By Robert Salonga | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 2, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 3, 2019 at 4:33 am SAN JOSE — Violent crime in the Bay Area’s largest city rose 6 percent last year, bucking the broad downward trend in Oakland and San Francisco as well as statewide and nationally, according to the latest figures for 2018. Police Chief Eddie Garcia said he understands that San Jose doesn’t see the volume of crimes experienced by other big Bay Area cities and places such as Los Angeles — which is projecting a 4 percent drop in violent crime in 2018 — but the direction is troubling for a city hailed a decade ago as a metropolitan low-crime haven. The violent crime increase in San Jose — which follows spikes of 14 and 7 percent in 2016 and 2017 — is driven largely by a nearly 19 percent projected rise in robberies and 2 percent in rapes. On the other hand, homicides decreased to 27 in 2018, … [Read more...] about San Jose: Violent crime continues to rise as chief calls for reinforcements
Why police called cops
The day after city officials shut down a homeless camp near Cathedral Hill, St. Paul police officer Dean Koehnen is finding the campers again. It’s part of his job. “We took half his stuff to storage,” he tells Bret Byfield, an outreach worker just about everyone on the streets seems to know. The two stand in a Burger King parking lot Friday morning, less than a mile from the old camp. Nearby, a pair of tents sit on a tiny triangle of greenery. They’re talking about one of the tents’ occupants, James, who lost the other half of his stuff during a fight with a woman after they were kicked off the Hill. The belongings — blankets and clothes, mostly — ended up strewn about the street next to some new condos, and police came to clear it away. There are at least five people from the camp in the lot. There’s a little good news: One of the women got some money “from a settlement,” enough to put a group of them in a hotel for the … [Read more...] about For some homeless, this St. Paul cop holds the key to a better life
Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Washington Post Published 12:05 pm, Saturday, June 30, 2018 Now Playing: A little boy and his young family members who were mowing a woman's lawn were briefly interrupted when the police were called on them, but thanks to the call and a viral video, his business is now booming. VIDEO: Lucille Holt Media: Fox 13 Tampa It's a business that has existed for as long as there have been summer vacations and borrowed lawn mowers: A pint-size entrepreneur offers to endure the rage of a summer sun on a neighbor's behalf, pushing a lawn mower across high grass for a small fee. Last week, in Maple Heights, Ohio, that entrepreneur was Reggie Fields, a 12-year-0ld middle schooler who is the owner and mower-in-chief of Mr. Reggie's Lawn Service. His sister and two cousins also provided manual labor in their neighborhood outside Cleveland, working a rake and a broom to corral clippings. That's what they told Lucille Holt-Colden, 51, who … [Read more...] about A white woman called police on a black 12-year-old who was mowing grass
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Grade Point by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. Email the author May 11 at 8:07 AM Email the author Lolade Siyonbola’s exasperated message to the campus police officers — and to the Yale University graduate student who’d summoned them to her dorm — was simple and consistent: She didn’t have to do anything to prove that she was justified in being there, just because she happened to be black. “I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else,” an annoyed Siyonbola told responding officers after they repeatedly asked her to hand over identification. “I’m … [Read more...] about A black Yale student fell asleep in her dorm’s common room. A white student called police.
By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE Updated 9:12 pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 A video of a confrontation over a charcoal barbecue at Lake Merritt is attracting attention after being shared and viewed thousands of times since its initial posting. A white woman was in disagreement with two black men over whether a charcoal grill was allowed at Lake Merritt. A video of the confrontation shows the woman on the phone as she waits to talk with the Oakland Police Department as people at the lake argue with her. Michelle Snider shot the video and shared it to YouTube, where the woman repeats to those at the park that "charcoal grills are not allowed here." Others are seen trying to dissuade the woman from calling officers, and arguing that grills are indeed allowed in that area of the park. Snider herself can be heard arguing over why police need to be involved over the grill in the 24-minute video. ALSO YDN: White Yale student called cops on black student for sleeping A woman called … [Read more...] about Video shows woman calling police over barbecue at Lake Merritt