April 2020

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.

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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.

DA O’Malley Makes Statement on Release of Individuals from Santa Rita Jail Apr 9, 2020

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, this office has worked together with all justice partners to take dramatic steps to reduce the number of individuals detained in custody at Santa Rita Jail. The District Attorney has been working diligently for weeks with the public defender, defense attorneys and the justice partners to systematically release individuals who do not pose a risk of harm to the community or to a victim of crime. We have met at least twice a week, if not more, and remain in constant contact with staff at the Public Defender’s Office.

Ultimately, regardless of the actions of the DA or defense, it is the Judge who makes the final decision whether someone will be released.

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Updated and Expanded Price Gouging Protections Apr 6, 2020

District Attorney Nancy O’Malley asks Alameda County residents to be on the lookout and report COVID-19 related price gouging under the broader protections ordered by Governor Newsom on Friday, April 3, 2020. Under the Executive Order, it is illegal for a person or business to charge more than 10% above the asking price regularly charged on or before February 4, 2020. The following products are included in the order:

  • Food items
  • Consumer goods
  • Medical or emergency supplies

A person or business may charge more than 10% higher of the previous price if there has been an increase in cost from a supplier.

A person or business that is selling a new product cannot charge an unconscionably excessive price – defined as 50% more than what was paid to the supplier or 50% more than the cost of producing and selling the item.

These protections are in place from April 4, 2020, until September 4, 2020.

“These broader protections will enable help prosecutors throughout the state to safeguard the public during these uncertain times. Attorneys and Inspectors in the Alameda County DA’s office are actively following up on leads to investigate and eliminate price gouging at local supermarkets, pharmacies, and other businesses. The Governor’s order allows us to continue to protect consumers and ensure a level playing field for businesses who are supporting the community at large,” said District Attorney O’Malley.

Hate Crimes and Hate Speech During COVID-19 Crisis Apr 4, 2020

During this period of unprecedented crisis, standing together and supporting each other as a community has never been more important. We are the 4th most diverse county in the United States. The sudden increase in hate fueling speech and criminal acts targeted against members of the Asian community, particularly against Chinese Americans, who live and work in Alameda County is entirely intolerable. As a community, we are better than this.

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Horse Racing at Golden Gate Fields Deemed Non-Essential Apr 2, 2020

The District Attorney’s Office received a complaint from a concerned citizen on April 1, 2020 who informed us that horse racing was continuing at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, CA. The DA’s Office informed the County Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, who determined that horse races operations are non-essential and that it was impossible to maintain proper social distancing during the race.

Inspectors from DA’s Office delivered the message by phone to David Duggan, General Manager of Golden Gate Fields. He was extremely cooperative and immediately responsive to the Public Health Officer’s order. He indicated racing would cease immediately.

“The District Attorney’s Office is working alongside all county partners to keep our communities safe and to flatten the curve,” states DA Nancy O’Malley. “It is vital that every one of us – businesses and individuals alike – practice social distancing and, whenever possible, stay at home. This is how we will save lives.”

Today’s races were immediately cancelled, as are future races scheduled during the current “Shelter in Place”.

The Public Health Officer indicated that Minimum Business Operations could continue, including exercise and care of the horses on their property.