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ACLU Questions Oakland's Body Camera Policy In Fatal Shooting
October 3, 2011
The officer's Vievu on-body camera, which is about the size of a pager, captured the Sept. 25 shooting in East Oakland. The officer fatally shot the suspect, who had a gun and drugs, after a foot pursuit and struggle.
Feds Fund Hiring of 1,000 Local Officers
September 29, 2011
The DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office awarded the grants to 238 law enforcement agencies and municipalities. The awards will create or help preserve 1,021 sworn law enforcement positions.
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.
Oakland Cop Shoots Man Who Punched Her, Swung Metal Bar
August 13, 2011
A possibly homeless man forced an Oakland Police officer to shoot him Friday, after he punched her and began swinging a metal bar at her that he pulled out of a shopping cart.
When Crowds Turn Into Violent Mobs
July 8, 2011
Flash mobs first gained popularity with their synchronized dancing, mega-pillow fights, and the like. It now appears that the thugs have interjected their own version of flash mobs: large roving bands of predators hunting their next prey.
Oakland Considering Using Civilians to Investigate Police
June 13, 2011
Currently, the city primarily relies on the Oakland Police Department to investigate complaints against its own officers. Some community activist groups and council members are pushing to tip that balance in the direction of civilians with no connection to the department to do that work instead.
Suspected Prostitute Left Babies In Car While Working
April 21, 2011
The 25-year-old Stockton woman was seen loitering on 16th Avenue near a dirty Oldsmobile. She was arrested in an undercover sting.
Oakland Norteño Named In Injunction Arrested With Rifle Strapped to Chest
April 11, 2011
Since police filed the case in October, 15 of 40 members named in a gang injunction have been arrested, including one in a court room. The injunction bars the men from hanging out together in a 2-square-mile "safety zone" and imposes a 10 p.m. curfew.
10 Laid-Off Oakland Officers Return to Duty
February 22, 2011
The officers are expected to return to the streets in a week or two, after undergoing some retraining, including firearms qualification and being updated on changes to department policies.
Gang Parolee Fires At Oakland Cops
February 7, 2011
An alleged gang member released from prison several weeks ago fired on officers responding to the shots-fired call, after he fired at another vehicle on Saturday in North Oakland.
Oakland Will Hire Back 10 of 80 Laid-off Officers
February 1, 2011
The move brings the force to 666 sworn, and will cost about $500,000, funds expected to come from savings from positions of officers leaving that won't be filled.
Oakland Police Kill Man Pointing Fake Rifle
January 31, 2011
Officers fatally shot 39-year-old Matthew Cicelski outside his ex-girlfriend's home as he walked around the 5500 block of Taft Avenue clad in camouflage clothing. Neighbors reported Cicelski walking up and down and "prancing" along Taft Avenue as if he were "patrolling" the street.
Oakland Chief Doesn't Get San Jose Job
January 28, 2011
Popular Oakland Police chief Anthony Batts released a statement saying he didn't get the job and, at the same time, raised doubts about whether he'll stay to lead an Oakland force that has shrunk from 800 to 657 in a year.
Oakland Cop Shoots Man Who Exited Vehicle With Two Weapons
January 27, 2011
Martin Flenaugh, 19, was the passenger in a car driven by parolee Jerome Brown, 24, who was arrested after a foot pursuit. Brown has convictions for possession of stolen property and being an accessory.
Oakland Chief May Depart for San Jose Chief Job
January 17, 2011
Anthony Batts, who was recruited from Long Beach (Calif.) PD in 2009, has seen his ranks fall from a nearly 800-officer force to the current 657 sworn, due to budget cuts.
Laid-off Oakland Cop Battles Brain Cancer
December 17, 2010
About a month after Sor Yang was laid off from the Oakland Police Department, he began getting headaches that he thought may be stress-related.
Oakland Police Firearms Sim Teaches Use of Force To Public
December 13, 2010
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts organized the events, which involved inviting the attendees into the department's firearms simulator to show training scenarios used to train officers.
Oakland To Lose More Officers, After Funding Measures Fail
November 8, 2010
Following the layoff of 80 Oakland officers in July due to city budget shortfalls, the department now stands at 673 officers. However, the city can only support 637 officers through June.
Oakland Mob Smashes Windshields, 100 Arrested
November 6, 2010
During Friday's rioting, a holster and gun were ripped from the belt of an Oakland officer. Another officer was struck by a car.
Protesters Massing In Oakland, As Officers Ready Themselves
November 5, 2010
Chief Anthony Batts told SF Gate.com, "We don't want to be physical, but we have plenty of resources." Officers will be on the lookout for out-of-town anarchists and carrying video cameras to record looting for later prosecution.
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