Editor’s note: This is Part One in a two-part series on the departure of Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus, who leaves after this month to become police chief in Tucson, Arizona. In Part Two tomorrow, staff writer Matt Beagle looks at a recent rise in Richmond homicides and the unfinished agenda facing Richmond’s next top cop. When Chris Magnus came to Richmond in 2006, gun violence by all accounts was out of control. Many people considered Magnus an unlikely choice to do much…
Critics claim that the indiscriminate use of restraints, particularly when youth are out in public wearing shackles, is damaging and unnecessary. Until recently, probation department drivers carrying minors would park their vehicles in a lot across the street from the Martinez courthouse. The designated curb stop was created amid complaints that the long walk amounted to an unnecessary humiliation.
Clarence Ford had a story to tell, and it was one that may resonate among those who have faced the depths of despair behind bars, yet feared the prospect of freedom when it suddenly arrived.
Richmond police confirmed that a man who died last Thursday following a brief scuffle in a liquor store parking lot was Eric Rismay, 66, of Richmond, and that another Richmond man, Roshon Brown, 26, is in custody on manslaughter charges.
Ten months after Richmond police began wearing body cameras on patrol, the department is moving to expand its use of video, including cameras in patrol cars that sync with the cameras worn by officers.
Richmond Police have confirmed that one man died Thursday night and another was taken into custody following a brief altercation in the parking lot outside Shop & Save Liquor.
Immigrants reduce crime rates in American cities and, for a while, help to improve social stability in their neighborhoods, a new report has found.
Crime seems to be on the rise in Richmond parks. Although car break-ins are the most common problem, officials report some far more serious offenses, including a recent case of rape. Carolyn Jones, public information officer for the East Bay Regional Park District, said 324 auto burglaries have been reported across the district’s 65 parks so far in 2015, compared to 237 in all of 2014. Many of these break-ins and some of the more serious crimes have taken place along public shorelines…
All too often, gunfire and police sirens have formed the soundtrack at Richmond’s John F. Kennedy Park. It sounded different Saturday afternoon. When hip-hop blared through loudspeakers, and friends and family of veteran community organizer Elana Bolds celebrated “Put Down the Guns.” Bolds and community allies have organized the annual event for the last eight years. After singing at too many funerals and witnessing the suffering gun violence caused, Bolds said she decided to do something. “I was tired of…