EPA police arrest 21 in 'crime emergency'

After declaring a crime emergency almost two weeks ago because of a series of shootings, East Palo Alto police have arrested 21 people on various charges and recovered seven guns.

Only one shooting occurred after the emergency was declared, Capt. John Chalmers said.

No one was injured in that shooting and two people were arrested.

Chalmers said that recovering seven guns in such a short period of time is unusual but was possible thanks to the additional officers and effort.

The police department cancelled days off and called in support from other police agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, to help with patrol duties. The CHP has increased traffic enforcement in gang areas in the hopes of arresting people with guns.

Police have arrested five people on weapons charges, three on narcotics charges, six on felony warrants and seven on other charges.

The crime emergency was triggered when seven people were shot and wounded in 10 days.

-- Don Kazak


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Posted by sara
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 22, 2008 at 1:03 pm

One of America's most violent cities has suddenly become less so—thanks to smarter policing Web Link

One helpful new tool is a registry for gun offenders which the mayor, Sheila Dixon, announced last year. Like sex criminals, anyone who commits a crime using a gun must register his whereabouts with the police as soon as he is convicted or once released from jail. Failure to do so can get him imprisoned again for up to a year.

The logic is simple. Of the 135 people arrested for murder in Baltimore last year, nearly half had a prior conviction for a gun offence. So it makes sense for police and parole officers to keep close tabs on former gun criminals.

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Posted by Craig
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Can you repost the web link? It doesn't work.

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Posted by sara
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm

sorry here is the link from the current Economist Web Link

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Posted by Craig
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I'm a huge fan of "The Wire," so its interesting to read some recent real news about the ghettos of "B-more."
Sounds like a very good program. Personally, as a gun-rights advocate, I like that program because it directs laws and law enforcement where it needs to be...towards the people that are actually breaking the law, rather than law abiding citizens.
I wish they interviewed the real-life "Bunk" or "McNulty."

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