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Please, no. The extension of Dellums, Quan, and more of the old guard would be ruinous. They had their 30 to 40-years and look where it got us.
This is a fair article. One point I would bring up is: What kind of background check do they run on their guards? These tend to be low-paying jobs.
Math time. From the author:
44 fewer women in Oakland were raped this year than last year.
14 fewer people were murdered.
109 fewer people were the victims of aggravated assault.
167 fewer people suffered gunshot wounds.
800 more than previous year had gun leveled at face, heart, etc.
Net gain: 466 MORE violent incidents. Or, as some might say, scoreboard.
We don't think we are going to be raped or murdered, crimes far more likely to be committed by perps we know, when we do our daily stuff. But armed robbery is skyrocketing. A 46% year-to-date change in armed robbery from 2012 to 2013 is staggering.
For you to somehow spin it that things are getting better is myopic at best. Perhaps you want ad revenue for the Express.
I like how the writer says robberies "increased" 25-percent but residential burglaries "plummeted" 18-percent. As a 20-year-Oakland resident I know about 5 people who have had guns pointed at their heads in robberies in the last two years, plus two neighbors beaten-down and pistol-whipped in their driveways during robberies. The line between a murder and a robbery at gunpoint is not that distinct. Eight hundred more armed robberies is about 800 more chances for homicide. Perception is reality. Having one or two police academies a year is not going to help when detective division overwhelmed and officers reluctant, for a variety of reasons, for being more proactive. Stop playing the class warfare game in your opinion pieces. It gets old.
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