West Oakland

FBI and Oakland Police raid West Oakland homes, Copwatch documents

KPFA Evening News, 04.28.2013

On Wednesday this week heavily armed FBI and Bay Area police deployed in four East Bay locations, most heavily in West Oakland’s Acorn Housing Projects, where they engaged in multiple simultaneous raids of residences. Neither residents nor local media were given an immediate explanation but at 1:00 A.M. OPD issued a press release. It said that over 120 OPD officers had joined 150 FBI agents from all over the country and the San Leandro, Hayward, and Antioch police departments, and that they had entered residences with warrants and made five arrests, seized four firearms, and confiscated narcotics.

Jacob Crawford of We Copwatch was on the scene with a video camera. 

A resident of West Oakland's ACORN Housing Project told Jacob Crawford of We Copwatch that police had raided her mother's house and that neither she nor her mother, who has only one leg and depends on a life support system, knew why. Oakland Police Officer Tedesco stands to the left, next to an unmarked police vehicle.


Sharing the wheels and remembering Baby Hiram in West Oakland


The holiday bike giveaway was held outside Bikes-4-Life, by the Hiram Tree, which neighbors planted in Baby Hiram's memory in this ceremony earlier in the year.

KPFA Evening News, 12.29.2012 

Community activist and Bikes 4 Life bike shop owner Tony Coleman, his neighbors, and the staff of the bike shop, held their third annual barbecue and holiday bike giveaway outside the shop on 7th Street in West Oakland, and remembered Baby Hiram, a child the neighborhood lost last year to gun violence.





Two of forty new bike owners got set to head out after the West Oakland holiday bike giveaway.


Hiram Lawrence, Jr., R.I.P. Photo courtesy of the Lawrence family


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