October 2021

FORMER OPD CAPTAIN WAS SENSLESSLY ATTACKED Oct 23, 2021

Alameda County Distirct Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley and the entire staff of the District Attorney's Office condemn the attack on Ersie Joyner, a former Oakland Police Captain who was senselessly attacked and shot while being robbed. The DA's Office has worked closely with Captain Joyner over his years at OPD and most recently, through CEASEFIRE. We continue to pray for his full recovery and our thoughts are with his family, who have our full support.

Online Portal for Survivors to Track Sexual Assault Kits Oct 13, 2021

Alameda County District Attorney Announces Governor Newsom signed Legislation Requiring Online Portal for Survivors to Track Sexual Assault Kits

SACRAMENTO — Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced that legislation sponsored by her office that will help survivors of sexual assault track their sexual assault evidence kits, was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Senate Bill 215, authored by Senator Connie Leyva, creates a new victim portal in California’s existing sexual assault kit tracking system, the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Tracking (SAFE-T) database. Survivors of sexual assault will be able to anonymously, and electronically, track and receive updates regarding the status, location, and information of their sexual assault evidence kit. The sexual assault kit tracking system, with its secure victim access portal, allows the survivors to control when they obtain critical information about the status and location of their kits.

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People v. Damone Haynes and Anthony Rhodes Oct 12, 2021

On October 9, 2021, a jury found defendant Damone Haynes guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Charles Billings.

On July 26, 2019, Billings was seated inside his van, which was parked along the curb on Bancroft Avenue in Oakland. Haynes and two other men had gone to buy heroin from Billings. They pulled up in a vehicle and approached the van. Haynes shot at the victim twice which caused Billings to fall out of his van and into the street. Haynes continued to shoot Billings five more times while Billings was in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prior to Billings being shot,

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People v Willis Franklin Oct 8, 2021

On October 7, 2021, a jury found defendant Willis Peter Franklin Jr. guilty of multiple counts of sexual abuse and molestation of female relatives that had been ongoing for decades.

Franklin, 62, was convicted of: continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, two counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, forcible oral copulation, forcible rape, two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition.

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Protecting Victims of Revenge Porn Oct 7, 2021

Alameda County District Attorney Announces Bill Protecting Victims of ‘Revenge Porn’ Signed by Governor Newsom

SACRAMENTO — Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces that a groundbreaking piece of legislation sponsored by the office was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom to help victims of “revenge porn” have more time to report the abuse.
Senate Bill 23, authored by Senator Susan Rubio, extends the statute of limitations for invasion of privacy cases, commonly referred to as “revenge porn.” The statute will be extended to one year from the time that the victim discovers any images or intimate materials posted—rather than a year from their posting.

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CHARITY SCAM ALERT Oct 6, 2021

Beware of Charity Scams

Tragedies like earthquakes and wildfires can bring out the best in people, with many seeking to help victims with financial donations. Unfortunately, this also provides scammers with opportunities to take advantage. Consider taking steps to protect yourself from charity fraud and ensure that your donation goes to those who need it.

  • Other sources such as Charity Navigator and CharityWatch can provide information about how specific charities operate and how they use their donations.
  • Beware of telephone solicitations. Avoid providing credit card numbers or other personal information to unknown callers. Don’t rely on caller ID as scammers can make calls look like they come from specific organizations.
  • Avoid donating by wire transfer, cash, gift card, or virtual currency. Instructions to use payment methods like these are red flags of a scam. Pay instead by credit card or check.
  • Watch out for donation requests posted to social media that contain sentimental pleas but provide few details about the organization. Don’t assume the solicitation is legitimate just because it was shared by a friend.

Report possible charity scams to: