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Posted by Robert Hope on 02/23/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Police Did Not Arrest East Oakland Shooter Despite Two Earlier Gunfire Incidents In A Week At His Home

I imagine the dude would be in jail or dead if he was black!

Posted by Carlos Muecke on 02/22/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Police Did Not Arrest East Oakland Shooter Despite Two Earlier Gunfire Incidents In A Week At His Home

If police were reluctant to take action without overwhelming proof of crime, you can thank Judge Thelton Henderson for the proceduralism he imposed on the department.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 02/21/2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

I've never seen a reporter in immigration court. Good job.

Posted by Jesse Adams on 02/21/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

As noted by previous poster, this headline is misleading at best. You weren't kicked out; you chose to leave.

This is a good article and you are shedding light on an important topic, but please refrain from such hyperbole.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 02/21/2017 at 11:04 AM
Posted by Matthew Lee on 02/21/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “A Burmese Resurrection: Grocery Cafe Will Get a Second Life in Jack London Square

Great news! How about the fish soup? Delicious.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 02/20/2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

Now I can gripe a bit by the headline and the first line of this report -- because the reporter wasn't kicked out -- the reporter's first paragraph is contradicted by "I then requested the judge to ask the man again if he'd be OK with me staying on those terms. The man seemed OK with this, but I got up and left the courtroom, anyway." (GRRRR). So this headline and article kinda stinks. Reporters - the truth is not such that the ends justifies the means. Don't trick me, especially with an outright lie.

HOWEVER, this whole "media is the enemy" thing really pisses me off! Trump tweeted about it on the same day that this article was posted -- so one didn't cause the other. But the press are our eyes and ears -- NOT OUR ENEMY. If the public can be there, the press can be there and if someone is made nervous by the press -- that's a sign.

Have you ever sat through a public court proceeding? No? Thank God, because it's dead dull boring. It's like watching paint dry. "Due process" is important but not exciting, and so it's easy for the public to bypass observing such public proceedings because we're comfortable with the assurance that someone else is likely watching and if anything urgent or outrageous happens, we'll be alerted by someone who has more time than we do.

Even though they're open to the public, most court proceedings are not even attended by reporters -- but the fact that they can attend is a check and balance to nefariousness such as shortcuts through our rights, deals that ought not be made, and other bad behavior.

Thank you, reporter, for doing OUR job. We need you. We're on your side. We really appreciate it. This weekend, I counted 5 different ways that I pay money for news. It's valuable to me and I don't get mine for free. But please don't funge up the facts. It doesn't help.

Posted by Robb Topolski on 02/20/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by Gabriel John on 02/19/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

If people support this type of investigative work, they should donate heavily to the publications that produce them. The East Bay Express produces great work, but has only ONE full-time reporter! The powers that be have a great interest in keeping their practices hidden and reporters have traditionally been the ones to put a spotlight on it. Unfortunately, investigations such as these are becoming very rare in a media climate driven by clicks, not substance. Support journalism!!

Posted by Karina Ioffee on 02/19/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Police Did Not Arrest East Oakland Shooter Despite Two Earlier Gunfire Incidents In A Week At His Home

Is OPD sound asleep or simply so risk adverse and lazy that they investigate nothing until driven to it?

The end of this incident would be almost mind boggling except it's right in line with the total lawlessness here. The facts, as presented, are terrifying... No records of previous calls to the same address for gunfire incidents?

This isn't a police department... It's not even the keystone cops!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/19/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Bay Area Immigrants Turning Down Health Care, MediCal, For Fear of Trump's Immigration Policies

Thank you for sharing this update.

Posted by Ande Pena on 02/19/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

Thank you for your persistence and resistance to targeted bureaucratic obfuscation. I hope the free and independent media survive and flourish - without them, democracy, the sovereignty of the people, is doomed.

