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Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Oakland for the second Women’s March on Saturday, the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Oakland police estimated the crowd to be between 40,000 and 50,000 as of about 3 p.m., short of last year’s 100,000, but still one of the largest demonstrations in Oakland’s history. Just as in last…

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In my latest story for Oakland Magazine, I report that three East Bay police departments — in Berkeley, Concord and Oakland — have some of the highest rates of unfounded rape reports in the nation, according to data submitted to the FBI. Exactly why their rates are so much higher than other law enforcement agencies…

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There were a particularly high number of law enforcement shootings in the Bay Area in 2017 compared to recent years, according to data I’ve collected through media and police report as well as a series of California Public Record Act requests. In all there were 67 shootings by Bay Area police in 2017, up dramatically…

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There was intense security on the UC Berkeley campus for a protest at a speaking event by right-wing author and political commentator Ben Shapiro. Campus officials were concerned that the protests could see a repeat of the violence that has broken out at previous demonstrations in Berkeley and around the country in recent months, including…

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When 16-year-old Elena “Ebbie” Mondragon, the youngest person killed by police in the Bay Area since 13-year-old Andy Lopez in 2013, was shot by two plainclothes Fremont police detectives in March, it came during a string of near-daily news of police shootings across the region. Just the day before, Napa police officers killed a crazed…

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A video surfaced on Facebook Saturday showing a Vallejo police officer chasing down a suspect and striking him repeatedly with what appears to be his flashlight. The officer briefly reaches for his gun but then resumes hitting the man as he screams “I am God” and some in the crowd shout “police brutality!” The officer…

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