An alternative to calling 911 in the Tenderloin

Sep 1, 2016
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Jacob Savage almost became a cop. He spent high school and college going on police ride-alongs, wearing a uniform and a bulletproof vest.

Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: "Breathing and black"

Aug 9, 2016
Photo by Justine Lee.

We continue with our series of essays by Bay Area residents reflecting on race in America. 

Holly J. McDede


This story originally aired in December of 2015.

Earlier this month, demonstrators around the Bay Area gathered to protest against the police killings of two African American men: Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. 

Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12, 2016
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Oakland: Company laundered campaign donations to mayoral, council candidates // East Bay Times

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Update: The headline has been changed to reflect that fact that the allegations include statutory rape and human trafficking.

Up until recently, the Oakland Police Department appeared to be moving past the racial profiling scandals and police brutality charges that plagued the department. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 20, 2016

Jun 20, 2016
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Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting' // East Bay Express


“’We are hell bent on rooting out this disgusting culture,’ said a visibly angry Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at a Friday evening press conference.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
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Rising reality // San Francisco Chronicle

"Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.

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There’s been a 45 percent increase in mental health-related calls to BART police since 2011. When officers don’t know what to do, they call Armando Sandoval.



Street protests and town hall meetings swiftly followed the shooting death  by police last week of 26-year-old Mario Woods in San Francisco’s Bayview district.

Blackmail, My Love, is a noir murder-mystery novel set in San Francisco, 1951 - "The Dark Ages of Queerdom," as author and illustrator Katie Gilmartin puts it - when cops raided gay and lesbian bars, beat up their patrons, and demanded "protection" money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of exposure they were easy blackmail targets. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article contained errors that have been corrected, below:

* We stated that Brian Hofer had been working for a decade to scale back Oakland's Domain Awareness Center (DAC). The public became aware of the DAC in 2013, and Hofer began his work on the DAC in January of 2014.

Art mirrors life in rapper turned cop’s one man show

Sep 14, 2015
Jim Dennis

Cops and Robbers” is a one-man play now showing at the Marsh Theater in Berkeley. It’s an emotionally-charged piece that delves into the details of a fictitious officer-involved shooting in Oakland. In it, you’ll find a variety of characters -- including a pimp, a police officer, a conservative radio host, and a news reporter -- all with their own perspectives and prejudices.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Aug 19, 2015
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Appeal to stop ‘excessive’ sand mining in SF Bay scheduled for next week // SF Examiner

“An environmental group will present arguments in an appeals court next week in what may be the group’s final legal effort to stop what it deems excessive sand mining in the San Francisco Bay.

On a February morning, Taser International CEO Rick Smith paced in front of a crowd of hundreds of law enforcement officers from across California. Known for its electronic weapons, the ubiquitous stun guns used by law enforcement around the world, Taser is banking its future on recording and documenting what police do in the field.

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On the August 12th edition of Your Call we’ll look back at how the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown ignited the Black Lives Matter movement.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Jul 23, 2015
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City plans to transform Treasure Island with $50 million for public art // KQED

"In an art-themed version of the movie axiom, 'if you build it, they will come,' the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) hopes to draw locals and tourists alike to Treasure Island — and not just for its views.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jun 24, 2015
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Ominous new cracks found on Bay Bridge rods// SFGate

"Tiny cracks found on some of the rods on the new Bay Bridge tower potentially endanger the rest of the more than 400 remaining fasteners that secure the tower to the foundation in an earthquake, Caltrans officials said Tuesday.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jun 16, 2015
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Plan to increase S.F. police staffing advances through committee  // SF Gate 

"A plan to increase San Francisco’s Police force is one step closer to being realized after passing a Board of Supervisors committee on Monday.  

Interview with retired Oakland and San Jose police officer Pat Boyd. He's also seen things from another side: His daughter was abducted and murdered.


 On the April 8th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice by talking about youth community groups that work to keep young people out of jail. They’re also pressuring the state to prioritize jobs and education over jails. What do marginalized youth really need to thrive? And what wisdom can they bring to the conversation about police violence? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.



Where do Latinos fit in the conversation about police brutality? On the next Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice by discussing the relationships between police and Latinos in California. Civil rights groups say cases of police abuse against Latinos are on the rise. Last year in Salinas, four Latino men were killed by police in a span of four months. And how are language barriers and immigration status affecting the relationships between police and Latino communities? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mar 18, 2015
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UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to 'hostile’ climate // SF GATE

"Black students at UC Berkeley often feel isolated and even oppressed, says a campus group that wants the nation’s premier public university to step up recruitment of African American students and improve support for them.

How does citizen oversight of police departments work?  On the next Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice by discussing different models in Northern California. Where is citizen oversight working? San Diego, Oakland, Riverside, Long Beach, Sausalito, Novato, and Berkeley have review boards, but few people know these boards even exist. What power do citizen oversight boards have to ensure police accountability? How should these boards work? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Gayle Laird

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The tipping point // East Bay Express

Sandip Roy: Alabama

Feb 18, 2015

57 year old Sureshbhai Patel had recently arrived in the US from India to help take care of his new grandson. He went out for a walk in the suburban town in Alabama where his son lived. He ended up in hospital, partially paralysed. He was not mugged or robbed. Policemen did that to him. Patel spoke no English. 

Once there was a great hue and cry about racial profiling by law enforcement in America and it resulted in a landmark called Driving while Black. Then after 9/11 we heard about Flying while Muslim.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jan 28, 2015
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Artists Create Two-Way Video Portal for Oaklanders to Meet Their Neighbors // East Bay Express

What role does implicit bias play in policing? On the January 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice by discussing how unconscious racial bias affects police and community relations. Even those of us who believe in equality and fairness show significant patterns of bias. How are police departments dealing with this? Can officers be trained to recognize their biases and alter their behavior? What’s the most effective way to combat implicit bias? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Remembering the Millions March

Dec 29, 2014
Darren Miller

On December 13th, thousands of people came together in Oakland as part of a national movement against police brutality. KALW producer Daniel Moore and photographer Darren Miller were there and made this audio slideshow to recognize the event.

On the November 25th, 2014 edition of Your Call:  Monday night's announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri had decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed black youth Michael Brown led to outrage and protest nationwide.  President Obama and Michael Brown's parents called for peaceful protest -- but what does that mean, and how far should it go?  What will keep the focus on continued racial inequities in policing?  And how does the story of Ferguson resonate in the Bay Area and Northern California?