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.