May 2020

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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