Oakland Police Department

30 Nov 2021

Dishonest ‘Defund’ Messaging is Not Making Oakland Any Safer

If you believe the Oakland Police Department and their union, the city’s rise in crime is a result of a slashed law enforcement budget. They commonly point to “defund” efforts as the bogeyman that draws out and emboldens a criminal element lurking and waiting for an opportune moment when progressive

16 Nov 2021

Racist Message Scrawled on Chinatown Market Sparks Hate Crime Investigation

Oakland police are investigating a graffiti incident in Chinatown as a possible hate crime.  Tony Cheung, who owns New Tin’s Market on 7th Street where the graffiti was found last week, was shocked when he saw the handwritten message written on the shop’s exterior wall. The market is located just

27 Jan 2024

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02 Nov 2021

Hit-and-Run, Alleged Wrong-Way Driver Kills Oakland Woman on Scooter

Police are looking for help to identify a hit-and-run driver who killed a 54-year-old Oakland woman Friday night. The woman, identified as Michelle Marbley, was riding an electric scooter along the 23rd Avenue late Friday night when a vehicle struck her in the intersection at Foothill Boulevard shortly after 10

29 Jun 2021

Why Oakland City Hall Attempted Robbery May Not Prove Need for More Police

If you’re looking for reasons to support a bloated police budget, you may think you got your big ‘gotcha’ moment with Sunday’s story about a security guard stopping an armed robbery of a news crew at Oakland City Hall during an interview with the city’s Department of Violence Prevention head.

02 Feb 2021

The Oakland Homicide Rate is Not All That Sudden or Unique

Oakland is experiencing an alarming spike in violent crimes. The city recorded 15 homicides in the first month of 2021, a stark contrast from the one murder in all of January 2020. Tuesday, the Oakland Police Department released ShotSpotter for the last week of January, reflecting a 137 percent increase

27 Oct 2020

Two-alarm structure and vegetation fire burning in Oakland hills

A fire is burning in the Oakland hills. According to fire officials, the two-alarm blaze currently involves two structures and some surrounding vegetation. The Oakland Fire Department reported at 10:41 that the fire is “largely confined” to the structures. Police said just after 10:30 a.m. that officers are assisting with

Oakland police on on the streets in riot gear.
22 Jul 2020

Schaaf Disappoints ‘Defund’ Advocates in Tie-Breaking Vote Against OPD Budget Cuts

The world turned its attention to Oakland when Oscar Grant was murdered by a BART police officer in 2009. The Black Lives Matter movement would not formally organize for another four years, but Grant’s death sparked a national dialogue and amplified calls for police reform. In that way, Oakland is

11 Sep 2019

Oakland Councilmember Wants to Rid Police Commission of Political Influence

Voters decided less than four years ago to establish an independent Oakland Police Commission as an extra level of oversight on the police department, which would have had some teeth if allowed to do the job they were sent in to do. With the overwhelming passage of Measure LL, the