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January 27, 2009

Oakland police chief to resign

Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker speaks during a news conference in Oakland, Calif. regarding former transit officer, Johannes Mehserle, 27, who has been charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed man, 22-year-old Oscar Grant. (AP Photo)

By Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker, whose department has been rocked by a series of scandals and embarrassments in recent months, said today that he will resign next month and blasted the City Council for giving "lip service" to a desire for tackling the city's problems.

Tucker said at a news conference at Oakland City Hall that he will step down Feb. 28 after serving more than four years as chief. His announcement came several hours before four City Council members planned to declare their plans to hold a no-confidence vote in Tucker.

Full story: Oakland police chief to resign

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