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Panel to Investigate Oakland Police Tactics

Oakland will hire an independent three-member panel to look into how police handled a massive anti-war protest at the city´s port three weeks ago. The City Council voted 7-1 for the panel in a closed door session last night after a contentious three-hour public hearing.

At the hearing, protesters and dock workers claimed police used excessive force to quell the April 7th demonstration. The council asked City Manager Robert Bobb to come up with a list of likely panel members. The council will appoint the panel next month and expects to get a report within a few weeks after that.

Police fired non-lethal weapons, including tear gas, bean bags, wooden dowels and rubber pellets, into the crowd. Dozens of people were hurt, 31 were arrested. Two who allege they were injured have already filed financial claims against the city.