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Oakland steps into nationwide gun debate

Jan 13, 2016
Jeremy Dalmas

 

When President Barack Obama announced his executive order tightening rules on selling guns last week, he called on local governments around the country to step up, saying, “all of us need to demand governors and legislators and businesses do their part to make our community safer.”

  

On the June 3rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to ban street protests after dark in response to acts of vandalism during a demonstration last month. The decision has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups and protests against the curfew. What are the responsibilities of demonstrators and when is it right for police to intervene? Where do you stand on protest curfews? It’s Your Call with Matt Martin, and you.

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Surveillance and privacy issues have been in the news a lot in the past few years. Perhaps the biggest news was made by by Edward Snowden, who leaked information about the NSA’s massive collection of American citizens' cell phone data. But the privacy debate has also hit closer to home. You may remember last spring, when the Oakland City Council debated a controversial surveillance hub called the Domain Awareness Center, or DAC.

Your Call: Should police wear body cameras?

Feb 4, 2015

  

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.

From our partners at the East Bay Express.

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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.

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

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan is again calling for a youth curfew as a way to reduce crime in the city. The idea is backed by council President Larry Reid and Ignacio de la Fuente. But, the East Bay Express has published reports showing that youth curfews don’t work. The most recent data available from the California Department of Justice shows that felony youth crime has dropped substantially in Oakland, plummeting 26.4 percent from 2001 through 2010.

(Sacramento Bee) // The California Assembly has passed a bill that would allow, but not require, business owners who contract with the state to self-identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce both support the bill because it would allow the government to collect data on the economic impact of LGBT-owned businesses. The bill goes to the Senate next...

The Oakland police department has announced it will reduce the number of officers in the city’s most violent blocks, following complaints from residents of the Oakland hills and North Oakland that burglaries have increased in their neighborhoods, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Six months ago the 100 blocks identified as the most dangerous saw an influx of officers, under Mayor Jean Quan’s plan to increase police presence and the availability of social services there…