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Great news! How about the fish soup? Delicious.
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.
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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!!
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!
Thank you for sharing this update.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great reporting. Keep pushing.
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.
This is not just lack of transparency. It is discrimination, pure and simple. Great work under arduous circumstances. You are a credit to the profession. Keep up the great work.
Keep up the great work and don't be discouraged!
We should all be attending these as often as possible. I'm still annoyed that I was asked to provide ID to be allowed into a BART meeting.
Defendants CAN ask that a hearing be closed. The prosecution cannot. This prevents the courts from becoming start chambers. Criminal record are public records as FAR too many find out when job hunting.
Maybe they heard you guys are the new "enemy". Thanks for observing and informing!
The saddest commentary on what happened to you is that no other journalist attends these hearings. Where is the free press that seems limited to opinion pieces on the freedom of the press but does not test it in real life?
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