2021

DA’S OFFICE COMBATS ILLEGAL DUMPING IN EAST OAKLAND Mar 30, 2021

A day dedicated to the “Three E’s of Illegal Dumping” in East Oakland: Education, Eradication, and Enforcement

Oakland, CA - Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today the results of the coordinated effort by the Alameda County Illegal Dumping (ACID) Taskforce. The task force is comprised of governmental agencies, community leaders, local businesses, and non-profit organizations.

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Amazon Settlement Mar 29, 2021

Amazon Settles $2 Million Consumer Protection Lawsuit Relating to Reference Price Advertising

Amazon Agrees to Provide Clearer Pricing Information to Customers

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that the DA’s Consumer Protection Unit, working with the San Diego, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Yolo and Riverside District Attorney’s offices, obtained a multi-million dollar civil judgment in a consumer protection lawsuit against e-commerce giant, Amazon.com. The District Attorney’s complaint alleges that some Amazon reference price advertisements were either misleading, or potentially misleading, to consumers making purchasing decisions.

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Teaunte Bailey Charged with Murder after Elderly Asian Victim of Assault and Robbery Dies Mar 11, 2021

Suspect also charged in earlier 1st degree robbery & assault

Oakland, CA- Alameda County DA O’Malley today filed special circumstances murder and multiple serious felony charges against Teaunte Bailey, 26, in connection with crimes committed on two different dates in Oakland, CA.

On March 9, 2021, the defendant assaulted and robbed 75-year old Pak Ho as he took his regular morning walk through his Adams Point neighborhood. In the course of the robbery, the defendant shoved Mr. Ho to the ground. His head hit the pavement and he suffered a traumatic head injury and brain damage. Mr. Ho succumbed to his injuries on March 11th. When the Oakland Police located the defendant later in the day, he recklessly fled in a car through busy Oakland streets but was eventually apprehended.

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Derick Almena Sentenced to 12 Years Prison Mar 8, 2021

Judge sentences Almena, following his January 22nd guilty plea to 36 counts of Involuntary Manslaughter

Oakland, CA- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced Derick Almena was sentenced to serve a 12-year split prison sentence for his role in the deaths of 36 individuals from a massive fire that occurred at an Oakland warehouse on December 2, 2016.

On January 22, 2021, Mr. Almena pled guilty as charged to all 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Mr. Almena was the master tenant of the property that later became known as the Ghost Ship. Under his leadership and direction, Mr. Almena transformed the property from a vacant warehouse to a substandard live-workspace that also hosted illegal “raves.”

“Thirty-five out of the thirty-six people who lost their lives in this tragic fire were attending a concert that night. They had no idea just how dangerous the building really was,” explained DA O’Malley. “They went to the Ghost Ship with the expectation of being entertained and returning safely home.”

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PEOPLE V. FREDDIE SMITH Mar 4, 2021

On March 4, 2021, a jury convicted Defendant, Freddie Smith aka Zachary Runningwolf Brown, of two counts of felony vandalism, one count of misdemeanor vandalism, and one special allegation that said crimes constituted a hate crime, in connection to the vandalism of Temple Sinai located at 2808 Summit Street in Oakland, California.

Sentencing has been set for April, 2nd 2021.

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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PEOPLE V. JEFFREY ANDERSON Feb 22, 2021

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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PEOPLE V. CHRISTOPHER WARE Feb 22, 2021

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: https://www.alcoda.org/cewpd/complaint_forms.

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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DA O’Malley Sponsors Legislation to Allow Survivors of Sexual Assault to Track Evidence Kits Jan 13, 2021

Oakland, CA- DA O’Malley today announced introduction of sponsored legislation requiring the creation of an online portal that would allow survivors to receive updates on the status of their sexual assault evidence kits. The portal, which would be added to an existing tracking system used by law enforcement, would allow victims to track the kit anonymously to learn about its location and whether the kit has been tested. SB 215 is authored by Senator Leyva (D-Chino), who has partnered with DA O’Malley in the past on several pieces of legislation advocating for the rights of sexual assault survivors.

“Sexual assault survivors should have the right to know whether their evidence kits have been tested,” said DA O’Malley. “After bravely undergoing an exam after an assault, this bill will provide survivors with the ability to track the kit to ensure that law enforcement is doing their statutory duty to analyze the evidence in a timely manner. I want to thank Senator Leyva for authoring this important legislation as well as co-sponsors the Joyful Heart Foundation and Natasha’s Justice Project for continuing to prioritize the rights of sexual assault survivors.”

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DA Concludes Investigation & Legal Analysis of the Involvement of A. Pirone in Death of Oscar Grant Jan 11, 2021

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