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Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

And yet the Oakland City Council balks at allowing the people to vote on legislation that would bring even a modicum of independent oversight and civilian control to OPD.

OPD should cease to exist. But barring that, the LEAST the City Council could do is allow the people to vote on the strong reform proposal put forth by the Coalition for Police Accountability. And yet they are poised to either do nothing or pass a milquetoast restructuring proposal that will do nothing to prevent police executions, scandals as described in this article, and continual violations of civil liberties.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/11/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Wow Libby will go to no ends to protect the police. She is in serious denial and as a women I am disgusted at her boys will be boys "this is off duty" sentiment. So its OK to exploit a minor if they are off duty. Wow I am speechless...well not exactly

Posted by Monica Bien on 06/11/2016 at 7:09 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

This scandal highlights the low level of ethics and accountability in our police and sheriff departments, demonstrated by the tacit support of those not directly involved.

Posted by Michael Gabriel on 06/11/2016 at 5:30 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Thing is, the EBE is the only paper doing journalism in our town.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 06/11/2016 at 12:15 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

I wouldn't be suprised if we learn that opd has pimps as police

Posted by Danny King on 06/11/2016 at 12:13 AM

Re: “The Real Reason Why Oakland's Police Chief Was Fired

Bless you for doing JOURNALISM in our town. The is eye opening for srs.

Posted by Mike Woolson on 06/10/2016 at 9:38 PM

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Posted by Margaret E. Ford on 06/08/2016 at 10:10 PM

Re: “The Making of a Police Scandal

I think that this whole thing with Jerry Dewayne Stancill started with me and stems back in September of 2007. I used to live at 330 Peralta Avenue, San Leandro. At approximately 2 AM my neighbors had a domestic dispute and instead of mining my own business I called the San Leandro Police Department and spoke to a female police dispatcher to report the incident which occurred at 350 Peralta Avenue.I didn't know the exact address at the time I called so I gave her my address and advised her that it was 2 buildings down from where I lived in an orange colored fourplex, I lived in a blue colored duplex. 3 dirty cops made entry into my house and ordered me out of my room while they were pointing guns and flash lights at me. I cooperated with there demands because I didn't want to end up like Oscar Grant. They illegally unwarranted forced entry into my place while holding me at gunpoint. I was living alone at the time and after all the rooms were searched illegally the officers eventually made there way out of my house which took approximately 3 minutes. The female police dispatcher called me back approximately 10 minutes later and politely asked me to go outside so I can give these officers the correct location of the incident. I reluctantly went outside and showed them where the incident occurred. In the process I did ask those 3 officers if all that was necessary. They proceeded to the location and completely ignored me. Those 3 police officers then proceeded to 350 Peralta Avenue and politely knocked on the door, spoke to the female resident while she was crying and then left the scene shortly thereafter without incident. Understandably I was very shaken up after all that.

Later on that same day at approximately 8 AM I called back the San Leandro Police Department and once again I spoke to a female dispatcher and I requested to speak to a supervisor regarding the unprofessional conduct of these 3 police officers. Any supervisor will do ie, sergeant, lieutenant, captain etc. I hang up with her and approximately 2 minutes later I received a phone call from none other than Sergeant Jerry Dewayne Stancill. He called me from his personal cell phone. I addressed this matter with him and all he kept saying was "I'm sorry this happened to you" over and over again. There was no sincerity to it, he was just trying to brush me off. At the time I was working as a AAA emergency roadside dispatcher out of Livermore. Stancill then proceeded to offer me a job as a police dispatcher for the city of San Leandro. I respectfully declined. I did advise to him that I know my civil rights and the actions perpetrated by these 3 police officers was a violation of my civil rights. Stancill then took a deep breath and asked me "what do you want". Worried about any kind of blackmail he was attempting to pin on me, I them proceeded to end the conversation.

The following week I went to the San Leandro Police Department administration office and requested the CAD (computer aided dispatch) report regarding the whole incident with me and the incident at 350 Peralta. The CAD report read verbatim that these 3 police officers made contact with me and then I directed them to where the incident occurred which was 350 Peralta. That was all that was written. There was nothing in that cad report about them going into my house and violating my civil rights. No use of force report, no initial police report, nothing. Just a basic CAD report.

