Crime

Civil rights attorney John Burris addresses a crowd after the coroner's inquest into Pedie Perez's death. Perez's grandmother (center) wears a t-shirt bearing of photo of her grandson. (Photo by Parker Yesko)

Inquest reveals details of Richmond police shooting

Working the graveyard shift that September night, Officer Wallace Jensen pulled his police cruiser over on Stege Avenue and parked out of sight of Uncle Sam’s Liquors. He’d heard reports that locals hung around Uncle...
Rusamie Ashly Phongphoumy. (File Photo)

Friends, family mourn Richmond woman killed in Oakland

Things were looking up for Rusamie Ashly Phongphoumy, who had long dreamed of a better life. On the night of Nov. 29, her boyfriend proposed to her. She accepted. The couple made plans for the...
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Richmond man urging calm assaulted in Oakland protests

A Richmond man taking part in protests against police force in Oakland recently was assaulted by masked men who took issue with his attempts to put out a dumpster fire in the street.
RPD Chief Chris Magnus, left, and Mayor-elect Tom Butt, right, showed support at a peaceful protest organized by the RYSE Center. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

In Richmond, solidarity with victims of violence in Ferguson and New York breaks boundaries

With national protests erupting over the non-indictment of the police officers involved in the Brown and Eric Garner cases, Richmond served as a rare example of a peaceful protest on Tuesday.
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Weekend marches turn violent as Berkeley protests police killings of unarmed black men

In reaction to the recent non-indictments of police killings of unarmed black men, hundreds marched throughout Berkeley Sunday night. Riots broke out around 10 p.m., as a mass of protestors vandalized and looted storefronts along...
Violent crime fell in all but two categories as the Richmond Police Department, falling by 13% in 2014. (Graphy by Phil James)

Richmond Police Department announces banner year in crime reduction

Crime fell across the board in Richmond thus far in 2014, suggesting another banner year for the city’s law enforcement, according to statistics released by the Richmond Police Department last week.
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Police and demonstrators clash as Black Friday protests turn violent in San Francisco

An anti-Black Friday protest marched through San Francisco on Friday night, leading to a number of arrests and smashed storefronts throughout the Mission District. The march combined protestors from a wide range of causes, such...