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DA O’MALLEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD AND ENSUING PROTESTS May 31, 2020

Mr. George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed African American man, was mercilessly and brutally killed by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. It is hard to understand why Chauvin was employed by the Minneapolis Police Department, as it has been revealed that he had at least 18 prior incidents of misconduct known to the Department leaders. Only after the senseless killing of Mr. Floyd did the Chief of Police fire Chauvin.

On behalf of and with the members of my Office, I extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family, friends and his community. We join those who raise their voices against police brutality, racism and inequity.

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DA O’Malley Makes Statement Re: Safe Reopening of Businesses, Including Tesla May 14, 2020

During this unprecedented period of time, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has been and continues to support the Alameda County Public Health Department and local police agencies in ensuring compliance with shelter in place orders. Those orders are intended to protect the health and safety of all members of our community. The Health Department has been working with businesses, including Tesla, to ensure that they can reopen safely consistent with the current orders and the best available science. We will continue to support the Health Department in its efforts and will offer any assistance that may be required. Any and all complaints are being directed to the Alameda County District Attorney Consumer Protection Division. Each and every complaint received will be followed up.

“We applaud all members of the community, especially local businesses, for abiding by the Health Officer’s orders, and look forward to the gradual and safe reopening of business” stated Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney.

How and Where to Get Help About COVID-19 Concerns for Residents in Skilled Nursing Facilities May 11, 2020

Many residents of skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”), like many of their families and friends, are concerned with the spread of COVID-19 and the impact it has had on those facilities. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the Alameda County Public Health Department recognize that these are unprecedented times and that this novel coronavirus is of serious concern for those with loved ones living in these facilities.

The DA’s Office created a guide in hopes of providing useful and direct information, contacts and resources that may aid in addressing such concerns. Included are key points of contact for concerns and/or grievances, as well as resources for residents and their families.

View/download the resource guide here

Note: Information is current as of May 7, 2020 and any changes will be updated.

DA O’Malley and Atty Gen. Becerra Announce Price Gouging Charges Against Grocery Store Owner May 7, 2020

On May 7, Alameda County DA O’Malley and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that their offices have jointly filed a nine-count misdemeanor complaint charging Apna Bazar, a large grocery store in Pleasanton, and Rajvinder Singh, the store’s owner, with price gouging. This prosecution marks the first ever price gouging action in Alameda County.

Customers began voicing complaints about the increase in prices of food items at the Pleasanton store shortly after the state of emergency was declared in California. A chorus of complaints from shoppers reached the DA’s Office through phone calls, e-mails and postings on social media platforms.

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Grocery Stores and Retailers Now Equipped with Posters on How Victims of Violence Can Get Help Apr 29, 2020

Posters offer resources for domestic violence and child abuse.

DA O’Malley’s innovative idea has lead to a collaboration with the California Retailer Association and the California Grocers Association. Posters providing information regarding resources for victims of domestic violence and child abuse will be posted in grocery stores and other retail stores that remain open throughout the county.

“During the Shelter-in-Place we have a heightened sense of concern for the safety victims of violence in the home. Victims suffering from interpersonal abuse and child abuse may be unable to call for help or report the crimes,” says DA O’Malley.

We encourage any person who is being victimized or is in fear to call or text 911, or reach out to a agency listed on the resource poster. We also ask neighbors, friends and community members to “hear, see, suspect, and report”. You may be saving a life.

Download hi-res poster here...

DA O’Malley and Statewide DAs Announce Vital Info. for Victims During COVID-19 Crisis Apr 29, 2020

The District Attorneys of Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Santa Clara counties have released a two-part Zoom podcast to provide resources and hope during the pandemic to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sexual assault.

During the current COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing shelter-in-place orders, victims and survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse may not know where go or where to find help. District Attorney’s offices throughout the state are ready to provide needed services, assistance and guidance for crime victims and survivors.

In part one, DA Nancy O’Malley (Alameda County), DA Jackie Lacey (Los Angeles County), DA Anne Marie Schubert (Sacramento County), DA Summer Stephan (San Diego County) and DA Jeff Rosen (Santa Clara County) share vitally important information regarding victim’s rights and how their offices are working to protect victims and provide them with resources and services during the shelter-in-place order.

Part One: View on YouTube Elected DAs, Peace Over Violence, on Serving Victims Podcast

In part two, Peace Over Violence Executive Director Patricia (Patti) Giggans joins the discussion to raise awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault and the importance of Denim Day.

Part Two: View on YouTube Elected DAs Denim Day Podcast

Denim Day is April 29, a date to raise awareness and seek justice for victims and survivors of sexual assault.

1981 Cold Case: Special Circumstance Murder Charged Apr 28, 2020

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has filed murder charges against Jewel Collins for the 1981 killing and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in West Oakland.

On the morning of December 24, 1981, the victim was found in a dirt lot next to Lowell Park. She suffered fatal stab wounds and showed signs of having been sexually assaulted. Biological evidence collected at the time of the murder was later matched to the defendant when Nevada uploaded his DNA profile to the national database in 2019.

“The Oakland Police Department and the FBI never gave up on solving this tragic killing,” says DA O’Malley. “The young victim’s family has had to endure decades of grief and we hope that this prosecution will provide at least a sense of closure and relief that justice will be served.”

"FBI San Francisco assisted the Oakland Police Department with this investigation as part of the FBI’s Cold Case Initiative in Oakland. The FBI has dedicated federal resources, such as forensic lab services, to help OPD and the Alameda County DA’s office bring justice to families who have suffered the ultimate loss."

The defendant was serving a prison sentence in Nevada at the time this case was charged. He has been extradited from Nevada to California to face this charge in Alameda County. The defendant arrived in Alameda County from Nevada on Friday, April 17, 2020. By law, he has the right to have his trial begin within 120 days of his arrival, however, today he waived that right and the matter was set for entry of plea of May 8, 2020.

The defendant was arraigned on April 24 and is represented by the public defender.