Posted by LimeyDi on 02/19/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Police Did Not Arrest East Oakland Shooter Despite Two Earlier Gunfire Incidents In A Week At His Home

I lived next door to a violent man for years, in the Dimond District, and called the police on him numerous times, but they never arrested him. When he turned the hose on me while I was gardening in my front yard, I called the police. He yelled obscenities at them when they arrived. They turned to me and said, "Yes, Ma'am, we see what you're saying." But then they turned and left and didn't arrest him. Later, he would sit on his front porch and yell at people and play music so loud that it could be heard a block away. The police would come and tell him to turn down the music. He would yell at them; they didn't do anything. They never arrested him. Several of the neighbors had restraining orders against him but when he violated those restraining orders, the police did nothing. Finally, his home was foreclosed on, but the sheriff had to get him out; he didn't leave voluntarily. I was inside the house after he was evicted, and from the smoky walls, covered windows, etc., it seemed pretty clear to me that there had been a meth lab inside. The whole neighborhood was just lucky he didn't start a fire.

Posted by Emperor'sgotnoclothes on 02/19/2017 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Police Did Not Arrest East Oakland Shooter Despite Two Earlier Gunfire Incidents In A Week At His Home

Unless someone is killed by gunfire, Oakland cops can have very casual attitudes about all the firearm shooting that goes on every day in this town.

Where I live in Oakland cops have been called after gunshots have been reported, and if the cops actually show up, they can show little interest and have, for example, ignored cartridge cases all over the street.

There are many freeway ramps near us. Road signs are full of bullet holes. When we call in that we hear multiple gunshots (drive by shooters like to practice shooting on freeway on ramps because they are miles away in a few minutes), cops don't respond. In reality there's probably nothing they can do because the city of Oakland's electeds have closed minds about dealing with the realities of gunfire.

When we have contacted other city departments about the shooting on the on ramps, they say that they can do nothing. There's no money for CCTV. Don't you think that if we can ID drive by shooters when they are practicing that we might be able to prevent more actual drive by killings? This doesn't occur to city hall.

Mayors of nearby cities have petitioned CalTrans and Gov. Brown for help with freeway shootings. Some nearby cities have paid for the installation of CCTV cameras to help deal with the problem. In Oakland this amounts to thinking too far outside the box.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/19/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

I wonder what they would do to someone who is a permanent resident, or someone on a visa. These people are very good at intimidation and they have all power, scary.

Posted by Fernando Bernal on 02/18/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

Thanks for your professionalism and dedication. There are many of us who value the work of committed journalists, which is more important now than ever. I hope a silver lining is a renewal of the free, independent, fact-based press.

Posted by Fred_Lifton on 02/18/2017 at 4:48 PM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

As a lawyer for immigrants, and a teacher of future immigration lawyers, I thank you and hope that you will persevere in this absolutely critical effort. But watch yourself: there have been very strange campaigns against whistle-blowers such as Professor Jacqueline Stevens, barred from her own Northwestern campus based on what many think is a bogus complaint in retaliation for her uncovering misconduct by Immigration Judges and ICE officers. See http://buffett.northwestern.edu/programs/deportationresearch/ .

As for the comment above, "where are all the other journalists" I think the answer is, serious journalists are an endangered species, because you don't make money for the increasingly corporatized owners of media and now, more and more, even if you did make money you would be suppressed for not producing lies tailored to support the ultra-right-wing (actually, fascist, but we are intimidated from using that term) extremists who have taken over not only media but most of our federal government. If you think things are bad now, wait until Sessions is done appointing a full roster of Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Trump (actually Bannon and Miller) are done filling every vacancy they can find -- or create -- in the federal judiciary. When the judiciary is all theirs, we will genuinely know what fascism is.

Posted by VMerton on 02/18/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

Great reporting. Keep pushing.

Posted by heyjoe00 on 02/18/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “In Oakland, Massive Crowd Of 100,000 Turns Out For Anti-Trump Women's March

I was born in Oakland more than 70 years ago. I lived there until the late 60's. Though I am a proud Canadian now, a big part of my heart will always be in Oakland. I would have loved to join you. Your March was marvellous.

Posted by Kathy Conroy on 02/18/2017 at 9:30 AM

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