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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…

Read More Rape Report Data from Berkeley, Concord and Oakland Police Departments

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…

Read More 67 Bay Area Law Enforcement Shootings in 2017

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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