Tag Archives: Oakland Police Department

Former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan teaches his first class at Merritt Community College's pre-academy program.

A new college class offers young Oaklanders and people of color a career path to law enforcement

Merritt's new law enforcement pre-academy program hopes to recruit students of color to the Oakland Police Force. In a department whose officers’ past use of force against minorities fueled generations of distrust, that can be...
Guillermo Ortiz leads mourners in a traditional Aztec ceremony.

Community mourns loss of Oakland artist, shot dead while painting a peace mural

Around 200 people gathered at a vigil Wednesday morning to honor the life of Antonio Ramos. Ramos, a West Oakland-based artist employed by the nonprofit Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC), was shot and killed Tuesday while...
Kyle McCoy, an Oakland resident and activist with Black Lives Matter, calls for more accountability for police-involved shootings. Photo by Lucas Waldron.

Oakland council votes to support worker co-ops, 100 Cameras campaign

At the Oakland City Council meeting Tuesday night, the council voted to assist the development of worker cooperatives and voted unanimously to support the 100 Cameras campaign, which encourages the public to film police activity....
Civic leaders speak out against child exploitation in East Oakland. From left to right: Councilmember Noel Gallo, Lt. Henderson Jordan, Community Activist Genice Jacobs, and Mayor Jean Quan.

Quan announces plan to stop sexual exploitation of children in Oakland

In one of her last organizing projects as mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan announced last week a new effort to stop the sexual exploitation of children along a stretch of East Oakland. The city began...
Comerica Bank's window is left with a gaping hole after being smashed by protestors last night. A sign on the bank's front doors read, "This office is closed due to an emergency.” Photo by Jacqui Ipp.

Repairs to smashed windows from Monday protest begin, 43 arrests announced

Oakland is feeling the effects of protests that swept the city after Monday night's news from Ferguson. Vandalised businesses are boarded up, some closed. The police department announced that 43 were arrested during Monday's protests.
Ronald Cruz, center, an organizer with By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), directs protesters back to downtown Oakland from the 580 freeway as smoke from a burning mattress billows behind him. November 24, 2014. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Oakland reacts to Ferguson grand jury decision

In this photo gallery, Oakland North photographers capture imagers of the local protests Monday night, following the announcement from Ferguson, Mo., that a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the...
A crowd gathers in downtown Oakland to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Michael Brown. Photo by Alex Kekauoha.

Oakland reacts to grand jury decision in Ferguson shooting with protests, freeway shutdown

A crowd of protesters filled downtown Oakland Monday night in reaction to the decision by a grand jury in St. Louis, Missouri, not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. By...
Mayor Jean Quan

Mayoral candidate: incumbent Mayor Jean Quan

Undaunted by critics of her leadership, incumbent Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the first Asian American woman elected to lead a major U.S. metropolis, is fighting to keep her job at City Hall.  Her platform stresses...

You Tell Us: Cellphone ‘kill switches’ will cut robberies

About three-fourths of robberies in Oakland involve theft of smartphones. Now a bill passed by the State Senate will require "kill switches" to inactive the phones, thereby removing the incentive to steal them, writes District...
Mayor Jean Quan administers the oath to new Oakland chief of police Sean Whent

Sean Whent named as permanent Oakland Police Chief

After serving for a year as interim police chief, Sean Whent, an 18-year veteran of the force, was named permanent chief of Oakland Police Department by Mayor Jean Quan at Oakland City Hall Wednesday. “As...