Oakland Under Arrest: Policing the Police

Tour curated by: Stacy Johnson

Police brutality in Oakland impacts the entire community not only the deceased and their families. Children are largely affected but their needs are often unmet.

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Police brutality in Oakland, California is a reality that goes unaddressed far too often. Understanding the origin of police brutality in Oakland, requires starting with the history of the Oakland Police Department, which was formed in 1853.…

Before the onset of the internet and social media, and to some degree now, records concerning police officers who kill suspect while in the line of duty are scarce. Reported reasons for the lack of information include: out dated computer systems,…

The Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) platform is where unarmed, 22 year old Oscar Grant was shot and killed by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle. The murder was captured on video by a BART commuter early New Year's morning, 2009. …

Demouria Hogg, fatally shot by OPD, was a 30 year old father with three children. He was found asleep in a car on the freeway off ramp at Lakeshore Avenue near Lake Merritt. After several failed attempts to wake Hogg, firefighters called police. The…

It appears that innocent until proven guilty is not the case with the Oakland Police Department. Eighteen year old Alan Dewayne Blueford’s last words were, “Why did you shoot me?" The response from Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso was…

Twenty-three year old, unarmed Jacorey Calhoun was killed on August 3, 2014. In addition to nine Oakland Police Officers who were already in pursuit of Calhoun, the Alameda County Sheriff, which once had jurisdiction over Oakland, was called for…

On his day off as a vacuum Salesman, twenty year old Gary King Jr., was killed on 54th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way by OPD Sgt. Pat Gonzales. It was September 20, 2007, King was returning from a liquor store where he purchased chips and a…

Twenty year old Raheim Brown was killed by Oakland Unified School District Police Officer Sgt. Barhin Bhatt on January 22, 2011.  Bhatt shot Brown seven times including twice in the head.The fatality occurred while Brown sat in the passenger seat…

November 8, 2010, Derrick Jones, 37 year old husband and father was apprehended by Oakland Police officers for alleged domestic violence. According to reports, Jones fled the barbershop which he owned. An attorney for the family said “because they…

Its common knowledge that Oakland residence have little trust in the Oakland Police Department. Each time a fatal shooting happens at the hand of the OPD, the distrust increases. Paul Figueroa, OPD Assistant said, "Trust takes a lifetime to…