By the end of that day, my opinion about the police had changed and I realized there are officers out there who actually care.
48 guns were exchanged for gift cards — no questions asked — during a gun buyback event on Dec. 17.
10 people were honored at the Crime Prevention awards banquet on October 21 at the Recreation complex. The banquet also celebrated the partnership between RPD and the community. This included honoring civilians and officers for their dedication to Richmond.
Contra Costa County supervisors have selected retired Superior Court Judge Diana Becton as their new interim district attorney. She replaces Mark Peterson, who resigned after pleading no contest to a felony perjury charge in June. Becton will become the first African-American and the first woman to lead the office.
On the same day that marked 11 years since my best friend Camaron Walker was murdered, my house was raided by the Richmond Police Department at 7:00 in the morning.
State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles.
Richmond resident Andres Archila, 17, says he has a new perspective on policing. Archila was one of 25 graduates honored last week at the first-ever graduation ceremony of the Community Safety Academy, an eight-week program led by the Richmond Police Department.
Yesterday, one of my students asked me for some relationship advice. He said he is in a relationship with a young woman he would like to stay with. I shared with him a few things I’ve him learned personally in my own life.
Over 100 demonstrators from across Contra Costa County crowded onto the front steps of Sheriff David Livingston’s office in Martinez. Their message: “Sheriff Livingston, Get Out Of the Deportation Business.”
Marching with people who wanted to be equal to the person next to them in the world’s eyes was powerful. There were people from all different backgrounds, nationalities, genders and interests. They were not protesting just because Trump won. They were protesting the fear, injustice and hate that have belittled us more than we have been in years.