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The Oakland Police Murders: What We Think We Know

Start with the OPD board of inquiry after-action report and definitely include the OPD radio transmissions from March 21. Follow up on these by reading as many news and LE articles, blogs, commentaries that you can find, especially via the Internet. And if you have access to any "inside intel," that's better yet.

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Probe: Missteps Led to Oakland Police Killings

An independent report on the March 2009 slayings of four Oakland police officers released Wednesday concluded that two SWAT team members lost their lives in a poorly planned "ad hoc" raid in search of the killer that should have been called off.

Oakland SWAT Ambush: After-Action Report

The report details a cascade of mistakes that led to the tragic deaths of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Officer John Hege, Sgt. Ervin Romans, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai. It faults the Oakland PD for poor communication, weak command and control, and poor planning.

Ecumenical Panel Will Investigate Oakland SWAT Tragedy

A board that will include law enforcement experts from across the state and the nation will conduct a "complete review" of the March 21 fatal shootings of four police officers, the Oakland Tribune reports.

The Challenge of Analyzing a Tragedy While We’re Still Grieving

Shortly after the murders of four Oakland officers by parolee Lovelle Mixon in March, I got a call from Police Magazine editor David Griffith. He wanted me to write a feature article on the Oakland incidents. To be honest I didn’t want to do it.

Oakland SWAT Captain Asks to be Reassigned After Team Expresses "No Confidence"

Capt. Ed Tracey made his request after a meeting with the 24-member SWAT team, during which officers said they "weren't confident in him" because of his conduct during the March 21 incident, a law enforcement source said. Two SWAT officers died in the raid.

Four Slain Officers Honored at Oakland Police Memorial Service

Young and old, relatives of slain Oakland police officers came as they do every year, walking slowly into headquarters as a phalanx of police stood at attention outside.

What Can be Learned from the Oakland Tragedy

Four officers murdered. A fifth wounded. One suspect dead. A police department in shock. Not since the 1970 Newhall shooting has an officer-involved shooting reverberated so strongly throughout the law enforcement community.

Survival Lessons from Oakland and Pittsburgh

The lesson all of us must learn from the Oakland and Pittsburgh tragedies is to honor our fallen brothers in blue by doing whatever it takes to not only survive, or even to win, but to prevail.

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The Aftermath of the Oakland Massacre

How we honor them and all of our thousands of fallen brothers and sisters is to continue to do our job to the utmost of our ability with dignity and honor, no matter the obstacles. We are the thin blue line, and if we don’t do the job of protecting society, no one will.