“Individuals in Oakland need to be protected” – Police chief LeRonne Armstrong laments rising violence and murders – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – In a one-on-one interview with KPIX 5, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong spoke about the brutal violence his city has seen so far this year and made an urgent appeal to the community.
Oakland has seen 120 murders so far this year and lately we’ve heard stories of innocent victims who have been shot dead. Armstrong says his department is trying to do its best with fewer officers, but it needs help.
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“The people of Oakland deserve to be safe just like in any other city,” Armstrong told KPIX 5. “The behavior in this city is unacceptable and I don’t know how anyone can rest at night and tolerate this violence.”
It wasn’t until the weekend that a mother and her 11-year-old daughter were shot dead in their East Oakland home. Both were hospitalized in stable condition.
Earlier this month, 23-month-old Jasper Wu was tragically involved in a shootout and killed while his family was driving home on Interstate 880.
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Raw Video: Check out Chief LeRonne Armstrong’s interview with KPIX 5
When asked what message Armstrong would deliver to residents and those who do not want to come to Oakland, he replied, “Well, I want people to know that we are working around the clock, those responsible for these violent crimes to identify.”
The chief continued, “We have these incidents a lot in Oakland. Far too often where hundreds of bullets are shot or in residential areas. Random balls that can hit anyone. “
Armstrong said the Oakland Police Department only resolves about 35% of its cases with fewer officers. OPD has lost more than 60 civil servants in the past six months, bringing the total to 681, well below the 737 positions approved. But while the department tries to fill the positions, the boss said it couldn’t stay out of this crime wave.
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“I really believe in this moment, this is a call to all of us to come together. Even if we were given resources, they won’t be here tomorrow, ”said Armstrong. “This is not an overnight process. But what can happen right now is that when people see something, they can share that information with us. If people want to take responsibility, they should give us information. “