John Lefman 
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Re: “Town Business: 'Delete' the Police Academy, Fund a Police Commission

Dellums and Quan allowed the police force to dwindle and crime skyrocketed. Are we sure that we should repeat this?

Posted by John Lefman on 06/21/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland City Council President Had Conflict of Interest, Violated Ethics Rules to Undermine Housing Project

And she is the president of the City Council, no less!

Posted by John Lefman on 06/21/2016 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Veteran Oakland Homicide Investigator Mishandled Evidence in Ongoing Murder Case

It is my hope that the scumbag murderers of Judy Salamon are not freed due to this mess because society does not deserve the risks of having them on our streets.

Posted by John Lefman on 06/18/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Veteran Oakland Homicide Investigator Mishandled Evidence in Ongoing Murder Case

It is my hope that Mayor Schaaf will be given a chance to drive her mission to rectify the ills of the OPD. This has been incredibly embarrassing for her, and, yet she has admitted her mistakes publicly and without reluctance. Mayor Schaaf has taken great political risk for doing the right thing for Oakland residents and this fell on her watch because leaders of the past simply kicked the can down the road.

Posted by John Lefman on 06/18/2016 at 11:34 AM

Re: “A Missed Opportunity

Persons of a certain race are often described as suspects in a great majority of crimes in Berkeley and Oakland. What does Jim Chanin have to say about that fact? How about you, Robert? Even Black police officers profile persons of their own race.

If you saw a tiger strolling down the block, would you give it the benefit of the doubt in that it wouldn't attack or kill you? Behavior is usually shaped and modified by experience, knowledge, and statistics. It is simply human nature but I know, it doesnt fit your narrative.

Posted by John Lefman on 12/03/2015 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

The real tragedy is that a very high number of suspects in Oakland crimes are described as Black (this figure remains even for crimes committed in mostly White neighborhoods).

Since the housing crisis is not limited to Oakland, a more pragmatic approach would be to develop a regional solution. Why people think City leaders have the power to reverse a trend experienced in the entire Bay Area is beyond me...

Posted by John Blankenship on 10/14/2015 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Cops Are Not 'Warriors'

Police officers may not have the most dangerous job but they could die while protecting society from danger. I'm disappointed in you because you're trying to make a pissing contest out of this.

Have you talked to the people of the communities that police officers work in? I dont know why you think Cat and John are representatives of "our" voice.

What is screwed up are the people who attended the memorial for Lovelle Mixon. The throngs that attended the public funeral of Felix Mitchell. These are men that poisoned our communities and they are the ones that actually dehumanized people... They have turned our neighborhoods into war zones.

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Posted by John Blankenship on 08/04/2015 at 9:06 PM

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