Oakland police union calls out defunding efforts in wake of city's 100th homicide

Oakland's 100th homicide for this year was also the 10th homicide in the city in the last seven days.
Oakland's 100th homicide for this year was also the 10th homicide in the city in the last seven days. Photo credit Oakland Police Department Facebook

On Monday, the city of Oakland suffered its 100th homicide this year.

Amidst the crisis, the Oakland Police Officers' Association is laying blame on the city’s councilmembers that have supported the recent initiatives to defund the police, calling for creating new police academies instead.

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"Oakland's dwindling ranks of police officers are struggling to stem the violence and bloodshed on city streets," Oakland Police Officers' Association President Barry Donelan said in a statement on Tuesday. "City council members who previously voted to defund the police, helping fuel Oakland violence, are now considering more police academies."

"How about this strategy; support your hardworking police officers and act against violence," said Donelan.

According to Donelan’s statement, the police department's current sworn staffing is at 694, the lowest it's been since 2014, and the city is still losing about 10 officers a month.

The City Council's defunding decision also froze 55 police officer positions, resulting in the disbandment of the Traffic Division, walking details, some Crime Reduction teams, and Community Resources units, said Donelan. Despite the cuts, officers took 859 firearms off Oakland streets this year, he added.

The 100th shooting happened Monday at about 10:40 am, after a call came into 911 reporting gunshots near the BART Station located at 7200 San Leandro St.

When officers arrived on the scene, the victim had suffered from 5 gunshot wounds to the upper torso and did not survive the injuries.

The 100th homicide for this year was also the 10th homicide in the city in the last seven days, it has been thirteen years since Oakland last recorded its 100th homicide by September, and this time last year, there were 70 homicides.