Monday Morning News Roundup
Man Shot And Killed Near Bancroft Avenue Saturday Night
A man was shot and killed in East Oakland on Saturday night, police said on Sunday.
Officers responded to a report of gunshots fired in the 2000 block of 85th Avenue near Bancroft Avenue around 8:10 p.m., according to police.
Arriving officers located the man unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
No arrests were made and no suspect information was available Sunday morning, police said.
Anonymous Group Of Artists Claim Responsibility For Effigies On UC Campus
A group of anonymous artists claimed responsibility for effigies of two black men and a woman hanging from nooses on the University of California at Berkeley campus on Saturday.
Dr. Pablo Gonzalez, a visiting research fellow at UC Berkeley, posted a statement by the artists on Twitter on Sunday that he said had been placed on a campus bulletin board.
The statement identified a “Bay Area collective of queer black and PoC artists” as responsible for the images of historic lynchings, which they said were displayed in both Berkeley and Oakland. “PoC” is commonly used to refer to “people (or person) of color.”
“These images connect past events to present ones — referencing endemic faultlines of hatred and persecution that are and should be deeply unsettling to the American consciousness,” the statement reads.
UC Berkeley police initially responded to a report at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday of two effigies hanging from Sather Gate and quickly removed them.
The department received a report of a third effigy on the campanile, the large tower on UC Berkeley’s campus, but it was already gone by the time police arrived, said UC Berkeley police spokeswoman Claire Holmes.
Each effigy had the words “can’t breathe” written over life-sized photographs of black Americans hanging from nooses.
“Garner, Brown, and others are victims of systemic racism,” the statement said, referencing Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two unarmed black men killed by white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City earlier this year.
The artists apologized to black Americans who may have felt attacked by the work and said they shared their pain and their history. They also urged viewers to research the lives and deaths of the individuals portrayed in the effigies.
“For those under the mistaken assumption that the images themselves were intended as an act of racism — we vehemently disagree and intended only the confrontation of historical context,” the statement read.
The artists declined to identify themselves because they said, “this is not about us as artists, but about the growing movement to address these pervasive wrongs.”
Police Investigating Shooting Death
Police are investigating the death of a man fatally shot in a parked car in San Leandro as a homicide, police said on Sunday.
Officers responded to a report at 9:30 a.m. of an unresponsive man in a car in the 400 block of Kenilworth Avenue, police said.
The man had injuries consistent with being shot and police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lt. Randall Brandt said the incident is isolated and encouraged anyone with information to call San Leandro police at (510) 577-3230.
6 People Displaced By 2-Alarm House Fire Near Redwood City
Six people were displaced in a two-alarm house fire near Redwood City early Sunday morning, a San Mateo County fire official said.
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 2900 block of Crocker Avenue in the North Fair Oaks area around 5:50 a.m., fire Battalion Chief Jim Stevens said.
Arriving crews found smoke and fire coming from the first floor of the home, Stevens said.
The fire was under control within 30 minutes of crews arriving on scene, he said.
All six residents of the home had evacuated before firefighters arrived and one man was transported to a hospital as a precaution, according to Stevens.
The blaze appears to have started in a back bedroom that then spread to the rest of the structure, which sustained “extensive damage,” Stevens said.
About 20 EBMUD Customers Without Water Due To Main Break
About 20 East Bay Municipal Utility District customers were left without water service due to a water main break Sunday morning that resulted in property damage in Oakland’s Glenview district, an EBMUD spokeswoman said.
The break to a 16-inch main at MacArthur Boulevard and Montana Street, north of Interstate Highway 580, was reported around 10 a.m., EBMUD spokeswoman Abby Figueroa said.
As of about 11 a.m. water was still leaking from the line and around 12:30 p.m. a crew was able to shut down service to the line, Figueroa said.
Oakland firefighters responded to the break around 9:10 a.m., Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said.
The American Red Cross was called to assist two adults and two children displaced due to water damage at their home in the 1900 block of Montana Street, Baker said.
An EBMUD employee at the scene estimated that about 1,000 gallons of water came out every minute within a two-hour span before service was shut down, according to Baker.
Water was found in the basements of three other homes, the battalion chief said.
No injuries were reported, Baker said.
Customers whose property sustained water damage have been told to contact the district’s risk management services for assistance, Figueroa said.
Motorcyclist Flew Off I-980, Died On City Streets
A motorcyclist died Sunday evening in Oakland after his bike went over the side of the freeway on Interstate Highway 980 and landed on city streets, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer William Ogilvie said CHP responded to a report of a motorcycle crash at 4:17 p.m. at the intersection of I-980 and Eleventh Street.
Ogilvie said the motorcyclist flew off the freeway and landed under the overpass.
He was transported to Highland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Ogilvie said.
The roadway reopened at 5:18 p.m., he said.
Clergy Lead March To Denounce Police Violence
A coalition of clergy leaders staged a die-in and marched with university students through Berkeley on Sunday to respond to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.
The march was organized by the Way Christian Center in collaboration with more than a dozen other clergy organizations and houses of worship.
The Way Christian Center Pastor Michael McBride said the atmosphere Sunday was sometimes festive and sometimes somber as several hundred people walked through the streets and listened to black students at the University of California at Berkeley.
The demonstration started with an orientation for the community leaders at the Way Christian Center at 12:30 p.m., when participants were briefed on how to engage in non-violent civil disobedience.
McBride decried actions by anarchists and others who have infiltrated demonstrations against police brutality in the Bay Area and have smashed windows, lit fires, and vandalized businesses in the name of black lives.
“If they’re not willing to follow black leadership then they should find another cause,” McBride said. “We will get our liberation and freedom by our own means and decisions and we ask them to respect that.”
The group met up with a march that was already planned at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley and then walked back towards the Way Christian Center on University Avenue at West Street.
McBride said the group held a moment of silence for four and a half minutes to commemorate the four and a half hours that Michael Brown was laying in the street after being shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson.
Then, the crowd staged a “die-in” for 11 minutes to represent the 11 times Eric Garner said “I can’t breathe” as a New York police officer used a chokehold to restrain, and ultimately, kill him.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor of the Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley said the demonstration coincides into the mission of many synagogues, churches or mosques and said it was very much led by black voices and UC Berkeley students in particular.
The action was specifically targeted at changing the culture of law enforcement in Berkeley, the state and the country and McBride said the demonstrators issued five specific demands.
“We need law enforcement to deliver policing and public services that are not biased or fueled by irrational fear or irrational hatred of black men in our communities,” McBride said. “We don’t presume to say that every police officer has an irrational fear or irrational anger but there are a number of officers who are involved in a structure that does not reel them in.”
Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area
Rain and breezy conditions are expected in the Bay Area today. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s with southeast winds of 20 to 30 mph, becoming south at 10 to 20 mph this afternoon.
Rain is expected this evening with showers likely after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with south winds of 5 to 15 mph.
Rain is expected Tuesday with highs in the upper 50s and south winds of 10 to 20 mph.