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Posted: 01/15/2013 05:11:29 PM PST - Updated: 01/15/2013 08:00:30 PM PST
Not My Problem ...!
Oakland, CA -- A proposal to put more police on Oakland streets and free up officers to focus on crime fighting won a ringing endorsement Tuesday, while Gov. Brown made it clear that the city should not expect an influx of state aid to solve its crime woes.
"Certainly I want to help where we can, but Oakland has to solve its own problems," Brown told reporters, according to the Sacramento Bee. "The clergy, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the mayor, you've got to pull together in extraordinary ways to respond. And as a citizen of Oakland, I wish you well and I'll do my part."
Late last year, Brown directed the California Highway Patrol to help Oakland's undermanned police department deal with an ongoing crime wave. After four people were gunned down in Oakland Friday, city leaders considered calling a state of emergency, but opted against it after determining that it wouldn't trigger additional aid.
On Tuesday, the council's Finance Committee approved proposals to contract with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office to help patrol streets, provide funding for the city's third police academy within the past year and hire 21 civilian employees for the police department.
Most of the civilian hires would do lower level police work, freeing up officers to focus on crime fighting.
The proposals will go before the full council next week.
Later Tuesday, the council's Public Safety is expected to advance a proposal to hire former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton to implement a crime-reduction plan. Protests are planned by opponents who fear Bratton will advocate giving Oakland police more latitude to stop and search potential suspects.
Posted: 12/13/2012 02:35:27 PM PST - Updated: 12/13/2012 08:24:20 PM PST
SAN MATEO, CA -- Surveillance video of a woman running in high heels and performing oral sex in a public park landed her behind bars Thursday after a judge sentenced her to nine months in jail for performing the physical acts while claiming to be too injured to work, the district attorney said.
Modupe Adunni Martin, 29 (pictured left) of Hayward, was taken to jail upon being sentenced Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. A former custodian for the Sequoia Union High School District, Martin told her employers at Woodside High School that she was unable to walk after injuring her ankle on the job in 2009.
Martin, who walked with crutches into 10 separate doctor's visits over the course of three months, stirred suspicion in the two doctors who tended to her and they suspected she was exaggerating the extent of her injuries, Wagstaffe said. Doctors gained permission to take surveillance of Martin surrounding one of her medical visits, to ensure she was not lying to obtain workers' compensation benefits.
Doctors later viewed the video footage, which shows Martin walking with crutches into the doctor's office, and then ditching them shortly thereafter, Wagstaffe said. After the visit, Martin walked to a public park without the crutches and ran a short distance in her high-heeled shoes, before kneeling and performing oral sex on her boyfriend.
Doctors determined that Martin's ability to perform the acts demonstrated in the video were not consistent with the injuries she said she was suffering from, and concluded she was lying about her injuries to obtain benefits, Wagstaffe said.
Martin was charged with the 10 counts of workers' compensation fraud in August of 2009. In addition to her jail sentence, Martin was sentenced to three months probation and ordered to repay more than $79,000 in defrauded funds.
First Posted: Feb 14, 2012 - Updated: 2:02 PM, PST, Feb. 24, 2012
Orange, CA -- Sheriff's Deputy Jennifer McClain, 29, a black woman, was arrested for having sex with an Inmate. The inmate, Christopher R. Brown, 30 is a member of a white supremacist gang (that hates and kills blacks). McClain was assigned to work in the Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana. McClain, a five-year veteran deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, is accused of having sex with the male inmate at the Men's Central Jail where she worked. She has not been explained how this unlikely partnership, was forged. McClain (pictured right) was booked in the Santa Ana city jail and released from custody on her own recognizance. No formal charges have been filed but prosecutors are “still investigating” the matter and will announce any filing decisions on a future date.
McClain was arrested Thursday night after the inmate told authorities he had consensual sex with the officer. Authorities said the alleged crime took place between November and December of last year in the intake release center while McClain, who is a single mother of a young child, was on duty. Investigators are alleging that McClain and inmate Brown (pictured below, center) had “sex more than once” during November and December.
