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Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

All the involved officers should be fired if they broke the law.

Impossible to believe the "innocent" girl's mother was completely unaware of what was happening given the way rumors get about in the department.,.. Much of this happened while she was a minor... and the mother was being paid great compensation by the city... ($125,000 to $150,000 total comp for most OPD police dispatchers).
Seems everyone involved was on the city payroll in one form or another..

Even the "shocked" city council member "We are horrified, shocked and sickened at recent, additional revelations about abuse and misconduct within the Oakland Police Department," Oakland Councilmembers Annie Campbell Washington, Abel Guillen.

Guillen... so shocked... as is the public when they read and hear (KPIX) that he self gifted himself over $80,000 worth of free tickets to the Warriors and other Coliseum events... Shocked... simply shocked about this OPD scandal.

When one looks at all the players in the above mess, it would seem the city taxpayers were the main victims. Everyone else was keenly aware of what they were doing... everyone involved... everyone..

Posted by Dan de'Data on 06/15/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

" 25 years as supervisor and an Oakland city council member"

Question... has either Oakland or Alameda County been run that great in all the years that Miley has been in office? I have to say no... and that nothing Miley has contributed has altered that poor performance of those entities.
25 years in office... Is there no limit to how many times we keep giving these people yet another term. After 25 years they have simply run out of new ideas. Time to try something new.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 06/01/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

Just a observation from someone who has lived in East Oakland for over 60 years.
It would appear to me that the large and continuing replacement of African American residents in Oakland by "newcomers", is according to the census, more attributable to newly arriving people of color than it is to new techies who are mostly white.
I think any study of the US census figures will bear that out.
North Oakland isn't the only place changing.
It seems that when highlighting the situation, that everyone leaves out the entire swath of Oakland from Lake Merritt to the San Leandro border.
I guess it isn't politically correct to observe that type of "newcomer" and the impact it is having.
More narrow band journalism...seeing and reporting only that which fits the chosen story line.
And lets not even begin to talk about employee/job replacement, which leads to housing re-population.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 10/14/2015 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

Some truth which should give pause, as well as some excess in this article and the comments that follow.

I do find it interesting that the couple who worries about their children being out--

"I have no assurance that police would not grab my kid for no good reason."

--were, 10 years prior to that, complaining that they didn't have enough police protection in the neighborhood

From a Tribune article from 2005--

"Dear Lt. Breshears,
"My husband and his mother were held up at gun point earlier this week, in front of our home. We have never had this type of crime on our block. We are also having a huge increase in other crime in our neighborhood. ... Nuisance activity in Dimond Park and in housing complexes in our community has also increased."
So begins a letter by Dimond resident Ann Nomura. The Oakland Tribune also reports:
(Tribune, July 20, 2005)"


We'd all like perfection from the police department, as well as from the comments in NextDoor, but both are composed of real people, with all their faults.
I do find find a bit of paranoia on Nextdoor, but often times it has nothing to do with ethnicity. People calling 911 just because some strange car is "out of place"... Can only imagine what the police dispatchers think.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 10/09/2015 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

Interesting article. You seem to focus a lot on the Oakmore incident where you state--
"after a patrol officer in the Oakmore neighborhood — who was working for a private security company and was not supposed to be armed — chased and shot a Black teenage boy suspected of committing a burglary, according to police."

In fairness, you could have included the entire story that you published after that incident took place where you said --

" According to the OPD, the security guard had "confronted" Ward, who was suspected of burglarizing a nearby home. Ward subsequently "brandished a lethal prybar and advanced toward the security guard in a threatening manner," OPD officer Michael Troupe wrote in a statement. (Police also called the weapon a "screw driver" in a news release). The guard then fired at the young man, who was later taken to the hospital. Prosecutors subsequently charged Ward with felony first-degree burglary."

Have you followed up to see if this "teenager" was convicted of first degree burglary, or if the security guard was ever charged with excessive use of force or any other crime in the shooting?

One last point. I live in a completely mixed neighborhood. African Americans make up probably 50% of residents.
I would be disappointed if someone failed to report the situation you mention in this article--

"One user told people to be alert after seeing an "African American driver" inside a white commercial van, wearing a "bright green vest," parked on the street at 2 a.m. — nothing else suspicious. "

2:00 AM.. van parked.
I suppose they could have just said... Driver, van, vest
Personally I would want more details to include the description of the driver, his clothing, and the color of the van.

Sorry, to to characterize that situation as "nothing else suspicious", is absurd.
If we stop being suspicious of such situations, then we will ignore the signs of most of the crime that eventually happens.,

In my neighborhood, any white van parked in any location, at any time of the day, deserves attention unless there is a obvious reason.
95% of the time it will be harmless, but that is the nature of being on the alert.
Several of my African American neighbors are much more forthright and direct and almost intrusive in boldly asking a van driver or workers, what they are doing and where is the home owner.

BTW, in my neighborhood, a white teen in a hoodie would likely draw more suspicion than a young black man. Throw in a white van and you'd have everyone keeping a eye on him and his van.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 10/07/2015 at 12:56 PM

Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

Where does everyone get this 10:00 PM time limit at Lake Merritt park?
All the signs at the park make it clear that it is only OK from dawn to dusk.
This time of year, dusk is about 8:00 PM...


By their own account, the group was still drumming at least until 8:30 PM

Posted by Dan de'Data on 10/02/2015 at 1:50 AM

Re: “Oakland Man Facing Deportation for Nonviolent Drug Crime

Please release Chea Bou, he deserves a 5th or 6th chance...

" But Nhep said she is sure that her husband would never commit a crime again."

And I'm sure the son in prison won't do any more crimes either.
Why, the entire family is just on the verge of turning over a new leaf...

"Tam, Bou's lawyer, is trying to get Bou a U-visa — a legal status for victims of violent crime who cooperate with law enforcement."

You see, Bou is actually a victim...which no doubt played a crucial factor in his ongoing criminal activity.

Yes, fairness dictates he be given a few more chances.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 08/13/2015 at 11:44 AM

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