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Re: “Pistol-Whipped in Oakland

I am a resident of this neighborhood, and I would sure like more information regarding the statements made by the officer.
What exact type of crime is occurring in this neighborhood at a higher rate than anywhere else in Oakland? Young men stealing personal items at gunpoint?
Yes, I know that there are consistent problems in this area, but I can't believe that it is any way a virtual war zone. Are we to believe that the incidences of young men harassing people at gunpoint occurs here at a higher rate than a crack corner on 98th avenue? Should we move to the most hardcore area of east Oakland so that we can enjoy a lower crime rate?
I don't think it is polite or professional to make those kind of statements without having serious facts to back it up. I live here and have small children. If there are more serious gun robberies here than in any other area of Oakland - I need to know. Oakland has a rightful reputation as one of the most violent cities in the country. If Haddon Hill is the epicenter, than I need to get out.
Also, I still can't believe that anyone in Oakland would need an event like this to trigger the purchase of outdoor lights. I am constantly having folks roll there eyes when I explain that powerful motion activated outdoor lighting is a no-brainer. It is quite effective and ridiculously cheap. I am constantly amazed by the folks who show up at the neighborhood watch group, then walk home to a residence in complete darkness.
For the record, the people who got assaulted did everything right. They are kind, responsible people and they remain in our prayers.

Posted by jee mail on 02/20/2008 at 7:25 PM

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