I thought that Sergeant Jerry Dewayne Stancill was an upstanding guy. I thought wrong. I saw another Caucasian plain clothed police officer going towards the police department building and I requested of him to ask for Stancill to come outside so I can address this matter of impropriety and false written CAD report. He then looked at me with those Denzel Washington Training Day eyes. I'm not saying that because he's black, it's just the way it was. He took the CAD report away from me and told me that I couldn't have it. I responded by saying that I wanted to show that to the attorney. He declined me. He then went inside the police administration office and yelled at one of the female clerks who initially gave me that CAD report. All I was given was the CAD report identification number and was asked to leave. Stancill was a dirty cop.

Through various recommendations I was referred to Attorney Randolph Hunter Pyle out of Oakland. He came highly recommended. Hunter was hesitant at first to take my case in regards to my civil rights violations and fear for my life and safety but he eventually took it if I advanced him $2500. He wouldn't take it on a contingency basis only on a $250 per hour basis plus the advance. I did just that and gave him a $2500 check and he got the process started by writing up the summary and serving them. In October of 2007 while I was at work my place got burglarized and my collection of firearms were stolen. I unfortunately had to report this crime to the San Leandro Police Department. Officer Steve Sellers was the cop that took the report and then sent that report to Detective Isaac Benabu. I went to Hunter Pyle's office and advised him of the burglary. Hunter then responded by saying and I quote "you don't have a case, it's over" and then walked out of the conference room leaving me completely alone. The following week I received a check from Hunter for the amount of $1250 half of the $2500 I advanced him. Big costly mistake on my part.

I should've learned my lesson the first time when it came to Hunter Pyle. In 2011 I presented a class action lawsuit against AAA Auto Guardian Towing that left a great deal of suspicion into Hunter's conduct. He never deposed the defense and the case settled for way less then what we were asking for. It started out at a little over $5 million dollars and ended up settling for $775,000. He got his one third of it and then some which was a little over $250,000 while me and my 2 other guys which were the class representatives got a little over $10,000 each. I was the one who got this AAA class action lawsuit started. How fair is that. STAY AWAY FROM RANDOLPH HUNTER PYLE AND HIS LAW FIRM SUNDEEN, SALINAS AND PYLE.

Here is the kicker to all of this and everyone is going to love this next part. Jerry Dewayne Stancill got fired from the San Leandro Police Department. Of all the attorneys that handle wrongful termination law suits, guess who he hired? If you guessed Hunter Pyle you are correct. Hunter represented Stancill on his wrongful termination lawsuit and got $2.1 million dollars. $300,000 up front and $60,000 a year for the next 30 years. That all stemmed from me. Do you think I got a dime from that. Ofcourse not!!!!!

If anyone in the news media or reporter or even perhaps any one in the city of San Leandro who has had there civil rights violated by a dirty cop that wants to get in contact with me about all this then by all means please do. My name is Lucas Legakis and I can be reached at (510)563-9364.

Sincerely,
Lucas Legakis

Posted by Lucas Legakis on 06/06/2016 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Rap Legend Mistah F.A.B. Moves Past His Hyphy Legacy and Makes a Different, Lasting Impact on His Hometown

if anyone should apologize, it should be Charlie Pine.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/01/2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Rap Legend Mistah F.A.B. Moves Past His Hyphy Legacy and Makes a Different, Lasting Impact on His Hometown

Sorry, not convinced the gutter rapper has changed. Has he apologized for rap that glorifies sideshows, disrespects women, and makes excuses for rapists and murderers? Has he changed his position of defending Lovelle Mixon, the monster who murdered four police officers in one day after attacking a woman that morning? (See The Nation, April 22, 2009).

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/01/2016 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Rap Legend Mistah F.A.B. Moves Past His Hyphy Legacy and Makes a Different, Lasting Impact on His Hometown

OAKLAND IS PROUD. THANK U YOUNG SOLDIER 4ER UR LEADERSHIP SPIRIT. -Strength and Courage- W.S.O.

Posted by Man Child on 06/01/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Rap Legend Mistah F.A.B. Moves Past His Hyphy Legacy and Makes a Different, Lasting Impact on His Hometown

Beautiful piece, beautiful soul. Thank you. Amir

Posted by amirsoltani on 05/31/2016 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Who's Killing the Plug-In Hybrid?

