FBI Archives: The People and the Police in Oakland, California Documentary (1974)

DVD: www.amazon.com thefilmarchive.org The Oakland Police Department is the law enforcement agency responsible for the city of Oakland, California. As of 2009, the department has lost 51 officers in the line of duty, 32 officers died in result of gunfire. The 2009 shooting of Oakland police officers took place on Saturday, March 21, 2009, when four Oakland, California, police officers were killed by a felon wanted on a no-bail warrant for a parole violation. The felon, Lovelle Mixon, shot and killed four Oakland police officers, two during a routine traffic stop and two when SWAT team officers attempted to apprehend him two hours later. Mixon staged an ambush of the police from his hiding place and was killed in a barrage of gunfire as officers returned fire in self-defense. The killings made it one of the worst days for law enforcement in Californian history. It was the single deadliest attack on Californian police officers since the Newhall massacre in 1970, when four California Highway Patrol officers were shot and killed by two men in the Santa Clarita Valley. It was also the deadliest attack on US law enforcement since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. This incident brings to 51 the total number of Oakland police officers killed in the line of duty since 1867. On Friday, August 15, 2007, Oakland swore in 22 new graduates from the department’s 161st Basic Police Academy, increasing the ranks of the department to 741 filled positions, the most since 1999. At least

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