Police expert William Bratton said Wednesday that he thinks fighting Oakland’s crime problem is “a very winnable situation.”
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and civil rights attorney John Burris on Tuesday both welcomed the appointment of police expert Thomas Frazier to oversee long-overdue court-ordered reforms of the Oakland Police Department.
Police chief Howard Jordan disputed an account in a court-appointed monitor’s report that described two Oakland officers pointing their loaded weapons at a sleeping toddler, while serving a search warrant.
An Oakland City Council member has asked the City Attorney to declare a state of emergency in the wake of this past week’s shootings of two police officers and an 8-year-old girl.
Court documents are shedding new light on the details surrounding last week’s shooting of an undercover Oakland police officer, allegedly by a 23-year-old man who has been identified as Damien McDaniel.
The Oakland City Council heard public comment Tuesday night on four crime-fighting proposals that proponents say will help Oakland reduce its high crime rate.
Police investigators said Wednesday they believe the home invasion robbery and murder of a Monte Sereno millionaire could be connected to a notorious gang from East Oakland.
The department has lost 16 officers since the beginning of December, with many retiring and others by disability.
The family of a Oakland teenage girl shot and killed last summer is taking issue with police who blamed the city’s rising violence on her murder and are calling it defamation of character.
Oakland City Council’s Finance Committee approved funding to rebuild the police department by unanimous vote on Tuesday. The three-step plan now goes to a vote before city council.