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Posted by Editor on 05/25/2016 at 4:22 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Most people who "lost" their homes do to foreclosure put very little down payment. In many cases there was 100% financing by government programs. America is the only country that does this. So if millions of people bought this way, you would expect a few foreclosures. As to rents: they are driven by market forces and to make an individual subsidized others is counter productive. It will stop the investing in rental properties. Better to expand the Sec. 8 program and give people rent vouchers so they can go into the marketplace and rent a unit.

Posted by stan miller on 05/21/2016 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

I have been flagged twice on NextDoor, one time for an unknown reason, and one time because I criticized a store for selling outdated food. I don't think individuals should be able to "flag" members arbitrarily without somehow justifying their reasoning. Or perhaps there should be a certain number of "flags" (3-5) from different people before a neighbor gets blocked?

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 05/20/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

Nextdoor deleted my account today. I spoke up on behalf of POC and racial profiling that is occurring at a disturbing rate in my Oakland neighborhood and a neighborhood bully who flags and removes anyone who disagrees with him had me removed on 'suspicion of a fake name'. I am an Asian woman with a two letter last-name. Nextdoor removed my account without any warning, deleting all of my messages and contributions, bookmarks, etc. without first investigating, all because this nosy man in a completely different hood has an agenda to get rid of anyone who opposes users posting in Crime&Safety with blanket descriptions such as "black teen with no shirt on". I no longer have access to a site that does not require name verification for those with American names (and those using their cat or dogs name, their kids name, John & Amy, etc. as a username), but is attempting to force me to *fax them my passport* to prove my name is real. Reading the emails from their Director of Operations is like reading a note from a tween. Nextdoor makes up the rules as it goes along and some rules don't apply to everyone. If you are a white man, you are good to go on the site. If you are black and concerned with racial profiling or being shot because some bozo called the cops on you for being black, you will be removed and shut down. If you are an Asian woman with a name that the Director of Operations (Gordon) does not recognize, you have to give them permission to contact your employer as well grant them access to your LinkedIn account and fax them your passport in order to join the racial profiling network. The sad truth is that I legitimately joined expecting to see a post about me in my neighborhood because I am not white. Nextdoor has loose and fluid policies that apply to anyone who doesn't agree with the majority. There are so so many members using fake names and addresses or with multiple accounts to push their agendas (flagging people, etc.). It's like this big weird Facebook for racist bullies.

Posted by Tara La on 05/20/2016 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

No one *needs* that many units? That sounds awfully Marxist. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". What people forget is that money/resources actually have to be generated by someone/somehow. They don't just magically appear for the sake of the common good of the people.

Posted by Sasha Wilhelm on 05/17/2016 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

It is obvious what this landlord's motivation was by the sheer number of units that he purchased. There should be a law against such mass accummulation. No one *needs* that many units to acquire a livable income. Investors like Marr have no scruples. And this of course spills over into the maintenance (lack thereof) of such a huge number of units. It is clear that he doesn't care about people, only his bottom line. How could there be any question about this? I am a landlord. I put a large portion of the appreciation that I was lucky enough to see into improvements on my remaining units. And I resisted offers to purchase lots of units because I had no desire to "make a killing." And I lowered rents during the recession and have resisted raising them to the current crazy market level. That is because I do care about the people who rent from me. This should be obvious to anyone considering this situation. I wish the renters luck.

Posted by Susan Purcell on 05/17/2016 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

In fact this landlord should be subsidized for providing affordable housing...
In January the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption program was to go into affect...
This program would subsidize landlords for losses incurred, such as maintenance cost, taxes and fees...
Jerry Brown is withholding the applications for this program from seniors along with the $331 million that he owes homeowners who were cheated out of their properties because of his complicity with the banks and MERS during his tenure as Attorney General...
Read the full story on my Facebook pages titled Real Estate Crisis or Government Sanctioned Racketeering?
Regards,
Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 05/14/2016 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Oakland's Biggest Landlord is Fighting For His Life in Federal Court

Unless Mr. Martin's home was built after 1979, these rent increases are patently illegal.

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 05/13/2016 at 4:41 PM

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