Oakland police department

5:20pm

Mon October 6, 2014
Cops & Courts

Urban Shield: Training or militarization for first responders?

Inside the Urban Shield trade show
Sandhya Dirks

For the past eight years, one weekend in late summer brings first responders from across the country and around the world -- firemen, medics, SWAT teams and police officers --  to Alameda County for Urban Shield, one of the largest law enforcement training exercises in the country.

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1:53pm

Wed January 8, 2014

East Bay Express: What's going on at Oakland Animal Services?

From our partners at the East Bay Express.
Source: Eastbayexpress · Via: Sam Levin
In early December, Allison Lindquist, president and CEO of the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), started to notice posts on social networking sites about an escalating "crisis" brewing at Oakland Animal Services (OAS).

6:37pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Cops & Courts

Oakland City Administrator says civilian oversight of police faces roadblocks

Under CC license from Flickr user vision63

The last decade has seen more than a hundred officer-involved shootings – 39 of them fatal. When one of those shootings happens, OPD’s Internal Affairs division automatically investigates. But these investigations have been widely criticized.

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11:31am

Wed January 23, 2013
Cops & Courts

Family presses for answers about death of Oakland teen in officer-involved shooting

Adam Blueford stands over the spot where his son, Alan, died on May 6, 2012 in an officer-involved shooting in Oakland.
Kyung-Jin Lee

One hundred and thirty-one people were murdered in Oakland last year – that’s the highest number since 2006. Other crime is up too, but the number of officers is down. So is police response time.

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4:14pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland City Council enacts controversial public seating rule

Demonstrators hold signs at a vigil for Alan Blueford last May at Oakland's police headquarters.
Flickr user greendoula

On September 18th, an incident cut short an Oakland City Council meeting (see what happened in the video below).

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