Q&A with Federal Judge Thelton Henderson about the Oakland police case, his career

Federal district court judge Thelton Henderson is one of the biggest names in Oakland right now, as the city waits to see who he will appoint to take over parts of the city’s police department as part of an infamous 13-year legal battle that nearly thrust the Oakland Police Department into federal control. Henderson, a federal judge in the Northern district court of California, has presided over the case for a decade, nearly since its beginning, when the city settled…

As reported shootings rise, analyzing gun violence, and its effect on young people, in Oakland

Scid Howard III grew up on the streets of East Oakland, so he knows what it’s like to be a teenager in a city where some young people are lost forever to gun violence and others live on, scarred physically and mentally. Howard himself was shot at age 19 and witnessed the shooting death of his best friend at age 17. He now counsels young people for several support organizations in Oakland to save them from a similar fate. “My…

Dr. Comics store welcomes novices and serious buffs alike

Michael Pandolfo’s childhood comic store was dark, dingy, and intimidating. He remembers the shop was full of the condescending comic book fans he calls “rules lawyers”—comic book experts who show disdain for non-experts. It wasn’t a welcoming place for any but the most shunned, resentful reader. This old store, where he bought his first issues of Conan the Barbarian, loomed large in his mind when he opened his own comic shop Dr. Comics & Mr. Games on Piedmont Avenue in…

Election brings mixed results for Oakland police union

The Oakland Police Officer’s Association — the police union, a nonprofit organization representing the city’s police officers — has for years dabbled in the political scene, endorsing candidates and spending thousands of dollars each election cycle advocating for candidates OPOA leaders believe will best address public safety and police concerns.

A’s fans watch World Series parade with dejection, unexpected hope

For many A’s fans, seeing the Giants flourish in the national spotlight—for the second time in three years—is a bitter end to what had once been a promising year for the A’s. But over one million people flooded into San Francisco from all over the Bay Area on Wednesday—including many from the East Bay, where fans clogged all BART lines into the city to see the Giants’ celebrate.

Blueford family and supporters denounce DA’s investigation

The investigation by the district attorney’s office into the death of Alan Blueford at the gun of an Oakland police officer was biased and slipshod, Blueford’s family and supporters said at a press conference on the steps of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

District Attorney’s report: Officer justified in Alan Blueford shooting

Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso was justified in shooting and killing Alan Blueford and prosecutors will not press charges based on their investigation, a report released Tuesday by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office states. Masso had probable cause to believe Blueford, an 18-year-old Skyline High senior, posed a serious threat to him and other people when he shot Blueford three times on May 6, according to the report.  The report contains a detailed narrative of the morning’s events, which…

Redacted police documents on Blueford killing go public

In the early morning hours of May 6, 18 year-old Alan Blueford was with two other individuals in East Oakland, on the 1900 block of 90th Avenue, when the group was approached by two Oakland police officers who thought they might have a gun.

When the officers were detaining the individuals, Blueford fled, running east on Olive St., turning south on 92nd Avenue and then east on Birch St. Oakland police officer Miguel Masso gave chase.