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Three police sergeants dead, suspect killed in East Oakland

Original post made by Sharon on Mar 21, 2009



Given the shooting of 5 police officers and the recent gang shooting in Palo Alto, we need to reevaluate our PC approach to gangsters.

The three veteran officers killed were all sergeants: Erv Romans, 43, , Dan Sakai, 35, and Mark Dunakin, 41,, police said. This was the first time that any sergeants in the department have been slain. Officer John Hege, 41, of Concord is on life support at Highland Hospital. A fifth officer was grazed by a bullet. hospital.Web Link

Comments (26)

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Sad, sad story. I can't say that I am shocked, but I am sad. Channel 3 TV just reported that some members of the community were reportedly celebrating. Something needs to change in the city of Oakland - like the entire culture. Condolences to the families of the killed police officers.


Posted by Contempt in stock, a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm

And the KILLER was who?

The KILLER was person a prior FELON, and EX-CON.

A person let OUT of jail and should not have been out of jail.

When will we learn that these people do not need to see the light of day.

>>>> We need one STRIKE and you are IN and IN for good. <<<< Got it Joe? There should be a law, Joe.

one STRIKE and you are IN! - simple

These fine men. the police have suffered and gave all to protect us from these THUGS.

My thoughts and blessings go to the families and my contempt to the courts and cowards that want these people out of jail.


Posted by Jason, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 22, 2009 at 5:14 am

Sad day for OPD. "members of the community were reportedly celebrating."
Just a bunch of animals! I have not step foot in Oakland for years because of things like this.


Posted by Rumsfield, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 22, 2009 at 8:48 am

How did the killer get an ASSULT RIFLE?


Posted by Tim, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 22, 2009 at 9:55 am

With the shooting in Palo Alto on Wednesday and the one in EPA last night, along with the 4 cops shot and killed in Oakland, I hope I don't hear the anymore whining about how much our PA cops make on overtime!
Would you want to do their job- not me. I'm so thankful that they are there 24/7.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm



Fourth officer dies after deadliest day in Oakland police historyWeb Link


"members of the community were reportedly celebrating."
How deranged can you get?

Unfortunately this publicity will lead to copycat killing by other gangsters wanting to compete in that twisted world.

It is time to call in the National Guard and impose curfews on unemployed males who are between 17 and 27 yrs, in addition those convicted of assault with a deadly weapon should have GPS monitors while on parole


Posted by Rumsfield, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I cannot find any newspaper stories saying "members of the community were reportedly celebrating". Is this a rumor or a hoax?


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm



"As for the slain shooting suspect, the father said, "The man was evidently terribly desperate. It is a sad story..."

People lingered at the scene of the first shooting Saturday.

About 20 bystanders taunted police."Web Link


Earlier reports were of"members of the community were reportedly celebrating"


Actually " taunting" the police after member of the OPD have been murdered is much worse than celebrating, it is also very dangerous, the OPD will never forget.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Also from todays WSJ
"(Mixon) was on parole and he had a warrant out for his arrest for violating that parole. And he was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon," said Oakland police Deputy Chief Jeffery Israel. Police didn't say why the officers had initially stopped the suspect, other than to call the stop routine.

People lingered at the scene of the first shooting.

About 20 bystanders taunted police."Web Link


Posted by Clean it up!, a resident of Ventura
on Mar 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm

"With the shooting in Palo Alto on Wednesday and the one in EPA last night, along with the 4 cops shot and killed in Oakland, I hope I don't hear the anymore whining about how much our PA cops make on overtime!"

Hear! Hear! This tragedy happened because Oakland politicos, starting at the top, *refuse* to clean up their city. Ron Dellums; that means you. There should be a National Guard presence in Oakland for one year, minimum, with house to house sweeps of EVERY home in the city, for illegal weapons and other paraphernalia. The same goes for EPA and any other crime ridden city. There is no more time to engage in PC claims, because too many of our cities are dying from the neglect imposed by those who don't have to patrol the streets every day. This had better change, because little-by-little communities reach a tipping point of violence where there's no turning back, or the price to pay for turning back challenges the very definitions of democracy.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm


last post re " celebrating" just to prove it is not a hoax nor a rumor, it is real
"But emotions were mixed in the East Oakland neighborhood — an area of town suffering from high crime and economic disparity — where the shootings took place.

Some citizens were celebrating near the scene, bringing up issues of police brutality in the city including the New Year's morning slaying of Oscar Grant by a former BART transit police officer.

