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December 11, 2000 | TERENCE MONMANEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four veteran cops who worked the midnight shift in this city's tough northwest corner, they called themselves the "Riders"--peacekeepers on some mythic outlaw frontier. But their romantic nickname is now shorthand for the worst police scandal in Oakland's recent history, as the Riders face criminal charges and a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that they fabricated evidence, planted drugs and wantonly beat suspects bloody.
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January 9, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- This city is a national hub for the commercial sexual exploitation of children. But the plague of underage girls -- and to a lesser extent, boys -- who are prostituted by often violent pimps has now received a big boost in visibility. And Alameda County prosecutors, along with leaders of a nonprofit that helps exploited youth rebuild their lives, hope that bringing the problem into the light will increase arrests while sending a signal to the victimized that there is a way out. On Thursday, Alameda County Dist.
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December 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Oakland Police Department is disbanding its mounted patrol, citing the need to assign more officers to deal with "sideshows" -- illegal car races that often turn violent. Residents say they will be sorry to see the end of the equestrian unit after nearly 25 years. Police recommended to the city administrator that the two full-time officers in the mounted unit be reassigned. A spokeswoman for the administrator said Friday that the recommendation has been approved.
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November 5, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Police have arrested a 16-year-old suspected of intentionally lighting a man's clothes on fire on an Oakland bus. The 18-year-old victim may have been dozing when the attack occurred Monday evening on an AC Transit bus traveling on MacArthur Boulevard near Ardley Street. The man, who police say was wearing a kilt, suffered burns to his legs before the fire was put out. He was in stable condition Tuesday, according to the Oakland Police Department. Police worked with the help of Oakland School Police to locate and arrest the teenage suspect, who fled the bus after allegedly starting the fire.
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January 9, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- This city is a national hub for the commercial sexual exploitation of children. But the plague of underage girls -- and to a lesser extent, boys -- who are prostituted by often violent pimps has now received a big boost in visibility. And Alameda County prosecutors, along with leaders of a nonprofit that helps exploited youth rebuild their lives, hope that bringing the problem into the light will increase arrests while sending a signal to the victimized that there is a way out. On Thursday, Alameda County Dist.
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May 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nearly 800 citizen complaints filed against the Oakland Police Department have not been investigated, according to a report by a court-appointed monitoring team. At least 775 entries in the Internal Affairs Division's database, some dating to January 2003, were not assigned case numbers or investigated, the report released this week said. Some complaints were not investigated because the department would not take the complaint over the phone.
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April 10, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Several City Council members are calling for a public hearing along with an independent investigation into the Oakland Police Department's use of force against antiwar demonstrators Monday at the Port of Oakland. Vice Mayor Nancy Nadal said she wants police to develop plans to better respond to "nonviolent demonstrations." Officers fired beanbag projectiles, wooden dowels and sting-ball grenades at protesters, injuring some of them.
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December 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Oakland Police Department has failed to fulfill reforms spelled out in a consent decree, according to a report by an independent monitoring team. Police were ordered to make several changes as part of a February 2003 civil settlement by the city and the department with 119 plaintiffs stemming from the "Riders" case, which involved alleged rogue cops. A report issued Monday found that the department did not complete half of the changes it was directed to make by court order.
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September 11, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - Police released a sketch Wednesday of a young man suspected of killing an 8-year-old girl earlier this summer while she was at a slumber party at a friend's home. The slaying of Alaysha Carradine shocked the conscience of a community otherwise numbed by a steep homicide rate. The suspect is described as a 17- to 24-year-old black male, 5-feet-7, 160 pounds with a thin, dark mustache. He was wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans. The investigation is ongoing, said Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
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December 3, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His words delivered in a soft-spoken dirge, Jervis Muwwakkil says he can appreciate the pain that Rodney King's parents must have felt. His son Jamil Wheatfall, 36, the fourth of 11 children, was also beaten by a phalanx of police officers after a high-speed car chase. The unarmed bank robbery suspect was bashed repeatedly with a baton and overwhelmed by officers after he resisted arrest in April.
