Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan
An Oakland police officer responding to a report of an armed robbery near a downtown restaurant on Wednesday night shot and injured a teenager who wasn’t involved in the robbery, Police Chief Howard Jordan said Thursday.
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.
Oakland City leaders admitted a lack of a plan to fight crime in their city at a news conference, blaming a lack of resources as part of the reason why.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan admitted that robberies “have plagued our community the last several months” but he said his department has fought back by arresting 34 robbery suspects in the past month.
Oakland’s police chief is proposing a youth curfew in the city to help reduce the risk of teens getting into trouble, but some youth group leaders have said that may not be the solution.
The Oakland Police Department is changing its crowd management policies after it received more than a thousand complaints stemming from scuffles during last year’s Occupy protests.