McClain, who was arrested while on duty, was released from custody on her own recognizance. She is currently on paid leave from the department.
$40 - G's!
Posted: 04/25/2011 10:05:03 AM PDT
Updated: 04/29/2011 01:40:30 PM PDT
OAKLAND, CA -- Oakland Police revised the description of a getaway car used by four men who were involved in the shooting of six people at a Jack London Square restaurant and nightclub early Monday morning. The gunfire claimed the lives of William Jenkins, 27, of Oakland and Adam Williams, 22, of San Leandro.
Police now believe that the men fled from Sweet Jimmie’s nightclub at 311 Broadway Street in a newer model, four-door White Toyota Camry after firing an assault rifle at a crowd of patrons who had assembled at the popular after hours eatery. The 12:45 a.m. shooting followed a botched robbery attempt, investigators believe, when the suspects attempted to rob two other men who ran into the nightclub seeking assistance. Two other male victims remained in critical condition, according to Oakland Police spokesperson Cynthia Perkins. Two female shooting victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.
Police initially believed the suspects fled in a White Dodge Avenger but revised the getaway car’s description on Wednesday. The suspects are described as African American males in their late teens or early twenties, police said. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Oakland Police Department at (510) 238-3821 or e-mail Oaklandhomicide@oaklandnet.com. CrimeStoppers is offering a $40,000 reward for tips leading to the arrests of the suspects.
Baltimore County, Md. -- Remember the two black thug teenage girls in Baltimore who were captured on video beating a transgendered person at a McDonald’s? Well, 19-year old Teonna Brown was finally sentenced after being convicted of a hate crime and first degree assault. On 9-13-11, she was sentenced to 5 years in prison for a hate crime and felony assault.
Over and over again, two teenage girls attack and beat Chrissy Polis inside a Baltimore County McDonalds until she goes into a seizure — all while a laughing McDonald’s employee records the vicious attack on his cell phone. The Youtube video sparked community outrage and landed 19-year-old Teonna Brown and her 14-year-old accomplice in jail. Brown now sentenced to five years in prison.
Polis, who is transgender, chose not to appear in court for the sentencing. But her hero Vicki Thoms was. “I just wanted to make sure that justice was served,” Thoms said. She can be seen in the video trying to stop the attack on Polis. She ending up punched in the eye herself. “I thought she was going to die,” Thoms said.
In court, Brown tearfully offered remorse saying “I’m sorry. My mother did not raise me like this. I would really like to apologize to the victim, Miss Chrissy Polis.” But that apology not accepted according to a letter Polis wrote to the judge. “I felt like I was going to die that day,” the letter reads. “I continue to suffer seizures, bouts of crying, mental anguish and anxiety. I fear being alone. I have flashbacks about the attacks. I do not forgive them for what they did to me. “
Prosecutors say hate was clearly the motivation for the attack. “I don’t really care who the victim is,” said Scott Shellenberger. “This wasn’t about a political statement. This was about prosecuting people for a heinous crime that they committed.”
“I just wish that there was more love in this world than hate,” Thoms said. “That’s what I keep saying every time you guys talk to me, and that’s what I hope she learns out of this whole thing, and everybody learns the same thing.”
The criminal case is over, but the civil case is just beginning. Polis has filed suit against McDonald’s for failing to stop the beating and because it was its employee who video taped the incident while laughing about it. So far a settlement has not been reached.
The other suspect in the case already made an admission to the beating and remains locked up in juvenile detention.
Posted: 04/22/2011 05:07:56 PM PDT
BALTIMORE, MD (WCJB) -- Baltimore County police say two teens are facing charges following a videotaped beating at a fast-food restaurant. Police said Friday that a 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile and charges are pending against an 18-year-old female. Police say officers who responded to the McDonald's restaurant on Monday found a 22-year-old woman who appeared to be having a seizure. Police say witnesses told the officers the woman had been assaulted by two female suspects. The videotape of the beating posted below shows a woman being attacked repeatedly while an employee tries to separate them. The video prompted the company to issue a statement Friday condemning the incident.
