Ali Winston

Reporter

3:51pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Frazier blocks police reforms

For the better part of two decades, Oakland residents have often objected to the city's process for taking complaints about police officers. Under the city's system, residents who want to make a complaint against a particular officer must make that complaint to a uniformed cop working for OPD's Internal Affairs Division. For some, the setup was intimidating, and it also bred cynicism because internal affairs routinely dismissed most of the complaints.

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4:57pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Throwing more money at police

Oakland already directs a larger percentage of its budget to police than comparable cities nationwide, yet it's planning to spend even more money without demanding reforms.

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2:34pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Who's profiting from Oakland's gun violence?

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

Kao Saeturn liked to intimidate people with his Glock. Referring to himself as "the King of Oakland," Saeturn, along with his gang, kicked off a methamphetamine-fueled spree that wreaked havoc on the Bay Area. After holding up a San Rafael massage parlor at gunpoint, Saeturn's gang targeted another one in El Cerrito and then a Hayward karaoke club, threatening victims with their firearms. Then in a bizarre episode, Saeturn and an accomplice attempted to carjack a retired San Francisco Sheriff's deputy at gunpoint on Interstate 580. When police finally apprehended Saeturn's gang on February 7, 2008, officers recovered the Glock 17 pistol that the 25-year-old ringleader had used during the crime spree, along with other firearms. In 2010, the King of Oakland was sentenced to 272 months in prison.

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11:54am

Thu January 12, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland: Federal ammo running short for War on Crime

Oakland has surpassed 100 murders this year but because of severe financial problems has cut the number of police officers on its streets.
Ali Winston

This piece comes to us from City Limits, an independent, non-profit, investigative magazine based in New York City. 

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