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Fewer Cops In Oakland Results In 'Brazen' Crimes

August 18, 2011  | 

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts is repeating his public call for more officers, after a violent crime spike of "brazen activity" that included the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy in broad daylight.

Chief Batts stepped up police activity in the hours following the fatal shooting of 3-year-old Carlos Nava, which led to arrests of the suspected shooter in Pittsburg and his accomplice later in Las Vegas.

However, the incident is raising concern about the city's high rate of violence in its poorest neighborhoods. Eight of the 35 policing beats account for 92 percent of the city's homicides.

The city now has a violent crime rate that's the highest among California cities with 100,000 or more residents. It also has 1.7 officers per 1,000 residents.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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michael @ 8/19/2011 3:17 AM

The problem is, those 8 beats need be saturated day and night by officers. Lay out the rules before, tell the citizens to stay away and don't interferer. With very heavy enforcement these scumbags will be squeezed out of those areas. OPD would then need to keep the pressure on. This is primarily trouble makers, gang bangers, pimps, prostitution and dope dealers etc....All the nice people.
But, this can't be done unless the OPD gets the man power they need to deal with this. Crime will continue to rise and the city leaders are going to want answers that will still be the same old ones.

Rick @ 8/22/2011 8:44 AM

Concealed carry and open carry for Californians will help protect citizens. The economy will only worsen; we are on the brink of a Depression and the criminals will only get more brazen. The rise in flash mobs, off the wall crimes and the increased assaults on LEO's are all indicators. Giving citizens the opportunity to protect themselves through CCW's, open carry and by passing a Castle Doctorine will help LEO's in the long run.

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