Oakland Police Lead Community Event as Homicide Rates Soar

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Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong and the person of the city's unit prevention section are headlining a gathering of metropolis and assemblage leaders astatine Lake Merritt to decry rising unit and retrieve the city's galore caller homicide victims.

Announcing "Stand Up for a Safe Oakland," which starts astatine noon Saturday astatine the Lake Merritt Amphitheater, connected Lake Merritt Boulevard betwixt 12th Street and 1st Avenue, Oakland Police said determination person been 71 homicides truthful acold successful 2021.

There were 85 homicides successful each of 2020 and 68 successful 2018, the lowest yearly fig since 1999, according to a metropolis report. At that time, the metropolis credited a sustained collaboration by police, metropolis and assemblage leaders for the decrease.

Saturday's announcement did not notation a existent strategy.

Oakland's all-time precocious for homicide came successful 1992, with 175, but the mean fig of homicides each twelvemonth from 1984 to 1995 was 133, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report. If homicide were to proceed astatine the existent mean complaint for the remainder of 2021, determination could beryllium 135 killings by the extremity of December.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report shows Oakland, with a colonisation of 434,036, had 5,520 convulsive crimes successful 2019, up somewhat from erstwhile years.

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