WARNING: The video below is graphic and disturbing, and contains racist foul language.
Janaury 9, 2011
And Another One!
We all know that three Broward Sheriff's Office deputies were arrested earlier this month and charged with supplying contraband to inmates and having sex with them. The shocking part, though, is the identity of the prisoner whom one of the female jail guards was romancing and supplying with contraband. Kiara Monet Walker, a 21-year-old deputy, was consorting with Dietrick Johnson, according to court records. Johnson is one of the notorious pharmacy store bandits who remains a chief suspect in the murder of BSO Sgt. Chris Reyka (pictured above, left).
How could a sworn deputy become intimate with a prisoner who is suspected in the cold-blooded murder of a fellow deputy in her own agency? That's a question the continuing investigation is trying to answer. Deitrick Johnson (pictured above, center) who is known by the street moniker: "Real Deal" and who has been implicated in 13 pharmacy store robberies, was sitting in jail after his Christmas Eve 2007 robbery arrest when he struck up a romance with Broward County Sheriff Deputy Kiara Walker. (pictured above, inset - upper right)
"Detectives searched Johnson's jail cell and retrieved the phone and a makeshift lighter, consisting of batteries and wires. A piece of paper with Walker's personal number was inside Johnson's bible. Cell phone records showed Walker and Johnson spoke and sent text messages "several hundred times" during a three-week period. Some text messages were explicit and discussed the pair having sex in Johnson's cell. The pair also wrote that they loved each other. "Kiara walker im [sic] heavy in love with you," Johnson wrote in one text. Cell phone pictures that showed a woman's underwear and private parts also were found. Her face wasn't shown."
Dep. Walker is accused of exchanging sexually explicit texts and photographs with Johnson, some of which referred to having sex in his jail cell. She is also alleged to have supplied him with a cell phone. Sources inside BSO tell me that more arrests are expected in the case and that there may have been a plan in the works to smuggle in a gun to an inmate, possibly Deitrick Johnson.
Sgt. Reyka, by all accounts an exemplary officer, was shot to death behind a Walgreens store in Pompano Beach at 1:30 a.m. August 10, 2007 -- at the height of Johnson's robbery spree. Sheriff Al Lamberti has publicly stated that he believes Reyka's murder is connected to those robberies, but so far there hasn't been enough evidence to make a case.
Veteran private investigator Dan Riemer, who delved into the case, filed court papers last year claiming to have solved the Reyka murder. Although Riemer wouldn't name names publicly, sources say his investigation determined that the pharmacy store robbers were behind the murder, including Johnson, Gerald Joshua, and gang leader Tim Johnson, who is no relation to Deitrick. As the triggerman, Riemer named Joshua as the triggerman, sources said.
The case has been held up by a lack of evidence, including the murder weapon. Two of Tim Johnson's siblings, Allen Johnson and Consuela Jones, disposed of four guns -- one of which was believed to have been used in the Reyka slaying -- that were linked to the drugstore robberies. BSO recovered some of those guns, but they didn't match the murder weapon. At least one of the gang's guns is still missing.
Deputies charged Consuela Jones with tampering with evidence. Her attorney hired Riemer to investigate the case. One of the few clues in the case made public by BSO is a photograph of the white four-door sedan -- possibly a Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis -- believed to have been driven from the scene by the killers. Riemer learned that a local used-car-lot owner had loaned a white sedan to Joshua and Johnson shortly before the night Reyka was killed. The car hasn't been located. Riemer learned that the robbers were preparing to hit the Walgreens store in Pompano when Reyka came upon the car. When the 51-year-old sergeant and father of four noticed the car move, he turned on his blue lights and approached the sedan. That's when the killer gunned him down. Johnson and his former cohorts remain top suspects in the Reyka murder.
Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly!
Posted: 12/13/2012 12:41:51 PM PST - Updated: 12/13/2012 03:06:50 PM PST
OAKLAND, CA -- The chances of winning a financial windfall from the city of Oakland for an alleged wrongful termination are quickly dwindling for former city administrator Deborah Edgerly. About a year after an Alameda County jury rejected Edgerly's claims that she was fired because of gender discrimination, a state appeals court ruled this week that she cannot pursue a claim based on the state's whistle-blower law. Edgerly sued the city in 2009 after she was fired on July, 1, 2008, by former Mayor Ron Dellums, claiming she lost her job because she was a woman and because she refused to approve city reimbursement for three questionable expenses sought by Dellums.
Dellums had asked for the city to pay his wife's cellphone bill, utility bills at his private home and overtime for his personal driver.
Edgerly's firing, however, came in the midst of allegations that she interfered with a police investigation of her nephew William Lovan, who police suspected was a member of the West Oakland Acorn gang. During a trial in 2009, Dellums testified that he did not fire Edgerly because of the investigation but did so because she stopped communicating with him after she withdrew from a previous agreement to retire.
While a trial court judge allowed Edgerly's claim of gender discrimination to proceed to a jury trial, the judge denied her request to have the jury decide if she was fired because she refused to approve city reimbursement for the questionable expenses. Edgerly claimed she should be protected under the state's whistle-blower law because, by rejecting the expenses, she was essentially refusing to allow Dellums to violate the city charter.
But in it's ruling published Wednesday, the state's court of appeal ruled that her actions were not covered by the whistle-blower law because Dellums was not attempting to violate a state law or rule. Instead, the court ruled, Edgerly's claim that she refused to have the city reimburse Dellums was simply part of her routine work and not a protected action under the state law. "Edgerly's argument is that as she routinely acted on each city official's expense reimbursement requests, each rejection constituted a per se violation of (the whistle-blower law), no matter how trivial or routine each rejection was," the court wrote. "This interpretation strains logic and, if adopted, could have serious impacts on the workings of the City and other charter cities."
In addition, the court found, Edgerly's claim that she refused the payments was wrong because evidence showed she "actually approved two of the three requests and referred the third request to the city attorney's office." Edgerly could appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Her attorney did not return calls seeking comment. The City Attorney's office declined to comment.
OAKLAND, CA (WCJB) – An Alameda County jury took only 40 minutes Monday to reject a lawsuit filed by former Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly (pictured above, center) claiming that former Mayor Ron Dellums fired her because she was a woman. Dellums, a former congressman who served as Oakland’s mayor from January 2007 to January 2011, fired Edgerly on July 1, 2008. Edgerly had worked for the city for 22 years and former mayor Jerry Brown, now California’s governor, appointed her city administrator on July 2, 2003.
At the time Dellums fired her, Edgerly was under investigation for allegedly tipping off her nephew, city employee William Lovan, that the Oakland Police Department was investigating the Acorn gang. Police said the gang was the worst in the city and claimed that Lovan was a member. Lovan pleaded no contest in 2009 to a felony charge of carrying a concealed and unregistered firearm in a car as a result of the police probe into the Acorn gang but no charges were ever filed against Edgerly.
November 3, 2010
Da' Same Ole' Guv, ... Again!
"[T]he only good n[igger] is a dead n[igger] and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other n[igger] from coming in the area."-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer. (August 18, 2007: A high-ranking California Department of Justice official hired by Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown resigned Friday. His resignation comes a week after he crashed a state-owned vehicle and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Peter C. Sarna II, deputy director of the Division of Law Enforcement, helped oversee hundreds of state agents, criminologists and other employees who provide investigative, intelligence, forensic and security services for the department. Sarna, 37, is a former Oakland police officer who headed special operations, including gang suppression efforts, when Brown was the city's mayor. One of the few aides Brown brought along when he took office in January, Sarna assumed a leadership role in the attorney general's anti-gang program that recently produced dozens of arrests through joint state-local raids on gang members' homes in Stockton and Atwater in the Central Valley.)
