DA O’Malley Declines to File Charges Against Chinatown Store Owner Mar 2, 2021

Alameda County District Attorney Declines to File Charges Against Chinatown Store Owner Who Fired Shots at Robbery Suspects

Oakland, CA- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced that charges would not be filed against Chinatown liquor store owner Aaron Yee, who last month fired shots at multiple suspects attempting to rob a woman across the street from his shop. The DA is declining to file charges based on Mr. Yee’s justifiable use of force to defend the victim from a violent attack.

“The District Attorney’s Office does not condone vigilantism,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. “However, after a thorough review of the facts of the incident, it is clear that Mr. Yee fired his weapon in lawful defense of the victim of the robbery or what appeared to be a possible kidnapping.”

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On February 16th, 2021, a jury convicted Defendant, Jeffrey Anderson, of two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, one count of firing from a vehicle, one count of firing into an occupied vehicle, and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, in connection with a shooting that occurred in the area of 85th and Plymouth Streets in Oakland.

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On February 18, 2021, a jury found defendant Christopher Ware guilty of second degree robbery with personal use of a firearm, an additional second degree robbery, identity theft, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and several other firearms and ammunition offenses.

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DA O’Malley Announces Settlement with Best Buy Inc. Feb 19, 2021

Oakland CA- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley along with the District Attorneys of Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties, announced that a consumer protection action was settled against Best Buy, Inc. The case centered on Best Buy’s price accuracy and return policy. The complaint alleges that Best Buy misrepresented the price of items sold and failed to accurately disclose material aspects of its return policy, among other violations.

“In these difficult economic times, it is even more critical that consumers are not overcharged by businesses like Best Buy,” states DA O’Malley. “My office will continue to protect consumers from price inaccuracy or other business practices that may result in consumer harm, no matter the size of the company.”

The judgment requires Best Buy to institute changes in its business practices to ensure that the problems identified in the complaint do not recur. These include a pricing accuracy program and enhanced disclosures of return policies. Best Buy cooperated in the investigation and, without admitting liability, agreed to pay $558,570.55 in civil costs and penalties and $75,000.00 in restitution. The civil penalties will be used for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.

If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, please file a complaint with my office at this link:

DA Announces Groundbreaking Diversion Program Feb 9, 2021

DA O’Malley Announces Program for Individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

Oakland, CA- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today a groundbreaking partnership that will result in re-direction of qualified individuals who have engaged in criminal conduct from the criminal justice system and into the Behavioral or Mental Health support systems. The program, commonly referred to as the “3-D Program” will initially be a pilot program that will likely expand to all police agencies in Alameda County.

Under the guidelines of the program, when police contact a person suspected of committing a low level offense who is displaying mental health or substance use struggles, he or she will be offered the option of transportation to the Community Assessment, Referral and Engagement Services (CARES) Navigation Center rather than jail.

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DA O’Malley Announces $4.1 Million Settlement with Schnitzer Steel Feb 3, 2021

Oakland, CA- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today announced a $4.1 million civil settlement with Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (Schnitzer). The settlement resolves allegations that Schnitzer unlawfully caused hazardous waste from its metal recycling operations to be blown offsite into neighboring properties in West Oakland and the Oakland Estuary. The settlement also resolves claims that Schnitzer violated its air emissions permit and failed to adequately warn the community about exposure to lead and cadmium from the facility.

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Alameda County District Attorney Unveils Billboard Campaign Jan 20, 2021

DA Artwork Selected by OVC to Represent Resiliency of Human Trafficking Survivors

Oakland, CA- District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and Robert Schmitt from Clear Channel Outdoor launched their annual billboard campaign in recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Support Survivors.” DA O’Malley and Robert Schmitt, Regional President of Northern California at Clear Channel Outdoor announced the campaign in a video press conference.

For several years, the DA’s Office has partnered with Clear Channel Outdoor to educate and bring awareness of human trafficking to the Bay Area Community. The billboards were designed and created by DA O’Malley and her team.

“Through the billboard campaign we are able to educate and motivate the community to stop human trafficking,” says DA O’Malley. “As a community, we can come together and provide support for victims and uplift survivors of human trafficking.”

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