Oakland City Leaders to Discuss Making Gun Violence Prevention Top Priority


NBC Bay Area - Oakland city leaders on Tuesday were expected to take action against the rise in violent crime across the city by discussing a resolution making gun violence prevention a top priority.

The Oakland City Council's discussion comes on the heels of the police union accusing city leaders of turning their backs on citizens and saying this latest move is mere lip service.

According to police union leaders, there have been 80 homicides in Oakland so far this year, a 38% increase from 2019. By comparison, San Francisco has seen 47 homicides, a 47% rise, and San Jose has seen 35 homicides, up 9%.

The proposed resolution recommends that the Oakland Police Department should focus more on removing illegal guns from the street; increase the tracing of guns and shell casings; and improve the department's overall response to shootings.

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