On this day after elections, [l]et us not forget who hired former [Corrupt] Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly: then-Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. Her 2005-06 salary was $238,155 including a $10,000 bonus from Dao Mayor. Brown was elected governor of California again, but his Oakland hiring decisions call his judgment into question. Brown forced out the highly esteemed Robert Bobb, and replaced him with someone who couldn't even meet Ron Dellums' low standards. Said Brown at the time: "This is going to inject a note of dynamism and creativity into the process."
November 16, 2010
OAKLAND -- The nephew of former City Administrator Deborah Edgerly was sent to prison this week for 16 months for violating his probation stemming from an illegal gun possession conviction last year. William Lovan (pictured left) a parking meter repairman for the city and alleged gang member, admitted Monday to violating his probation and was promptly sent to state prison.
Deputy District Attorney Christie Bowles asked for a probation revocation in August after Lovan tested positive for using cocaine. A week later, police conducted a search at Lovan's home in Antioch and found $1,000 in cash, four ounces of cocaine with a street value of $12,000, marijuana, ammunition and items affiliated with an Oakland gang. Lovan was on probation after he pleaded no contest last year to possession of assault weapons. The 29-year-old was arrested as part of an Oakland Police Department undercover raid on a street gang that also resulted in the conviction for attempted murder of the gang's alleged leader.
Lovan's arrest eventually led to the dismissal of Edgerly, who was suspected of telling Lovan that the police were conducting a covert investigation into the gang. Lovan was suspected of telling gang members about the investigation. Edgerly denied the allegations and never was charged. Nevertheless, Lovan pleaded no contest to the gun charge and was sentenced to five years of probation and one year of house arrest. Eight months after being sentenced, police received a tip that Lovan once again was involved with the gang and selling drugs. A search of his home in September found the ammunition, cash and drugs. Lovan also faces felony charges in Contra Costa County related to the search in September 2010.
September 10, 2010 Oakland, CA - William Lovan, a city worker and nephew of former Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale and violating his probation, police said. Acting on information (someone snitched in retaliation for his snitching on "Mac") members of the Oakland police Gun/Gang Investigation Task Force went to Lovan's Antioch home at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday for a probation check. Lovan, 29, who wears an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, was home at the time. In Lovan's room the officers found $1,000 in cash and four ounces of powdered cocaine with an estimated street value of $12,000. They also found bullets, marijuana and items affiliated with a notorious West Oakland gang, police said. He is in custody but has not yet been formally charged.
Lovan has worked for the city of Oakland as a parking meter repairman since 2003. He was arrested in June 2008 during a massive multiagency police raid on the West Oakland gang that netted 54 arrests and 41 guns.
Lovan was sentenced in January to five years' probation and one year of house arrest in exchange for pleading no contest to a felony weapons charge. A second weapons charge was dropped. Lovan must wear the ankle bracelet for one year. He is allowed to travel to and from his home and job and he cannot have contact with gang members or own any guns. Lovan kept his job despite his felony conviction. City data show his salary is $56,860 for this year.
City staff could not be reached to discuss the situation because offices were closed Thursday. Edgerly was forced out of her job in 2008 partly because of assertions that she had tipped off Lovan about the gang investigation. Lovan was suspected of using the information to tell gang members about the raid. Edgerly denied the accusations and was never charged. She said Thursday that she had not talked to her nephew for some time and was not aware of his arrest.
An attorney who represented Lovan in the earlier case, said he has not yet been retained to represent his former client, but expected that he would. "I've talked to the family but they are still working out the details," he said.
