According to her own confession to police, Donna Marie Qualls, 54, fatally shot Emmanuel Emmett Christy, 73, while he slept on Thursday, Dec. 3 (“Local Murder Case Looms,” Dec. 10). She then called the Alameda Police Department (APD) and waited at the scene of the murder she had already confessed to.
“It’s usually doesn’t happen this way,” said APD Lt. Jill Ottaviano. “It’s unusual for the person to commit the crime and then wait for police to show up. Usually we have to go through a long search for suspects.”
Reassignment causes hiatus for community policing program
The Alameda Police Department (APD) recently announced that the department would shut down its Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS) unit effective Jan. 1, 2016. APD blamed the closure on “recent retirements” and stated that the department was reassigning Officer Frank Peterson, who ran COPPS, to patrol duty.
The city of Alameda has settled a lawsuit that accused one of its officers of excessive physical force stemming from an arrest of a disabled Alameda resident in 2012.
Attorneys Panos Langos and Susan Kang Gordon announced in a press release that their client Jeffery Navarro settled his civil rights case against the City and Sgt. Patrick Wyeth of the Alameda Police Department for $450,000.
The Alameda Police Department (APD) are seeing early success on its newly implemented automated license-plate recognition program.
APD reported earlier this month they have collected 15 stolen vehicles in the city due to the new resource since its implementation in December 2014. Officers have lauded the technology for its convenience and thoroughness. The devides haven’t just helped officers collect stolen vehicles and identify stolen license plates, APD said the program helped locate a missing and allegedly suicidal person.