SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — There has been more violence in Oakland in just the last 24 hours alone. Victims have ranged from commuters waiting for a casual carpool pickup in Rockridge to an elderly man killed after teens plowed an SUV in his vehicle as they were fleeing from the police in East Oakland on Monday night. There is also recent reports of suicides by two of Oakland Police Officers.
It seems clear the department’s understaffing is having some serious repercussions.
Being a police officer is a tough job, especially in Oakland, where cops are alone in their cars. Often, there are few on the streets and they are a great distance apart.