Joaquin Palomino http://kalw.org en East Bay Express: False witness http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-false-witness <p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;">On the afternoon of June 29, 1998, Trina Gomez and Maximilian Patlan were closing a branch of Fidelity Financial Services in Fullerton, California, when two men knocked on the door. They asked if they could make a payment, so Patlan let them into the bank. Once inside, one of the men punched Patlan in the face and ordered him to lie on the ground. The other man pulled out a shotgun and forced Gomez to collect all of the available cash. Minutes later, the two thieves walked out of Fidelity with more than $5,400 in cash and personal checks. The armed robbery and assault happened so quickly that Gomez and Patlan later had difficulty identifying the perpetrators.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:04:08 +0000 Joaquin Palomino 30611 at http://kalw.org East Bay Express: False witness East Bay Express: Reforming Three Strikes http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-reforming-three-strikes <p>Prop 36 would prohibit non-violent offenders from being locked up for life, and would save the state $100 million a year.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:37:41 +0000 Joaquin Palomino 18093 at http://kalw.org East Bay Express: Reforming Three Strikes East Bay Express: The People's Police Department http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-peoples-police-department <p>Why federal consent decrees are working in Detroit, but not in Oakland.</p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 00:34:36 +0000 Joaquin Palomino 17029 at http://kalw.org East Bay Express: The People's Police Department Reforming the Oakland Police Department http://kalw.org/post/reforming-oakland-police-department <p><em>Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, two things shaped the Oakland Police Department.&nbsp; The city had one of the highest crime rates in California, and four police officers calling themselves the &ldquo;Riders&rdquo; beat, robbed, and framed hundreds of residents in the flatlands of Oakland. For years the officers were praised for sweeping drugs from the rough streets of West Oakland. But in 2000 over 100 plaintiffs came forward and accused the &ldquo;Riders&rdquo; of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:31:16 +0000 Joaquin Palomino 13739 at http://kalw.org Reforming the Oakland Police Department Why the OPD is approaching a federal takeover http://kalw.org/post/why-opd-approaching-federal-takeover <p>Last Month, the Oakland city council voted to pay $40,000 in punitive damages for an officer who illegally strip searched two suspects in public. Federal Judge Thelton Henderson, who currently oversees the department as they make court-ordered reforms, referred to the strip-searching case as an example of how stuck the OPD is in their dysfunctional behavior.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:04:55 +0000 Joaquin Palomino 13667 at http://kalw.org Why the OPD is approaching a federal takeover