At 10:30AM on April 2, 2012, 100 Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents raided 6 marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, California while local Oakland PD officers contained a crowd of protesters. Meanwhile, at 10:30AM in another part of town at Oikos University, One L. Goh opened fire with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and murdered 7 people in the 3rd deadliest university shooting in United States history. Recently released Oakland PD internal emails clearly show that the DEA did not give the Oakland PD sufficient notice about the impending raid, nor did they sufficiently plan their exit from the scene, and that their poor planning directly resulted in overstretching of police resources which led to an understaffed response to the shooting and other high priority calls.
I obtained these documents as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request under California's Sunshine Amendment (care of MuckRock.com). There are only 3 pages, but they are extremely illustrative. I commend the city of Oakland on their swift and accurate processing of this request.
In these pages, there are a few main things to notice:
These complaints were made by Oakland PD officer Lt. Kevin Wiley, who also filed them with the federal government.
This documents clearly show that not only do the people of Oakland disapprove of these raids on these dispensaries, which are completely legal under California law, the Oakland Police Department strongly disapprove of them as well. Although it is impossible to say exactly if an increased police presence at the scene of the Oikos University shooting would have prevented such a substantial loss of life, these documents clearly show that the OPD's own officers feel that the raids were a waste of resources which resulted in a lack of response to high-priority incidents.
I have filed another Freedom of Information Act request with the DEA although they have not responded with any documents yet. My request to the Internal Revenue Service returned no responsive documents. Hopefully, the DEA will reply with their side of the story soon enough.
In the mean time, I would encourage you to contact the DEA and voice your concerns about these raids. Please feel free refer others to this article, to reproduce this text and the documents, and to provide your own commentary.
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