Oakland, California – It was a sunny day in the East Bay and there had already been multiple armed carjackings, two armed robberies, a handful of armed assaults and a fatal hit-and-run, and it was just after noon. For Seneca Scott, a resident of West Oakland, Calif., it was just another Wednesday morning.
“So the reason Oakland is not safe and livable is because of the failed policies of our neo-progressives who have come to dominate our local government,” said Scott, of the nonprofit Neighbors Together Oakland. founder, told Fox News. “The DEFEND movement was a dismal failure.”
“Nobody feels safe going out, businesses are failing, and we’ve created a dangerous doom loop,” the Safe Neighborhoods advocate continued. “The luxury politics of our elites who don’t live up to the consequences of their policies are absolutely destroying our city.”
From 2018 to 2022, there were nearly 500 murders in Oakland. According to the San Francisco ChronicleMakes the city the most dangerous city in the Bay Area. From July 6 to 12, Oakland police reported 251 burglaries, 146 motor vehicle thefts, 43 robberies, 94 assaults and 50 burglaries. According to city data.
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“It’s been a long-standing problem that Oakland doesn’t have enough 911 dispatchers and there’s a lot of turnover and shortages in that position,” Scott said. “We don’t have enough dispatchers and people are waiting 20 minutes to get someone on the phone.”
Oakland The 911 dispatch system has failed twice. since last Thursday.
According to California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services standards, 90% of 911 calls must be answered in 15 seconds or less. Auckland Police, in the first three months of 2023, Only 55 percent of calls were answered. In 15 seconds or less.
Oakland police’s average 911 response time during June was the worst in the state, taking more than a minute for callers to reach an emergency dispatcher. An NBC Bay Area investigation found out.
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“A 20-year-old system waiting to fail catastrophically,” a recent Alameda County Grand Jury Report Received. About Oakland’s 911 System
“We’ve got a big fat target on our back, and we’ve got organized crime organizations coming forward, organized retail theft and car theft and so on,” Scott said. “Because they know we don’t have the rule of law and the police aren’t going to do anything about it.”
“Somebody’s breaking your window, somebody’s stealing your bike or your mode of transportation or stealing your car, stealing your catalytic converter,” Scott continued, “these things. contribute to perpetuating the cycle of poverty.”
When residents are afraid to go out and move around, local businesses begin to fail, exacerbating the plight of poor neighborhoods, the nonprofit’s founder told Fox News. Scott said the solution to Oakland’s continuing safety problems is to vote in new leadership that will crack down on crime.
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Oakland residents may soon have the opportunity to do just that.
A political action committee filed paperwork this week to recall Pamela Price, the Alameda County district attorney who took office earlier this year. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported it..
“The luxury politics of our elites who don’t live up to the consequences of their policies are absolutely destroying our city.”
Price’s critics claim that his progressive reforms such as not charging children under 18 as adults, easing the use of sentencing enhancements and handling the high-profile murder case of a 2-year-old child. has set bad precedents and given birth to more crimes.
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“There’s an invisible wall of failed policy that surrounds Oakland,” Scott told Fox News. “If we don’t get out of there soon, we’re going to see Oakland turn into one of the worst cities in the country and become unlivable.”
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” he continued.
The Oakland Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.
To watch the full interview with Scott, click here.