Crime

Contra Costa County works on process to dismiss cannabis convictions

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...
A screen capture of Richmond Police Department's new data portal, Richmond Open Data.

New Richmond police data portal reveals numbers on traffic stops, use of force and more

The Richmond Police Department recently went live with a new online portal dedicated to providing statistics and data on law enforcement activities in the city, completing its commitment to the Police Data Initiative started by...

Richmond’s ‘griot’ Donté Clark speaks out against law enforcement’s use of gang enhancements

"Clark is an actor, musician, and self-described “griot,” a name for an ancient West African storyteller and poet. For the past year, he’s also put his griot skills to use serving as an expert witness...
Colyer Dupont debriefs a simulation activity with two Richmond police officers as part of the Community Safety Academy. Photo by Francesca Fenzi

Can ‘community ambassadors’ untangle Richmond’s relationship with the police?

Richmond Police Sgt. Florencio Rivera lifts a thick leather belt from the trunk of his police cruiser. He points to several objects dangling from it — pepper spray, handcuffs, riot baton, pistol, Taser — and...

Multi-faith organization leads protest against ICE detention facility in Richmond

Let Our People Go, a multi-faith organizing project base in Richmond, meets at the West County Detention Facility once a month to protest the ICE detention center housed there.

Ceasefire participants march to keep Richmond residents ‘Alive and Free’

In response to gun violence in Richmond, a coalition of faith leaders and community members has organized these evening walks since 2011. They arrange them in concert with local church groups, and they take place...

Contra Costa supervisors fund Richmond-based prisoner re-entry program on heels of beef with sheriff

The Contra Costa County board of supervisors unanimously voted to renew the contract of a Richmond-based prisoner re-entry program, but only after County Sheriff David Livingston and a supervisor clashed over the group's financial practices.
Jars of medical marijuana on display at a Richmond dispensary. (photo by Natalie Jones)

Richmond dispensaries hid possibly millions in sales, profited illegally, DA report finds

The DA report, dated Sept. 10, 2015, found that Richmond’s three medical marijuana dispensaries—Green Remedy Collective, Holistic Healing Collective and 7 Stars Holistic Healing Collective—and their owners appeared to have manipulated financial data in order...