Courtroom arrest puts gang-case combatants on edge

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Demian Bulwa (San Francisco Chronicle) | March 22, 2011 The two sides in Oakland’s bid for a civil gang injunction against alleged Norteños in the Fruitvale neighborhood traded angry accusations Tuesday after parole agents walked into a court hearing during testimony and hauled away one of the defendants. The arrest of 27-year-old Javier Quintero as he […]

Three Arrested In Connection With Oakland Shooting That Injured Three


KTVU | March 17, 2011 OAKLAND, Calif. — A man and two juveniles suspected of opening fire on an Oakland street Wednesday night — in a shooting that injured two people — were arrested and told police they belonged to a street gang, police said. Two people were walking near their homes in the 8700 […]

Oakland gang hearing evidence inconclusive

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Demian Bulwa (San Francisco Chronicle) | February 24, 2011 City Attorney John Russo says Abel Manzo’s movements need to be restrained because the city can prove he is a member of a violent gang terrorizing the Fruitvale neighborhood. But when Manzo, a 25-year-old barber, took the witness stand Wednesday in a bid to clear his […]

Oakland Owes Rapper $300k for Planted-Gun Case

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By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER February 23, 2011 For two years Lorenzo Hall, aka Zoe Tha Roasta, was jailed in Oakland over a gun-planting incident. He was attending the wake of his aunt when (now former) Officer Ramon Alcantar detained Hall and said. After putting the rapper in the back of a patrol car, […]

Mistaken-ID slaying of boy, 14, leads to prison


Henry K. Lee (San Francisco Chronicle) December 11, 2010 Two gang members were sentenced Friday to decades in prison for murdering a 14-year-old Oakland boy they mistook for a rival gang member. The boy, Ricardo Cortes Jr., had nothing to do with gangs. Just before he was shot to death, he asked his killer, “Why […]

Oakland Wants Curfew for Street Gang


Courthouse News Service Friday, October 15th, 2010 OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – The Oakland city attorney seeks an injunction to prevent 42 suspected gang members from associating in a proposed safety zone in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. The injunction would prohibit members of the Norteños gang from loitering, selling or possessing drugs and guns or intimidating residents […]

Will Ebonics fluency help fight crime?


Gregory Lewis (Sun Sentinel) September 13, 2010 The U.S. government’s recent call for Ebonics translators to serve a drug-enforcement region that includes South Florida renews a decades-old debate: What exactly is Ebonics, and should law enforcement, or anyone else, be able to speak or at least understand it? Ever since 1996, when the Oakland, Calif., […]

Alleged cop shooter to be returned to Bay Area


FOX 5 (San Diego) August 30, 2010 SAN DIEGO —A 20-year-old man caught over the weekend while allegedly trying to flee to Mexico after shooting a Bay Area police officer will be handed over to Oakland police soon, officials said. Andrew Barrientos was the subject of a statewide manhunt after he allegedly shot a Fremont […]

Officials laud GPS system tracking gang parolees


The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif.—Law enforcement officials are touting a program that’s been monitoring paroled gang members by strapping GPS units to their ankles—a program first used to monitor sex offenders. Officials described the program’s success Thursday, in the midst of a multi-agency gang sweep that led to 48 arrests. Through GPS monitoring, agents can […]

Lack of black press coverage in the cop trial of the decade


By Alex A. Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER July 13, 2010 | 8:24 p.m. Correction: Our Voices should read as Our Weekly LOS ANGELES — Opening statements in one of the most significant police trials in California’s history began on June 10 to a packed courtroom of media, family of both Johannes Mehserle and Oscar Grant, […]

Prosecutor exploits major credibility issues with Johannes Mehserle defense expert


By Alex A. Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER July 7, 2010 | 7:35 p.m. updated: July 15, 2010 LOS ANGELES — Monday June 28 marked 12th day of testimony in the Johannes Mehserle trial, the former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officer charged with the murder of Oscar Grant, 22, on the Fruitvale platform in Oakland, […]

Oakland Residents Prepare For Verdict in Racial Police Shooting


Maria L. LaGanga (LA Times) July 6, 2010 Oakland residents prepared for a verdict in the Johannes Mehserle shooting trial Tuesday with a mixture of apprehension and hope that the city’s historically disempowered youth would express themselves peacefully. With the case now in the hands of the jury, a law enforcement incident command post has […]