Armed Males Strive to Bewitch News Crew While Interviewing Oakland’s Director of Violence Prevention

Factual hours after Oakland, California, Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong held a info convention on Monday to slam city officials for cutting the police budget as crimes surge within the municipality, a info crew interviewing the director of the Division of Violence Prevention believe been the victims of a theft strive in massive daylight hours.

Two armed males approached the NBC Bay Condominium info crew at 3: 09 p.m. and reportedly tried to prefer a digicam earlier than a security officer pulled a gun and ordered the suspects to go.

The San Francisco Account reported the males fled, no arrests believe been made, and no-one used to be injured. 

Sarcastically, the money slice from the police budget is being diverted to the Division of Violence Prevention:

An announcement from the Police Division described the incident but did not name Guillermo Cespedes, head of town’s Division of Violence Prevention, as a sufferer.

Cespedes informed the Account he used to be on the scene of an tried theft on Monday, and a police gaze commander confirmed he used to be being interviewed when the crime occurred.

Oakland created its Division of Violence Prevention in 2017, with an fearless purpose: lower homicides by 80 percent over three years. Town tapped Cespedes to flee the department in 2020, months earlier than gun violence started rising at a staggering rate — a unexpected unraveling after five years of development.

“Our colleagues believe been conducting an interview at Oakland City Hall as soon as they believe been approached by two armed folk,” Liza Catalan, a spokesperson for NBC Bay Condominium, mentioned within the Account document. “Fortuitously our colleagues are accurate and unharmed.”

As of this week, Oakland has recorded 65 homicides — virtually double from this time closing year.

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