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Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said today that the fatal shootings of five men in an 18-hour period Monday night and Tuesday is “unacceptable.” Accompanied by Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Deanna Santana and religious and community leaders at a news conference at police headquarters, Jordan said, “This cannot be allowed to continue and won’t be tolerated.” Capt. Johnny Davis said Oakland has had 90 homicides so far this year as well as four additional fatal shootings that were determined to be justified. Describing Oakland as “the fourth most dangerous city in America,” Jordan said his department will continue city-wide crime reduction and crime response strategies that already are in place and work even closer with other state and federal agencies, especially the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI.
In addition, Jordan said that in two weeks the Police Department and its community partners will launch an anti-violence program known as “Operation Ceasefire.” The program calls for police and the community to form alliances to contact violent offenders and make it clear their conduct must stop. Jordan said suspects who commit violent crimes in Oakland apparently think “the benefits outweigh the consequences.” But he said, “Our job and our commitment is to make it clear that violence is unacceptable and that the consequences are extremely clear.” Davis said the five homicides on Monday and Tuesday aren’t related and no suspects have been arrested so far. Quan didn’t speak at the news conference and left hurriedly afterward without commenting on the city’s rash of homicides.
Joining Jordan and the other community leaders at the news conference, Travis Scott, a vice president at Nixle, a notification service for law enforcement and government agencies, announced a new secure and anonymous way for people to provide tips to police. He said the service is valuable because some people in the community are reluctant to come forward to provide information to police. Scott said people who want to provide tips can text “TIP OAKLANDPD” to 888777 from their cell phone or call a toll-free line at (855) 847-7247. He said people can also respond to Nixle messages from the Oakland Police Department or complete online tip forms.
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