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New Overseer Could Disrupt Oakland Police Routines

March 5, 2013 | 3:32 pm

New Overseer Could Disrupt Oakland Police Routines

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Oakland police officers can expect to see change in their department. Thomas Frazier, appointed to oversee the Oakland police by a federal judge on Monday, has a reputation as an innovator not afraid to shatter police department traditions. Frazier is taking on a job that previous chiefs could not, or would not, do: bring the […]

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March 5, 2013 | 8:47 am

Judge Appoints Director to Oversee Oakland Police

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A former police commissioner from Baltimore has been appointed by a federal court to oversee the embattled Oakland Police Department. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson announced Monday that new compliance director Thomas C. Frazier will have broad authority over the beleaguered force including the power to seek the dismissal of the […]

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March 1, 2013 | 11:10 am

Oakland Awaits First Friday: Sorrow, Anxiety Mix With Anticipation for Monthly Party

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For the last several years, the first Friday of every month has been a date Oaklanders, fans of Oakland, art aficionados, and connoisseurs of community celebrations have all looked forward to. Starting with an event called Art Murmur–a gallery walk centered in the Uptown neighborhood on Telegraph Avenue–First Friday has become a monthly street party, […]

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Special Visas for Crime Victims Surge in Oakland

October 29, 2012 | 2:47 pm

Special Visas for Crime Victims Surge in Oakland

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Shoshana Walter, The Bay Citizen Linda Mendoza says her life began changing for the better the day she was robbed at gunpoint. In 2010, Mendoza had just opened her beauty salon on International Boulevard in East Oakland when three men walked through the door, pointed a gun at her pregnant belly and demanded cash. The […]

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Clipper Cards Reveal Travelers’ Whereabouts to Police, Lawyers, Apps

October 16, 2012 | 2:01 pm

Clipper Cards Reveal Travelers’ Whereabouts to Police, Lawyers, Apps

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by Zusha Elinson, The Bay Citizen San Francisco police arrested Marcel Largaespada on April 30 after a gunpoint robbery at a Lombard Street business, but they couldn’t catch his alleged accomplice, Alan McCahill. McCahill gave officers the slip, investigators believed, by hopping on a Muni bus. He was caught days later. To try to place […]

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Exploited Boys in SF Disappear From View

September 19, 2012 | 11:52 am

Exploited Boys in SF Disappear From View

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by Trey Bundy, The Bay Citizen From the 1970s through the 1990s, police say, young male hustlers worked street corners and bars in San Francisco’s Castro District and along Polk Street, blocks away from City Hall. But in recent years, that population has largely faded from view – along with the whereabouts of the city’s […]

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Boy’s Ejection From SF School Illustrates Struggles in Violence Prevention

August 16, 2012 | 1:15 pm

Boy’s Ejection From SF School Illustrates Struggles in Violence Prevention

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by Trey Bundy, The Bay Citizen An 11-year-old boy in San Francisco made headlines early last year when a shooting near his Western Addition home left a random bullet lodged permanently in his abdomen. Nerve damage, a ruptured bladder and chronic pain kept him out of school for more than four months. For a brief […]

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SF Police Underreport Arrest Rates for Latinos, Asians

August 14, 2012 | 11:21 am

SF Police Underreport Arrest Rates for Latinos, Asians

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by Shoshana Walter, The Bay Citizen The San Francisco Police Department has underreported the arrest rates of the city’s two largest minority groups for years, misclassifying Latino arrestees as “white” and Asian arrestees as “other,” The Bay Citizen has learned. The state has been publishing the erroneous statistics in a report called “Crime in California” […]

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To Avoid Prison, Move to One of These Counties

July 30, 2012 | 3:49 pm

To Avoid Prison, Move to One of These Counties

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Want to avoid prison? Then stay in the Bay Area. That’s one conclusion you might draw from a massive database assembled by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice on the people behind bars in each county. As part of its California Sentencing Institute project on Monday, the center unveiled an interactive map that shows […]

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Oakland Tackles Violent Crime, Up 20% This Year

July 19, 2012 | 12:56 pm

Oakland Tackles Violent Crime, Up 20% This Year

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Crime is falling nationwide, but not so in Oakland. Violent crime in the city is up about 20 percent over last year to date. Earlier this month, seven people were murdered in seven days, making it the bloodiest week in about four years, according to the Oakland Tribune. Forum host Michael Krasny spoke with Oakland […]

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