Neighbors and parents, some wearing headphones for language interpretation, listened to an Oakland officer explain certain colors, signs, and tattoos–like the numbers 13 and 14–that may be markers of gang activity.
Gangs are a complicated reality in Oakland, a city haunted by violence and the negative reputation that comes with it. But this fall, the nationwide broadcast of “Gang Wars: Oakland” added a new layer of complexity to many viewers’ already complicated feelings about what that violence means and how outsiders perceive it.
An 18 year-old man was shot in the jaw and fell onto the Oakland-bound lane in the 5800 block of Shattuck Avenue yesterday afternoon. His friend, 19, was shot in the stomach. Both are expected to survive, police said.
New Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts, at the first of a series of town hall meetings, told a West Oakland audience last night that he understood why some urban residents view police officers as “an occupying army.” Among the proposals he said he’s considered in the past: a citywide curfew aimed at bringing down youth violence.
Friends and family gathered Monday to remember the 17 year-old Oakland Tech student who was killed on Labor Day in a drive-by shooting. By S. Howard Bransford/Oakland North.