Author: Scott Morris

Scott is an independent journalist in Oakland covering police use of force, civil rights, protest and neighborhood news. He’s lived in Oakland long enough to follow the A’s even when they’re terrible. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Web: www.scottmorris.news

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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…

Read More Right-Wing Speaking Event at UC Berkeley Draws Protest

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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…

Read More Police Shootings on the Rise in Bay Area

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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…

Read More Vallejo: The Bay Area’s Leader in Police Violence

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With a new year, reporters and government officials will begin making assessments of the previous year’s crime statistics and draw conclusions on police effectiveness and the overall well-being of city residents. But how many homicides were there in a year? At least in Oakland, this seemingly simple question can have many different answers depending on…

Read More Counting Homicides in Oakland