Oakland Hires Private Security To Deal With Lack Of Police Protection

Copblock.org has posted about a story involving Oakland neighborhoods using “crowdsourcing” to hire private security guards to patrol on weekends. Those who have decided to hire private security rather than relying on police have taken a huge step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the flaw in the plan is that the private security guards are unarmed, as they will not have the tools available to actually protect those in the community from the threat faced – armed robberies. It is reasonable Read more […]

Protestors Object To Militarization Of Police

While I’ve been disappointed with small-town acquiescence, Intellihub reports a promising sign in a larger metro center, Oakland, California: This week there is a large scale police militarization drill being held in Oakland, with police and first responders from all over the country participating.  This program has over 50 separate training scenarios that will take place in and around the Oakland area. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson told CBS News that police militarization is just a Read more […]

Oakland To Be Next Big Brother City To Spy On Residents

On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council voted to accept a $2 million grant from the Obama administration to build a community spy center.  In hopes of selling it to the public, they came up with the name, Domain Awareness Center.  It’s the same as changing the term socialism to social justice.  It means the same thing only it doesn’t sound so offensive and misguides people into accepting more. The new system will rely on video cameras and license plate readers posted at strategic locations Read more […]