Oakland pays $45K in cop car crash

The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a lawsuit over a police-car crash downtown.

Here's the Rap Sheet for Jan. 5, 2016:

PAYOUT IN OAKLAND COP-CAR CRASH: The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a civil lawsuit over a police-car crash.

On Feb. 26, 2014, the plaintiff, Stephen Turner was driving east on 13th Street and was entering the intersection at Webster Street on a green light when he was hit by a marked police car driven by Officer Daniel Salcido.

Salcido had his overhead light bar activated, city officials said.

In a memo to the City Council, City Attorney Barbara Parker wrote that Salcido "may have failed to exercise sufficient caution when entering an intersection against a red light in the course of an emergency pursuit." 

Turner suffered unspecified injuries.

The council agreed in closed session last month to a $45,000 settlement.

ATTENTION ROHNERT PARK RESIDENTS: Got a surveillance camera? The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety wants to hear from you.

The department's investigations bureau is compiling a list of locations with surveillance cameras in hopes of quickly cracking down on crime.

Rohnert Park residents and business owners with cameras are asked to contact the department at (707) 584-2630 or e-mail RPDPSInvestigations@rpcity.org with their location, person of contact and the person's phone number.

"Through the assistance of our residents who have installed video surveillance on their homes, we have been able to solve and get convictions on crimes that occurred around those residences," police officials said.

"Some examples of crimes that we were able to solve thanks to residential cameras were the assault of a female college student jogging on the creek path behind a home with surveillance cameras, a subject who was assaulted by three others with a baseball bat next door to a home with surveillance cameras and subjects who were stealing packages off of the porches of homes including one with surveillance cameras."

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