August 6, 2010 OAKLAND -- The suspected leader of a notorious West Oakland street gang was found guilty Thursday of seven felonies, including attempted murder, and now faces at least 40 years in state prison. Marc Anthony Candler, 35, (pictured left) who police and prosecutors say ran the Acorn gang and tried to kill a member of a rival gang, joked with bailiffs before the verdict was read and laughed as a court clerk announced the jury's decision. Candler was arrested in 2008 during one of the largest Oakland Police Department raids against a gang. Candler was one of 54 suspected Acorn gang members arrested as part of a 400 officer and 17 agency raid. The arrests followed a three-monthlong investigation by the police department in which undercover officers and wiretaps were extensively used in an effort to curb the "dangerous and violent" actions conducted at Acorn.
The raid also resulted in police finding more than 41 guns and ultimately led to the resignation of City Administrator Deborah Edgerly, whose nephew William Lovan was also said to have been a member of the gang. Edgerly was fired, in part, after accusations surfaced that she told Lovan about the police raid. Edgerly denied the accusations and was never criminally charged. While most of those arrested during the raid had been charged with minor drug offenses, the case against Candler was the most serious as law enforcement targeted the alleged gang leader. Candler was charged with seven felonies related to a 2006 midday shooting in which, court records state, he shot an assault rifle more than 40 times at Jermel Holloway, a member of a rival gang. Elijah Thomas, 26, also an suspected member of the Acorn gang who prosecutors say was with Candler during the shooting, was also found guilty of attempted murder and other felonies. Holloway escaped the shooting but was killed last year in what is now an unsolved murder. Nevertheless, the three-month investigation of the Acorn gang provided prosecutors with enough evidence to charge Candler with attempted murder and a host of other felonies. Candler was also charged and found guilty of numerous felony enhancements that could result in him spending the rest of his life in prison. "We're pleased with the verdict, the Oakland Police Department did a tremendous job," said deputy district attorney John Brouhard, who tried the case. "This was an extremely dangerous and violent criminal enterprise, and this case was a very violent and bold attack." Candler's defense attorney said that his client never tried to kill Holloway and only went to visit him in an attempt to settle a feud the two had. The attorney said Thursday that he was disappointed with the verdict and frustrated that the jury, which took less than a day and a half to decide the case, had only one Oakland resident and no black members."What familiarity does the jury have with Oakland?" Giller said. "What do people from south county know about Oakland?"
July 13, 2010 5:31 PM (Carolyn Riggins, pictured left, aunt of Tampa police shooter suspect, fired from the Tampa Police Department) Tampa police fire Aunt of Dontae Morris after connection with police officer shootings Criminal charges have not been filed against Carolyn Riggins, the civilian Tampa Police Department employee and aunt of Dontae Morris, the man charged with the murders of two Tampa Police officers, but she has been fired. Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor released a statement explaining the department’s decision to fire the ten year employee. “As our department was reeling from the loss of two fine officers, it was another devastating blow to discover a valued Tampa Police Department employee worked against our efforts to catch the hardened criminal.
