Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao, Interim Police Chief Respond to Concerns Over Crime

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“I don’t have any hope,” said one Oakland resident attending a town hall this past weekend on the city’s rising crime rate. According to the city’s police department, violent crime is up by 17% over last year and as of August, 68 people had been murdered in Oakland.  Indeed, since 2019, car break-ins are up over 40%, vehicle thefts have more than doubled, and reported robberies are up by 30%. And while East Oakland has borne the brunt of criminal activity, no part of the city is immune. We’ll talk to Mayor Sheng Thao, interim Oakland police chief Darren Allison, and chief Kentrell Killens, interim head of the city’s violence prevention program. And we’ll hear from you. What are your questions for the mayor and her team?


Sheng Thao, mayor, Oakland

Darren Allison, interim police chief, Oakland Police Department

Kentrell Killens, interim chief of violence prevention, Department of Violence Prevention for the City of Oakland