On Dec. 20, 2016, in anticipation of Donald Trump’s taking office as President of the United States, the City Council directed staff to analyze the potential and realistic financial impacts of declaring Alameda a sanctuary city and to draft legislation supporting such a declaration.
On Monday, Dec. 30, 2015, members of the Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested Tito Jones, Jr. at the Safeway store at Alameda Landing. According to the Manteca, Calif., police department, on Oct. 16, 2015, Jones, Kenneth Gatison, Jr., and Ryan Matlock broke down Timothy Spino’s front door in Manteca.
Family and friends told the Manteca Bulletin that the trio then shot Spino in the torso in front of his girlfriend and son. The Bulletin reported that first responders tried to revive Spino at the scene, but he died at the San Joaquin County Hospital.
Just after 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, a caller to the Alameda Police Department dispatcher said that there was bag containing dynamite next to a tree on the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. APD alerted the Alameda County Sheriff Department Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Squad.
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.
On Thursday, July 16, the City Council discussed the Alameda Police Department’s (APD) draft policy for the distribution of Taser AXON Flex body cameras to officers. APD Chief Paul Rolleri presented the policy to the council members. Taser’s vice-president for video and cloud sales was on hand to answer questions.