Oakland chief filtered out Occupy e-mail

Matthai Kuruvila

People who’ve e-mailed Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan over the past year about Occupy Oakland probably didn’t get much of a response.

That’s because he used a spam filter to dismiss messages sent to him with „Occupy Oakland“ in the subject line, according to a federal court filing Monday. Same goes for the phrases „stop the excessive police force,“ „respect the press pass“ or „police brutality.“ Instead of landing in his in-box, those messages went straight into his junk mail folder, which he apparently never looked at.

Because of those filters, Jordan missed e-mails from other city officials and a federal court monitor, who oversees the department’s compliance with court-ordered reforms stemming from a police abuse scandal. (more on sfgate.com)