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September 11, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - Police released a sketch Wednesday of a young man suspected of killing an 8-year-old girl earlier this summer while she was at a slumber party at a friend's home. The slaying of Alaysha Carradine shocked the conscience of a community otherwise numbed by a steep homicide rate. The suspect is described as a 17- to 24-year-old black male, 5-feet-7, 160 pounds with a thin, dark mustache. He was wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans. The investigation is ongoing, said Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
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August 13, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Paige St. John
OAKLAND - Police on Tuesday confirmed that the body found outside a park near Vacaville was that of missing federal investigator Sandra Coke. In a brief news conference, Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the Alameda County coroner had positively identified the body found Friday. She said parolee Randy Alana remained a "person of interest" in the case, but he was not a suspect. "We are extremely limited in the information we can share about this investigation," Watson said.
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August 9, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A woman's body has been found just outside Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville, where authorities were searching for a missing Oakland woman who vanished. Police have not identified the body or calculated a possible age for the woman, said Daryl Snedeker, a spokesman for the Solano County Sheriff's Department. Authorities began searching for Sandra Coke, 50, late Thursday night in the area of the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, said Johnna Watson, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department.  After receiving new information, the search was shifted to Lagoon Valley Park on Friday afternoon.
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July 17, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - Business owners and staff members at downtown nonprofits here have spent the past several mornings sweeping up broken glass - a reminder of the destructive protests over George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. But overriding their sense of frustration has been a determination to end the window-smashing that has overshadowed substantive issues raised by the verdict. Those struck by the seemingly random vandalism have included Youth Radio, an organization that aims to teach young people in Oakland's minority and low-income communities tools they can use to further their educations and get jobs.
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July 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Oakland Police Department arrested at least six people Monday night after declaring an unlawful assembly in downtown when a protest against the George Zimmerman verdict grew violent, officials said. Protesters marched through the streets smashing windows, lighting garbage on fire and throwing fireworks at police officers, officials said. A Flora Restaurant and Bar waiter was hit in the face with a hammer and bleeding, according to tweets from reporters with the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.
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July 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather
At least nine people were arrested in Oakland as a third night of demonstrations against the George Zimmerman verdict again grew violent, police said Tuesday. Unruly protesters broke windows Monday night, set off fireworks and lighted small fires along downtown streets, police said. Six men, two women and a male juvenile--most from outside Oakland--were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and vandalism, officer Johnna Watson of the Oakland Police Department said in a statement early Tuesday.
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July 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Oakland Police Department arrested at least six people Monday night after declaring an unlawful assembly in downtown when a protest against the George Zimmerman verdict grew violent, officials said. Protesters marched through the streets smashing windows, lighting garbage on fire and throwing fireworks at police officers, officials said. A Flora Restaurant and Bar waiter was hit in the face with a hammer and bleeding, according to tweets from reporters with the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.
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July 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
For the third consecutive night, a crowd of hundreds gathered Monday in downtown Oakland to protest George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The protests grew violent, Oakland Police Department spokeswoman told The Times on Monday, as members of the crowd threw bottles and fireworks at police officers, smashed store windows and burned U.S. flags. Police arrested at least six people, officials said, on a range of felony and misdemeanor charges.
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July 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Rong-Gong Lin II
A wave of violence swept through Oakland on Monday night as demonstrators angry with the not-guilty verdict of George Zimmerman shattered windows, lit fires and threw fireworks, bottles and rocks at police.  A waiter was struck in the head by a hammer while trying to keep the windows protected at the Flora Restaurant and Bar, which had been smashed over the weekend during similar protests. The waiter was seen bleeding and was sent by paramedics to a hospital, according to reporters with the San Francisco Chronicle and the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Oakland Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News.
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