16 Arrested in Oakland Gang Crackdown

OAKLAND (KRON) — Sixteen people were arrested today in East Oakland as part of a greater effort to crackdown on gang violence.  These arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation into “two notorious and violent  gangs”, according to Police Chief Sean Whent.

These gangs “have a long history of violence that goes back for decades” Whent said.

The investigation was sparked by the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Frank Denard on September 15th.  Police believed Denard was a member of the 69th Village gang and they feared his death would set off a cycle of retaliatory shootings between members of that gang and the 65th Village gang, according to officials.

A probe of this magnitude was too big for Oakland Police to handle on their own, so they enlisted the help of the California Attorney General’s office, the CHP, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the FBI.

Police expect to make 35 or 40 more arrests in the upcoming days.  According to police, these arrests have prevented up to four potential retaliatory homicides.

Joining law enforcement officials, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said, “It does not bring us joy to be sending young men to prison, but it is necessary to help end the gun violence in Oakland.”

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