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Ex-Officers Often Investigate Police-Involved Shootings

April 11, 2013 | 10:10 am

Ex-Officers Often Investigate Police-Involved Shootings

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by Shoshana Walter, The Bay Citizen After Oakland police Officer Miguel Masso shot and killed 18-year-old Alan Blueford last May, prosecutors quickly released their investigator’s findings about the incident, amid a public outcry and a protest that shut down a City Council meeting. The shooting was justified, according to the evidence collected by Michael Foster […]

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March 8, 2013 | 12:59 pm

Oakland Police Say Raid Nets 18 Gang Suspects

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By Caitlin Esch, Rachael Marcus and AP Local and federal law enforcement officials arrested 18 people Friday in a crackdown on the notorious Case Gang in East Oakland, which officials believe is responsible for many of the violent crimes plaguing the city. The series of raids, which began around 5 a.m. Friday, was orchestrated by […]

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Oakland’s Other Crime Problem: Unsolved Homicides

February 12, 2013 | 9:00 am

Oakland’s Other Crime Problem: Unsolved Homicides

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On a recent morning, an ex-convict named Debonaire Dobbz sat shackled to a chair in an Oakland courtroom, charged with murder in a shooting a year ago. “This is not a whodunit. This is not a whodunit case–that’s the tragic element of this,” says Tim Murphy, the public defender representing Dobbz. He says a contractor […]

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Interview: William Bratton on Stop-and-Frisk and Working With Oakland Police

January 24, 2013 | 3:36 pm

Interview: William Bratton on Stop-and-Frisk and Working With Oakland Police

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Former Los Angeles and New York City police chief William Bratton is officially on his way to Oakland to help advise the city’s struggling police force, which is contending with a sharp rise in homicides and other crimes. Bratton’s hire, part of a $250,000 contract retaining him and his consulting firm, was finalized by the […]

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Besieged Oakland Residents Rally Against Gun Violence

January 14, 2013 | 12:34 pm

Besieged Oakland Residents Rally Against Gun Violence

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by Ingrid Becker Four more dead, 11 shot. That’s the grim tally coming out of another bloody weekend in Oakland. A tragedy of “epic proportions” is how District 4 Councilwoman Libby Schaaf characterized six killings that have rocked Oakland in the past week. And Vice Mayor Larry Reid is calling on the city to declare […]

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Oakland Hires Proponent of ‘Broken Windows Theory’ as Police Consultant; Dept. to Return to Neighborhood Policing

December 27, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Oakland Hires Proponent of ‘Broken Windows Theory’ as Police Consultant; Dept. to Return to Neighborhood Policing

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Oakland has hired policing superstar William Bratton as a consultant. From AP: Oakland city officials have hired former New York City police commissioner and Los Angeles police chief Bill Bratton as a consultant. City Council President Larry Reid confirmed Bratton’s hiring to The Associated Press on Thursday. A formal announcement was expected at a 3 […]

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December 13, 2012 | 8:10 am

A.M. Splash: Oakland Police Make Fewer Stops; High Tides Cause Floods; McAfee Returns to US; iPhone Gets Google Maps App

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Police stops dramatically down in Oakland (SF Chronicle) Oakland police officers are stopping roughly 75 percent fewer drivers and pedestrians this year than they did just three years ago, a steep drop in enforcement that comes amid a crime spike in one of the state’s most dangerous cities. The figures on police stops include when […]

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Judge Approves Oakland Police Dept. Settlement

December 12, 2012 | 3:42 pm

Judge Approves Oakland Police Dept. Settlement

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a plan to have a court-appointed director oversee the embattled Oakland Police Department. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson signed off on the arrangement on Wednesday. It falls short of a complete federal takeover of the department, which Henderson had previously threatened. But it still vests broad […]

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Oakland’s Agreement on Police Dept: Receivership by Any Other Name?

December 6, 2012 | 4:05 pm

Oakland’s Agreement on Police Dept: Receivership by Any Other Name?

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So who will have ultimate authority in the Oakland Police Department? The city? The federal government? Or plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit against the department? All of the above, it seems. In an unprecedented deal, the city has agreed to submit the department to the authority of a new compliance director. While the city […]

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Oakland Police Avoid Federal Takeover, Give Up Control of Department

December 5, 2012 | 10:36 pm

Oakland Police Avoid Federal Takeover, Give Up Control of Department

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Oakland police officials have agreed to surrender authority of the department’s command staff to a court- appointed director. City leaders say they’re optimistic the deal with plaintiff’s attorneys and the police union will prevent a federal takeover. The department was under that threat after failing to complete court-ordered reforms in the 2003 Riders misconduct case. Critics have said Oakland police were […]

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