OPD continues to pass the buck

From the Chronicle:

Since Bailey was killed, seven people have been slain in the city. Those slayings are unrelated to the newsman’s killing, said Oakland homicide Lt. Ersie Joyner.

“It is concerning to us, but I think we need a lot more people taking action — community groups, parents and other outreach programs,” Jordan said. “Police, we cannot do it alone. We can’t be at every corner at 2 and 3 in the morning to try and prevent violence. This is a community effort.”

You might think that now would be an opportune time for the police department to advocate for more funding or increased efforts from the City to help them reach their staffing targets, or even to increase their staffing targets. But no. Community groups, take note – this is all your fault.

And another troubling note from the same story:

Joshua Bey, 19, and Tamon Halfin, 20, could be charged Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court, authorities said. Halfin is among a group of people associated with the bakery who were charged with vandalizing two Oakland liquor stores in 2005. Halfin pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism in 2006 and was placed on five years’ probation.

Five years probation for terrorizing liquor stores? Just more good work from our local ADA, Tom “We try not to put people in jail” Rogers. Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff’s entire office is an embarrassment.

2 thoughts on “OPD continues to pass the buck

  1. dto510

    Calling Orloff’s office an embarrassment is much too kind. I’d go with disgrace. He’s the designated successor to the last DA, who failed to return convictions against Gwen Araujo’s killers or the Riders. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if he has better luck with Your Black Muslim Bakery.

  2. V Smoothe Post author

    Disgrace works for me.

    Unfortunately, our views are not shared by everyone. The Novometro story I linked in the post about ADA Tom Rogers received several comments lauding the office for trying to keep criminals out of prison. I’m no fan of the prison system, myself, but when the choices are incarceration or letting them continue to walk the streets and terrorize our neighborhoods, I’m going to have to vote for the former.

    From the article:

    If Oaklanders want that to change, he says, they will have to demand that prosecutors and judges deliver stiffer penalties for misdemeanors. As Mr. Rogers told a neighborhood crime prevention meeting in East Oakland Monday evening: “We try not to put people in jail.”

    I think that it is time the people of Oakland start making those demands.