Why Oakland Police Can’t Stop Criminals | LeRonne Armstrong

Siyamak sits down with LeRonne Armstrong, a former police chief who served for the Oakland Police Department for over 25 years. He explains how it’s difficult for the police to operate because of the rules and regulations they are facing from the city. This situation in Oakland is so dire that the governor is sending 120 California Highway Patrol officers to Oakland to help with safety. Meanwhile, Mr. Armstrong has filed a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Sheng Thao, claiming that his dismissal last year was an unlawful act of retaliation for exposing misconduct by Oakland PD’s federal monitor, Robert Warshaw.
“When you think about a city that’s growing, but a police department that’s shrinking, it is a recipe for disaster. People are fearful that bullets could fly into their homes. We don’t want to live in a society where everyone needs to be armed. The city’s image must change,” Mr. Armstrong said. “The city has been a part of my life. Oakland, such a beautiful city, has built me. There are so many areas in the city to be proud of, but all people know about the city is its violent crime.”
According to the former police chief, Oakland’s public safety is at a crossroads, facing challenges exacerbated by a shrinking police force in the face of growing demand and stringent policies that limit officers’ ability to effectively combat crime. He sheds light on the concerning increase in auto burglaries, robberies, and violent crimes, emphasizing how these trends have instilled fear among residents and visitors alike.
Join us as we delve into the complexities of policing in Oakland, including policy restrictions that prevent officers from pursuing suspects, contributing to a sense of lawlessness. Mr. Armstrong’s insights highlight the urgent need for a unified approach to reimagine public safety, restore trust in law enforcement, and foster a safer environment for all Oakland residents.
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Siyamak Khorrami

Siyamak Khorrami


Siyamak Khorrami has been the general manager and chief editor of the Southern California edition of The Epoch Times since 2017. He is also the host of the “California Insider” show, which showcases leaders and professionals across the state with inside information about trending topics and critical issues in California.

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