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Monitor's 18th Quarterly Report Documents Increased Compliance Levels
We are thankful for the assistance and recommendations made by the Federal Monitor in the latest Quarterly Report regarding the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA). The Oakland Police Department remains committed to making the necessary adjustments to bring the remaining tasks into full compliance. The progress demonstrates the dedication of City leaders and the men and women of the Oakland Police Department to move this City forward.
Click here to read the 18th Quarterly Report of the Independent Monitor for the Oakland Police Department, released July 29, 2014
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OPD and CHP PSA Video Recognized by State Government Website - On Friday, July 25, 2014, the Oakland Police Department learned that a public safety address (PSA) created by OPD Public Information Officer Johnna Watson and California Highway Patrol Sergeant Sean Wilkenfeld had been placed on the State of California website (ca.gov). The selection of the PSA for posting on a statewide forum indicates that information regarding sideshows and street racing is pertinent to a vast audience. On the video, Officer Watson and Sergeant Wilkenfeld speak plainly about the negatives associated with sideshow activity and street racing: endangering participants, bystanders and other motorists; attracting other criminal activities; and, for those who are caught participating in sideshows, losing your car (it will be towed) and going to jail. The video can be seen on the ca.gov website (“Latest Videos”) or pulled up directly on youtube.
Witness Information Leads to Robbery Arrest - On Saturday, July 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to a Dispatch call to investigate a reported strong arm robbery at Brookdale and Kingsland avenues. The victim reported that a suspect had taken her purse. Officers began searching the area and with the assistance of witnesses, they were able to locate the suspect, a juvenile, and arrested him in the 5600 block of Bancroft Avenue. OPD thanks those witnesses who are willing to get involved and assist the police when they see a crime occur in our streets. It takes a community working together to make Oakland safer.
OPD Recovers Illegal Firearms – On Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11:40 PM, an Oakland Police officer on patrol observed a vehicle violation and attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop. In the 3100 block of 22nd Avenue, the driver fled the vehicle and ran into nearby yards. Officers responding to the scene quickly set a perimeter and conducted a yard search, locating and arresting the suspect. Officers recovered an illegally possessed, loaded handgun from inside the vehicle and a second illegally possessed handgun from the suspect. One of the guns was reported stolen.
10-Year-Old Shot; OPD Asking Community Assistance - On Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 5:16 PM, officers responded to a shooting in the 1200 block of Filbert Street. Witnesses reported a group of males, all armed with firearms, began shooting multiple rounds at each other. As a result of this shooting a 10-year-old girl who was playing at a nearby park was struck by one of the rounds. The actions of these suspects and their violent behavior demonstrates an unacceptable disregard for life.
All gun violence is tragic, and it is compounded when the violence touches our children. The Oakland Police Department is working to combat this violence. We have assigned extra patrols in this area, and investigators are diligently working to identify and apprehend those responsible.
This incident underscores the easy accessibility to guns in our community and individuals willing to use them against each other. We must all work together to end this violence.
We need the assistance of the community to provide information regarding this incident.
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OPD Arrests 3 Suspects In Residential Burglary - On July 9, 2014, at 9:17 AM, Oakland Police officers observed two individuals carrying televisions down the street in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue. A preliminary investigation revealed the items had been taken in a residential burglary in the area. Officers arrested the two men and recovered the stolen property. A third suspect was also located and arrested in the immediate area.
OPD Arrests Carjacking and Robbery Suspects - On July 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM, Oakland Police officers observed a vehicle that had been taken in a carjacking and used in connection with an armed robbery. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop, but the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle crashed and both occupants ran. One suspect was quickly detained. A perimeter was set. Emeryville PD canine and a California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted OPD in locating the second suspect, who was found hiding in a yard. Both suspects were safely taken into custody in the 3100 block of Market Street.
Carjack Suspect in Custody – On July 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM,Oakland Police officers observed a vehicle in the 2100 block of East 24th Street that had been taken in a carjacking. When officers attempted to detain the two occupants, they ranfrom the vehicle. A perimeter was immediately set. The OPD Crime Reduction Teams and patrol officers, SWAT Team, Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and ARGUS (the police helicopter), Alameda County Sheriffs K-9 Unit and the Oakland Housing Authority responded to the scene. One of the suspects barricaded himself inside a residence. Security precautions were taken and residents in the immediate area were evacuated. After many hours of negotiations, the barricaded suspect surrendered and was safely taken into custody by police. The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Robbery and Assault Unit at 510-238-3326.
Homicide Suspect Arrested – On Sunday morning, July 6, 2014, one day after the murder of Xzavier Johnson, 26, of Stockton, the Oakland Police Department arrested the prime suspect in the case, a 26-year-old Oakland resident. The homicide occurred on Saturday, July 5, at 10:20 a.m. in the area of High Street and Lyon Avenue. The name of the suspect is not currently being released pending review of the case by the District Attorney’s office.
The Oakland Police Department would like to remind you: If You See Crime, Report Crime.
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