"An eye for an eye," one bystander was overheard saying. He expressed little sympathy that five officers had been shot just around the corner from where he lived."Web Link

This is serious


Posted by anon, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Mar 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Where is the ACLU, rev al sharpton, and the angry demonstrations in all this??? Where is the march led by these so called community people?


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm


Neighbors knew that parolee who killed Oakland police officers was holed up, but didn't call cops for two hours.Web Link

"If neighbors had spoken up sooner, said one woman who lives two doors down, some of those lives might have been saved.

But in East Oakland, lamented the woman, Elaine, who refused to give her last name, that just doesn't happen.----

you just don't want to be a snitch.

The word, 'snitch,' it's almost worse than murderer."


What is it going to take to change that culture?


Posted by fireman, a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

R.I.P.
Thank you for your service to the people of this country. There are no words to express the loss of these humans. No words to lessen the loss or pain for the families and friends of these outstanding Police Officers. Who gave so much of themselves. For the better of ALL.
We will not forget.


Posted by Shame on Sharon, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 23, 2009 at 9:19 am

Sharon likes to fan the flames with hysterical comments, while focusing on the actions of a very small minority of citizens.
From the same link posted above;

"Still, from all corners of the city, there was an outpouring of support from residents and business people, with flowers and candles appearing at the shooting scenes, and offers of food and money extended to the victims' stricken families."

Never get tired of stirring the pot--do you, Sharon??


Posted by To Shame on Sharon, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 23, 2009 at 10:56 am

I've noticed that tendency in her, too. She also acts like she has all the answers to things she appears to live far away from - police issues, politics, problems of race, poverty, lack of education. She seems to feed off of the bad happenings in E. Palo Alto, twisting the intent, words and deeds of people here, to suit her point of view.

I've often wondered, somewhat cynically, what would Palo Alto do for self-justified, horrified shock and awe without E. Palo Alto? Now I have the answer - they'd have to look to Oakland, because of course, most people in Palo Alto aren't willing to look to themselves for the problems and harm they cause. E. Palo Alto gives these types a reason to feel justified in their useless finger-pointing and judgements. They are so far removed from the realities they often comment on, it'd be funny if it all wasn't so pathetic. Truly, truly pathetic behavior.


Posted by Samuel, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 23, 2009 at 11:40 am


If the WSJ reports that 20 people were taunting Oakland police after 2 of their members were executed in cold blood that is very significant and the nation now knows that fact.

If community members will not inform on murderers and gangsters as is the case in EPA and East Oakland then that is a very serious problem and the nation now knows that fact.

I do not know how to change these disasterous states of affairs, but I do know that the change will have to come from within the communities themselves, probably through their ministers and churches.

It is clear that 40yrs of trying to help and change these cultures from the outside has not helped and has made the situation much, much worse.

I do not see someone who pionts that out as " stirring the pot"

I see them as telling the truth, inconvenient as that may be.

If we do not face the reality we live in denial.

The execution of 4 senior police officers by a thug is a frame changeing event, there is no going back from that.

In the mean time moving in the National Guard and imposing curfews seem the only logical next steps.


Posted by Shame on Sharon, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 23, 2009 at 11:52 am

So Samuel the population of Oakland is 400,000 people, 20 taunted the police ( as distasteful as that is, they do have the right to engage in free speech)--that is 0.005% of the population.
You like sharon ignore the other side:

"Still, from all corners of the city, there was an outpouring of support from residents and business people, with flowers and candles appearing at the shooting scenes, and offers of food and money extended to the victims' stricken families."

You, like Sharon, enjoy engaging in hysterical rhetoric which is basically ridiculous and unconstitutional--deploying the National Guard??? Imposing curfews????
Because a single gunman killed 4 police officers and 20 people taunted the police, you want to call out the National Guard and impose curfews????
Let's get real and try to address the real issues involved in this case.
You like Sharon are just stirring the pot and you seem to be enjoying it.


Posted by samuel, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm



There is nothing unconstitutional about imposing martial law.
All it requires is an order by the Govenor and the National Guard takes over immediately and will impose a curfew.
That was during the rodney king riots in LA, in New Orleans and many many other times.

continueing to live in denial about what is happening in East Oakland and EPA will not work


Posted by Shame on Sharon, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Samuel, I think you are living in denial. I seriously doubt that the Governor would impose martial law over the actions of 1 person, plus the foolish words of 20 others.
You also did not consider how the imposition of martial law would make the Oakland PD look. Why don;t you ask them what they think before you go spouting off ridiculous suggestions
Punishing 400,000 people because of the actions of 1 is ridiculous.
Comparing the Oakland shooting with the Rodney King riots and the after math of Katarina in NO is also ridiculous.

