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Richmond Police Department. File photo by Grace Oyenubi.

RPD officer sent ‘sexually suggestive’ messages to head of a dispensary he was regulating, documents show

Court documents submitted in an ongoing case indicate that Richmond Police Department Sergeant Michael Rood sent “numerous inappropriate and sexually suggestive” text messages to the head of a medical marijuana dispensary he was tasked with...
Inside Richmond City Hall. File photo by Tawanda Kanhema.

Court documents point to ‘pay to play’ scheme between marijuana dispensaries and City Council

A new set of documents filed in an ongoing court case suggest that the heads of Richmond’s three medical marijuana dispensaries may have paid City Councilmembers to back legislation favorable to the dispensaries.
Four Richmond Police Officers are to be terminated from the Richmond Police Department, the City Manager's office said in a statement on Monday. Photo by Grace Oyenubi.

Four officers involved in “Celeste Guap” scandal terminated from Richmond Police Department

Four police officers will be terminated from the Richmond Police Department for their conduct and involvement with a 19-year-old woman formerly known as “Celeste Guap.”
Members of the Contra Costa County public defenders office at an action in Martinez in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ryan M. Martin.

County supervisors approve task force to combat criminal justice racial disparities

Last Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors took a step towards examining racial disparities in the county’s criminal justice system. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 12, the board unanimously approved...
Police Chief Allwyn Brown was sworn into his position on Tuesday in a ceremony before the city council meeting. Photo courtesy of Allwyn Brown.

Allwyn Brown sworn in as Richmond’s new police chief

Allwyn Brown was sworn in as Richmond’s new police chief at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, in a ceremony that preceded Tuesday's city council meeting. Brown accepted the position last month after serving as interim chief...