Oakland: Outside investigator to look at security guard incidents at schools

The Oakland school district is paying a consultant $30,000 to conduct an internal affairs investigation of its police department on use of force at school campuses.

The investigation comes following the discovery earlier this month of a video that allegedly shows two Fremont High School security guards hitting a student in January 2014.

The two are still on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, said schools spokesman Troy Flint.

Flint said the district is hiring Simpson Investigative Services to investigate its police department because it would not be appropriate for the police department to investigate itself.

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The video was uncovered at the request of an attorney representing the student who likely will file a lawsuit.

Last May, an Oakland High School security guard was caught on videotape beating a handcuffed student in a wheelchair.

The security guard was charged with felony corporal injury to a child and is scheduled for trial in Alameda County Superior Court April 27.

The contract with Simpson Investigative Services ends June 30.

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