Oakland

2:57pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland considers youth curfew

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.

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6:03pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

Youth Radio: "When did violence become so normal?"

Control Arms campaigner David Grimason lays a photo of his son Alistair. July 25, 2012.
Flickr user ControlArms, under CC License http://www.flickr.com/photos/controlarms/7685194436/

Since the Aurora, Colorado shooting, I keep asking myself: when did violence became so normal? It pops up everywhere in American culture. We feel excited it by it when we see it on a screen. We feel proud of it when we see it in uniform, and angered by it when we see it near our children.

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4:52pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

How much of "Oakland" is actually in the Oakland Police Department?

Ali Winston

Of the 2,000 people who initially applied for the 55 new positions on the Oakland Police force, most were from outside the city. In fact, more than 90% of the current police force does not live in Oakland, something that activists say strains community police relations and affects city resources. Oakland spends about 40% of its general fund on police – that compares with 26% spent on police in San Jose, 17% in Sacramento and 7% in Long Beach. 

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4:46pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Arts & Culture

Oakland youth view their neighborhoods through a new lens

Some of the Warriors for Peace outside of The Spot
Courtesy of The Spot

More of a police presence and better police community relations are good ways to prevent violence, but a group of young men in Oakland are trying a different approach. They call themselves "Warriors for Peace,” and they are part of a violence prevention program that equips and trains teens to make films about Oakland. The hope is that from behind a lens, they will see their city, and themselves, a little differently. 

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4:31pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

Can a new crop of Oakland cops help build community trust?

Oakland Police Department hosted its first open house in May 2012 to build community relations
Kyung Jin Lee

When the Oakland Police Department put out a call for new recruits earlier this year, more than 2,000 people applied – mostly from outside of Oakland. The applicants live in cities in the outer East Bay and in San Francisco, but they also hail from as far away as Illinois and Florida.

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