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Here is what one resident of the area reported, "My house was broken in for the fourth time in two months today. A $600 barbecue was stolen out of my back yard. ... I am at a loss as how to deal with the 'clients' at Alliance Metals. A good number are decent folks, but there are just as many if not more who are serious trouble. The amount of drug dealing and using, public defecation, urinating, etc. by the shopping cart folk is bad enough. ... shopping cart customers from Alliance Metals simply loiter on our street all day long looking at our houses, when people come and go from their homes, and what cars people drive."
And Randall Reed of Reed Brothers Security reported that thieves stole $800 of welding leads (large gauge expensive copper wire) from a company truck. The leads "had been bolted to the welder and locked with a chain and padlock to the ladder rack." Doing his own detective work, Reed found the thief, who even admitted his crime. It was "Sonny," a morning regular at Alliance Metals.
Would any of these schemes make Oakland safer for residents and merchants? No. So when anti-police activist Rashidah Grinage praises an editorial piece, you know it is not journalism and the author is not functioning as a journalist.
All sense of proportion has been lost. Some of the actions deserve severe punishment, while others call for a reprimand, and some things are best forgotten such as Fairow's affair years ago. *** But judge Thelton Henderson is out to destroy the police department, court-appointed monitor Robert Warshaw revels in his inflated contract and power, and it looks as though Schaaf has capitulated to them.
The attempt to use the Guap scandal as a "reason" for installing anti-police activists on a commission over OPD is sickening. An officer is dead by his own hand. Most of the scandal is off-the-job behavior engaged in by a good portion of the population as a whole. It is alleged that some officers did not follow on-the-job rules in regard to Miss Guap. If confirmed, that should be corrected, but honestly, there is no proof that anyone outside the department has been harmed. *** But careerist agitators like Cat Brooks and Rashidah Grinage want to abolish policing in a city that already suffers two to three times more burglaries, robberies, and vehicle smash-ins than residents of other cities. The last city that needs a so-called police commission and the bureaucratic expense that comes with it is Oakland.
The anti-police activists Drake, Grinage, and Raphael feed like buzzards on this event to promote their self-serving commission scheme -- sick.
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).
"The vast majority of arrests aren't dealers. They are consumers. Whites and blacks consume at equal rates. "
F.F. has a keen eye for the irrelevant. Some 99.8 percent of federal prisoners sentenced for drug offenses were incarcerated for drug trafficking, not consuming. http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/f… Including state prisons too, one inmate in 300 (!) had low-level marijuana possession as his or her most serious offense. http://www.hudson.org/research/10811-why-a…
Consumers are almost never arrested in Oakland, let alone incarcerated. Yet Oakland proposes to reserve a chunk of the limited marijuana business licenses for those who were incarcerated for serious crime.
Your assertion that we're filling the prisons with black drug users is simply false. Your allusions to Wall Street ring true. Guess what - Oakland residents do not want street dealing to flourish while we wait for enforcement against white-collar crimes. Street dealing has been a plague on Oakland neighborhoods. It generates burglaries and robberies; it changes good locations for legitimate small businesses into corners that people avoid; and disputes over turf are a major source of homicide and other violence.
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