Police chief returns to work after 9 months on leave

Richmond Chief of Police Bisa French was officially appointed in July 2020.

Richmond Police Chief Bisa French returned to work on Monday, nine months after being put on administrative leave because of an assault accusation, Assistant Chief Louie Tirona confirmed Wednesday.  French rose through the ranks to become the city’s first female police chief in July 2020. Last October, then-City Manager Laura Snideman put her on paid…

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Police chief remains on leave, but for how long?

Richmond Police Chief Bisa French and her husband, Oakland police Sgt. Lee French, remain on administrative leave from their jobs a month after the Contra Costa County district attorney declined to file charges against them.  The couple was accused in October of assaulting a family member and threatening that person’s boyfriend, in a case that…

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Richmond police ramp up presence to head off escalating tensions

orlando yancy north richmond

A flare up of deadly shootings in Richmond and unincorporated North Richmond has police and anti-violence workers mobilized in an effort to quell further violence. A version of this article appeared first in the Contra Costa Times. On Monday morning, 22-year-old Orlando Yancy was killed in a drive-by in unincorporated North Richmond, the second homicide…

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Man struck and killed by Amtrak train

A man was killed Monday morning when he was struck by Amtrak Capitol Corridor Train 527 which was en route from Sacramento to San Jose. The incident occurred as the train, southbound and crowded with commuters, approached the Richmond BART station at about 8:20 a.m. Service was disrupted for more than an hour on the…

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Driveby in south Richmond leaves 54-year-old man dead

A drive-by shooting in south Richmond Wednesday night left a 54-year-old man dead in the driveway of a home in the 1500 block of Virginia Avenue. More than one hour after the 7:30 p.m. shooting, detectives combed the scene. The man’s body, draped in a white tarp, lay in the driveway of a dilapidated house.…

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