REPRINT: Oakland Residents Are Buying Guns As Police Become Less Effective

California Insider
Siyamak Khorrami, Author

Siyamak sits down with Leighton Woodhouse, journalist and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker who has been covering Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area. He’ll share his observations and analysis of the rising crime issues in Oakland, the different types of crime that are happening, and how they contribute to the deterioration of the social fabric of the city.

Watch the episode with LeRonne Armstrong, former Oakland Police Chief

“There are a lot of people in Oakland who are arming themselves. There’s one restaurant that has been losing money from people who are dining in his restaurant, then see their car getting broken into, and run out mid-meal to deal with their car, never getting around to paying the check,” Mr. Woodhouse said. “So, the constituents in the highest-crime areas were never on board with the defunding stuff. A lot of that came from what were traditionally the safer areas of town, which have now become much less safe.”

“What happens to a community at large when this stuff starts to happen? We become isolated from each other, distrustful of each other. We start to arm ourselves because of our distrust for each other. What happens to the social fabric of a community like that? I think that that is a very dangerous place to be in.”

*Views expressed in this video/article are opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of  the Epoch Times.

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Siyamak Khorrami has been the general manager and chief editor of the Southern California edition of The Epoch Times since 2017. He is also the host of the “California Insider” show, which showcases leaders and professionals across the state with inside information about trending topics and critical issues in California.

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