Tuesday, January 31st


The Riders Come Out at Night: Brutality, Corruption and Cover Up in Oakland: Book release and policy conversation

From the Polk Award–winning investigative duo comes a critical look at the systematic corruption and brutality within the Oakland Police Department, and the more than two-decades-long saga of attempted reforms and explosive scandals.

Join us for an in-depth look at the Oakland police department and a discussion on policing in America and where it’s headed. Authors Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham will be joined by Professor Dan Lindheim, Goldman School of Public Policy and former Oakland City Administrator, and Lisa Armstrong, journalist and Berkeley Journalism faculty (moderator).

Books will be available to purchase.

Ali Winston

Ali Winston is an independent reporter covering criminal justice, privacy, and surveillance. His work has been rewarded with several awards, including the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2017. Ali is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in New York.

Darwin BondGraham has reported on gun violence for The Guardian and was an enterprise reporter for the East Bay Express. BondGraham’s work has also appeared with ProPublica and other leading national and local outlets. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was the co-recipient of the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2017. He lives in Oakland, California. 

Darwin Bondgraham Photo: Pete Rosos

Dan Lindheim is an economist, planner, software developer, and attorney. Lindheim is currently a Professor of Practice at the Goldman School of Public Policy, as well as the Faculty Director for the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement. He previously was Oakland’s City Administrator. In prior careers, Lindheim was a World Bank economist, senior advisor to Congressman Ron Dellums, and spent over a decade in the private sector as President and CEO oftwo leading high tech software companies. More recently, Lindheim was a member of Berkeley’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force and chaired the Mayor’s Budget Transparency Committee.

Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong is an award-winning journalist with credits in The New York Times, The Intercept, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, and other outlets. She has reported from several countries, including Sierra Leone, Kenya, and the Philippines. From 2010 to 2014, she reported from Haiti through grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and NYU. She has been featured on NPR and the BBC, discussing rape in the camps in Haiti and HIV/AIDS in the aftermath of the earthquake. Armstrong received the National Press Club’s Joan Friedenberg Award for Online Journalism and an award for investigative reporting for an article about African American women who were sterilized by the state of North Carolina. She is currently reporting on incarceration and has had grants from Type Investigations, The Carter Center and the Fund for Investigative Journalism/Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism to support her work. She has written about the spread of COVID19 in New York State prisons and Miami jails, and produced a documentary for CBS News about the role that mental health care provided by for-profit companies has played in an increase in suicides in state prisons. Armstrong also directed a documentary about a young man who was incarcerated in an adult prison when he was 16. The film, “Little Boy Lost,” was paired with live music and spoken word poetry as narration. It was featured in the Social Impact track at SXSW 2018. Armstrong was a 2020-2021 Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow, 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing and a 2018 Justice Reporting Fellow for the John Jay/Langeloth Foundation Fellowship on Reinventing Solitary Confinement.


Goldman School of Public Policy and the Investigative Reporting Program


North Gate Hall Logan Multimedia Center

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We are currently at capacity for in-person attendance. You may join virtually via Zoom. Please register for login credentials:  https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlcuCupjwjEtAo8jOEh8Tp69g4j-44V523



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