Affairs to work on additional Occupy-related complaint investigations.
Henderson approved the city's plan, but warned that a court-appointed monitor "shall consider whether other individuals in the line of authority, up to and including Mayor Jean Quan, should also be held liable for any missed deadlines."
Quan was not available for comment Tuesday afternoon. City spokeswoman Karen Boyd said, "We intend to fully comply with Judge Henderson's orders."