Who knew? Oakland quietly legalizes burglary

by CalWatchdog Staff | May 10, 2013 11:00 am

May 10, 2013

By Chris Reed

Voters in Colorado and Washington state made national headlines last November when they legalized marijuana. But in Oakland, police have gone another route. They have effectively legalized burglary[1]:

“The Oakland Police Department[2] has been so ineffectively structured that only one part-time investigator was assigned to handle 10,000 reported burglaries last year, a stunning deficiency revealed Thursday by police consultants hired by the city to develop a crime-fighting¬†plan.

“‘Given the way the organization was structured, burglary was not being investigated,’ said William Andrews[3], one of the consultants working on a team hired by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan[4] and the City Council to help police reduce the crime¬†problem.”

Liberal politicians like to see wealth redistributed. But this is a new approach.


  1. legalized burglary: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Report-Why-Oakland-barely-investigates-burglaries-4503461.php?utm_source=feedly
  2. Oakland Police Department: http://www.sfgate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=crime&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Oakland+Police+Department%22
  3. William Andrews: http://www.sfgate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=crime&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22William+Andrews%22
  4. Jean Quan: http://www.sfgate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=crime&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Jean+Quan%22

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