Oakland: Officer Involved Shootings: A Special Report, A Discussion For years, federal monitors have been critical of Oakland Police Department officer involved shootings. Bay Area News Group Investigative Reporter Thomas Peele set out to uncover how many times the department had shot at people since the infamous Riders scandal broke in 2000. Peele found that the 2007 shooting death of 20-year-old Gary King Jr. epitomized many of the concerns and reports on the King case extensively. Join us for a conversation with Peele moderated by Martin G. Reynolds, senior editor for community engagement.
At his sentencing in the first DNA Cold Hit Unit prosecution case in Alameda County, Bennie Lee Alder demonstrated how terrifying a sexual predator can be and why law-enforcement agencies are collaborating to keep others like him off Oakland streets.
Grief groups for family and friends of murder victims are filled with mothers and daughters, wives and girlfriends. Men are grieving too, but they won't let it show. That, experts say, is bad for their health.
There are Oakland residents who've never seen a dead body on a street or sidewalk. There are those who haven't heard gunshots ring out in the pre-dawn hours or looked from their window to see a flood of red-and-blue lights flashing. To some, 124 is just a number.