Oakland Police Department
Hours after a young father and his infant son were shot and killed while sleeping inside an East Oakland home, city leaders said they are looking to local youth to help solve the city’s crime problems.
Most of the robberies have targeted private contractors remodeling houses, but police have not determined whether the incidents were carried out by the same people, said Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson.
66-year-old Judy Salamon was shot and killed while she was driving a few blocks from her home on Fern Street in the Fairfax neighborhood. Police said shots were fired into her car around 1:30 on Wednesday afternoon, sending it rolling down a hill and crashing into a parked vehicle.
Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent said the department made mistakes in the handling of the initial protest the night of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
Oakland police Chief Sean Whent and Mayor Jean Quan pledged Wednesday that police will change their tactics in future protests to try to prevent the acts of violence that occurred in protests on recent nights.
Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent said Tuesday that Monday night’s protest against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting case spiraled out of control because a small group of violent people were involved.
Several people were arrested in Oakland overnight as demonstrators took to the streets for a third night to protest George Zimmerman’s Florida acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Oakland police held a community meeting in the city’s Grand Lake neighborhood Wednesday to try to reassure merchants and residents in the wake of a double murder at a Wingstop restaurant Monday night and a recent surge in street robberies.
A man dubbed by authorities as Oakland’s most wanted man was taken into custody for a series of violent crimes. Police credit the city’s new crime fighting strategy leading to the arrest.
Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent said Thursday that his department’s new neighborhood policing plan is aimed at being more efficient in reducing the city’s high crime rate.