Tag Archives: Oakland Police Department

Oakland Police Department Assistant Chief David Downing awarded the graduation certificate to a graduate of Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy. Photo by Tian Chenwei

30 Oakland residents graduate from OPD’s Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy

Thirty Cantonese-speaking Oakland residents graduated from a five-week Oakland Police Department (OPD) Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy on Tuesday evening, when they received their certificate from OPD Assistant Chief David Downing.
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Ricardo Perez, left, enters a not guilty plea at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

One officer in Guap investigation pleads not guilty as lawyers file additional claims

Moments after an officer pleaded not guilty to having sex with their client, attorneys for the woman identified as “Celeste Guap” in press reports announced they are seeking damages from four cities and two counties...
Seven officers will be charged with crimes relating to the Celeste Guap case—as soon as Guap gets out of Florida jail. Photo by Rosa Furneaux.

Key witness against OPD officers may be released soon, allowing DA to file charges

The Alameda County District Attorney can proceed with charges against seven Bay Area officers involved in the “Celeste Guap” case as soon as Guap is released from a Florida jail—something a Florida prosecutor said “could...

Four Oakland police officers to be fired

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced this week that 12 Oakland police officers will be disciplined for their involvement in a wide-ranging sex scandal. But some Oakland residents are saying Schaaf's response doesn't go far enough.
An envelope from City Attorney Barbara Parker's office is held up in front of City Hall in Oakland.

Oakland City Attorney to add divisions to her office

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker has decided to double down in her efforts to secure economic and social justice for Oakland residents by doubling the divisions in her office.

After her own tragic loss, Lorrain Taylor charts a path for mothers who have lost children to gun violence

In 2006, Taylor founded 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence as an organization to provide practical support to families who have lost someone to homicide. “Someone one day asked me: ‘What is it that you do?’”...
Protesters disrupt the City Council meeting with chants of "Downtown Oakland not for sale!" in opposition for a new Hampton Inn to be built on 11th & Franklin. Photo by Kyle Merrit Ludowitz

City council approves funding for asylum seekers, blocks Hampton Inn protesters

Oakland City Council approved a funding increase for legal support for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the U.S., authorized the creation of a “Director of Race and Equity” staffing position within the city government and...

Oakland City Council approves police purchase of shotguns and transfer vehicles

The Oakland Police Department’s proposed purchase of shotguns and transfer vehicles were the most hotly contested items discussed at the concurrent Oakland City Council and Oakland Redevelopment Successor meeting Tuesday night. Other business included a...

Cops and community search for trust in Oakland’s most violent neighborhoods

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) was granted $1.875 million for creating and preserving 15 community-policing law enforcement jobs.
The corner of Peach Street and 92nd Ave, near where the fatal shooting of Jasvir Singh occurred. Photo by of Manjula Varghese and Gabriel Tolliver.

Neighbors express frustration, sadness after shooting of ice cream man in East Oakland

Oakland Police Department releases information about “wanted suspect” they are searching for in connection with the fatal shooting of Jasvir Singh, an East Oakland ice cream truck driver.
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...