Group leaders and residents collect to name for an finish to lethal road violence in Oakland – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Community leaders, grieving relatives and local residents gathered in an East Oakland park on Sunday calling on city officials to do more to stem a surge in deadly gun violence that continues to claim lives.
There was no pause or interruption in the spike in homicides over the weekend as the City of Oakland recorded four additional homicides, bringing the total to 65 in 2021, nearly double the number of the previous year at the time.
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Dozens gathered in Elmhurst Park in East Oakland, where so many of these murders take place.
“To be killed by gun violence is wrong,” said Robin Ware of East Oakland.
Robin Ware’s nephews, Kenata Ivan and Shawndell Parker, were shot dead within two days of May.
“There are so many murders. It has to stop, ”said Ware.
“COVID closed us for a year and a lot of people are angry and the anger is expressed in all possible ways,” said Acts Full Gospel Church Bishop Bob Jackson.
Some sang songs and shouted prayers asking for the violence to ease and called for more protection from the police.
“We call OPD and we often get no response in our neighborhoods,” said Treva Reid, District 7 Oakland councilor.
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“It looks like we have the brunt of the murders out here in deep east Oakland and what not,” Jackson said.
Just a few days ago, Oakland City Council passed a budget that will deduct more than $ 18 million from the police to pay for social services.
“I’m angry at the decision I made, which I know will affect where I’m from,” said Aaron Smith of the Oakland Police Department.
It’s a move Councilor Treva Reid rejects, saying it will result in the loss of 50 police jobs.
“My neighbors and our community do not feel we have this sense of protection as we move forward with these measures,” Reid said.
For goods, she relies on her faith and hopes that healing will come soon.
We love our children and our families and it is not right for someone to take their lives, ”said Ware.
The Anti-Police Terror Project group welcomed the city council vote on Thursday.
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“The budget will lead to more resources for blacks in Districts 6 and 7 in East Oakland,” said Cat Brooks of the Anti-Police Terror Project.