July 7, 2010 Beijing, China (WCJB) -- The highest-ranking official accused of collusion with gangs that terrorized the central city of Chongqing has been executed, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. Wen Qiang, 55, former director of the Chongqing Justice Bureau, had been convicted of corruption charges involving organized crime, Xinhua said. He was sentenced to death by a lower court April 14 for accepting bribes, shielding criminal gangs, rape and failing to account for his cash and assets, the news agency said. Wen lost an appeal May 21. He was executed in Chongqing on Wednesday. The Chongqing No. 5 Intermediate People's Court ruled that Wen took bribes totaling more than 12 million yuan (more than $1.7 million U.S.) personally or through his wife from 1996 to 2009. In return, Wen offered posts for officials and helped companies and businesses obtain illegal profits, Xinhua said. Wen also was convicted of shielding five major organized crime gangs in Chongqing after accepting bribes worth 756,500 yuan (more than $110,000 U.S.). In addition, the court ruled that Wen raped a university student after getting her drunk in August 2007, Xinhua said. Wen failed to account for the sources of more than 10 million yuan (nearly $1.48 million U.S.) in personal assets, Xinhua reported, and all of his personal property was seized. Last year's crackdown on organized crime in Chongqing led to the prosecution of 90 local officials; 42 were found guilty of sheltering criminal gangs. Wen is the brother-in-law of the so-called "godmother" of Chongqing's underworld. Xie Caiping was sentenced to 18 months in prison last year. She was accused of operating gambling dens, trafficking in drugs, giving and collecting bribes, and antagonizing citizens, including policemen who tried to investigate her illicit activities. The corruption trials, covered extensively by Chinese media, have transfixed the nation and rallied Chongqing residents, who claim they are fed up with being bullied by their own local officials. "Only capital punishment will serve him right. He deserves to be killed a thousand times," one person commented online about Wen in February. "The Wen Qiang case is only the tip of the iceberg," another wrote. "If China wants more rapid development, there should be a purge to wipe out all the corrupted officials in Communist Party." Analysts said a harsh crackdown on corruption was vital to maintaining public faith in the Communist leadership. "These trials are noteworthy in that the Party leadership wants people to understand that officials who collaborate with organized crime will be dealt with harshly," Russell Leigh Moses, a Beijing-based scholar of Chinese politics, said at the beginning of Wen's trial.
Corrupt Official Executed!
Update: January 5, 2010 The nephew of former City Administrator Deborah Edgerly (pictured left) was sentenced Tuesday to a year of electronic monitoring and five years probation after pleading no contest to a felony weapon charge. William Lovan, who remains on the city payroll as a parking meter repairman, was arrested in June 2008 as part of the Oakland Police Department's crackdown on the notorious West Oakland Acorn gang. Last October, Lovan agreed to plead no contest to one felony weapon charge in exchange for a second felony weapon charge being dropped. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson handed down Lovan's (pictured left) sentence in an Oakland courtroom Tuesday morning. Jacobson could have forced Lovan to serve a year in the county jail, but instead agreed to let him serve that year under electronic monitoring and house arrest. Under terms of the sentencing, Lovan cannot own firearms. He can continue to work, but otherwise must remain at home. He is allowed a total daily commute time of two hours to get to his job in Oakland from his home in Antioch. Lovan also faces special gang-related restrictions, such as not affiliating with gang members and not wearing gang colors. Edgerly was fired in 2008 as city administrator after assertions that she favored relatives for jobs in city government and that she tipped off Lovan about the Acorn investigation.Edgerly denied wrongdoing and never faced criminal charges. She filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit in July. City salary data show Lovan's budgeted salary was $56,680 this year. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office said its office believes Lovan tipped off members of the Acorn gang to police wiretaps. Lovan's attorney said Lovan is not a member of any gang, and hopes to continue working for the city. Update: August 7, 2009 On Monday, July 6, 2009, fired Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly has filed suit against her former bosses, claiming she was unfairly terminated after refusing to hand out patronage to Mayor Ron Dellums' supporters and pay some of his wife's bills with city money. As we all know, Mayor Ron Dellums terminated Edgerly in July 2008 after instances of nepotism involving her surfaced, including the allegation that she had tipped her nephew, who also worked for the city, of an impending gang raid by the Oakland Police Department. In the lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, Edgerly says the mayor's wife and unpaid adviser, Cynthia Dellums, ordered her to put former Dellums campaign supporters on the city payroll and pay her cell phone bill with city money. In May 2008, the suit alleges, Cynthia Dellums demanded Edgerly come up with city money to pay the couple's $1,600 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bill. Edgerly further alleges that City Attorney John Russo balked at her request that he pay the city back $4,200 in paycheck advances. Russo said Tuesday, "I don't remember it that way at all. I was the one who offered the repayments when Edgerly said there was no problem." As for the rest of the allegations, Russo said, "We will answer all of them in court." The Mayor Ron Dellum's office declined to comment.
