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Re: “Arrests Are Down, and Crime Is Up

another two cents from a person with some firsthand experience of the whole situation: i was mugged at a gun point close to my home in fruitvale almost a month ago (incidentally, NOT by a black person, i would like to add, as a footnote to some of the comments above). to this day, i have not been able to get in touch with my investigator. i left a couple of messages, one person returned my call and gave me a name of an officer apparently in charge of assigning cases to "real" investigators; he never returned my call. after reading your article, i am beginning to understand why. it's very disheartening to realize that, as a citizen, you are very much left to your own devices. unfortunately, this approach only encourages young perpetrators; i spoke about my case to a couple of officers on the street, and they said the worst thing about it is that kids brag to each other, and, once they realize how much they can get away with, the crime wave ends up spreading like wild fire! much as i try to sympathize with the investigators wanting their raises and promotions (re: Thomas D.'s comment), i am wondering what are people of oakland supposed to do? self-organize and arm themselves, while cutting off their tax payments altogether? or simply leave if they can? if anyone out there has any other solutions, i'd love see them discussed.

Posted by boban on 12/08/2008 at 4:36 PM

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