But continue to stir the pot


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm

New details emerge about the executions.

"Lovelle Mixon, 27, a parolee on the run, already had shot Oakland police Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, and Officer John Hege, 41. Then, as the two men lay on the ground, Mixon stood over them and fired again.
---The officers did not have a chance to draw their weapons or to radio for help.----
Witnesses said Mixon then stood over the stricken officers and shot them again before fleeing with the gun."Web Link

It is time to confront the truth about what such thugs are capable of and do in cold blood.



Those were some of the horrifying details that emerged today about the shooting deaths of four veteran Oakland police officers Saturday.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm


The vast majority of people in EPA and East Oakland are decent people, all normal people would agree with that.
There are, however, significant numbers of violent parolees and gangsters in both communities, probably 7% but increasing.
The fact is that this minority is able to intimidate the majority of law abiding people so that they do not inform the police about gang related violence.
There was clearly police prejudice regarding Blacks at some point, but that was a long long time ago.

The 7 to 10% of urban terrorists has intimidated these communities in EPA and Oakland, just as the narco-terrorists have intimidated and now dominate parts of Mexico.

If we do not have forthright conversations and corrective action about this threat now then these communities will end up like the narco- terrorist communities on our Southern Borders.

If you read the blogs the Oakland thug is now considered a hero by many.

The police are the " sheep dogs" protecting us from these violent wolves but the sheep need to help out by informing.


Posted by Shame on Sharon, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Sharon--once again you are trying to do what you are think you are good at--stirring the pot with out of control and unhelpful rhetoric. You say that 7-10% of Oakland's population are "urban terrorists". Care to tell us how you came up withthat number? That would mean there are 28,000-40,000 "urban terrorists" in Oakland (also love how you further try to inflame thing sby using the term terrorists). Sounds a little high, Sharon.
Why don;t you try coming up with workable solutions--instead of gratifying your own ego with ridiculous suggestions like "It is time to call in the National Guard and impose curfews on unemployed males who are between 17 and 27 yrs,".
Instead of focusing on the hundreds of thousands of goodpeople in Oakland you choose to dwell on a murderer and 20 misguided individuals and then propose to punish the entire community.
Shame on you, Sharon


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm


Face the facts, what proportion of the population do you think have been or are under the control of the criminal justice system and or are gang related? my estimates are conservative.
Do you have any solutions?
Mine are
1/the end of denial,
2/community vigilance and reporting
3/supporting Faith based solutions
3/a change in the drug laws to treatment vs jail for those who are not dealers in human degradation, to take the profit away from the gangsters and treat the addicts humanely.

What are yours?


Posted by Clean it up!, a resident of Ventura
on Mar 24, 2009 at 8:36 am

Oakland has been a cesspool of crime and corruption for years, with nothing but political rhetoric to combat its decay. Sharon (who is not a woman) is someone I often disagree with, but she has a point. How else isi anyone going to gain control of this community other than by the importing of National Guardsmen, working in cooperation with local police? Are the law-abiding citizens of Oakland, who are in the vast majority supposed to wait for the Never-Never Land that their political leaders have been promising as long as memory serves? The National Guard should be called into any city or neighborhood that police have not been able to keep under control. there are certain neighborhoods in Oakland where most people are honest, law-abiding citizens - and yet in those neighborhoods, in spite of police efforts, people fear for their lives and the lives of their children daily. Is that right? Would you want to live like that? Civil rights? What about the right to live a civil life? What about the right to expect that your child will not be approached by drug dealers or shot on her way home from school? It's time to draw a line in the sand and <do> something about this problem that <removes> the worst elements to begin with, and follow that up with serious community development efforts. Clean it up!


Posted by Clean it up!, a resident of Ventura
on Mar 24, 2009 at 8:41 am

Also, although not a religious person myself, faith-based solutions are one part of a mix of tactics that can revive a community, especially if churches are a major influence in the community. It's silly for anyone to think that faith-based efforts to solve certain problems shouldn't be attempted, just because the recently term-out worst President in American History supported the idea.


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