October 27, 2008 On the night of June 7, 2008 Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly - whose duties included overseeing the Oakland Police Department (at an annual salary of $254,000.00) - showed up at a West Oakland liquor store just as her nephew's car was being towed by police as part of an operation against the Acorn gang. The nephew, 27-year-old William Lovan - who works for the city of Oakland as a parking meter repairman - had left the car running and locked the keys inside, along with a gun. Edgerly asked why the car was being towed and the police, in their fashion, said, "Because it's polluting the air." (Edgerly said Lovan was her nephew and threatened police that she would begin internal affairs proceedings against them. Police towed the vehicle anyway and recovered a loaded firearm illegally in Lovan's possession.) Edgerly pulled out her cell phone and dialed up Assistant Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan's number to complain. Jordan said he'd check it out and call her back. And he did a few minutes later, telling her that the towing job was part of a bigger Oakland police operation. Marc Anthony Chandler, accused Acorn drug boss who allegedly received tipoff on police investigation from Edgerly and her nephew. Operation Nutcracker - June 17, 2008 (The Raids) Oakland police officials said they believe that a raid conducted by 400 officers from 17 different law enforcement agencies at 34 locations simultaneously Tuesday dismantled the worst gang the city had seen in many years. Lt. Ersie Joyner said he believes it will be "very difficult, if not impossible" for the Acorn drug gang to regain its former power in the wake of Tuesday's raids, which included the arrest of the gang's leader, 33-year-old Marc Anthony Chandler of Oakland, who is known as "Mac." He said that 54 people were arrested and 41 firearms were confiscated in what police called "Operation Nutcracker," which began three months ago and culminated in the raids. Joyner said an "ongoing gang violence war" pitting the Acorn group against rival groups Ghost Town and the Lower Bottoms resulted in 37 homicides in West Oakland in the last three years. Joyner said the Acorn group is "the most violent gang we've seen in a long time" so Tuesday's arrests focused on Acorn instead of the other two gangs. He said the other gangs also are engaged in criminal activity, but to a lesser degree. Joyner said four of the suspects arrested Tuesday were involved in recent takeover robberies, including those at Milano Restaurant on Grand Avenue and the Red Boy pizza parlor on Leimert Boulevard. Joyner said those suspects "made an art out of robberies." He said there were many reasons why the Acorn gang was involved in an ongoing battle with the other two gangs, but he said "a dispute over a car and a girl culminated in 37 murders in the West Oakland area." Part 1: Oakland Police - "Operation Nutcracker" Press Conference
- • Two years ago (2006), Edgerly and Assistant City Administrator Cheryl Thompson showed up and made similar threats when police arrested Thompson's son, also a city employee, for disorderly conduct outside a bar in downtown Oakland. He remains a city employee. • Last year (2007), Debra Taylor-Johnson, a civilian police employee, was called into an administrative hearing by Police Department officials for vouching for a recently hired employee. The employee she endorsed was hired under an alias and had arrest warrants issued for identity theft and welfare fraud, authorities confirmed. But when officials recommended Taylor-Johnson's dismissal, Edgerly stepped in, overturned the decision and approved the expenditure to keep her friend employed. • Two years ago (2006), nothing was done when allegations of illegal kickbacks were raised against District Six City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, another of Edgerly's allies, after police investigators linked bank deposits made by the mother of one of Brooks' employees to several personal checks for $1,200 written to Brooks (exactly half the employee's paycheck). • Since former Mayor Jerry Brown appointed Edgerly four years ago (2004), she has changed hiring policies in the Police Department to the benefit of her daughter, a then-struggling police recruit. And last year, Edgerly ordered a change in the annual Fire Department recruiting call, with disastrous results. Some candidates were hand-picked by friends in the department while solid recruits, some of whom waited in line for days, were overlooked. The city had to toss out the process and start over. • The city's finance and management division includes nearly a dozen relatives of Edgerly and Thompson. One of Edgerly's sons works for the city's Office of Information Technology.
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