A civil rights lawyer representing the late Mario Gonzalez, who died after a struggle with officers, has written Alameda's new police chief requesting some specific police reforms.
The claim states that although Mario Gonzalez “appeared to be confused and possibly intoxicated,” he was not a threat to himself or anyone else. And, the claim continues, police had no reason to detain him without reasonable suspicion or other legal cause, and he was not engaged in any crime.
Nishant Joshi will step into the chief's role June 8, replacing interim Chief Randy Fenn, who came out of retirement. The choice of Joshi follows a nationwide search.
Police say they've made two arrests in connection to the homicide of an Alameda man who went missing last summer and was found dead at Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve in Oakland.
The question of what residents should do when they spot suspicious activity, quality-of-life issues, or anything else that is non-violent, non-urgent and non-criminal has vexed the nation, especially since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.
"We are extremely concerned about the training and supervision the police department provided to the officers who killed Mario, and to the dispatcher who sent the police to the scene in the first place," civil rights Julia Sherwin wrote.
The shots were fire outside the Shirasoni Sushi Bar on Fifth Street in the Alameda Landing Shopping Center.
Alameda's Mariner Square Athletic Club has been a fixture in the community for 40 years. Owner Kathy Wagner said she's fighting to keep her doors open now after being closed for most of the past year.
The Alameda City Council has approved sweeping reforms to how the city responds to certain 911 calls that might not require armed officers.
Mario Gonzalez lost his job just before the coronavirus pandemic took hold more than a year ago, and like countless others in the country, hadn't been able to find work. His mother recounts what a sweet, gentle man he was before he died in police custody last month.
It’s common practice for police to place combative suspects face down and press down on their backs to gain control. They aren’t supposed to do it for an “extended period” because that can lead to injuries or death. What length of time is OK?
Young people from Alameda and Oakland Tech high schools marched from the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland to Alameda police headquarters to show their outrage over the death of Mario Gonzalez.
The nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, asking that the FBI investigate the in-custody police death of Mario Gonzalez.
Alameda high school students asked tough questions of the police and city leaders in the wake of Mario Gonzalez's death.
Supporters of a man who died after being handcuffed face down on the ground by Alameda police want to know one simple question: Why was he detained in the first place?
“Officers have been instructed to not keep handcuffed subjects prone (face-down) and to instead roll them onto their sides for going on 30 years,” said Seth Stoughton, who teaches criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina.
An attorney for three Alameda police officers on leave in the wake of the in-custody death of Mario Gonzalez said Wednesday that they used the "lowest degree of force possible" as he struggled with them.
The city of Alameda identified three police officers who have placed on administrative leave in connection to the fatal struggle of 26-year-old Mario Gonzalez and their attorney said that they are "heartbroken" about his death.
Body camera video released on Tuesday by Alameda police shows several officers kneeling on top of a man prone on the ground struggling to breathe before he died -- a contradiction of the original narrative of a "medical emergency" first put forth by the department.
As video emerged showing a deadly encounter between Alameda police officers and a man restrained on his stomach that ultimately led to his death, several observers weighed in on whether there was a direct parallel to that of George Floyd.